Fantasy Football Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em Week 12: TE Chris Herndon
By Michael Henken
Heading into Week 12 fantasy football, New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon may not represent the best option to start at tight end, but owners may want to instead consider starting him in the role of a flex as he takes on the New England Patriots.
Throughout the 2018 NFL season thus far, the New York Jets offense has been incredibly lackluster, to say the least. Rookie quarterback Sam Darnold, who’s currently nursing an injury, has had his ups and downs while the offensive line hasn’t done too much to help him. Also, the team has consistently struggled to establish a running attack and the receiving corps hasn’t done particularly well as a whole either.
However, that doesn’t mean there aren’t any bright spots regarding the Jets’ offense and rookie tight end Chris Herndon, who was drafted in the fourth round of last April’s NFL Draft, has certainly impressed.
Appearing in 10 games thus far, the 22-year-old out of the University of Miami has totaled 19 receptions for 257 yards and three touchdowns. He’s also proven to be consistent as well, as he’s brought in at least one reception in each of his last five games while also scoring a touchdown in three of those five games.
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Coming off of an absolutely embarrassing loss to the Buffalo Bills last week, the Jets will face an extremely difficult test when they take on the division-leading New England Patriots this Sunday.
As far as how the two teams stack up against each other, the Patriots are the far superior team, although they don’t necessarily have the strongest pass defense. However, I still don’t expect the Jets, who will once again be led by veteran Josh McCown, to see much success on that side of the ball.
It wouldn’t be surprising though to see Herndon continue to progress and perhaps find some success of his own if the opportunity presents itself.
Even in poor team performances, Herndon has found some openings for himself and made himself a target. For that reason, it may be worth starting him in the role of a flex, as he could potentially provide some value.