This week's Thursday Night Football matchup between the New York Giants and Washington delivered its fourth blowout in as many weeks. The game was never close as the Giants picked up a 45-14 win on the road.
Thursday night standouts
Thursday Night Football also delivered its fourth standout performance in as many weeks. In week one it was Marshawn Lynch who activated beast mode, in week two it was Owen Daniels who stole the show and in week three it was Julio Jones who lit up Thursday night.
For fantasy owners though those standout performances offered little opportunity to do anything save celebrate if you were smart enough to draft and start the players involved. Superbowl winning running back Lynch is owned 100% of ESPN fantasy leagues. The same is true of week 3 star wide receiver Julio Jones.
Week 2 star tight end Owen Daniels may only be owned in 7.9% of ESPN leagues but his use in the Ravens offense is far from guaranteed even with Dennis Pitta's injury. Week two's Thursday night game against the Steelers will likely have been Owen's only weekend of fantasy relevance.
Essentially, with Lynch, Daniels and Jones fantasy owners were either already on the train or they have missed out.
This isn't the case with last night's star though. With a stellar three touchdown performance New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell announced himself to the wider football watching public with a bang.
Donnell is a top ten fantasy tight end
Donnell's stat line for the game against Washington is pretty amazing. Donnell had seven receptions that he took for 54 yards and three touchdowns. In standard ESPN scoring leagues this gave him a huge 23 points.
Now the first question you ask yourself is whether this is a one off performance. Simply put - it isn't. In a Giants offense that has been struggling to get going Donnell has been a consistent bright spot. In week one Donnell had one touchdown and 56 yards off five receptions. In week 2 he had 81 yards off seven receptions. In week three he had six receptions and 45 yards.
As NFL.com writer Marc Sessler pointed out on twitter those numbers meant that prior to Thursday's game Donnell was leading the Giants in receptions. Add in Thursday nights stats and Donnell has been targeted 25 times and has accumulated 4 touchdowns and 236 yards.
Donnell is currently only owned in 26.6% of ESPN fantasy leagues but that number is certain to rise. With big name tight ends like Gronkowski still struggling for form and the likes of Jordan Reed and Dennis Pitta on the treatment table the message to fantasy players needing help at tight end and/or flex is clear, grab this fantasy stud before
it's too late.
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