Vernon Davis is a consistent tight end ranked mostly in the top five of his position.  Catching 13 touchdown passes last season has made Davis’ name called early in fantasy drafts this year, but is it justified? Davis is currently being selected in the top 50-60 players on draft day, taken ahead of players like Desean Jackson, Wes Welker, and even his own teammate Michael Crabtree.  Below I will breakdown a few reasons why you should not value Davis this high, and your team could take a step back if you do.

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1. He is no longer the No.1 option- With a healthy Michael Crabtree coming into the 2014 season he will supplant Davis as Colin Kaepernick’s favorite target.  Crabtree missed most of the 2013 season with an Achilles injury but was able to come back at the end of the season, and looked rusty doing so.  After having a full healthy offseason under his belt Crabtree is going to be a focal point in the offense.  The 49ers continued to upgrade their receiving corps in the offseason by trading for former Buffalo Bill Stevie Johnson to pair with Crabtree and Anquan Boldin on the outside.  Last season the wide receiver group in San Francisco was a weak spot for the club, but now with their additions and health it looks like this is now one of their strengths.  I expect Kaepernick to take advantage of his receiving trio throwing a lot of balls their way, not to say he won’t throw to Davis just not the amount I would like in a player drafted in the top 50 of all players.

2. He’s never had a 1,000 yard season-  I’m sorry but I am not drafting a player within my first five to six rounds if I am not sure that they will reach 1,000 yards receiving.  Vernon Davis is entering his ninth season and at age 30 it is not something that makes you think he will start to break career records.  Davis’ highest yardage output came in 2009 when he hit 965 yards receiving.  The yardage is a big deal because I do not think Davis will be getting 13 touchdowns again this season, so where would the fantasy points come from to justify drafting him in the top 50?

3. Strength at the tight end position- Tight ends nowadays in the NFL are larger versions of receivers that do not lack speed and can block better.  In most NFL offenses you will find the tight end split out wide, going in motion, and just lining up all over the field.  With this, the tight end position is not like it was five to ten years ago when we had maybe three to five elite tight ends and the rest were pretty close to pointless to own in fantasy.  This year, you can make a case that there are over 15 must own tight ends in fantasy football.  The tight end is used much more in the passing game and the athletes that play this position can make plays.  With all of this considered Vernon Davis does not stand out so much more than the other tight ends.  You cannot group Davis in the Jimmy Graham category, so he should not be drafted like he is.

The only reason why Davis goes in round five or before would be due to a run at the tight end position, but even don’t take too far of a leap on an aging tight end whose better statistical days are behind him.

Dan SchalkFF AnalysisVernon Davis is a consistent tight end ranked mostly in the top five of his position.  Catching 13 touchdown passes last season has made Davis' name called early in fantasy drafts this year, but is it justified? Davis is currently being selected in the top 50-60 players on draft...Why go anywhere else for sports and entertainment?