5 Reasons to Draft Fred Davis in Your Fantasy Football League
There are a number of new faces on offense in the nation's capital this season, as the Washington Redskins looked to build an improved offense around the second overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft in Baylor signal-caller Robert Griffin.
However, there are a few familiar faces in D.C. this year, including tight end Fred Davis, who was well on his way to a solid 2011 campaign before a suspension sidelined him for the season's final four games.
Davis will look to build on last year's momentum entering his fifth NFL season, and here are a fistful of reasons to consider making Davis part of your fantasy football plans in 2012.
1. Fred Davis Appeared Well on His Way Last Season
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As I referenced in the title slide, before a four-game suspension for violating the NFL's substance abuse policy ended Davis' season prematurely the 26-year-old appeared to be on the verge of joining the elite players at his position in the National Football League.
For the season Davis hauled in 59 catches for 796 yards, and while his three touchdowns were a relatively modest number, Davis' 15.7 fantasy points per game in leagues that award a point for receptions ranked fifth among tight ends.
2. Davis Is Picking Up Right Where He Left off
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If early reports from Redskins training camp are to be believed then Fred Davis isn't resting on his laurels this summer.
According to Daniel Jeremiah of NFL.com, who was recently in attendance for some of Washington's workouts in Ashburn, Virginia Davis stood out among all the Redskins' pass-catchers during drills.
The most impressive skill player, aside from Griffin, was clearly fifth-year tight end Fred Davis. He is a true mismatch-type player who is very tough for both linebackers and safeties to handle in one-on-one situations..
3. Robert Griffin Will Need a Safety Net
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The Washington Redskins added a pair of downfield weapons in the offseason, signing free-agent wide receivers Josh Morgan and Pierre Garcon to boost their passing attack.
However, one of the most important elements in the development of a rookie quarterback is for that passer to have a reliable "checkdown" option, especially in the early going as they make the adjustment to the NFL level.
Enter Fred Davis, who could easily lead Washington in both targets and receptions by the time all is said and done this season.
4. Top 5 Potential at a Bargain Basement Price
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Apparently fantasy drafters this summer are either concerned about Griffin's ability to get Fred Davis the ball or worried that Davis is going to draw another, even lengthier suspension from NFL commissioner Roger Goodell.
Simply put, Davis' average draft position isn't commensurate with his level of production last season.
According to MyFantasyLeague,com Davis is currently being drafted just inside the eighth round of fantasy drafts as the ninth tight end selected.
That draft slot is behind the likes of Jermichael Finley of the Green Bay Packers, who Davis outscored by almost three full fantasy points per game a year ago.
5. Value, Value, Value
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The gaudy statistical seasons turned in by Rob Gronkowski of the New England Patriots and Jimmy Graham of the New Orleans Saints a year ago has driven their fantasy stock through the roof, with one and sometimes both players being taken in the first round of fantasy drafts this summer.
However, if the idea of taking a tight end with the first pick in your draft makes your knees wobble then a player like Fred Davis may be right up your alley, as he presents the very real possibility of a top-five fantasy season at a price that's significantly lower that Graham's or Gronkowski's.
That opens the door for fantasy teams to consider any number of other draft strategies early, rather than spending the entire draft scrambling to cover for the fact that you burned a first-rounder on a tight end.