Larry Donnell had a bit of a breakout season a year ago, finishing second on the team with six receiving touchdowns and third with 63 receptions and 623 yards. Donnell was a little hot and cold all season though, often providing feast or famine type fantasy number and driving owners insane. However, he’s a talented player with good size and demonstrated an ability to use his body to gain leverage against defenders. The Giants will hope his consistency improves this year.
The Giants have usually provided fantasy owners with a pretty good fantasy option at the tight end position, and Eli Manning often uses his in-line receivers as safety valves and red zone targets. Donnell will be entering year two as a starter at the position and has very little competition from veteran Daniel Fells and youngster Adrien Robinson, who failed to prove much last season. Donnell should benefit from another season in the offense and fantasy owners can hope he gains some natural progression due to experience.
Donnell was very inconsistent last year, and his hands weren’t as reliable as you’d hope for from a tight end who is supposed to be a safety valve and red zone option in the passing game. The Giants offense is notoriously inconsistent as well, which makes it hard to gauge whether or not Donnell’s issues were personal or systemic. He’ll likely put up some good numbers, but might provide a goose egg on occasion like he did last season.
Donnell should be considered a late round pickup at the tight end position, nestled firmly in that third tier of tight ends. He’s not elite like Gronk, and not consistent enough to be considered with the Greg Olsens and Martellus Bennetts of the world. He will be a solid spot starter at least though, and he provides some upside for fantasy owners wanting to wait on the tight end position.