Is Gabe Davis playing in Week 4 after the Buffalo Bills‘ WR appeared to aggravate his ankle injury in practice this week? Let’s take a look at the latest injury news surrounding Davis and the fantasy football implications of the news.
Update: Gabe Davis is active for the Bills’ Week 4 game
Is Gabe Davis playing today?
After a video emerged of Davis appearing to slip in practice on Wednesday, he was held out of practice Thursday. However, he managed to return in a limited fashion Friday.
After practice, there seemed to be optimism around the Bills and from Davis himself that he would be able to play in Week 4 against the Ravens. That optimism was reinforced by ESPN’s Adam Schefter late on Saturday evening. Schefter tweeted that both Davis and TE Dawson Knox were expected to play in Week 4.
That is good news for the Bills, who are without Jake Kumerow, their main backup to Davis and Stefon Diggs.
Can fantasy managers trust Davis in Week 4?
We have already seen the ups and downs that Davis can provide fantasy managers so far this season. In Week 1, he had five targets, reeling in four of them for 88 yards and a touchdown. However, in Week 3, he could only turn his six targets into three receptions for 37 yards.
That fully highlights the roller coaster that a secondary WR in an offense can take you on. With Diggs commanding targets, Davis is left fighting for what is left with the likes of Isaiah McKenzie and Jamison Crowder.
However, this week, Davis has an extremely juicy matchup with the Ravens. Baltimore has allowed 46.73 fantasy points on average to the WR position through the first three weeks. However, 79.7 of those points came in Week 2 against the Dolphins, with the Ravens having allowed an average of 30 points per game in the other two weeks.
The combination of the matchup and the uncertainty over the injury has left Davis in an intriguing position for Week 4. He currently sits 30th in our Week 4 WR fantasy rankings and 89th overall in our full-PPR fantasy rankings. Therefore, Davis is very much in consideration as a flex option in 12-team leagues.
Who could benefit if Davis misses time?
In Week 2, it was Kumerow who benefitted in terms of playing tunes and targets with Davis absent. However, Kumerow is now also out, so if Davis were a late scratch, the picture is not totally clear.
The Bills appeared committed to keeping McKenzie and Crowder in their role out of the slot when they had Kumerow to turn to. With Kumerow out, will they be willing to give one of them an expanded role on the outside?
Alternatively, they could look toward rookie WR Khalil Shakir. He is listed behind Diggs on the depth chart, suggesting he could be in the plans on the outside. However, even if Davis is out, Shakir would be nothing more than a very deep league long shot for fantasy managers in Week 4.