View Full Version : Davenport for real?

10-10-2007, 01:37 PM
Alive: Najeh Davenport (Brewmaster: Fast Willie Parker)

Davenport found the end zone twice in Week 5, bringing his season touchdown total to three. You laugh and say that Davenport is just a short-yardage specialist and touchdown vulture, but he has put up games of 43, 46, 47 and 58 yards so far this season, while averaging a ridiculous 7.5 yards per carry. Touchdown vulture he is not, my friends. But he does remain Willie Parker's backup, which knocks his value down a few pegs.

Or does it? We are here to help. Najeh Davenport, are you for real?

Hector: Yes, he is, which is a real pain. Remember that game when Jerome Bettis had five carries for one yard and three scores? That was great for anyone who started The Bus, which was, well, nobody. You can't start a goal-line specialist over any back who gets regular carries. Even Earnest Graham and Cedric Benson are smarter plays. At least with them, you know for sure they will touch the ball. That yards per carry average is ridiculous because it's not coming from a large enough sample size to mean anything. And like Kenton Keith's, these yards are mostly coming late when the game is already decided. The touchdowns are nice, but you can't hang your hopes on the possibility of Hines Ward, Santonio Holmes or Parker getting tackled inside the 5-yard line each week.

Victor: Tell you what, I am going with Davenport being "for real" here. He has gotten 40-plus yards four out of five games and has more rushing yards this season than Maurice Jones-Drew. It's five games in, people! Yes, Davenport has been a fantasy bust in years past, but he has proved -- in more than one-third of the season -- to be at least a somewhat effective fantasy weapon. He will get vulture touchdowns, might get 40 rushing yards per game (we have no reason to believe he won't just yet) and stands to benefit from any injury Fast Willie might suffer in the future. As far as handcuffs go, he is a must-have. But he's as good of a touchdown vulture as any I've seen this year.


10-10-2007, 01:55 PM
najeh is for real, indeed. I don't know that I'd start him on a regular basis for the simple reason that he's not going to get you those normal 100 yd 1 TD games that Willie can get you but he is good as a reserve and somebody that can get you some points in your FF league if you catch him on the right sunday. he is a backup though so starting him is risky for anyone.

All I know is he's for real on the field and that's something we can all be happy about :towelwave:

black an gold 4 life
10-10-2007, 04:14 PM
najeh is 4 real an he's the perfect 1-2 combation 4 the steelers system, he's obvious happy with his situation,i just hopes he stay with the team!!! good job najeh.

10-10-2007, 05:00 PM
He didn't find us, we found him! He was just getting started with GB, and they had half the talent we do. He is just going to blow up with us! Perfect fit!
for real? Hell Yeah!