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Chris Herndon Could be the Fantasy Savior for your Pathetic Tight End Spot

We’ve been on the Chris Herndon train for a while now. In fact, if you’re a loyal member of the Wolf Pack, he should’ve already been rostered weeks ago. If not weeks ago, then at least a week or two ago. Anyways, Herndon will make his season debut this week after violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Somehow, the Jets uber-athletic tight end is still available in 70 percent of leagues.

In 2018, Herndon tied for the rookie lead in TDs (4), averaging 8.1 FPPG in his 14 GP. Unsurprising, Sam Darnold loved him in the red zone, targeting him on 17% of his throws. He makes contested grabs, is dangerous after the catch, and uses his 6’4″ frame to body defenders.

He’s also an exceptional blocker, which makes him even more dangerous as a true every-down threat that can disguise plays. HC Adam Gase has raved about this, calling Herndon a “unicorn” for his ability to “do it in all three phases of the game.”

Consequently, Yahoo’s Charles Robinson labeled Herndon a “high impact, high priority target” for Darnold, with “the talent to become an elite every down TE.” He played all of Sam Darnold’s first team snaps this preseason. He hauled in a beautiful 32 yard bomb in the process.

Though not a lock, Herndon has the talent and could find the usage to be a meaningful every-week threat, especially in the red zone. Gase helped scheme back-to-back 12 TD seasons for Julius Thomas, after all, and Herndon offers equal, if not more, mismatch potential.

If you’re hurting for a tight end and own one of the many bums at the position, Herndon has weekly starting potential.

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