Week Fifteen Drop: In Week 11, Colin Kaepernick's first start, Vernon Davis totaled six catches, 83 yards and a touchdown against the Chicago Bears. We all thought Kapernick would spark a resurgence for Davi. But it turns out that game was the exception. In the last eight games, Davis has scored once (in that Bears game), been held under 40 yards seven times, been held to two or fewer receptions in five games and has been completely shut out in two contests. Over the last three weeks Davis posted a goose egg against the Saints, two catches for 15 yards against the Rams and one grab for four yards against the Dolphins. He's no longer a part of that weird offense and you can no longer start him on your fantasy team.
Week Four Analysis: Vernon Davis leads the NFL in touchdowns. He is tied with Arian Foster, C.J. Spiller and Heath Miller with four touchdowns in the first three weeks. So why isn't he in the top two this week? The Jets have allowed no more than 47 yards to tight ends in any given week this season. While Davis still has a great chance to score and should be in your lineup, he simply can't pass the Gronk matchup or Graham's Grahameyness.
Week Three Analysis: It's hard to imagine a player that can unseat Gronk and Graham in the #1 and #2 slots in the weekly tight end rankings, but Vernon Davis' skill plus an insanely juicy matchup with the lowly Vikings secondary is just too good to pass up. Davis is tied for the league lead in receiving touchdowns with three. The Vikings have allowed five tight end touchdowns in their last six games.
Week Two Analysis: The San Francisco 49ers offense looked like a well-oiled and finely-tuned machine last Sunday in Green Bay. The result for Davis was three catches, 43 yards and one touchdown. The Lions have similar weaknesses on their defense, but basically held Davis in check in their one meeting last season. The difference may be Randy Moss and Mario Manningham giving opposing teams a reason to cover a wide receiver. It worked last week, let's see how it goes in Week 2.
Week One Analysis: People like to pass against Green Bay. Maybe like is a strong word. Maybe teams are just forced into doing so because they're trailing by three scores in the third quarter. Either way, the Packers allowed a ton of passing yards and touchdowns through the air last year. Opposing tight ends alone tallied 1,184 yards against the Packers, a feat that no other defense could duplicate. If playoff performance is any indication, Vernon Davis looks primed to be a double digit scoring force again this season. He accumulated 10 catches for 292 yards and four touchdowns in only two games. He's got to be chomping at the bit to play these Packers.
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