Week 12
November 25, 2015

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Season Schedule

  • Week 1 - Sep 07

    IND @ DEN

  • Week 2 - Sep 14

    KC @ DEN

  • Week 3 - Sep 21

    DEN @ SEA

  • Week 4 - Sep 28


  • Week 5 - Oct 05

    ARI @ DEN

  • Week 6 - Oct 12

    DEN @ NYJ

  • Week 7 - Oct 19

    SF @ DEN

  • Week 8 - Oct 23

    SD @ DEN

  • Week 9 - Nov 02

    DEN @ NE

  • Week 10 - Nov 09

    DEN @ OAK

  • Week 11 - Nov 16

    DEN @ STL

  • Week 12 - Nov 23

    MIA @ DEN

  • Week 13 - Nov 30

    DEN @ KC

  • Week 14 - Dec 07

    BUF @ DEN

  • Week 15 - Dec 14

    DEN @ SD

  • Week 16 - Dec 22

    DEN @ CIN

  • Week 17 - Dec 28

    OAK @ DEN

  • Week 1 - Sep 09

    PIT 19 @ DEN 31

  • Week 3 - Sep 17

    DEN 21 @ ATL 27

  • Week 4 - Sep 30

    OAK 6 @ DEN 37

  • Week 5 - Oct 07

    DEN 21 @ NE 31

  • Week 7 - Oct 15

    DEN @ SD

  • Week 8 - Oct 28

    NO @ DEN

  • Week 9 - Nov 04

    DEN @ CIN

  • Week 10 - Nov 11

    DEN @ CAR

  • Week 11 - Nov 18

    SD @ DEN

  • Week 12 - Nov 25

    DEN @ KC

  • Week 13 - Dec 02

    TB @ DEN

  • Week 1 - Sep 12

    OAK 23 @ DEN 20

  • Week 2 - Sep 18

    CIN 22 @ DEN 24

  • Week 3 - Sep 25

    DEN 14 @ TEN 17

  • Week 4 - Oct 02

    DEN 23 @ GB 49

  • Week 5 - Oct 09

    SD 29 @ DEN 24

  • Week 6 - Oct 16


  • Week 7 - Oct 23

    DEN 18 @ MIA 15

  • Week 8 - Oct 30

    DET 45 @ DEN 10

  • Week 9 - Nov 06

    DEN 38 @ OAK 24

  • Week 10 - Nov 13

    DEN 17 @ KC 10

  • Week 12 - Nov 27

    DEN 16 @ SD 13

  • Week 13 - Dec 04

    DEN 35 @ MIN 32

  • Week 14 - Dec 11

    CHI 10 @ DEN 13

  • Week 15 - Dec 18

    NE 41 @ DEN 23

  • Week 16 - Dec 24

    DEN 14 @ BUF 40

  • Week 1 - Sep 12

    DEN 17 @ JAC 24

  • Week 2 - Sep 19

    SEA 14 @ DEN 31

  • Week 3 - Sep 26

    IND 27 @ DEN 13

  • Week 4 - Oct 03

    DEN 26 @ TEN 20

  • Week 5 - Oct 10

    PHI 27 @ SF 24

    5 receptions

    104 rec yards

    1 TDs

    0 rush yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 6 - Oct 17

    NYJ 24 @ DEN 20

  • Week 7 - Oct 24

    SF 20 @ CAR 23

    4 receptions

    74 rec yards

    1 TDs

    0 rush yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 8 - Oct 31

    DEN 16 @ SF 24

  • Week 9 - Nov 07


  • Week 10 - Nov 14

    KC 29 @ DEN 49

  • Week 11 - Nov 22

    DEN 14 @ SD 35

  • Week 12 - Nov 28

    STL 36 @ DEN 33

  • Week 13 - Dec 05

    SF 16 @ GB 34

    4 receptions

    126 rec yards

    1 TDs

    0 rush yards

    0 TDs

  • Week 14 - Dec 12

    DEN 13 @ ARI 43

  • Week 15 - Dec 19

    DEN 23 @ OAK 39

  • Week 16 - Dec 26

    HOU 23 @ DEN 24

  • Week 17 - Jan 02

    ARI 7 @ SF 38

    3 receptions

    96 rec yards

    1 TDs

    0 rush yards

    0 TDs


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Vernon Davis

Denver Broncos

2008 - 2011 Statistics

                           RUSHING                            RECEIVING                            FANTASY

                            Rush    Yards    TD         Rec   Targets   Yards   TD         Tot Pts   Pts/Gm

2011 Stats           2        -5       0         67        95     792      6        114.7       7.2

2010 Stats           0         0       0         56        93      914     7        133.4       8.3

2009 Stats            0         0       0         78      129      965    13        174.5     10.9  

2008 Stats            1        11       0        31        49      358     2          48.9       3.1

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2012 Pros and Cons

(+) Even in a subpar season, Vernon ranked 8th in fantasy points for TEs

(+) Once he appeared to finally understand head coach Jim Harbaugh's offense, he clearly became a focal part of it down the stretch in 2011

(+) Harbaugh LOVES the tight end position and will have a field day using a guy with Vernon Davis’ skill-set against opposing linebackers

(+) Four straight years of not missing a game tells us Vernon is pretty darn durable

(+) Vernon is an absolute freak of an athletic specimen and is easily the fastest tight end in the league (4.38 40-yard dash)

(–) His yards-per-catch went down big time last season (16.3 to 11.8)

(–) Vernon has never had a 1,000-yard season

(–) Alex Smith has never shown he can orchestrate a prolific offense 

(–) Not only are there a ton of receivers to compete with for targets (Crabtree, Moss, Manningham, Jenkins, etc.), but the 'Niners are known as more of a running offense

(–) 67 catches on 95 targets is really nothing all that special in today's pass-crazy league

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2009 Review

Coming into the 2009 season, it seemed that all the stars were aligned for Vernon Davis to have his finest year on record… and the cosmos doesn’t lie.  First of all, Vernon is a rare physical specimen that even the NFL almost never sees.  His combination of strength, size, and speed are unmatched across the league, which begs the question; why hasn’t this kid produced like this before?  The answer lies within the 49ers organization.  Granted, Davis may not be the sweetest of candies in Grandma’s old tin jar, but he’s also been stuck in systems that have never catered to his abilities before.  49ers new Offensive Coordinator Jimmy Raye II may not have had a lot of overall success during the course of his NFL career, but one thing he has been able to do is produce Top-3 tight ends in eight of his 14 years coaching, and with the year Vernon had, 2009 marked his ninth out of 15.

~ Ranked first in the league with 174.5 TE fantasy points (basic scoring system)

~ Tied for first in the league with 13 receiving touchdowns

~ Ranked fifth among tight ends in the league with 965 receiving yards (27th overall)

~ Ranked sixth among tight ends in the league with 60.3 receiving yards per game (29th overall)

~ Ranked fifth among tight ends in the league with 78 receptions (tied for 19th overall)

~ Ranked third among tight ends in the league with 129 targets (tied for 16th overall)

~ Ranked third among tight ends in the league with 13 receptions of 20+ yards (tied for 24th overall)

~ Ranked seventh among tight ends in the league with 40 catches for first downs (tied for 36th overall)

~ Tied for sixth among tight ends in the league with 265 yards after the catch (YAC) (tied for 44th overall)

~ Set career bests in receptions (78), receiving yards (965), receiving TDs (13), yards/game (60.3), and yards from scrimmage (965)

~ Made his first career Pro Bowl team

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2010 Fantasy Outlook

The 49ers have stated that they plan on going back to a more run-based offense in 2010, but that doesn’t mean that Vernon Davis will lose any of his looks.  In fact, the Niners might end up getting him more targets this next year after seeing what kind of weapon they have on their hands.  It’s a 50/50 bet Vernon repeats his 2009 numbers, but if he does, he’ll have a chance at surpassing all the other tight ends in the game as well.  Seems like a pretty decent bet to take.

~ If the 49ers commit to running Frank Gore wild, it likely won’t hurt Vernon all that much

~ Though he has all the physical skills a tight end could hope for, Vernon could just as easily end up being a one-hit wonder

~ His upside is immense, and now that he has a taste of success, he’s not the type to let go of it

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When Vernon has his head right, this is what he can do:


And when he doesn't...

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His 2006 rookie contract was for five years, $23 million, with $15.2 million of it guaranteed, an initial roster bonus of $1.885 million, and a $9.36 million option bonus to boot.  After three pretty lame years to start his career, he finally made good on the big contract and was the league’s best tight end in 2009.  He’s in a contract year in ’10, so expect more of the same.  The remainder of the deal plays out as follows:

2010 - $5.705 million

2011 - Free Agent

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Strength of Schedule

SOS - San Francisco 49ers


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What Got Him Here

Standing at 6'3", weighing 250 pounds, Vernon is pure muscle and very coordinated.  At Maryland, he set all sorts of school strength records for a TE benching 465 lbs, power-cleaning 355 lbs, indexing 797 lbs while squatting 685 lbs.  Because of his workout at the 2006 NFL Combine, he ended up being drafted 6th overall in the draft, which tied him with Kellen Winslow II for 3rd highest draft-position ever for a TE behind Ron Kramer (Green Bay, No. 4 in 1957) and Mike Ditka (Chicago, No. 5 in 1961).  At that combine, Davis ran the 40-yard dash in the fastest speed ever for a TE at 4.38 seconds.  He also led all TE prospects in bench press reps, broad jump, and vertical jump. 

The guy has every tool necessary to become a legend in the NFL.  He's too fast for linebackers to keep up with, and too big for safeties to cover.  He's also one of the better blocking TEs, so he can be an every down guy if he keeps his head on straight, and we all saw what happens when he gets a consistent, solid surrounding core last year.

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Injury Report


Davis is coming off of 2 straight 16-game seasons and enters the upcoming year completely healthy

Vernon Davis caught 2-of-4 targets for 19 yards


Pyro's take: Vernon Davis was more active than he was in game one with Denver, and he should pass Owen Daniels on the depth chart. The issue for him and the rest of the Broncos is Peyton Manning.

11/16/15, 02:28 AM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.rotoworld.com

Broncos acquire Vernon Davis


Pyro's take: Adam Schefter reported via Twitter "Here we go: 49ers trading TE Vernon Davis to Denver for 6th- and 7th-round picks this year, and a 6th-round pick in 2017, sources tell ESPN."

Davis' value went from skid row to the pent house. Especially if Peyton Manning can continue to play the way he did against the Packers.

11/02/15, 06:51 PM CST by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Vernon Davis caught 4-of-6 targets for 61 yards against Seattle


Pyro's take: Vernon Davis was the most active in the pass catching department tonight, and when that player only catches four, it signifies a very slow night. Seattle's defense with the mixture of Colin Kaepernick is never a good thing.

10/23/15, 03:18 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com

Jim Tomsula said Vernon Davis is still the starting tight end


Pyro's take: Davis is not getting enough work to be a fantasy factor. Tight end Vernon Davis didn’t start Sunday. Garrett Celek did. Davis played 34 of 59 snaps. Celek played 46. Davis has eight receptions for 109 yards this season. Celek has 14 catches for 131 yards.

Rumors continue to link Davis with a trade out of San Francisco prior to the trade deadline.

10/21/15, 01:06 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.sfgate.com

Paul Gutierrez expects Vernon Davis (questionable, knee) to have a big game this week.


Pyro's take: Word around Santa Clara is Davis, after missing the past two games with a knee bruise, is primed to make a statement. QB Colin Kaepernick needs to spread the ball around, so expect Davis to be his primary option. Kaepernick has targeted tight ends on 31 percent of his throws this season. -- Paul Gutierrez

10/18/15, 12:34 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: espn.go.com

Vernon Davis (knee) is listed as questionable


Pyro's take: Davis has not dressed for the last two games, but has seem to make progress this week. The only issue is that the Ravens are tough against tight ends, so I would recommend that he sits

10/16/15, 11:25 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.pyromaniac.com


Matt Maioco has reported that TE Vernon Davis is practicing again. He is on target to play Monday night.

Pyro's take: Looks like time is on Vernon Davis' side as he may be ready to go on Monday Night Football. Get him in your lineups!

10/11/14, 12:42 AM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: twitter.com

Vern back?

Vernon Davis could make it back this week, after being held out last Sunday against the Cardinals. He does not need the crutches and walking around the practice field without a limp. “I’m feeling great,” Davis said at his locker. “This is going to be a good week for me.”

Pyro's take: It looks like Davis will be available in an important match-up against the Eagles. The 49ers have lost the last two games, even though they held the lead into the second half. Look for a heavy targets to go Vernon Davis' way, and he should put up top tier numbers.

09/24/14, 06:16 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.sacbee.com

Davis could still play on Sunday

Vernon Davis had an MRI on Monday and the x-rays showed deep bruise and no structural damage to his left ankle, according to the source. He got injured with 10 minutes left in the 4th quarter, and was seen on crutches in the locker room.

Pyro's take: The importance is no structural damage to the ankle, therefore rest is all that he may need to get back at it on Sunday against the Cardinals. At the very least it looks as though he may just miss one week of game action.

After losing on Sunday to the Bears, the game against the division rival has risen in importance, as the Cards are 2-0. Vernon Davis will do whatever he can to get ready and with a little luck, he will be a go.

09/16/14, 03:46 PM CDT by Vaaal-verde
Source: www.csnbayarea.com

Vernon Davis still a low catch TD machine

In the first 2 drives for the Niners, Vernon Davis scored 2 TDs - a 29 yarder and one for two yards. He ended the game with 4 catches for 44 yards in the victory against the Cowboys.

Pyro's take: Last year Vernon ended second in fantasy scoring for TEs despite just 52 catches. I was low on him heading into this year because there are so many mouths to feed and I just didn't know how Colin was going to distribute the ball.

Vernon just catches TDs and scores fantasy points for his #FF owners even though he gets so few catches. Not many do more with less than VD85.

09/08/14, 11:47 AM CDT by d-Rx
Source: blogs.mercurynews.com

It's Super Bowl or bust for Vernon

“We must win a Super Bowl title,” 49ers tight end Vernon Davis tells NBCSN’s Pro Football Talk in an interview that will air on Tuesday. “You play this game, that’s what you play this game for. You play the game to go to the Super Bowl and that’s the only reason why we play to win and make it to the Super Bowl. So anything short of that would not be acceptable and I think my teammates know that as well.

“I mean, we’ve had multiple opportunities to make it and to win it. When we were playing back in New Orleans we played the Ravens we had a great opportunity in front of us but we just didn’t seize the moment but you know what the unique thing about it is we get another chance. We still have the same chemistry, the same guys that are back in the locker room but we have another chance to do it again.”

Pyro's take: I think we all knew that already, but why not fuel the off-season fire. The 49ers will have a more prolific offense this season, with everyone back and healthy. Davis has proven that he is a major redzone threat, and a player who can a lot without a ton of targets(only 84 targets last season).

Davis will be a top five tight end this season, with potential the potential to finish second to Jimmy Graham for a second straight season. Which when you think about it makes him the best tight end, as Jimmy is no tight end.

04/22/14, 11:08 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: profootballtalk.nbcsports.com

Vernon Davis status for this week is unknown

Without Davis this season, Kaepernick has completed 22 of 49 passes for 229 yards with three interceptions (33.5 rating). With Davis, Kaepernick has completed 102 of 171 passes for 1,446 yards with nine touchdowns (seven to Davis) and three interceptions (97.3 rating).

See the difference? Kaepernick does.

“Vernon changes defenses,” Kaepernick said. “He makes them adjust differently. He makes them do things that they don’t normally do. He’s a big loss."

The 49ers have had 18 full drives without Davis this season. The results: 11 punts, 3 interceptions, 2 fumbles, downs, touchdown.

At this point, it’s not known if Davis will be available for Sunday’s game at New Orleans after he sustained his second concussion since Dec. 23.

Pyro's take: Davis suffered a concussion last week, and the 49ers offense went into a coma. Vernon has been the only consistent threat for fantasy points in the passing game for the 49ers. Kaepernick has been absolutely horrible, and without Davis he has been putrid.

Davis is going to need to play if the 49ers have any chance of keeping up with the Saints. If Davis does play, he will be heavily targeted in this game.

11/13/13, 05:37 PM CST by Houdini
Source: blog.sfgate.com

Vernon Davis expected to play against Texans

TE Vernon Davis (hamstring) was limited in practice Thursday. He is expected to play against Houston.

Pyro's take: Davis should be on the field for the 49ers this weekend, which is great news for Colin Kaepernick, but he won't be 100%. Davis showed that he can still be a factor in the redzone while injured with a touchdown last week, but that was about all he gave fantasy owners. If you own him you are going to start him, so let's just hope he is back to form this week.

10/05/13, 01:26 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: sports.yahoo.com

Vernon Davis a gametime decision, but likely to play

Vernon Davis has returned to practice and all signs point to him playing, after sitting out last week. Davis will be the biggest loss for San Francisco if unable to play, as the offense needs as many playmakers as possible on the field, and Davis is the only receiver with any chemistry with Colin Kaepernick.

Pyro's take: This is big news for Vernon as well as Colin Kaepernick. The Kap has been a disappointment the past 2 weeks, and is in desperate to get Davis and his firepower back in the offense. If Davis plays he should see a healthy amount of targets, and Kaepernick will have a great chance to deliver for fantasy owners.

09/26/13, 04:59 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: sacramento.cbslocal.com

Vernon Davis a gametime decision for Thursday Night

49ers tight end Vernon Davis, who missed Sunday's loss to the Colts with a hamstring injury, probably will be a game-time decision Thursday in St. Louis, offensive coordinator Greg Roman said. Davis was limited in Monday's practice.

Pyro's take: This is a tough break for Davis owners as the 49ers are on the short week turnaround. Davis is absolutely essential to the success of the 49ers and Colin Kaepernick this season and they need him back on the field. That being said I hope he does not rush back and reaggrevate the injury. If it ends up he does not play in week 4 he is 95% assured to play the following week.

09/24/13, 06:02 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.cbssports.com

Vernon Davis expects to play this week

Tight end Vernon Davis tweeted Tuesday night that his left hamstring strain shouldn't keep him out of the 49ers' home game Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts.

"No need to worry y'all. My leg is feeling great just need a little rest till kickoff according to the docs," Davis posted.

Davis hurt his hamstring running a deep route down the right sideline on Colin Kaepernick's third interception of Sunday's 29-3 loss at Seattle.

Pyro's take: Davis did not practice on Wednesday and may not practice all week, which worries me with hamstring injuries. The good news is that this is not a serious injury and they are calling him day to day.

It would be nice to see him practice so you can feel more confident putting him into your starting lineup on Sunday, especially since the 49ers are a late game.

09/18/13, 09:14 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.mercurynews.com

Extent of Vernon Davis injury unknown

The hamstring injury happened late in the game, I believe on the play where Richard Sherman intercepted a Colin Kaepernick pass to VD. Davis did not make a play on Sherman, and I believe the hamstring was the issue. There is no word yet on the severity, so we'll see what Wednesday's first practice participation report brings.

Pyro's take: This was one of the worst breaks on Sunday, other than Colin Kaepernick getting punked by the Seahawks. If Davis misses some time it will have an effect on Kaepernick and the 49ers passing attack. Vance McDonald would step in for Davis, but he is an unproven rookie that is going to make mistakes, but he has some nice upside. Hopefully Davis won't miss too much time.

09/16/13, 07:25 PM CDT by Houdini
Source: www.ninersnation.com

A WR you can draft as a TE

At the last mini-camp Vernon Davis was working exclusively with the wide-receivers for the Niners. With Crabtree down, Mario Manningham and Kyle Williams both on the PUP list heading into camps as well, it's obvious Vernon Davis is going to be getting a ton of targets this season to help fill a void for a Super Bowl win or bust team in the 49ers.

Pyro's take: It's so nice to be able to fill the TE position on your fantasy team with a Pro-Bowl caliber player that is really playing WR. It's a major advantage to be honest. I liken how he'll line up, to what the Cowboys do with Jason Witten. Vernon won't be blocking much if at all, second round rookie pick Vance McDonald will fill that role as the true TE. Vernon is going to be a really big WR for Colin Kaepernick this year - he has to be, Harbaugh has no other choice unless A.J. Jenkins all of a sudden becomes worthy of his 1st round pick a couple years ago (which ain't happening).

I love where Vernon's head is at this offseason as well:

“I’m here to do my job; I’m not here to get statistics. If statistics come, that’s cool. Where I’m at right now as a man and where I’ve grown as a player is in the team. My true identity is in the team.” -VD85

That's a big change from even a season ago when VD seemed to be more of a venereal disease than a team captain ready to score a shite load of fantasy points.

07/23/13, 12:00 PM CDT by d-Rx
Source: blog.sfgate.com

Coach Singletary backs his TE despite moronic pre-game confrontation

Mike Singletary sort of defended Vernon Davis for his pregame confrontation with DE Adewale Ogunleye. "Vernon is growing up," Singletary said. "I don't think he knows how important he is to this team. He's just got so much energy and he's an emotional guy and you need those guys to win a championship."

Pyro's take: As long he privately chided Davis, we support Singletary's decision. And everyone knows how important it is to have pyromaniac.com's support for day to day decisions on your NFL franchise and its players.

11/14/09, 08:30 AM CST by
Source: www.sfgate.com

Vernon Davis practice, will start tomorrow night

49ers tight end Vernon Davis (shoulder) practiced for a second straight day and though he is listed as probable on the injury report for tomorrow night's game, he is expected to start against the Bears.

Pyro's take: Davis is a must-start against a Bears D that gives out passing TDs like condoms on sex awareness day. Make sure he's in your fantasy football lineup as the game starts tomorrow night at 8:20pm ET.

11/11/09, 06:15 PM CST by Dawgmaticå
Source: blog.pressdemocrat.com