Player Outlook
Davis has the chance to be a breakout Fantasy option this season, and he's worth drafting as a high-end No. 3 receiver as early as Round 6. He's entering his third season in the NFL, and Davis showed plenty of promise to end his second year in 2021. In the playoffs last year, Davis had 10 catches for 242 yards and five touchdowns on 13 targets. He also scored four touchdowns in his final six regular-season games. The Bills have 184 vacated targets with Cole Beasley and Emmanuel Sanders gone, and while newcomers Jamison Crowder, Khalil Shakir and O.J. Howard will help fill that void, we expect Davis to take a big leap in production opposite Stefon Diggs. Davis could emerge as a weekly starter in all formats this season.

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2022
2021 35 549 15.69 6 0.00 905.6
2020 35 599 17.11 7 0.00 1016.3
3y Avg. 35 574 16.40 6 0.00 935.8
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Fantasy News

  • Bills' Gabriel Davis: Player on the rise

    Davis continues to stand out during training camp, Maddy Glab of the Bills' official site reports. Said offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey on Tuesday: "Great mentally, as smart as any receiver I've been around, and works his tail off. So I think that's why you see that trajectory with him continue to get better and better and better each year because he's never complacent." Davis served as the No. 4 wide receiver for most of last season, but with Emmanuel Sanders and Cole Beasley not in the mix for 2022, he's now a clear-cut No. 2 alongside star receiver Stefon Diggs. If Davis sees a lot of single coverage, he's going to be able to put up strong numbers all season. He also has a nose for the end zone with 13 TD catches over his first two regular seasons, and that's not including the four-TD game he posted in the gut-wrenching loss to the Chiefs in last season's playoffs. Davis has jumped way up in draft rankings all summer, and rightfully so, but we'll at least spread one word of caution to go with all the good news -- the Bills have plenty of other weapons (Dawson Knox, Devin Singletary, rookie James Cook, Josh Allen's running ability, etc.) and have the potential to be playing from ahead in a number of games. You'll want to target Davis if your league isn't quite up to speed on his third-year potential, but don't feel bad about letting him go if someone slots him way too high.
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  • Bills' Gabriel Davis: Role set to increase

    Davis is slated to start alongside Stefon Diggs in 2022, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports. Davis, who spent the bulk of his first two campaigns with the Bills working as the team's No. 4 receiver, now has an opportunity to see an expanded role in 2022 with Emmanuel Sanders and Cole Beasley no longer on the roster. Isaiah McKenzie, Jamison Crowder and rookie Khalil Shakir are also in Buffalo's wide receiver mix, but on the heels of an outstanding effort in the divisional round of the playoffs, Davis -- who logged a 35-549-6 line on 63 targets in 16 games last season --- appears poised to see an uptick in volume, as he's likely to absorb a decent portion of the targets vacated by Sanders and Beasley. Though Diggs remains the team's clear-cut top wideout as the projected No. 2 option, Davis has the potential to move up the fantasy ranks this year while catching passes from a quality signal caller in Josh Allen.
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  • Bills' Gabriel Davis: Career game in playoff loss

    Davis caught eight of 10 targets for 201 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 42-36 overtime loss to the Chiefs. Davis caught all four of Josh Allen's passing touchdowns, scoring from 18, 75, 27 and 19 yards out. The final two touchdowns each gave the Bills the lead within the final two minutes of regulation, only for the Chiefs to answer both times. Buffalo never got a chance to respond in overtime, as Kansas City won the coin toss and drove down the field for a game-winning touchdown. Davis emerged as a consistent contributor in Buffalo's offense down the stretch and took his game to another level in this one, leaving a strong final impression to close out his sophomore season. With the big-armed Allen slinging it his way, Davis' fantasy arrow is pointing up.
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  • Bills' Gabriel Davis: Candidate for added work

    Davis is a candidate to start and see a high snap share Sunday against Atlanta with Emmanuel Sanders (knee) inactive for the contest, Joe Buscaglia of The Athletic reports. Davis had been catching fire prior to missing Week 16 due to being placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, as he had caught a total of four touchdowns in three games leading up to that designation. Amended NFL protocol will allow the second-year wideout to re-take the field against the Falcons, who are a bottom-three team in terms of fantasy points allowed to wide receivers in PPR formats. Not only is the matchup favorable, but Davis will presumably get to work as a WR3 behind Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley. With Buffalo often using three-wide-receiver sets, the opportunity will at least be there to recapture the momentum he had been building in Weeks 13-15.
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  • Bills' Gabriel Davis: Activated by Buffalo

    The Bills activated Davis (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday. After being placed on the list last Friday, Davis was initially expected to miss Weeks 16 and 17 since he was subject to a 10-day quarantine as an unvaccinated player who tested positive for COVID-19. However, he'll be eligible to return to practice Wednesday and suit up Sunday against Atlanta after the NFL and NFL Players Association agreed Tuesday to set isolation time at five days for all players who test positive for COVID-19, per Kevin Seifert of ESPN.com. Davis will thus rejoin the Bills after he was apparently asymptomatic while in quarantine, and with Cole Beasley (illness) also coming off the same list Wednesday, Buffalo's receiving corps will be at full strength for Week 17.
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  • Bills' Gabriel Davis: Not playing Weeks 16, 17

    Davis, who was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday after testing positive for the virus, won't be available for games Sunday against the Patriots or Week 17 against the Falcons due to his status as an unvaccinated player, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Davis and Cole Beasley are both following the protocols for unvaccinated players and must quarantine for 10 days after their positive tests Friday and Tuesday, respectively. Because Beasley tested positive earlier in the week, his 10-day period will conclude prior to the Jan. 2 game against the Falcons, while Davis won't be cleared until a day after that. Though Buffalo received good news with Emmanuel Sanders (knee) practicing fully and thus looking likely to play this weekend, the team's depth beyond Sanders and No. 1 wideout Stefon Diggs is now being tested. Look for Isaiah McKenzie to pick up snaps out of the slot in place of Beasley, while Jake Kumerow and potentially Marquez Stevenson pick up more reps on the perimeter.
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  • Bills' Gabriel Davis: Lands on COVID list

    Davis (undisclosed) was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday. Davis has four touchdowns in the past three games and appeared poised for a significant role again this weekend after Cole Beasley tested positive for COVID-19, but Davis now has joined him on the reserve list. According to Adam Schefter of ESPN, Davis is unvaccinated and therefore is unavailable for Sunday's matchup with the Patriots. Isaiah McKenzie could operate as Buffalo's No. 3 wide receiver behind Stefon Diggs and Emmanuel Sanders versus New England.
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  • Bills' Gabriel Davis: Opportunity keeps knocking

    Davis' teammate Cole Beasley was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Tuesday. The early thought is Beasley is set to miss Sunday's game in New England. While we'll await official word on that, starting receiver Emmanuel Sanders (knee) seems like a sketchy proposition for that game as well, meaning if Davis is somehow still on your league's waiver wire you'll want to queue that up. The second-year wideout has four touchdowns over his last three games -- even if the matchup proves to be as tough as it seems on paper, Davis looks to be out there for at least 85 percent of the offensive plays. Davis has either a TD catch or 100 receiving yards in all four games where he's seen at least half the offensive snaps this season.
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  • Bills' Gabriel Davis: Big game in spot start

    Davis caught five passes for 85 yards and two touchdowns on seven targets against Carolina on Sunday. Davis stepped into the starting role normally held by Emmanuel Sanders (knee) and thrived, even scoring one of his touchdowns against feared corner Stephon Gilmore (though Gilmore seemed confused on the coverage that play, to be fair). Going back to his rookie year, Davis has been almost automatic with his otherwise inconsistent usage, so it will be interesting to see if the Bills get him more playing time going forward even after Sanders' eventual return. The Bills tried to use Sanders as their main downfield receiver this year, but at 34, it's certainly possible the veteran can't be as effective in the role as Davis. With that said, Davis is likely to return to his No. 4 role whenever Sanders is back to health.
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  • Bills' Gabriel Davis: Headed for Week 15 start

    Davis is expected to join Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley in the starting lineup for Sunday's game against the Panthers with Emmanuel Sanders (knee) expected to miss the contest, Sal Maiorana of the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reports. The Bills have yet to officially rule Sanders out for the home game versus Carolina, but he hasn't taken part in either of the team's first two practices of Week 15 and was labeled week-to-week after picking up the knee injury in last Sunday's overtime loss to the Buccaneers. While Sanders was sidelined for the entire second half of that contest, Davis stepped in and had a major role in the Bills' comeback bid. He scored on a four-yard touchdown reception with just under five minutes remaining in the fourth quarter to cut the Bills' deficit to three, then reeled in a pass on the team's final drive of regulation to convert on fourth down and set up a game-tying field goal. All told, Davis played 84 percent of the offensive snaps and finished with eight targets, both of which were season highs. With dual-threat quarterback Josh Allen nursing a toe injury that could limit his involvement as a runner this week and the team's running backs not inspiring much confidence of late, the Bills could continue to lean into a pass-heavy game plan against Carolina, which could make Davis an intriguing low-cost option in DFS contests.
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  • Bills' Gabriel Davis: Finds end zone again

    Davis caught five of eight targets for 43 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's overtime loss to the Buccaneers. That makes back-to-back weeks with scores for the second-year wideout, who could see a boost in his role if veteran Emmanuel Sanders (knee) is held out of action in Week 15. Davis only has one 100-yard game his season, but he's found the end zone four times after doing so seven times as a rookie. The Bills have a few plays they like to dial up where they look Davis' way in the red zone.
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  • Bills' Gabriel Davis: Scores in defeat

    Davis caught two of four targets for 30 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 14-10 loss to the Patriots. Davis opened the scoring for Buffalo with a 14-yard touchdown during the first quarter, marking his third end-zone trip of the campaign. He also made another catch later on, meeting his usual yardage standard despite wind gusts of around 50 miles per hour heavily restricting the passing game. Davis will now hope his personal momentum from scoring Monday will translate into another positive showing versus the Buccaneers in Week 14.
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  • Bills' Gabriel Davis: Modest performance in easy win

    Davis caught two of three targets for 47 yards in Thursday's 31-6 win over the Saints. While Davis had two long-gainers on pretty catches, he didn't get in on any of Josh Allen's four touchdowns and has only found the end zone twice this season after visiting it seven times in his rookie 2020 season. Davis will remain a hit-or-miss fantasy option unless injuries strike the Buffalo offense, as Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley and tight end Dawson Knox remain clearly ahead of him in the pecking order.
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  • Bills' Gabriel Davis: First trip to end zone since Week 1

    Davis caught four of five targets for 29 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 26-11 win over the Dolphins. It's been a pretty dry season for Davis as Buffalo's clear No. 4 wide receiver, though he did seem to pick up extra targets this week in the absence of tight end Dawson Knox, whose status remains uncertain due to a broken hand. Davis saw action on 44 percent of the offensive plays. While the second-year wideout hasn't gone over 40 yards in a game this season, he could remain more involved should Knox miss more time. Davis' only other path to fantasy relevance would be an injury ahead of him on the depth chart to Stefon Diggs, Emmanuel Sanders or Cole Beasley.
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  • Bills' Gabriel Davis: Shut out in blowout win

    Davis failed to bring in his only target during Sunday's 40-0 win over Houston. Davis was one of the few Bills who didn't get in on the scoring frenzy, failing to catch a pass for the second time this season despite playing 43 percent of the snaps on offense. Despite a pleasantly surprising rookie season, Davis has been pushed down in this high-powered and currently healthy offense in his second NFL campaign. Part of that stems from the emergence of tight end Dawson Knox, who's now a regular presence in the passing game, and the addition of a viable No. 2 receiver this offseason in Emmanuel Sanders also puts Davis further away from fantasy relevance after he took advantage of the opportunities created in 2020 when former Bills wideout John Brown was hurt most of the season.
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  • Bills' Gabriel Davis: Ready for Sunday

    Davis (ankle) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against Washington. Davis has been impacted by an ankle injury the past two weeks, with the second-year wide receiver logging limited practices Wednesday and Thursday. Fortunately for Davis, he managed every rep to wrap up Week 3 prep, clearing him to suit up this weekend. He's served as the Bills' No. 4 WR this season en route to two catches (on five targets) for 40 yards and one TD, all of which occurred in the team's opener.
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  • Bills' Gabriel Davis: Cleared for Week 2

    Davis (ankle) is active Week 2 against the Dolphins. Despite missing Wednesday's practice and logging a pair of limited sessions to close out the week, reports out of Buffalo had indicated Davis was trending toward an "active" status. Last week, a three-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter helped Davis reach double-digit fantasy points, but it's worth noting that the second-year wideout was fourth among Buffalo receivers in snap share. Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley and Emmanuel Sanders each saw more consistent time on the field, so it seems Davis still has some depth chart climbing to do.
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  • Bills' Gabriel Davis: On track for Week 2

    Davis (ankle) is expected to play in Sunday's game against the Dolphins, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Davis is still listed as questionable, but he's on track to be active for Week 2. After a seven-touchdown rookie season, Davis started strong in Week 1 with two receptions for 40 yards and a score. However, those touchdowns will be tough to depend on while he's in a deep wideout corps with Stefon Diggs, Emmanuel Sanders and Cole Beasley.
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  • Bills' Gabriel Davis: Questionable for Week 2

    Davis (ankle) remained limited in practice Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's matchup with Miami. Davis practiced on a limited basis both Thursday and Friday after missing Wednesday's practice. He's fourth on the Bills' wide receiver depth chart but scored the team's lone touchdown in Week 1, so Davis will be missed if he can't go against the Dolphins. Davis' status will likely be determined shortly before kickoff.
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  • Bills' Gabriel Davis: Misses practice

    Davis won't practice Wednesday due to an ankle injury, Alaina Getzenberg of ESPN.com reports. Davis logged 43 snaps in the Bills' Week 1 loss to the Steelers, finishing with two receptions for 40 yards and a touchdown on five targets. Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley and Emmanuel Sanders all saw more playing time than Davis did in the season opener, a context that suggests that steady volume could elude the second-year wideout, so long as the aforementioned trio remains available.
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