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Fantasy Football Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em Week 7: TE Chris Herndon

By Luis Tirado Jr.
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 14: Tight end Chris Herndon #89 of the New York Jets runs in for a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium on October 14, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - OCTOBER 14: Tight end Chris Herndon #89 of the New York Jets runs in for a touchdown against the Indianapolis Colts during the third quarter at MetLife Stadium on October 14, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Jeff Zelevansky/Getty Images)
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Heading into Week 7 fantasy football, the New York Jets might finally have a top tight end worth starting against the Minnesota Vikings. Keep an eye on rookie Chris Herndon.

So far this season for the New York Jets, their tight end corps is a respectable group without any one player particularly standing out. Yes, they have spurts here and there but are mostly handling blocking duties on offense. All that is about to change in Week 7 fantasy football as owners would be wise to start tight end Chris Herndon who is entering a favorable matchup against the Minnesota Vikings.

If it’s one thing to know about the defense of the Vikings is they tend to give up a plethora of fantasy football points to opposing tight ends. It’s an area of weakness that Jets offensive coordinator Jeremy Bates will exploit using the momentum that Herndon has heading into this Week 7 matchup.

Last week, Herndon scored the first receiving touchdown of his NFL career and had a decent day at the office. In the Jets Week 6 win over the Indianapolis Colts, Herndon totaled 56 receiving yards, two receptions, and a touchdown. He made a big play on one of those receptions that went for 32 yards.

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Ideally, Herndon is worth giving a shot this week and starting him in the FLEX position makes a lot of sense. Make no mistake about it, he’s nowhere near the levels of a TE2 and is very far from being a TE1 but for now, is worth starting in Week 7 action as a sleeper pick.

Expect to see Herndon continue where he left off from last week and have another game with a touchdown or two. Since the Jets are hurting at wide receiver, expect to see a heavy dose of rushing and a big involvement from Herndon to get the job done this week.

Start Herndon and enjoy everything he brings to the table. He has playmaker written all over him and will likely have another big game in front of the home crowd in MetLife Stadium.

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