The Washington Redskins looked like they were going to be one of the biggest surprises of the 2011 season after a 3-1 start, but they would go on to lose 10 of their final 12 games of the regular season to finish with a 5-11 record. Despite the disappointment, expectations are high for the Redskins heading into 2012 and with the emergence of Fred Davis–they may have one of the top tight ends for the fantasy football 2012 season.
Despite only playing in 12 games, Davis finished with the best season of his four-year career in 2011 after catching 59 passes for 796 yards and three touchdowns. What’s even more impressive–Davis probably could have posted better numbers with a better quarterback considering Rex Grossman or John Beck is nothing to brag about.
Lucky for Davis, he’ll have the opportunity to catch passes from rookie Robert Griffin III in 2012–which is a major upgrade for the Redskins at quarterback. Davis proved last season he has what it takes to be a reliable pass-catching tight end and it wouldn’t be a surprise if he established early chemistry with Griffin considering Washington isn’t loaded with that much talent in the passing game.
From a fantasy perspective, Davis will make a great tight end for owners to pick up in the mid-to-late rounds in most leagues. If he can manage to stay healthy, it wouldn’t be a surprise if Davis moved up on this list next season if he manages to have another career season in 2012.
However, for now–it’s safe to list Davis at No. 8 on this list.