After catching just one pass in his previous two games combined,
Considering it was the Giants' first game without star wide receiver Victor Cruz, Donnell was expected to play a bigger role in the passing game, but a resurgence of this magnitude should remind us all how he came to be owned in 83 percent of Fantasy leagues in the first place. Over the first four weeks, he averaged 6.3 catches for 59 yards, scoring four touchdowns.
One potential pitfall for Donnell is that he lost two fumbles in Week 7, giving him three fumbles lost for the season, but with so few tight ends capable of his kind of production in a given week, the Giants would have to suggest his playing time is in jeopardy for me to pass on Donnell in Fantasy.
His production fell when rookie wide receiver Odell Beckham entered the mix in Week 4. Now that Cruz is out of the mix, Donnell's production figures to rise again.
Donnell led the club with seven receptions and 90 yards during the game. He also turned the ball over twice, losing two fumbles. Both fumbles came in the fourth quarter, as the Giants were attempting to come back against the Cowboys. Donnell is on a bye Week 8.
You're probably not all that motivated to start
Better yet, he might be Manning's best choice for this particular matchup. The Cowboys rank a modest 12th against the pass, allowing 227.5 yards per game, but they've given up the third-fewest Fantasy points per game to wide receivers. Meanwhile, they've given up the most Fantasy points per game to tight ends.
Certainly, if you have Julius Thomas, Rob Gronkowski, Greg Olsen, Martellus Bennett and maybe Jordan Reed and Antonio Gates, you wouldn't give a player like Donnell a second thought. But otherwise, he might be your best choice at tight end despite his production the last two weeks.
With Victor Cruz sidelined the rest of the season with a major knee injury, the
"Whatever role is thrown at me, I'm going to do everything I can to do my best and it's just not me," Donnell said, per NJ.com. "It's Rueben (Randle), Odell (Beckham), it's going to be a team effort.
"Victor was a major part and took a lot of attention away from everyone. Me, I feel very confident."
Or at least one of his favorites.
Turns out Cruz wasn't even the Giants' most-targeted receiver through the first six games.
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