Vernon Davis Fantasy Value Holds Steady With Uncertainty Around Jordan Reed Injury
By Zach Brunner
Due to a big hit in the preseason, perpetually injured tight end Jordan Reed is still sidelined with a concussion for the Washington Redskins. With a great deal of uncertainty regarding his football career going forward, veteran Vernon Davis' fantasy value is holding steady.
Dating back to his freshman year at the University of Florida in 2010, Reed has suffered a documented seven concussions during his football career. With head injuries being such a hot topic surrounding football, wondering whether Reed should (or will) retire for his own well-being. There have been all sorts of conflicting reports about Reed over the past week, and with one of the more positive updates being simply that Reed doesn't plan on retiring, it doesn't sound like he's especially close to a return. With all of this uncertainty, the veteran Davis continues to hold down the starting spot.
In his 14th season, Davis is continuing to lock down the starting spot in Reed's absence. Since coming to Washington in 2016, he has averaged 4.8 targets per game in contests that Reed has missed.
Davis had a big week to open the season, catching four passes for 59 yards and a touchdown, resulting in him finishing as TE6 in PPR in Week 1. He has just 59 receiving yards since, but has seen four targets in each of those last two games.
While Davis isn't going to suddenly blossom into an every-week fantasy starter thanks to a relatively low ceiling, he's still capable of bringing value when he's in the right situation. Week 4's matchup could very well prove to be one of those situations, and Davis can serve as a solid substitute in your lineup as we enter the dreaded bye week stretch of the NFL season.
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