Vernon Davis' Fantasy Trade Value, Updated Outlook Heading into Week 3

Jesse ReedCorrespondent ISeptember 17, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - JANUARY 14:  Vernon Davis #85 of the San Francisco 49ers catches a 49 yard pass from Alex Smith #11 (not pictured) to score a touchdown in the first quarter against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Divisional playoff game at Candlestick Park on January 14, 2012 in San Francisco, California.  (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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Vernon Davis was a fantasy football dud last weekend against the Seattle Seahawks, but he could be primed for a huge rebound performance in Week 3 against the Indianapolis Colts

The talented tight end was shut down for the most part on Sunday Night Football, catching just three passes for 20 yards and zero touchdowns. 

Making matters worse, Davis left the game with a sore hamstring, as noted by Matt Maiocco of CSN Bay Area:

The team called it a "strain" after the game on Sunday night, per Maiocco, and as of Monday, the team didn't yet know the extent of his injury.

For many fantasy football owners expecting a repeat of his two-touchdown performance in Week 1, the sudden lack of production was startling, to say the least. 

But it shouldn't have shocked anyone. He's caught just 13 passes in the last four contests against Seattle (including last week), failing to catch a single touchdown in those games.

The Seahawks feature one of the best defenses—if not the best—in the league, and the team has a knack for shutting down the 49ers offense at home. 


Fantasy Outlook and Trade Value for Week 3

If Davis is healthy, then the Colts are in trouble this week against him and the 49ers at Candlestick Park. 

Indy allowed unheralded Miami Dolphins tight end Charles Clay to have a career game last weekend, as he caught five passes for 109 yards and ran for a touchdown at the goal line. 

Davis is better than Clay, in case you were wondering. 

Not counting the egg he laid against the Seahawks, Davis has been on a tear since the NFC Championship Game against the Atlanta Falcons

Colin Kaepernick looks for his big tight end often on play-action passes across the deep middle, and he'll spring open for a few big gains this Sunday at the 'Stick. 

If he can't play due to his hamstring injury, then obviously you need to look elsewhere for your production this week.

But he won't be out long. 

If someone offers you Davis in a trade, you should strongly consider making a deal. That said, you don't want to give too much away, since the owner looking to get rid of the talented tight end is likely panicking. 

Therefore, if you're on the receiving end of a trade for Davis, you shouldn't give up anything more than your WR3 and a backup tight end. 

On the other side, if you feel inclined to trade Davis away (I highly advise against this move), then you need to ask for a starting running back or topflight receiver. 


Projected Week 3 Stats

If healthy: Six catches for 105 yards and one touchdown.


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