With so many positives surrounding the Washington Redskins in 2012, one of the negatives without question was how Fred Davis’ season ended. The tight end played in just seven games before tearing an Achilles tendon. It was a crushing blow for a team that needed veteran leadership. Now with an injury to battle back from and his career up in the air, what should fantasy football owners expect in 2013?
First and foremost, Davis needs a contract. This is a guy who had 24 receptions and 325 yards in seven games last year. Those numbers should attract suitors, but so far it hasn’t. It looks likely that Davis will have to take a pay cut and play for the Redskins instead of cashing in elsewhere.
If Davis stays with Washington, he will be forced to once again compete for passes with Logan Paulsen. The Redskins resigned Paulsen on March 9th, meaning that Robert Griffin III will more than likely be looking in his direction first.
Tight ends in football who are not the top option on their own team tend to have less fantasy value. The good news is that, with Griffin III at the helm, he could utilize both Davis and Paulsen early and often in games. Davis can still be dangerous in the red zone as well. Throw Niles Paul into the mix, and any fantasy owner will definitely have their concerns.
Davis, if taken at all in fantasy, will be about the 20th to 25th best tight end in football next season. A lot will depend on how healthy he is, and if he can fit into the right system. If he is with Washington, he will get a chance to put up some solid numbers to start the season.
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