Larry Donnell benched himself in Fantasy

Larry Donnell wasn't a household name heading into the season, but after making waves with his three touchdown performance in Week 4, the young tight end is surprising fans, fantasy football owners and even himself.

When asked about fantasy football most NFL players scoff at the thought of it, but not New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell.

In fact Donnell told reporters following Wednesday’s practice that he plays in a fantasy league with friends and now he is a highly coveted player who keeps popping up in trade proposals.

“I took myself in the last round of the draft,” Donnell said. “And now they’re sending me trade requests for myself. So how does that work?”

As if things couldn’t get any stranger, Donnell elected to start 49ers tight end Vernon Davis this past week and his decision ended up costing him a fantasy win. The third year tight end has risen from obscurity this season and leads the team in receptions (25) and touchdowns (4). The Giants walloped the Washington Redskins 41-14 in Week 4 and Donnell was the star of the show with three touchdowns, while proving to be a viable option for fantasy owners moving forward.

“Would’ve won if I played me,” Donnell told reporters on Wednesday. “During the game, I’m like, ‘Really?’ That’s the honest truth.”

As the G-men prepare to take on the Atlanta Falcons’ No. 30 ranked pass defense this Sunday, Donnell is ready to put on his Fantasy GM cap and give himself the go-ahead to start in Week 5.

“Oh yeah. I’m in there,” Donnell said of his fantasy team’s starting lineup.

The Giants aim for their third straight victory on Sunday to help take some of the sting out of their lackluster 0-2 start to the season.

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