Each week the Noise will guide desperate, deep-thinking owners into the dark corners of the waiver wire to mine a last-minute diamond. Turn on your helmet light and pack a pickaxe. We're digging for drop-jaw surprises owned in less than 10 percent or started in five percent and less of Yahoo! leagues.
The Bears' crafty slot receiver, who was recognized this week by the FBI for his charitable donation of 7500 child ID kits to Chicago area youth, has been working undercover in fantasy leagues for much of the season.
Owned in just 12 percent (5 percent-started) of Y! Plus leagues, the former San Jose SaberCat has caught 13 passes for an average of 54 yards per game over the past three weeks. His six catches for 97 yards Week 5 in Motown was his most productive game of the season. With the Lions in Chi-town this week, Davis could again be more than serviceable for managers in Grand Canyon-deep leagues.
Because Ron Turner has installed a West Coast-type offense, Davis has racked healthy target totals (5 tgt/g), becoming a reliable aerial ally to Obi One-Eight (Kyle Orton). Due to the socialist nature of Chicago's retooled offense, Davis is one of several go-to guys. As Ron Turner told the Chicago Tribune earlier this week:
''The way this offense is set up, we're going to count on a lot of people and we're going to utilize a lot of people. As a receiver, you might have a game or two where you're not getting a lot of catches. It's just the way the game goes, [and] all of a sudden you get them. It's going as we had talked about. We use a lot of different people.''
This week will be one of those "all of a sudden" games for Davis.
Dexterous and quick-footed, the 29-year-old is a matchup headache for the Lions. Then again, so is any able-bodied human with two legs. Working almost exclusively out of the slot, he should find a number of exploitable creases against Detroit's undisciplined Tampa-2. The Hello Kitties have yielded eight scores and four 100-yard games to receivers this season, equal to the most fantasy points allowed. Look for Orton and Davis to assault the Lions underneath, connecting on numerous appreciable gains.
Desperate owners in 12-team and deeper PPR leagues, presumably too hungover from Halloween festivities to conduct their own waivers research, may want to employ the shifty wideout as a WR3. With Brandon Lloyd very questionable again this week and due to Davis' prior success versus Detroit, he could see roughly 6-9 looks.
Week 9 Fearless Forecast: 5 receptions, 82 receiving yards, 1 touchdown
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Previous Shockers: Hank Baskett (2-102-TD), Brian Griese (160-1-0), James Jones (1 drop, injury), Lance Moore (7-101-2TDs), David Martin (1-25-0), JaMarcus Russell (159-0-1-11 rsh yds), Donnie Avery (4-55-TD), Ryan Fitzpatrick (155-0-2-42 rsh yds, FL)
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