On Thanksgiving Day, we saw Washington Redskins star tight end Jordan Reed suffer yet another injury – this time to his shoulder. While it won’t require surgery, it’s an injury that will be extremely painful to play through and disallow him to play at 100%. This opens the door for the seasoned veteran, Vernon Davis.
Davis is a guy who has been heavily implemented into the heavy passing attack Redskins offense so far this season – his involvement will only increase with Reed likely out this week. It’s no secret that the Redskins like to throw the ball – Kirk Cousins should rack up huge numbers this week against an Arizona defense that has been disappointing this year. Davis will benefit.
Over the past six weeks, Vernon Davis has averaged 7.5 fantasy points per contest, which is fairly decent for a tight end – let alone one that is normally a backup and in his 30s. At a ridiculously cheap $3,300, Davis is a very interesting low-end tight end option who will allow you to spend the heavy bulk of your salary cap at the other skill positions.
Davis has thrived with an expanded role this year, still displaying his coined speed and athleticism in the open field. He and Cousins have developed solid chemistry, too, and with so many other options in Washington’s passing game, Davis is bound to have open looks. Arizona does grade out well against the tight end position on the year, but this is a sulking defense that just gave up 38 points to the Atlanta Falcons in a must-win situation.
With the Cardinals pretty much out of the NFC playoff race, their talented defense isn’t nearly as big of a concern as it normally might be. Instead, it’s the Redskins who are playing for their playoff lives and with Reed banged up, there is a good chance Cousins and co. will have to lean heavily on their second tight end option. Davis isn’t a lock for major production, but even 40-50 yards and a score would have him returning serious value based on his cheap DraftKings price tag going into week 13.
Reaching those numbers is beyond doable, too, as Davis has scored twice in his limited role already and has actually topped 50+ receiving yards six times on the year – five of those performances coming in his last six outings. Let everyone else pass over the cheap Davis this week. If he’s in your lineup, you just might have one of the top NFL DFS bargains of the week.