Draft Zone: 4th Ranked Tight End – 49ers Vernon Davis

The San Francisco 49ers Vernon Davis is the fourth-ranked tight end in this year’s fantasy football draft standings. With an average draft position (ADP) of 54, that makes Davis a fifth-round pick in 12-team formats.

What really might give Davis a boost this season is the 49ers complete lack of experienced pass catchers on the team. The Niners lost the team’s top wide receiver Michael Crabtree to an Achilles’ heel injury while veteran wide receiver Mario Manningham is recovering from an ACL injury. But, as fantasy football often proves, one person’s misfortune is another fantasy owner’s opportunity.

Davis has been lining up as a wide receiver during through out the majority of the 49ers offseason. This can only boost his value at the tight end position, despite the fact that he had his least productive season in five years during the 2012 season.

Even though the chemistry was slow to develop between the tight end and quarterback Colin Kaepernick, the two got in sync during the postseason when Davis pulled in 12 catches for 254 yards and a touchdown. Six of those catches were for 20 yards-plus.

Whether he’s lining up at tight end or wide receiver, Davis will be a top-tier fantasy tight end because of his great hands, ability to get to the second level of the defense and the amount of targets he’ll get in the Niners offense.

Owners can be happy with getting Davis in the late-fourth-to-mid-fifth-round range.

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