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by Brandon Niles

NYG TE Larry Donnell - Week 9, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 9 vs. Philadelphia

Larry Donnell seems healthy and has outsnapped Will Tye two games in a row now, making him the most likely of the two Giants TEs to put up fantasy numbers. However, he’ll face an Eagles defense that features athletic LBs and safeties who can run with opposing TEs. They’ve given up two touchdowns, but only 16 receptions all season to the TE position, and Donnell is way too risky for fantasy owners to count on.

by Brandon Niles

NYG TE Larry Donnell - Week 2, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 vs. New Orleans

Larry Donnell had only one catch last week against the Cowboys, but it was a 15-yard touchdown reception. Donnell split snaps with Will Tye 55 percent to 45 percent, with Donnell getting the edge, but with that likely to continue throughout the season, Donnell is a bit risky.

He has some upside this week against a terrible Saints defense. But he was only targeted twice last week, and only once the last time he faced the Saints – and that was in a shoot-out. He’s simply too risky at this point to trust and fantasy owners in most leagues should look elsewhere.

by Brandon Niles

NYG TE Larry Donnell - Week 1, 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 at Dallas
Larry Donnell is coming off a neck injury that ended his season a year ago. He wasn’t very productive when he played in 2015 and the Giants will be hoping that he can get back to his 2014 form, when he caught six touchdown passes. Donnell remains a big, physical target in the passing game and has high upside as a red zone target.

Donnell faces what was a pretty tough Dallas pass defense a year ago, and he could be splitting reps with Will Tye, who looked better than Donnell did in his stead. Until the depth chart gets a bit less crowded and one of Donnell or Tye emerges as the consistent target for Eli Manning, there’s no reason to gamble on either option, especially in a tough matchup. He should probably be on waivers.

by Brandon Niles

NYG TE Larry Donnell - 2016 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
Larry Donnell had a strong 2014 season with 623 yards and six touchdowns, but injuries hurt him last year. At 6-foot-6 he remains a big target with red zone potential and he has the athleticism to be a top producer at the tight end position. The Giants have historically made use of their tight ends, making good fantasy producers out of seemingly whoever they put in the position since Eli Manning has been there. Donnell has looked healthy in camp, so assuming he’s back from injury, if he can win the starting job back from Will Tye, he has upside as a TE1.

Fantasy Downside
Tye was more consistent than Donnell was last year and he finished the season strong with three touchdowns in the final four games. Donnell only had two touchdowns in eight games before missing the rest of the season with a neck injury and he was on pace for only 446 yards, a noticeable decrease from his break out 2014 year. Donnell could find himself in a time-share with Tye at best, or a straight backup at worst, making him a risky option for fantasy owners.

2016 Bottom Line
Donnell still has value as a bench guy in dynasty leagues, but outside of that, fantasy owners are probably better off waiting on the Giants tight end situation and plucking the eventual starter off waivers at a later time. If Donnell and Tye share time, it will hurt both players and there are just too many quality tight ends ahead of them to warrant draft consideration.

by Brandon Niles

NYG TE Larry Donnell - Week 9, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 9 at Tampa Bay
Larry Donnell suffered a neck injury last week that may keep him out of this week’s action against the Bucs. Even if he plays, he’s a longshot to put up good numbers and fantasy owners should probably leave him on waivers for the time being.

by Brandon Niles

NYG TE Larry Donnell - Week 8, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 7 at New Orleans
Larry Donnell caught four of the five passes thrown his way against Dallas last week, but he wound up with just 18 yards. He has only two touchdowns and 28 receptions all season and isn't a legitimate fantasy option from week-to-week. He has some upside against a soft Saints pass defense this week, but he’s far too risky for fantasy owners to rely on.

by Brandon Niles

NYG TE Larry Donnell - Week 7, 2015 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 7 vs. Dallas
Larry Donnell only had 29 yards on three receptions against the Eagles last week, and he hasn't been able to find his groove in the Giants offense so far this season. While he maintains his role as a starter, the Giants have been too inconsistent on offense to trust the TE position right now. Additionally, Donnell faces a Dallas team this week that has only allowed one touchdown to opposing tight ends so far this season. Donnell is too risky to warrant serious fantasy consideration and should be left on you bench or on waivers for the time being.

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