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Fantasy Football Week 13 Start ‘Em or Sit ‘Em: TE Chris Herndon

CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: Chris Herndon #89 of the New York Jets dives into the end zone to score a touchdown as Roquan Smith #58 of the Chicago Bears chases at Soldier Field on October 28, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Jets 24-10. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
CHICAGO, IL - OCTOBER 28: Chris Herndon #89 of the New York Jets dives into the end zone to score a touchdown as Roquan Smith #58 of the Chicago Bears chases at Soldier Field on October 28, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Jets 24-10. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Heading into Week 13 fantasy football, it may be smart for fantasy owners to consider starting New York Jets tight end Chris Herndon in the role of a flex as he takes on the Tennessee Titans.

Throughout a season in which the New York Jets offense has been extremely unimpressive, rookie tight end Chris Herndon has become a bit of a diamond in the rough. After dealing with a season-ending knee injury in 2017 and being arrested on DWI charges last June, many were unsure what to expect out of the fourth-round pick, but he’s continued to progress nicely.

On the season thus far, Herndon has totaled 26 receptions for 314 yards and three touchdowns. He’s averaging 12.1 yards per catch, 28.5 yards per game, and he’s caught six passes that have resulted in gains of 20 or more yards.

What’s most impressive about the former University of Miami standout, however, is that he appears to improve week in and week out. He’s coming off of what could possibly be deemed his best game of the season, as he brought in seven receptions for 57 yards last week against the New England Patriots.

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In regards to this week’s matchup, the Jets will be taking on the Tennessee Titans, who currently sit at 5-6 and in third place in the AFC South.

When looking at the Titans, it’s important to note that the team does have a relatively strong pass defense and it’s likely that they’ll be able to contain the Jets, who have consistently struggled on the offensive side of the football.

Also, it’s currently unclear who will be starting at quarterback for the Jets this week. With rookie Sam Darnold and veteran Josh McCown both dealing with injuries, it’s quite possible that Davis Webb, who hasn’t played all season, could get the start.

With that being said, I don’t expect much success from the Jets offense this weekend. Herndon, however, has often found success even when the Jets have struggled, which is why it may be smart to start him in the role of a flex in fantasy football this week.

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