Mike Davis has flashed at times in his career with both the 49ers and Bears, but it wasn't until joining Joe Brady's Panthers offense that we saw his true talent shine. What makes Davis a strong Fantasy asset is his ability to impact the game both as a runner after contact and as a receiving option. He joins an Atlanta offense loaded with talent across the board, and the Falcons didn't draft a running back. With a workload similar to the one he took on in 2020 in Christian McCaffrey's offense, Davis can be an RB1 in 2021, and he's slam dunk value at his current ADP. Even if unexpected RBs eat into his workload, the offense is likely to be productive enough for Davis to return plus value on his ADP.
Davis enter training camp as Atlanta's projected starter at running back, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Entering camp atop the depth chart is a first for Davis in his career, though he does have 22 NFL starts to his name, including 12 in 2020 for the Panthers. The 28-year-old landed in Atlanta on a two-year, $5.5 million contract this offseason, joining a backfield where the other options are Qadree Ollison, Cordarrelle Patterson, Tony Brooks-James and a pair of undrafted rookies (Javian Hawkins and Caleb Huntley). New head coach Arthur Smith isn't likely to recreate his powerful rushing attack from Tennessee, but he should at least be more committed to his running game than the previous regime in Atlanta. It's a nice opportunity for Davis, though some form of committee is more likely than a true three-down role.
Davis is signing a two-year, $5.5 million contract with the Falcons, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports. Davis gets $3 million guaranteed, cashing in on his stint as the Panthers' starting RB while Christian McCaffrey dealt with various injuries in 2020. Davis failed to maintain his early momentum in the role, but he at least proved himself competent as a runner, receiver and blocker. He could be in the mix for a starting job in Atlanta, where Ito Smith, Qadree Ollison and Tony Brooks-James are the other tailbacks on the offseason roster. Of course, the Falcons still have time to add more free agents, not to mention the 2021 NFL Draft at the end of April. There hasn't been any report of Davis having issues with the ankle that prevented him from playing Week 17 last season.
Davis (ankle) is inactive for Sunday's contest versus the Saints, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports. As is Christian McCaffrey (thigh), leaving Carolina's backfield to Rodney Smith, Trenton Cannon, Alex Armah and perhaps even Curtis Samuel. Davis got far more work than expected this season due to McCaffrey's constant injury woes, which led to career highs in carries (165), catches (59), yards from scrimmage (1,015) and touchdowns (eight) in 15 games. He's an unrestricted free agent in the offseason, but considering how well he fared in relief of McCaffrey, the Panthers may seek to bring back the six-year vet as an insurance policy.
Davis (ankle) is listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Saints, but the Panthers have no expectation of him playing, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. Head coach Matt Rhule called Davis "gutsy" for playing through a significant ankle injury in Carolina's Week 16 win over Washington. The veteran running back was never expected to play in the season finale and hasn't practiced at all this week, leaving Rodney Smith, Trenton Cannon and Curtis Samuel as the team's likely ball carriers for Week 17. It'll be the only game Davis has missed all season after he unexpectedly started in 12 of his 15 appearances while Christian McCaffrey (thigh) dealt with multiple injuries. Davis finishes 2020 with career highs in every major counting category, but he wasn't able to maintain his early burst of production, ultimately averaging only 3.9 yards per carry and 6.3 per catch. He'll turn 28 in February and can become an unrestricted free agent in March.
Davis (ankle) isn't participating in Thursday's practice, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports. Head coach Matt Rhule admitted Wednesday that the running back was unlikely to play in the regular-season finale versus the Saints this weekend, so Davis' absence from practice for the second day in a row comes as no surprise. With Christian McCaffrey (thigh) also ruled out for Week 17, Carolina will likely turn to third-stringer Rodney Smith as its No. 1 back against New Orleans. Receiver Curtis Samuel -- who carried a season-high seven times in the Week 16 win over Washington -- could also take on a more pronounced role out of the backfield.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|2||09/19||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||12.30|
|3||09/26||@New York Giants||17||17.50|
|4||10/03||Washington Football Team||3||14.24|
|5||10/10||New York Jets||20||18.00|
|9||11/07||@New Orleans Saints||2||13.00|
|11||11/18||New England Patriots||22||18.88|
|13||12/05||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||1||12.30|
|15||12/19||@San Francisco 49ers||7||14.75|
|18||01/09||New Orleans Saints||2||13.00|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||97||394||3||33||203||1||83|