Welcome back, Vernon Davis.
The San Francisco 49ers tight end was one of the biggest fantasy flops of 2012, but after roasting the Green Bay Packers in Week 1, Davis proved that he’s ready to return to his dominant ways this season.
Davis was unstoppable on Sunday, catching six passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns. He was a monster in the red zone—his two TDs were from 20 and two yards out—and he showed his big-play ability with a 37-yard grab.
It was a strong overall performance for the eight-year veteran, and it should provide some encouragement to both 49ers fans and fantasy owners.
Davis struggled mightily in 2012, especially when the 49ers benched Alex Smith in favor of Colin Kaepernick and the read option offense. Davis averaged less than two catches per game in the regular season after Kaepernick became the starter, and it was unclear whether or not he could flourish with Kaepernick at QB.
Davis upped his production in the playoffs, going for two 100-plus yard games, but any preseason skepticism was certainly justified.
However, after his impressive display against the Packers, Davis is clearly back in the upper echelon of fantasy tight ends. He is a freak athlete, and, now that he and Kaepernick have developed some chemistry, he could be as prolific as he was in 2009 when he caught 13 touchdown passes.
Davis is still in the prime of his career at just 29-years-old and with the 49ers’ acquisition of Anquan Boldin, he should see less attention from defenses.
If Davis is on your roster, you should absolutely start him in Week 2.