Vernon Davis
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By Brian Tesch, 49ers Correspondent, Thu, Jun 11th 10:28am EDT

According to Grant Cohn, Vernon Davis "outran Antoine Bethea and Michael Wilhoite down the seam for a 50-yard touchdown catch on the first play of 7-on-7 drills. Also outran Nick Moody and Kenneth Acker down the seam for a 40-yard touchdown during 11-on-11’s." (Source: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat)

Fantasy Impact: Minicamps are set up for this kind of passing success, but it's encouraging to see that Davis can still stretch a defense. Bethea, Wilhoite, Moody, and Acker ran 40-yard dashes ranging from the 4.3 to 4.7 range, theoretically, Davis still has most of his 4.38 speed remaining. As FantasyPros 23rd consensus ranked TE, Davis is a near lock to deliver value, but his relevance is yet to be determined after a nightmare 2014.


By Brian Tesch, 49ers Correspondent, Wed, Jun 10th 2:47pm EDT

Beat writer Grant Cohn reports that Vernon Davis is looking good in mini-camp, stating "Vernon Davis sprinted down the middle of the field and blew by the Niners’ starting safeties. Kaepernick over-strode in the pocket and overthrew Davis. Kaepernick completed the next four passes he threw to Davis. Davis was Kaepernick’s favorite target during practice, his safety blanket, not Anquan Boldin who missed OTAs and still is learning the new playbook. Davis hasn’t looked this good since 2013." (Source: The Santa Rosa Press Democrat)

Fantasy Impact: It's a time of relentless optimism during mini-camp, but this news is far removed from last years absence from team activities. After a dreadful 2014, You can get the former top TE at essentially zero risk this season, as he's FantasyPros 165th consensus ranked player, and 23rd ranked TE.


By Daniel Rogers, 49ers Correspondent, Thu, May 7th 2:41pm EDT

Following a dreadful, injury-filled 2014 campaign, Pro Bowl tight end Vernon Davis is optimistic about 2015. In an interview with 49ers' Team Reporter Joe Fann, Davis was quoted saying "we're going to be successful this year." (Source: Joe Fann of the 49ers)

Fantasy Impact: The decline of form Davis suffered in 2014 was frustrating for Davis. Due to injuries, especially one back injury, Davis could not put together a solid season like he is known for. The 49ers' tight end amassed only 245 yards on a measly 26 receptions, and two touchdowns. This was a steep decline from his 52 receptions, 850 yards, and 13 touchdowns from the year before. Look for Davis to return to his freak-athlete ways in 2015, fully healthy and ready to keep his starting spot with the 49ers in a contract year.


By Brian Tesch, 49ers Correspondent, Sat, Apr 11th 8:37pm EDT

Vernon Davis is taking part in the team’s voluntary offseason workout program that began Tuesday. Davis skipped voluntary workouts in 2014 due to a contract dispute. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: When asked about Davis, GM Trent Baalke stated “I think he’s looking, as are we, to the future, coming back and having a heck of a year.” No one has ever doubted Davis's talent, but he's been held back by the 49ers ground-based scheme and his own injuries. Currently ranked as FantasyPros consensus TE21, and 159th overall, Davis is an extremely strong bet to be a draft-day value in 2015.


By Jeff Krisko, 49ers Correspondent, Wed, Mar 11th 11:43pm EDT

The Broncos called the 49ers and asked about Vernon Davis after they lost Julius Thomas to the Jaguars. The 49ers were not interested in parting ways with him. (Source: Benjamin Allbright on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This comes on the heels of 49ers GM Trent Baalke stating that Davis was "absolutely" coming back next season. However, given their recent track record, the 49ers front office could tell you the sky was blue and you'd still look up just to be sure. Davis is coming off his absolute worst season as a pro, but the departure of Michael Crabtree and Steve Johnson will unclog the short game for the 49ers, which will lead to more targets. The addition of Torrey Smith should also open up the passing game. The talent and proven connection with Colin Kaepernick may make him worth a late-round flyer, given the morass of tight end options after the elite tier.


By Brian Tesch, 49ers Correspondent, Thu, Feb 26th 12:24pm EST

While 49ers general manager Trent Baalke has stated Davis will be a 49er in 2015, Davis seems to think that his time may be up in San Fran as he has put up his San Jose home for sale. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: While this may just be shuffling of Davis's portfolio, the writing seems to be on the wall that Davis is going to be moving on from the 49ers sooner rather than later. For fantasy purposes, it would be extremely interesting to see the 31 year old TE hit the open market, as there are some very interesting destinations, like Atlanta, looking for help at the position.


By Jeff Krisko, 49ers Correspondent, Wed, Feb 18th 4:17pm EST

49ers GM Trent Baalke confirmed at the NFL Combine that the 49ers had no plans on cutting veteran TE Vernon Davis, despite his disastrous 2014 and $7 million cap hit. Per Trent Baalke, "it was an off year." (Source: CSN Bay Area)

Fantasy Impact: Davis is coming off the worst season of his career in pretty much all aspects. He averaged only 17 yards per game on 26 total receptions, 2 of which were for touchdowns. He falls back into the morass of uninspiring TE options for your fantasy team. Given that the 49ers have stated they want to get back to basics and with an off-season to heal his various nicks and scrapes, it's likely that Davis role will increase, but it's too soon to say if he's a viable 2015 fantasy option.


By Chad Satterfield, 49ers Correspondent, Mon, Jan 26th 5:20pm EST

Davis would like Chud as the OC, because Chud gets the most out of his tight ends in the offense. In past years, he's gotten major productions out of Kellen Winslow Jr, Greg Olsen and Jordan Cameron. (Source: CSN Bay Area)

Fantasy Impact: If Chudzinski is hired, Davis' fantasy arrow would point way up. Davis is still an elite athlete and is capable of putting up big seasons, like he has before.


By Chad Satterfield, 49ers Correspondent, Fri, Jan 23rd 1:26pm EST

Tony Sparano, who was the interim head coach for the Raiders this past season, has been hired on as the 49ers tight end coach. Sparano was a tight ends coach for the Cowboys under Bill Parcells for two years. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: If Vernon Davis is on the roster next year, Sparano will hopefully turn things around for the athletic freak. Davis had one of his worst seasons, and hopefully the new coaching staff can revive his career.


By Jeff Krisko, 49ers Correspondent, Mon, Dec 22nd 12:23am EST

Vernon Davis had zero catches Sunday, yet again disappointing his fantasy owners. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Of no solace to owners was an incredible catch-and-run that ended in a touchdown, which was called back by an illegal formation penalty. Nobody can be more excited than Davis to get this disappointing season over with.


By Jeff Krisko, 49ers Correspondent, Mon, Dec 15th 12:29am EST

Vernon Davis failed to reel in either of his targets vs. the Seahawks Sunday. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Davis should have been dropped long ago, and he's one of the most disappointing Tight Ends in the league. With the turmoil in San Francisco and his contract situation, his future productivity in red and gold is in question.


By Chad Satterfield, 49ers Correspondent, Thu, Dec 11th 12:30pm EST

Davis told the San Francisco Chronicle, that he considers himself a "playmaker," but that his role in the offense is out of his control. (Source: ProFootballTalk on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: I would have to agree with Davis on this one. He may not be the best blocking tight end, but the guy can run and has made plays for the 49ers in the past. The 49ers needs to get him involved more in the passing game if they want to start winning games again. I'm not suggesting him as a starting option until we see results.


By Jeff Krisko, 49ers Correspondent, Sun, Dec 7th 11:14pm EST

Vernon Davis hauled in two of his four targets for 26 yards Sunday. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Davis had a catch-and-run for 23 yards, and another short pass. His bad season is getting worse, as the 49ers are losing all control of their offense. He's completely droppable at this point.


By Brian Tesch, 49ers Correspondent, Sat, Dec 6th 2:18pm EST

Vernon Davis stated that this past month has been "very frustrating" but offered a vote of confidence in Colin Kapernick, but stated he wouldn't become a distraction "I'm aware that Colin has a lot of weapons, a lot of receivers. I don't want to add stress to whatever he may be going through, as far as just everybody in his ear. I don't know that everyone's in his ear but it could be a possibility." Davis also added "I just stay in my lane and do whatever I can to contribute to the team." (Source: San Jose Mercury News)

Fantasy Impact: Raise your hand if you projected Vernon Davis to end the year with 31 catches, 280 yards, and 2 TDs, I don't see many hands. Davis is "healthy" just like Andre Ellington was healthy, both were playing through a myriad of ailments, but had to gut it out due to the fact that there were no other healthy options in their position groups. Its been a bizarre, depressing descent into the "barely stream-worthy TE" category for Davis, and has no business in your playoff lineup. However, there is a bit of silver lining, as Davis is primed to be at an all-time low price in redraft formats in 2015. Its a minor shame that we never got to see his generational athleticism in a vertical offense with a top 10QB.


By Jeff Krisko, 49ers Correspondent, Fri, Nov 28th 12:07pm EST

Davis' disappointing season continues, as he hauled in two of his three targets for 13 total yards. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Davis owners have been holding out hope that he may produce, given that the TE position is mostly an uninspiring wasteland. Unfortunately, Davis seems to be buried below the morass of Tight End options out there. He clearly does not look right from his back injury. This is concerning for the 49ers' offense in 2015. Davis can be safely dropped.


By Jeff Krisko, 49ers Correspondent, Sun, Nov 23rd 11:22pm EST

Vernon Davis had 5 targets, reeling in 3 for 21 yards versus Washington. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Davis looked good on his receptions, but had another bounce off his hands in the first half. He's been frustrating for fantasy owners this year but hasn't looked as lost as he usually does. He's Colin Kaepernick's third target now behind Anquan Boldin and Michael Crabtree.


By Jeff Krisko, 49ers Correspondent, Fri, Nov 21st 7:30pm EST

49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh stated in a press conference he believes Vernon Davis, "is ready to break out." He threw in a call back to last season where he said that turnovers are like olive jars. They're hard to get one out but once it's loose, they start coming out easier. (Source: 49ers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It wouldn't be a Jim Harbaugh press conference without a nonsensical metaphor. Davis hasn't looked good this year since he missed two of the first five games and left another with injury. This is an encouraging sign as it appears the 49ers are poised to at least try to get the struggling Tight End some production. Washington is slighty-worse-than-average against Tight Ends. Given the morass of Tight End options out there, see if Davis is available in your league. He's an otherworldly talent and if the 49ers try to get him production he may be worth rostering.


By Jeff Krisko, 49ers Correspondent, Sun, Nov 16th 5:47pm EST

Vernon Davis managed only one catch for seven yards as the 49ers knocked off the Giants Sunday. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: It wasn't for a lack of trying, as the 49ers even gave Davis a carry for 4 yards. Davis again is missing from any sort of production. Of note is that a shot was taken deep to a TE that wasn't Davis, as Kaepernick targeted Vance McDonald on a seam route. Next week is a favorable matchup, as Washington is towards the bottom of the league vs. Tight Ends. Then again, so are the Giants. If Davis doesn't produce next week, it's time to move on.


By Jeff Krisko, 49ers Correspondent, Sat, Nov 15th 2:19pm EST

Vernon Davis is on pace for 34 receptions, 338 yards and 5 touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact: This comes after posting 52 receptions, 850 yards and an eye-popping 13 touchdowns last season. Davis missed two games early in the season with back and ankle problems and hasn't looked the same since. He's short-arming targets and appears to not be over the back injury. He and QB Colin Kaepernick had an extremely productive connection last season, but this year Davis' production is non-existent. Owners in a roster crunch in shallower leagues should consider dropping Davis.


By Brian Tesch, 49ers Correspondent, Fri, Nov 14th 12:13pm EST

When asked about Vernon Davis, Offensive Coordinator Greg Roman stated “I thought Vernon did a phenomenal job. He really did a lot of dirty work this past week,” Roman said, according to a transcript from the team. “Part of it I would say was earlier he had some nicks. I think we discussed that a couple weeks ago. And part of it is some of the things we’re seeing, the defensive responses to what we’re getting. But, don’t fall asleep on him.” (Source:

Fantasy Impact: Davis has battled a constant stream of injuries in 2014, and his usage has dropped to historic lows. To put it in context, the eminently forgettable Chase Ford has seen more targets per game (4.83), than the former Pro-Bowler Davis (4.29). Davis is a unique talent when healthy, and while it is laudable that he's trying to help his team by playing hurt, its torpedoed his fantasy value. I wouldn't cut Davis in 10-12 team leagues, but I wouldn't start him either.


By Chad Satterfield, 49ers Correspondent, Mon, Oct 20th 9:06pm EDT

Vernon Davis had 2 catches for 21 yards. He could've had a better night, but he had a big drop that would've gone for 25 yards. After the drop, Vernon didn't see much action in the passing game.

Fantasy Impact: Things aren't looking good for Vernon and his role in the 49ers' offense. When they were behind, they went to a 4 WR set and didn't feature Davis at all. With Stevie Johnson emerging in the pass game, I can see Vernon taking a back seat in this offense.


By Chad Satterfield, 49ers Correspondent, Mon, Oct 13th 5:35pm EDT

ESPN's Lisa Salter's reported that Vernon Davis will play in tonight's game against the Rams. (Source: SFGate)

Fantasy Impact: "I don’t feel like I’m where I need to be at the moment, but I’m getting there," is what Vernon said just the other day. He must be where he needs to be, because he's playing tonight. I still wouldn't start him in any league, he may not get the amount of snaps that we're used to. He'll be a must start against high flying Broncos next Sunday night.


By Chad Satterfield, 49ers Correspondent, Sat, Oct 11th 12:27am EDT

Vernon was able to practice again on Friday, but on a limited basis. (Source: Matt Maiocco on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is better news for the 49ers than it is for your fantasy team. He is only a mid TE2 this week. Give him a week or two to get back into shape.


By Chad Satterfield, 49ers Correspondent, Thu, Oct 9th 6:00pm EDT

Vernon Davis returned to practice on Thursday. He had a blue (no-contact) jersey in hand, and looks to be on hand for Monday Night's game. (Source: Matt Maiocco on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is huge news for the 49ers, but not so much for your fantasy team. If I had another option at TE, I would start them over Vernon. Davis will need some time to get back into rhythm before he earns my trust back.


By Brian Tesch, 49ers Correspondent, Sun, Oct 5th 3:05pm EDT

Vernon Davis has been oficially declared inactive and will not play. Vance McDonald will start in his place. (Source: Matt Maiocco on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Your next clicks should be to remove Davis from any lineups he may be in. Davis missed most of practice this week, and the writing was on the wall that he wasn't going to play.


By Chad Satterfield, 49ers Correspondent, Fri, Oct 3rd 3:37pm EDT

Vernon Davis is not going to participate in any practices this week, and looks doubtful for Sunday's game. (Source: Steve Corkran on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: What a huge blow to the 49ers offense. Davis is one of the premiere tight ends in the league, the 49ers will miss his blocking and pass catching ability, but we'll miss him on our fantasy teams. The other options on the 49ers are not viable options for your fantasy team. Roll with someone else.


By Chad Satterfield, 49ers Correspondent, Thu, Oct 2nd 6:16pm EDT

Vernon Davis remains out of 49ers practice for the second day in a row. (Source: Matt Maiocco on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Things aren't looking good for Vernon. He says that the spasms have subsided, so there's that. Hopefully he'll get in a practice tomorrow, and then be probable for Sunday's game. If he does play, he's a must start.


By Chad Satterfield, 49ers Correspondent, Wed, Oct 1st 4:23pm EDT

Davis said that his back spasms have lessened since Sunday's game. The spasms are what knocked him out of the game in the 3rd quarter. He said that he may not be practicing today. (Source: Matt Barrows on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: It's been three days since Vernon left Sunday's win with back spasms, and you'd hope that he'd be over it by now. He has missed so much practice the past few weeks, that even if he does play, he may not be at 100 percent. He's a bottom TE1 for me.


By Chad Satterfield, 49ers Correspondent, Sun, Sep 28th 6:46pm EDT

Vernon Davis left in the 3rd quarter, he was grabbing at his lower back. He has been ruled out for the rest of the game.

Fantasy Impact: Vernon only had 2 catches for 8 yards. He obviously wasn't himself, even before he left Sunday's game. Hopefully the injury isn't serious, because his team and your fantasy team need him for the rest of the season.


By Chad Satterfield, 49ers Correspondent, Sun, Sep 28th 10:11am EDT

Vernon Davis (ankle) is active Sunday's clash with the Eagles. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Not only is Vernon being active great for the 49ers, but it's great for YOUR fantasy team. This matchup is going to be a high scoring one, Vernon could have multiple scores. He's a legit TE1 this week, start him.


By Chad Satterfield, 49ers Correspondent, Fri, Sep 26th 5:08pm EDT

Vernon Davis is day to day and doesn't sound very confident about his status for Sunday's game. His status is officially questionable. (Source: Matt Maiocco on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Vernon Davis is going to be a game time decision, at best. It's sounding more and more like he won't be out there for the second week in a row. If that's the case, you can't rely on any other 49er tight end.


By Clinton, 49ers Correspondent, Thu, Sep 25th 3:19pm EDT

Vernon Davis (ankle, knee) was back on the practice field as a limited participant on Wednesday. This follows a report on Tuesday of a limp-less Vernon Davis who said his ankle is "way better". (Source: Matt Barrows on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The 49ers could use the boost from their Pro Bowl tight end. Not only is Davis a receiving threat, but he is one of the top run blocking tight ends in the league. With the high scoring Eagles coming to Santa Clara, be aware that the 49ers are built for the run. After a week in Arizona where we saw Kaepernick drop back for 37 pass attempts and only handed the all off 23 times, the 49ers may try and go back to a balanced offense. Davis is a must start as long as he's on the field, but he may not get as much through the air as one might expect.


By Chad Satterfield, 49ers Correspondent, Wed, Sep 17th 5:46pm EDT

Vernon Davis is not practicing and is still on crutches. Luckily, it's not a serious injury, but he is highly questionable for this weeks game. (Source: Cam Inman on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Davis is most likely going to sit out Week 3, which is too bad, because the Cardinals are TERRIBLE against tight ends. Look for the 49ers to run more 3 wide receiver sets and get Stevie Johnson more involved. If you own Vernon, hopefully you have a backup like Travis Kelce or Niles Paul.


By Chad Satterfield, 49ers Correspondent, Mon, Sep 15th 12:11pm EDT

Vernon Davis was spotted on crutches in the 49ers' locker room after Sunday night's game. (Source: CSN Bay Area)

Fantasy Impact: Vernon left the game in the 4th quarter and was unable to come back into the game because of the injury. Hopefully, the crutches are just precautionary and we get good news on the injury this week. If you own Davis and he misses some time, hopefully you have a viable backup because there is not another 49er TE worth owning.


By Aaron Cross, 49ers Correspondent, Mon, Sep 8th 11:16pm EDT

Davis turned his 6 targets into 4 receptions for 44 yards and 2 touchdowns to open the Niners' season. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Davis once again showed why he's a top 6 TE. It was great to see him get as many targets as he got in only 23 pass attempts. Lots had been made about his decrease in production with Crabtree in the lineup, but he proved how explosive he was on Sunday and should continue to produce well all year.


By Chad Satterfield, 49ers Correspondent, Mon, Aug 11th 3:53pm EDT

This comes straight from the horse's mouth. Coach Harbaugh himself said, "Vernon Davis is quietly having a great camp." This is great news considering that just a few weeks ago Vernon was holding out of voluntary workouts, in search of a new contract. (Source: 49ers on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Vernon is a top 5 TE, and is someone to target in the mid rounds. He doesn't get the targets like some of the top tier tight ends, but will still put up TE1 numbers, especially in standard leagues.


By Andrew Cantor-Wagner, 49ers Correspondent, Thu, Jul 31st 12:57am EDT

Despite missing all of mini-camp, and threats of an extended hold out, Niners TE Vernon Davis reported to practice with the rest of his teammates as scheduled. Said Davis, "It was a very easy decision. All you have to do is think about the team” The star Tight End has 2 years remaining on his current contract. (Source: Yahoo!)

Fantasy Impact: Vernon Davis and Niners QB Colin Kaepernick had excellent chemistry last year, with Davis snagging 57 catches for 850 yards and 12 touchdowns, making him the second best fantasy TE of 2013. With the return of a healthy Michael Crabtree, the additions of Stevie Johnson, Brandon Lloyd, and Anquan Boldin, as well as rookie 4th Round pick Bruce Ellington, Colin Kaepernick should be expected to spread the ball around much more this year. While we expect Davis’ numbers to decrease quite a bit compared to 2013, you should still expect the big red zone target to perform as a top 5 TE in 2014.


By Aaron Cross, 49ers Correspondent, Wed, Jul 23rd 2:52pm EDT

Eric Branch is reporting that Vernon Davis is at training camp and no longer is holding out for a new contract. (Source: San Francisco Chronicle)

Fantasy Impact: This is great news, Davis needs all the practice time he can get with Kaepernick and the new pieces of the offense acquired in the off season. Davis and Kaepernick still have less than 2 full years together so their rapport can still greatly improve. Hopefully by Davis being at camp we'll also have a much better idea of his role in this year's offense before fantasy drafts.

FFLockerRoom | Aug 1st
San Francisco's 2014 fantasy football season has to be chalked up as an outlier. Davis didn't suddenly become terrible, almost all SF players are going at a bargain.
FFLockerRoom | Aug 1st
There is no excusing Davis in 2014 but at this point in the draft why not take a chance on a guy that 'COULD' produce huge? There are plenty of so-so options down this far, take a chance on a former stud.
The NY Times | Jul 31st
Contract year and new tight end coach Tony Sparano positives after dismal 2014.
Breaking Football | Jul 30th
ADP of round 13 is disgusting if he can regain form. Big if, though
Fantasy Couch | Jul 7th
A very risky TE, but this late in the draft, it's well worth taking the risk. Several defenses will be off the board before owners think about drafting Vern