Mike Davis
Mike Davis
27-Year-Old Running BackRB
Carolina Panthers
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Released by the Bears midway through the 2019 campaign despite signing a two-year deal with them last offseason, Davis made five appearances for the Panthers to end the year, but was hardly featured on offense. With the benefit of an acclimation period, the veteran now figures to compete with Reggie Bonnafon and Jordan Scarlett for spare snaps behind superstar tailback Christian McCaffrey. Although the backup job would hold some upside in case of injury, historically McCaffrey has hardly ever left the field when healthy and it's not yet certain Davis will make Carolina's regular season roster. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a two-year, $6 million contract with the Bears in March of 2019. Waived by the Bears in November of 2019. Claimed off waivers by the Panthers in November of 2019.
Garners 79 total yards in loss
RBCarolina Panthers
November 29, 2020
Davis rushed 15 times for 55 yards and brought in three of six targets for 24 yards in the Panthers' 28-27 loss to the Vikings on Sunday.
ANALYSIS
The versatile veteran logged another start for Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) and was serviceable from a fantasy perspective, but he continued to scuffle for running room against a Vikings defense that had only been about league average against opposing ground attacks. Davis barely eclipsed 4.0 yards per carry in the prior two games and fell just short of the mark Sunday, making his current starting stint less productive overall than the one he enjoyed earlier in the season when McCaffrey was on injured reserve with an ankle sprain. With his star teammate projected to return after the Week 13 bye against the Broncos, Davis appears set to revert to a complementary role.
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How do Mike Davis' 2020 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
19.8%
 
Positive Run %
82.5%
 
% Yds After Contact
73.8%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
3.0
 
Rushing TD %
2.4%
 
Touches Per Game
14.8
 
% Snaps w/Touch
39.2%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-4.9
 
Air Yards Per Snap
-0.13
 
% Team Air Yards
-2.2%
 
% Team Targets
15.8%
 
Avg Depth of Target
-1.0 Yds
 
Catch Rate
83.9%
 
Drop Rate
1.6%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
7.5
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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After two seasons stuck on the bench in San Francisco, Davis traveled up the coast to Seattle in 2017 and saw a marginal increase in opportunities in a backfield that was still trying to replace Marshawn Lynch. Despite the addition of first-round pick Rashaad Penny and the emergence of Chris Carson, Davis finally got his chance in Week 4 of 2018, busting out for 101 yards and two TDs on 21 carries against the Cardinals. While that ended up being his high-water mark for the year, Davis was an effective part of the Seahawks' new committee, running with power and flashing upside as a receiver for the first time since his college days. The performance earned him a free-agent payday in Chicago, where he'll potentially step in as the new complement to Tarik Cohen in place of Jordan Howard. Davis offers more versatility than Howard, without much loss of effectiveness on early downs or short-yardage spots. Of course, the team also added David Montgomery in the third round of the draft, and the rookie will compete for many of the same snaps as Davis. Despite the change in uniform and a two-year, $6 million contract, the outlook for playing time hasn't improved all that much.
Cut loose by the 49ers last preseason, Davis wound up on the Seahawks' practice squad and eventually their game-day roster. He played six games without doing anything too noteworthy, as his mediocre mark of 3.5 YPC was still a career high. The 2015 fourth-round pick has the frame Seattle looks for in a running back at 5-9, 217, and he showed some three-down upside in college at South Carolina, but those skills have been in little evidence since turning pro. The team made a big commitment to Rashaad Penny in the draft and brings back last year's Week 1 starter in Chris Carson, so Davis seems pegged purely for a depth role if he retains a spot. He caught a career-high 15 passes last season, and he could carve out an occasional third-down role if he proves to be the back most capable of protecting Russell Wilson from blitzes.
Davis, a former fourth-round selection, joined the Seahawks in the offseason after spending last season with division-rival San Francisco. Over the past two seasons with the 49ers, Davis recorded 108 yards and one touchdown on 54 attempts to go along with 10 receptions for 53 yards in 14 games. He'll now battle with a collection of young talent to secure a reserve spot on in Seattle's backfield. Davis lacks experience which could hurt his chances, but his pass-catching ability out of the backfield could help him secure a bottom of the depth chart role in 2017.
A depth back in his rookie campaign, Davis turned in disappointing results with a 1.7 YPC on 35 rushing attempts. To add insult to injury, he suffered a hand injury and missed a good portion of the season. He entered training camp looking quicker and the results showed in his first two preseason games where gained 98 yards on just 10 carries. The strong start has made Davis a likely candidate to make the team as a third or fourth running back.
The 49ers selected Davis out of South Carolina in the fourth round this offseason. At 5-foot-9, Davis may not seem like a north-south runner, but his 220-pound frame and low center of gravity give him the ability to power his way between the tackles. He is currently behind Carlos Hyde, Reggie Bush, and Kendall Hunter on the depth chart, but a strong training camp and preseason could have him jump either Bush or Hunter. Davis is also best suited to be the every-down back should Hyde go down with an injury this season.
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Yet another start on tap
RBCarolina Panthers
November 28, 2020
Davis will remain the starting running back Sunday after Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) was ruled out another week, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
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Gets back into end zone Sunday
RBCarolina Panthers
November 22, 2020
Davis rushed 19 times for 64 yards and a touchdown and brought in both his targets for 15 yards in the Panthers' 20-0 win over the Lions on Sunday.
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Another start awaits
RBCarolina Panthers
November 18, 2020
Davis is expected to lead Carolina's backfield Sunday against the Lions with Christian McCaffrey (shoulder) slated to miss the contest, Bill Voth of the Panthers' official site reports.
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Scant opportunity in lopsided loss
RBCarolina Panthers
November 15, 2020
Davis rushed seven times for 32 yards and brought in four of five targets for 12 yards in the Panthers' 46-23 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.
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Back in Sunday's game
RBCarolina Panthers
November 15, 2020
Davis (finger) returned to Sunday's contest against the Buccaneers, Steve Reed of the Associated Press reports.
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