Ed Davis little more than a handcuff option for now
by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2013) Poor Ed Davis. The perennial breakout candidate finally started to look like someone Fantasy owners could rely on last season, as he earned Dwayne Casey's trust in Toronto.
Unfortunately, a midseason trade landed him in Memphis, where he was sent right back to a reserve role, as he finished the season averaging 5.1 points and 4.4 rebounds in 15.1 minutes per game for the Grizzlies. And there is little reason to think he will not be used in a similar way this season, which dampens his Fantasy value.
There is some hope for Davis, who averaged 13.8 points and 10.2 rebounds per-36 minutes a year ago. He is likely the primary backup to Zach Randolph, who has dealt with injuries and somewhat declining skills in recent years. With a big contract saddled to him on a small market team, it wouldn't be a shock to see Randolph traded or otherwise moved into a somewhat smaller role this season, with Davis obviously being the big beneficiary.
Fantasy owners in standard leagues should probably not be targeting Davis in most drafts. But, in deeper leagues, as a handcuff option for Randolph, he is worth a look in the later rounds.