Mike Davis

Mike Davis

RB - ATL
Height: 5-9
Weight: 217 lbs
Age: 28
College: South Carolina
Atlanta Falcons

2021 Season Outlooks

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 joined an Atlanta offense loaded with talent across the board, and the Falcons didn't draft a running back but did trade Julio Jones, which could lead to more work for the running game in Atlanta than expected. 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 is a 28-year-old back set to play for his 5th team in 7 seasons. Before tallying 165 carries last year, he compiled 247 totes over his first 5 seasons.So he doesn’t fit the typical profile of a sure-fire lead back. Yet that’s the role he’s the favorite to land with help from a thin depth chart.Perhaps stiffer backfield competition arrives in the coming months. But for now, Davis profiles as a volume-based RB2 for a solid Atlanta offense — even without Julio Jones. He does come with elevated risk considering his spotty history. We're generally not looking at him until the 5th round of fantasy drafts.  
Davis signed with the Falcons during the offseason. The 28-year-old's NFL ride has been interesting, as the 2015 fourth-round pick battled to hang on to a roster spot in San Francisco, Seattle and Chicago before joining Carolina as Christian McCaffrey's primary back up during the 2019 season. McCaffrey's injury-plagued 2020 vaulted Davis into the fantasy spotlight and he ended up 13th among RBs in touches and yardage while finishing 12th in fantasy points. Davis' efficiency was unimpressive (3.9 YPC, 5.3 YPT) and his role was reduced down the stretch, but a sizable workload in the pass game (his 70 targets ranked fifth) led to the fantasy success. Atlanta didn't draft a back, so Davis is expected to be the lead runner in 2021. He could sneak into the RB2 mix, but is best-viewed as a low-ceiling flex.
After nearly washing out of the NFL after his opening seasons in San Francisco, Mike Davis took full advantage of an extended playing time stint with Carolina in 2020. Christian McCaffrey missed most of the season, resulting in Davis collecting 224 touches and parlaying his career year into a starting opportunity for the Falcons. Davis has a sturdy built with after-contact ability and quality feel as a receiver. The Falcons deployed a committee approach for their running backs in the passing game not even starter Todd Gurley seeing more than 34 targets. Davis offers strong goal line and passing game market share on one of the better passing games in the NFL.

2021 Fantasy Football Rankings

Standard

#62

PPR

#52

Half-PPR

#58

Superflex

#63

2021 Fantasy Football Draft Projections

Rush Yds Rush TD Rec Rec Yds Rec TD
887.3 6.3 46.2 316.7 1.6

2021 Average Draft Position (ADP)

Standard

#50

Pick 5.02

PPR

#51

Pick 5.03

Half-PPR

#77

Pick 7.05

Superflex

#56

Pick 5.08

Injury Risk

Injury Risk:
Medium

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