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What Does Fred Davis' Injury Mean for Fantasy Owners, Redskins?

LANDOVER, MD - DECEMBER 04:  Fred Davis #83 of the Washington Redskins celebrates the Redskins first touchdown against the New York Jets during the first half at FedExField on December 4, 2011 in Landover, Maryland.  (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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Nick KostoraContributor IIIDecember 11, 2014

Washington Redskins tight end Fred Davis has been lost for the season due to a torn Achilles tendon suffered against the New York Giants.

Davis, who signed a one-year tender before the season, was not having a great year statistically, catching 19 passes for 174 yards and zero touchdowns prior to the injury. Still, he was a main piece of the Redskins offense, and his loss will be felt by both fantasy owners and Washington moving forward.

Let's see how both will be affected.

 

Fantasy Owners

Davis is a supremely talented tight end, but he was slow to develop a solid chemistry with QB Robert Griffin III. RG3 had targeted Davis just 28 times this season, and Davis' highest production was a 90-yard performance against the Cincinnati Bengals in Week 2.

Fantasy owners were likely growing impatient with Davis and his inability to score touchdowns.

If he was still a starting TE on your roster, this may finally be the necessary excuse to plug someone else into your lineup. Players like Scott Chandler of the Buffalo Bills or Dennis Pitta of the Baltimore Ravens can likely be had at low costs, and both were putting up higher fantasy numbers before Davis' injury anyway.

With a season-ending injury, there is no reason to keep Davis on your roster or bench whatsoever.

 

Redskins

While Davis was not a huge statistical guy this season, he was an integral part of what Washington was doing offensively. Now, the Redskins are in a real bind with how to replace him in the starting lineup.

Backup options Niles Paul and Logan Paulsen are inexperienced and not really viable weapons as starters. However, former Redskin Chris Cooley is still hanging around the free-agency market and obviously knows the intricacies of the offense. Signing him makes a lot of sense. Though he's not the athlete that Davis is, Cooley appears to be the best route for Washington to take.

Whatever decision the Redskins make, the tight end position is not something that can simply be overlooked. Washington must address this issue quickly.

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