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Larry Donnell benches himself for Vernon Davis, costs himself fantasy football win

New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell benched himself last week in fantasy football, starting Vernon Davis in his place. It cost him the week. Whoops.

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The world of fantasy football has always been entertaining when playing with friends, but it has also provided some great stories from NFL players. A couple years ago, I recall former Washington tight end Chris Cooley having a monster Week 16 game, and after the game talking about how his fantasy opponent that week started him.

We've got another fun story. Last week, New York Giants tight end Larry Donnell put up a monster performance on Thursday Night Football. He had 7 receptions for 54 yards and 3 touchdowns, finishing the day with 23+ points for standard leagues, and 30+ points for PPR leagues. Unfortunately for Donnell, he made the decision to bench himself in his own fantasy league.

A healthy Vernon Davis is a solid play in fantasy football. That being said, even if Vernon had outperformed Donnell, his decision to bench himself was a roll of the dice. Davis was able to participate in practice, but he was still a question mark due to his ankles.

If Donnell had inquired in the SB Nation Fantasy War Room, I probably would have suggested he start himself and bench Davis because of the injury concern. Davis is normally a must-start, even with his sometimes inconsistent fantasy performances. However, given his ankle problems, the safe play would have been going with Donnell, unless he had a third option just in case Vernon was a no-go.

I'm sure Donnell has just a few more things to think about than his own fantasy lineup. However, I have a hunch he will be moving into his own lineup soon.