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Over the last two NFL seasons, Vernon Davis has amassed 1,879 receiving yards on 134 catches, while scoring 20 touchdowns. Great numbers for a guy who hasn't had a quarterback since entering the league in 2006.
Will this be the year Alex Smith finally takes his chance to solidify himself as the 49ers quarter back? Won't make a difference to Vernon Davis. He just continues to go to work every Sunday as he is one of the most complete tight ends in the game today.
Mike Singletary played a huge role in finally getting the ex-Maryland Terp to commit himself to being a great blocker as much as he is a great receiver. Receiving is what matters to fantasy owners though, and if you care about winning, Davis should be a no-brainer pickup.
So what about his teammate Frank Gore? Or arguably the most gifted wideout in the NFL, Arizona Cardinal Larry Fitzgerlad?
Well, before last season Frank Gore has rushed for over 1,000 yards in four consecutive seasons while never missing more than two games.
In 2010, Gore missed five games and only rushed for 853 yards while finishing tied for his career low with just three rushing touchdowns. His only upside seems to be that he is in a contract year, which may see his numbers vastly improve. That seems highly unlikely, though, being that Gore is in the predictable run-first offense in San Francisco.
As for Larry Fitzgerlad, by no means did he have a great year in 2010 (by his own standards, that is), which actually saw his numbers decline. Still, he had 90 receptions for 1,137 yards but with a new quarterback in town who is learning an entire system, it seems a bit far-fetched to believe that Fitzgerald will be able to achieve Kurt Warner days types of numbers.
Add that Kevin Kolb is an unproven quarterback, and the doubt as to what Fitzgerald will be able to produce really starts to pile on.
Now obviously, Larry Fitzgerald is a wild card for this list but these are all just warning signs designed to make you think twice before selecting any of these superstar NFL players in your fantasy draft.