Part of the drop-off can be attributed to the arrival of Anquan Boldin. The physical wide receiver is a favorite target for QB Colin Kaepernick on third down where in seasons past Davis often has been the first option. Davis didn’t help his cause either with unsure hands in Sunday’s 17-13 victory over the Washington Redskins.
On pace for his worst season since 2008, Davis had three catches for 21 yards against the Redskins. There’s always the chance he becomes more involved over the last five games, but Davis should stay on your bench at least for Week 13 when the 49ers play the Seattle Seahawks. In 15 games against the Super Bowl champions, Davis is averaging 34 yards and three catches.
Joique Bell, RB, Lions: Even with the backfield essentially to himself for another game, Bell amassed just 48 yards on 19 carries. Bell has failed to score in four straight games and over that time compiled more than 100 yards from scrimmage only once. Consider Bell downgraded to flex but with a chance for redemption against the Chicago Bears on Thanksgiving.
Alfred Blue, RB, Texans: It was back to earth for Arian Foster’s replacement in a 22-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Blue carried 16 times for 46 yards, a far cry from 156 yards on 36 attempts two weeks ago. With Foster perhaps on track to play in the next game, Blue’s value drops from RB2 to reach flex. If there’s confirmation Foster will be back, Blue becomes nothing more than a handcuff.
Bishop Sankey, RB, Titans: There was high hope in the preseason for the heralded rookie, but Sankey has largely been a non-factor despite having limited competition for carries. His latest dud was 37 yards on 10 rushes in a 43-24 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. The bottom-tier flex has scored once since Week 5 with a high of 61 rushing yards.
Shane Vereen, RB, Patriots: Given the volatility of New England’s backfield, there are much safer options than Vereen, who took a back seat Sunday to LeGarrette Blount. Two weeks ago, Vereen was an afterthought to Jonas Gray’s 204 yards and four touchdowns. Vereen remains a reasonable flex play because of New England’s potent offense, but keep expectations in check.