Fantasy Football: Chiefs RB Knile Davis should start on your fantasy team


Sep 7, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Chiefs running back Knile Davis (34) runs the ball as Tennessee Titans defensive tackle Sammie Lee Hill (94) defends during the first half at Arrowhead Stadium. The Titans won 26-10. Mandatory Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Kansas City Chiefs running back Knile Davis is finally getting his opportunity to play in the NFL with Jamaal Charles being on the injury list.

Davis flashed his talents rushing for 72 yards and two touchdowns during last week’s game when Charles exited the game with the ankle sprain.

High ankle sprains linger, which means Charles could be missing action for few weeks, giving Davis a chance to get some runs as the first team running back.

Davis is an athletic freak who is a raw talent. He was drafted in the third round in 2013 by the Chiefs, as he had an amazing combine, at 5-10 and 227 pounds. He managed to run a blazing 4.37 40-yard dash, and he landed a 33.5 inch vertical jump.

To put it in perspective, Cincinnati Bengals wide receiver A.J Green had a 34.5 inch vertical, and he’s one of the best jump ball wide receivers in the NFL.

Another impressive metric from the combine is that he had 31 reps on the bench press at 225 pounds, which is as much or more than a lot of linemen.

The elite combine statistics shows that he’s an explosive powerful athlete with a lot of speed. Davis is a tough runner who hits the running lanes hard and is hard to bring down. He doesn’t go down on first contact, and if he gets the ball in the open field, he’s a prime candidate to take it to the house.

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Davis has to be rostered in every fantasy league, while Charles is out with this injury.

He is in a prime situation where he is going to get a lot of touches and will get some work in the passing game. Davis is a player I would try to trade for, especially if I owned Charles, because he’s going to be a valuable asset in the coming weeks.

If you own him, you must start him because he’s very athletic, and he’s going to get the opportunity to produce fantasy from a week-to-week basis while Charles is out.

Davis is one of the best backup running backs in the league, and you should still roster Davis when Charles comes back from his injury if your roster space allows it.

This week, the Chiefs are home against the Miami Dolphins, who are 13th against the run this year, allowing 101 yards per game rushing to opposing offenses this season.

Again, I would start Davis without hesitation this week.