Heading into Week 10 fantasy football, New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon may not represent the best option to start as a tight end, but he could potentially suit owners well in the role of a flex as he faces the Buffalo Bills.
Throughout the 2018 season thus far, 22-year-old tight end Chris Herndon, who was drafted by the New York Jets in the fourth round of last April’s NFL Draft, has been a bright spot of sorts on a struggling Jets offense, especially during the last few weeks.
Through nine weeks, the University of Miami alum has brought in 16 receptions for a total of 223 yards and three touchdowns. Up until last week, when the Jets put on an embarrassing performance in a 13-6 loss to the Miami Dolphins, Herndon had scored a touchdown in three consecutive games. And although that streak didn’t continue in Miami, he still performed well, totaling four catches for 62 yards.
Looking ahead to this upcoming week, the Jets will take on divisional rival Buffalo Bills at home in MetLife Stadium. Interestingly enough, the Bills have actually struggled just as much if not more so than the Jets, as the team boasts a 2-7 record as opposed to Gang Green who sits at 3-7.
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In regards to the Bills specifically, it’s no secret that the team hasn’t had much success this season, but they’ve actually done quite well in regards to pass defense, only allowing an average of 212.0 passing yards per game. With that in mind, it’s very possible that the Jets, who have looked utterly lost at times on offense this year, will once again be unproductive with the ball.
However, it’s also important to note that veteran Josh McCown will be getting the start this weekend due to a foot injury suffered by rookie Sam Darnold. That switch could end up benefiting Herndon, or it could actually end up hindering him due to multiple reasons.
First off, McCown is much more experienced than Darnold and, at this point, likely more polished. He had a career year last year, and although he hasn’t played throughout the regular season thus far, it’s quite possible that he comes in and adds a spark to the Jets offense.
On the flip side, he could be rusty and struggle a bit. Also, it seems as if Herndon and Darnold have clicked in recent weeks. Will Herndon have that same chemistry with McCown? Only time will tell. If, in the end, however, McCown does look like his normal self, Herndon will likely once again be a key piece to the Jets offense and if that turns out to be the case, he could serve well in the role of a flex for fantasy football owners.