Vernon Davis has had a transcendent Week 6 performance against the Arizona Cardinals in Week 6, pulling in seven catches for 171 yards and two long touchdowns.
And if you think those are four quarters' worth of numbers, think again. As ESPN's Mike Sando points out, that was only two quarters of work for Davis, giving him one of the most productive first halves for a tight end in history:
Jimmy Graham had 156 yards in first half at Bucs last season. Most for a TE in 1st half since at least '01. Vernon Davis 171 so far.— Mike Sando, ESPN.com (@SandoESPN) October 13, 2013
He finished with just eight catches for 180 yards, but the damage was done.
People seem to have forgotten about Davis when it comes to the elite fantasy tight end conversation. He was shut down during the second half of the 2012 regular season and had a quiet stretch after an explosive Week 1 in 2013.
But this is still one of the most physically gifted tight ends in the league (6'3", 250 pounds with speed and athleticism), and as Matt Barrows of The Sacramento Bee notes, there really isn't anyone else catching the ball in San Fran right now:
49ers still haven't completed a pass to a wide receiver. Have not completed a pass to a WR other than Anquan Boldin since Sept. 26.— Matt Barrows (@mattbarrows) October 13, 2013
Where do you rank Davis among fantasy TE's right now?
In the first half of Sunday's contest, Davis had nine of Colin Kaepernick's 22 targets. He finished with 11 of Kaep's 29 and is clearly option No. 1, 2 and 4 in the passing game (Anquan Boldin can be No. 3).
Davis still isn't quite on the level of Jimmy Graham for fantasy purposes, but he has scored in four of five games this season, has been essentially unstoppable over the past two weeks and is going to get as many targets as he can handle.
In terms of trade value, he should safely be regarded as a top-five tight end as of right now, but it wouldn't be a stretch to call him No. 2.
Look for Davis to continue eating up and capitalizing on targets in the 49ers' offense.