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Knile Davis | Running Back

Team: Kansas City Chiefs
Age / DOB:  (23) / 10/5/1991
Ht / Wt:  5'10' / 227
College: Arkansas
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Knile Davis rushed 10 times for 25 yards in Kansas City's Week 7 win over the Chargers, adding one catch for an additional 11 yards.
Davis was utilized extensively as a breather back for Jamaal Charles, but that's all he was. Charles out-touched his talented backup 24-11. Davis' elite handcuff status has been well established, but he's a low-end RB4 as a standalone option. Oct 19 - 8:12 PM

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Knile Davis rushed just twice for six yards in Kansas City's Week 5 loss to the 49ers.

Davis failed to corral his lone target in the passing game. One week after the Chiefs rode a dominant ground game to a shellacking of the Patriots, coach Andy Reid dialed up only 19 rushing attempts, 15 of which went to all-world starter Jamaal Charles. Charles obviously deserves the vast majority of Kansas City's run-game work, but it's a bit surprising Reid backed off an attack that averaged 4.7 yards per carry this afternoon. Heading into the Chiefs' Week 6 bye, Davis remains an elite handcuff, and standalone RB4.
Oct 5 - 8:03 PM

Knile Davis rushed for 107 yards on 16 carries in the Chiefs' Week 4 win over the Patriots.

He added one catch for 12 yards. Even with Jamaal Charles back in the lineup, Davis remained a big part of the offense. He broke off a 48-yard run in the first half to set up a Charles touchdown. Davis then handled a couple series himself with Charles in the locker room getting an IV because of cramping. Expect Davis to see closer to 8-12 touches on a weekly basis the remainder of the season. The Chiefs were up so big on the scoreboard that they were able to run the ball 38 times. Davis remains a must-own handcuff for Charles owners.
Sep 30 - 12:17 AM

FOX Sports' Jay Glazer reported Sunday morning that Knile Davis will get "some action" in Monday night's game against the Patriots, even with Jamaal Charles (probable, ankle) returning.

Charles is fully expected to start against the Pats, but it would be smart for the Chiefs to give a few extra carries to power back Davis. Charles should fill the passing-game and lead back roles, particularly after Davis allowed two sacks in pass protection last week. Davis won't be much of a flex option against the Patriots. Charles should resume his usual RB1 production.
Sep 28 - 12:58 PM

Knile Davis rushed 32 times for 132 yards and a touchdown as the Chiefs downed the Dolphins 34-15 in Week 3.

He did fumble twice, losing one. The Dolphins held Davis to 4.1 yards per carry, but fantasy owners using him were always hanging their hat on volume. And they got it, as Kansas City leaned on its running game while nursing a lead for almost the entire game. The 32-carry workload is a reminder that Davis remains the most valuable handcuff in all of fantasy. It was slightly disappointing, however, to see passing-game back Joe McKnight "vulture" two receiving scores in the red zone, and Cyrus Gray to execute a six-yard TD in fourth-quarter garbage time. Look for Jamaal Charles (ankle) to return to the lineup next week against New England.
Sep 21 - 7:29 PM

Knile Davis got the first rep with the starting offense at Friday's practice, but Jamaal Charles (ankle) got the next two.

It doesn't give us much information on Charles' status. For now, we can only call him a true game-time decision ahead of Sunday's 4:25pm ET start. "We appreciate his effort," coach Andy Reid said of Charles. "He came in and pushed through this thing. If he can't go he can't go. The other guys have practiced." Owners of both Davis and Charles need to be prepared with late-swap options.
Sep 19 - 10:26 PM

Coach Andy Reid confirmed that the game plan won't change much if Knile Davis starts in place of Jamaal Charles (ankle) against the Dolphins Sunday.

Charles has missed all or most of the three games across the last two seasons. In those games, Davis is averaging 22.3 carries, 5.0 catches, 97.0 total yards and has scored six touchdowns. Reid and the Chiefs have every reason to be confident in the second-year back as someone they can build offense through. The RB-dependent scheme Reid has installed would stay intact, leaving Davis as a RB1 candidate.
Sep 16 - 8:33 AM

Knile Davis rushed for 79 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries in the Chiefs' Week 2, 24-17 loss to the Broncos, adding six catches for 26 yards.

Jamaal Charles exited the game early in the first half with a sprained ankle and never returned. Davis was dropped into the every-down role and became the focal point of the offense, as if he actually were Charles. Davis was targeted nine times in the passing game to lead the team. His college tape wasn't very impressive at Arkansas, but Davis has looked plenty athletic and shifty since being drafted by the Chiefs. He'll be in the RB1/2 conversation next week against the Dolphins should Charles miss the game. Davis will be the top waiver add this week.
Sep 14 - 8:01 PM

Knile Davis rushed once for three yards and caught a three-yard pass in the Chiefs' Week 1 loss to Tennessee.

Jamaal Charles only got 11 touches as Kansas City was unable to establish a run game in the blowout loss. Davis maintains plenty of stash and handcuff value, but doesn't have a big role on offense when Charles is healthy.
Sep 7 - 6:15 PM

Knile Davis rushed 12 times for 27 yards and caught 2-of-4 targets for 37 yards in the Chiefs' third preseason game Saturday night.

He got the start with Jamaal Charles resting a sore foot. Davis remains the every-down handcuff to Charles, but was an inefficient ball carrier last year, and has just 85 yards on 23 carries (3.70 YPC) this August. Davis would be a high-volume, every-week RB1 in the event of a Charles injury. We still have questions about how effective Davis would be in a long-term starter role.
Aug 23 - 11:43 PM

Knile Davis started the Chiefs' second preseason game in place of Jamaal Charles (foot), rushing for 30 yards on nine carries with three receptions for 26 yards against the Panthers.

Davis busted an 11-yard run on his first carry and looked as healthy as he's been since early in his Arkansas career. Davis isn't a make-you-miss back, but he's big with some power and is excellent in the passing game. In the event of a Charles regular season injury, Davis would simply be dropped into Charles' high-volume role. He's arguably the most valuable handcuff in fantasy, and worth stashing even for non-Charles owners.
Aug 17 - 10:03 PM

ESPN Chiefs reporter Adam Teicher believes second-year RB Knile Davis "appears far more prepared to contribute" than he was as a rookie.

Davis isn't going to cut into Jamaal Charles' workload, but the Chiefs have been exploring ways to get both players on the field at the same time. Davis would be thrust into a monster role were Charles to go down with injury, making him one of fantasy's top handcuffs.
Aug 7 - 3:39 PM

The Chiefs have used several formations with Jamaal Charles, Knile Davis and rookie De’Anthony Thomas on the field together during training camp.

The Chiefs are looking for ways to involve Davis and Thomas without having to remove Charles. In theory, all three players on the field could give Kansas City their best personnel group, but it's unlikely it would be more than a wrinkle in the offense. The Chiefs are expected to use two tight-end sets with Travis Kelce to compensate for their lack of a true No. 2 wideout behind Dwayne Bowe.
Jul 25 - 6:59 PM

The Kansas City Star confirms the Chiefs "expect more" from second-year RB Knile Davis.

It is difficult to take Jamaal Charles off the field in any situation, but he could use more breathers after finishing 2013 as the only NFL running back to lead his team in rushing, targets, receptions, yards, and receiving touchdowns. Although Charles is an exception to many rules, it shouldn't be forgotten that he's 5-foot-11, 200. Davis has a chance to earn more change-of-pace work this season, and is one of fantasy football's most valuable handcuffs.
Jul 13 - 2:35 PM

ChiefSpin's Herbie Teope believes the Chiefs will get second-year RB Knile Davis more action this season.

Limited to five touches a game as a rookie, Teope says the Chiefs would ideally like to see Davis in the 8-10 touch range. There is no doubt Kansas City would like to utilize Davis more, but the reality is using Davis means taking the dynamic Jamaal Charles off the field, which is obviously difficult to do. No matter how the playing time shakes out, Davis remains one of the most interesting backup running backs in fantasy.
Source: Chiefs Spin
Jun 28 - 11:41 AM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
QB1Alex Smith
2Chase Daniel
3Aaron Murray
RB1Jamaal Charles
2Knile Davis
3Cyrus Gray
4De'Anthony Thomas
GLB1Jamaal Charles
2Knile Davis
3RB1Jamaal Charles
2De'Anthony Thomas
FB1Anthony Sherman
WR11Dwayne Bowe
2Frankie Hammond
3Albert Wilson
WR21A.J. Jenkins
2Junior Hemingway
3Donnie Avery
WR31Frankie Hammond
TE1Anthony Fasano
2Travis Kelce
3Demetrius Harris
K1Cairo Santos