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|Davis had a sleepy 2011 campaign before turning into an absolute beast in the playoffs and nearly helping the 49ers reach the Super Bowl. After a modest regular season with 67 receptions for 792 yards and six touchdowns that saw him finish as the 8th ranked fantasy tight end, Davis turned in a pair of dominant performances against the Saints and Giants in the playoffs, catching 10 passes for 292 yards and four touchdowns. Which Davis will fantasy owners get in 2012? While Davis is easily the most talented 49ers receiving option and capable of topping 1,000 yards and hitting double digit touchdowns, the teamís conservative offensive approach under head coach Jim Harbaugh make that unlikely to happen. Of course, Davis could turn in a solid year given that this is his second year in Harbaughís offensive system. It is also possible that Davis will be overvalued on draft day based on his wonderful playoff performance. He rates as a mid-tier fantasy tight end in 2012, one with a huge upside and little risk.
| Not looking good for TE Vernon Davis -- Sun Sep 21 9:00 am --|
|Itís doubtful 49ers star TE Vernon Davis (bruised ankle) will play today vs. #Cardinals Iím told. He was on crutches until Thursday. (Ian Rapaport via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: This has been the feeling all along this week. With Davis out and backup TE Vance McDonald battling a knee injury, third-string tight end Derek Carrier will likely draw the start and be a TE2 in Week 3.
| Vernon Davis still on crutches -- Wed Sep 17 4:46 pm --|
Deep ankle bruise
|The 49ers began practice today with just one healthy tight end from their 53-man roster, Derek Carrier. The other two, Vernon Davis (ankle) and Vance McDonald (knee), were working out in the teamís weight room. Davis emerged using the same crutches he was seen using after Sundayís loss to the Bears. Earlier in the day, Jim Harbaugh said the team ďdodged a bulletĒ with Davisí injury, which occurred when he was tackled awkwardly from behind in the fourth quarter. Still, itís unknown whether the teamís top tight end will be ready in time for Sundayís game against Arizona. He has a deep bruise on his ankle, a source said.
FF Today's Take: It's still possible that Davis plays this weekend so fantasy owners should keep a close eye on the final practice reports this week before making any changes to their lineup. Meanwhile, Davis' backup, Vance McDonald, is also dealing with a knee injury that may keep him out this week. Derek Carrier was inserted late in the game Sunday night and could be in line for considerable work if the 49ers' other options are unable to suit up for Week 3.
| Vernon Davis on crutches, ankle injury -- Mon Sep 15 9:30 am --|
MRI expected today
|Tight end Vernon Davis sat out the final 10 minutes of the 49ersí 28-20 loss to the Chicago Bears on Sunday night with an ankle injury. Afterward, Davis was seen on crutches in the 49ersí locker room. The severity of his sprain is not known. (CSNBayArea.com)|
FF Today's Take: Backup tight end Vance McDonald injured his knee in the first half and was limited the rest of the game. Derek Carrier filled in with 3 catches for 41 yards.
|Vernon Davis reports to camp -- Wed Jul 23 12:51 pm --|
49ers tight end ends offseason holdout
|Tight end Vernon Davis ended his offseason holdout and reported to 49ers training camp on time Wednesday. Davis skipped June's mandatory minicamp and earlier offseason workouts in hopes of a better contract. His deal expires after the 2015 season. (San Jose Mercury News)|
FF Today's Take: Davis' "holdout" was flimsy from the beginning given that fact that he would incur $30K in daily fines for every day missed and he had no leverage. Davis is currently under contract through 2015. He remains a mid-range TE1.