This just in, breaking news… the Washington Redskins can not cover tight ends. Expect a big day from Larry Donnell who is a must start player this week in fantasy football. Last week the Redskins allowed Jared Cook 4 receptions, 61 yards and 2 touchdown passes.
Coby Fleener may not be the greatest fantasy football tight end however he hauled in 4 passes for 127 yards and 2 touchdowns against the Redskins. Earlier this season Jason Witten had 5 receptions, 70 yards and a touchdown against Washington. Do you see a trend here?
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Larry Donnell had a megastar fantasy performance against the Redskins with 7 receptions for 54 yards and 3 touchdowns in Week 4. You have to start Donnell this week if you want to take advantage of this golden opportunity.
With 55 receptions on the season, Donnell has had 6 games with 5 or more receptions. Donnell is not Rob Gronkowski or Jimmy Graham, he is not an every week starter on most fantasy football teams. He has only caught a touchdown pass in 4 games this season and has only one multiple-touchdown game.
Donnell is a guy you play if the match up is favorable just like it is now. This week there is much to like in terms of matching up against the Redskins’ defense.
The Redskins have allowed 29 passing touchdowns which is 3rd worst in the NFL in this category. Washington has given up 48 passing plays over 20 yards and 10 passing plays over 40 yards. The Redskins problems covering tight ends are partly due to not having the athletes to cover them in the secondary but also missed assignments. The wide open tight end is not a rare sighting against Washington.
Fantasy Football Projected Stats: 6 receptions, 65 yards and 2 touchdown receptions (In PPR leagues this will get you about 20 fantasy points)