Vernon Davis was a monster during the San Francisco 49ers' playoff run last season, catching 10 passes for 292 yards and four touchdowns in two games. Then he exploded out of the gate during the 2012 regular season, catching 13 passes and scoring four TDs in the fist three games. However, he has just one touchdown since then and he has averaged exactly one catch over his past six games.
We can pin some of those diminishing returns on a quarterback change, as well as Colin Kaepernick's growing rapport with wide receiver Michael Crabtree. Still, in last weekend's playoff win over the Green Bay Packers, Davis was targeted five times, though he only pulled in one of them. ESPN NFC West blogger Mike Sando thinks that Davis may get off the schneid this weekend against the Atlanta Falcons.
"Crabtree finished the Green Bay game with nine receptions for 119 yards and two touchdowns," Sando noted. "Perhaps the Atlanta Falcons will funnel extra resources Crabtree's way in the NFC Championship Game. The Falcons loaded up to stop Seattle's run game in the divisional round, freeing Seahawks tight end Zach Miller to catch eight passes for 142 yards and a touchdown.
"Davis could live with that type of arrangement, for sure."
Davis makes for a high-risk/high-reward play in postseason fantasy games like ESPN's Gridiron Challenge.