There are always a few names that may not come with a lot of flash, but include a lot of underrated production in fantasy football. Atlanta Falcons running back Mike Davis fits that role to a tee this year as he remains a player with RB2 upside that no one is talking about heading into the fall.
Mike Davis Fantasy Outlook
The Falcons released starter Todd Gurley this offseason after a disappointing 2020 campaign and signed Davis to a two-year deal worth $5.5 million to take his place. With realistically little depth behind him, the veteran ball-carrier is expected to take on a substantial role in this backfield.
Davis is coming off a 2020 season in which he rushed for a career-high 642 yards and 6 touchdowns on 165 carries with the Carolina Panthers. He also hauled in 59 of 70 targets for 373 receiving yards and 2 more touchdowns. His versatility should shine in first-year head coach Arthur Smith's offense.
Overall, the 28-year-old finished as the RB12 in PPR leagues last year and proved he has what it takes to carry the load. Quarterback Matt Ryan has built a reputation for depending on running backs for dump-offs in the passing game and Davis should have no trouble beating defenders to get open.
Gurley logged 9 rushing touchdowns last season despite only averaging 3.5 yards per carry. It is clear that Atlanta wants to focus on its rushing attack when down near the goal line. That means Davis has the opportunity to match or exceed that total if the Falcons to put together a solid offensive scheme.
Davis' current average draft position is No. 53 overall and No. 22 amongst running backs in PPR leagues, according to FantasyPros. Fantasy managers should have no issues taking him at that spot given he has shown nothing but consistency as a starter.
Davis checks in as the RB20 in The Duel's 2021 fantasy football rankings.
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