If the Gabriel Davis coming-out party transpired during the AFC Divisional Round when the receiver snagged eight of his 10 targets for 201 yards and a playoff record four touchdown receptions, then the encore occurred during the off-season when the Bills did not add a starting-caliber outside receiver.
“Gabe was making some unbelievable catches out there,” Josh Allen said after the playoff game. “Obviously four touchdowns, I think he went eight for 200 and something. That’s video game numbers.”
Davis is known as a deep ball maestro, but throughout the season he proved to be a red-zone monster and an intermediate route runner. Against the Chiefs on 4th-and-13 when his team needed a play to stay alive, he shattered ankles en route to his fourth score of the night.
Davis was a hot sleeper candidate prior to the 2021 season, but his fantasy outlook slipped when the Bills added veteran Emmanuel Sanders to the receiver room. Luckily for Davis, Sanders did not make it through all 17 games and he was able to flourish at times when Sanders was out of the lineup.
Davis was able to be a PrizePicks “over” lock and a fantasy streamer during the stretch run where he scored four touchdowns over his final five games and nine touchdowns over his final seven games (including the playoffs). Allen absolutely trusted the young receiver, targeting him seven-plus times in four of his last six games — highlighted by 14 and 10 target games.
With Sanders and Cole Beasley no longer in Buffalo, Davis will line up across from Stefon Diggs and newly-inked Jamison Crowder. Diggs and Crowder will get their targets, but Davis will be the offense’s big-play and deep-ball threat
“When your number is called, you have to make the play,” Davis said after the game. “I knew it was going to be a night like that, especially knowing we have guys like Stefon Diggs and Cole Beasley that will be getting doubled more often than I would. So, I was just prepared for anything coming my way and I was able to, again, make the most of the plays that were called.”
The Wolf is putting his money where his mouth is, ranking Davis 45 overall (+45 vs ECR!!!) and WR19 (+17 vs ECR!!) on his 2022 Fantasy Football Rankings. Davis is going off the board at 51 overall and WR25 on Underdog Fantasy best ball drafts.
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