Fantasy Football: Buy Low on Vernon Davis?

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IOctober 19, 2012

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - OCTOBER 7:  Tight end Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49ers makes a cut to slip by outside linebacker Nigel Bradham #53 of the Buffalo Bills in the second quarter on October 7, 2012 at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, California.    (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)
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I am having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that Vernon Davis wasn’t even targeted in Thursday’s win over the Seahawks.

I would have been surprised if he simply didn’t catch any passes, but the fact that they didn’t even look his way has me stunned.

After getting off to a monster start where he recorded four touchdowns on 13 receptions for 169 yards, he has tailed off in recent weeks. He sunk to a new low this week.

Should you use that in an attempt to buy low?

It doesn’t hurt to ask.

There are a ton of tight ends that can be considered low-end TE1s. A frustrated owner may think that he or she can get by with one of those options making Davis expendable.

That doesn’t mean that he will be given away, but perhaps he can be had for a discount.

It’s not just last night’s game that could have Davis’ owners frustrated. He has been held below 38 yards in three of the past four games while failing to record a touchdown.

He had 106 yards in that fourth game, but he’s averaging just 2.5 receptions (on 3.5 targets) for 42.8 yards per game since Week 3. That’s well short of the 4.3 receptions (6.7 targets) for 56.3 yards and 1.3 TDs he averaged in the first three weeks.

If he’s slumping and has only topped 55 yards twice in seven games, why would you want to trade good assets to get him?

Because he’s an elite option who has averaged 890.3 yards for 8.7 touchdowns over the past three seasons. This year he’s on pace to average 777 yards and nine touchdowns.

Not to mention how he dominated in last year’s playoffs.

Reach out to the Vernon Davis owner in your league and see what the asking price is. Maybe you’ll land yourself a top-five fantasy tight end.


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