By Derek Brown (FantasyPros), Sat, Sep 3rd 2022, 1:49pm EDT
Daniel Bellinger's overall prospect profile doesn't exactly jump off the page, but there's a ton of promise here. After failing to eclipse 1.05 yards per route run in his first three years at San Diego State, Bellinger posted 1.66 yards per route run (33rd, minimum 20 targets per PFF) in his final season. Where Bellinger really shined was after the catch, where he was seventh in YAC per reception (per PFF). He can further explore this part of his game at the NFL after testing extremely well at the combine. He finished with a 75th percentile or better speed score, burst score, and catch radius (per Playerprofiler.com). While rookie tight ends aren't usually players we look to in redraft, Bellinger could make some noise in his first season. From camp reports, he's already the team's unquestioned starter. We saw Brian Daboll heavily utilize a similarly athletic tight end in Dawson Knox last year in Buffalo. Knox finished as the TE9 in fantasy points per game on the strength of 19 red zone targets (fourth-most) and nine total touchdowns (second-most). The Giants' offense likely won't give Bellinger that many scoring opportunities, but the upside is there to carve out a weekly red zone role and surprise in fantasy football.