Vernon Davis injury update: 49ers tight end expected to play Sunday

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The 49ers tight end practiced on a no-contact basis on Friday but is expected to play on Sunday. We break down the fantasy implications.

San Francisco 49ers tight end Vernon Davis (concussion) practiced without contact on Friday and is expected to play in the team's Week 11 game against the New Orleans Saints. He is listed as questionable, awaiting final clearance from the team's medical staff. While any head injury should always been taken seriously, Davis' concussion was considered minor and he is expected to be in the lineup if he stays symptom-free.

Fantasy Impact: With wide receiver Michael Crabtree set to miss Week 11, Davis will be quarterback Colin Kaepernick's top receiving threat. The case could be made that Davis is criminally underutilized in San Francisco's run-heavy offense, but he has still produced like a top tight end with seven touchdowns on only 30 catches. With Anquan Boldin as the team's only other proven receiver, Davis should be in for a healthy number of targets against New Orleans.

While Davis is a candidate to drop a dud on fantasy owners in any given week (he had only one catch for two yards last week before suffering the concussion in the second quarter), he should still be in all starting lineups. Owners should expect solid TE1 production from Davis as the 49ers try to keep pace with the high-scoring Saints.

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