TE Chris Herndon - New York Jets
|6-4, 252||Born: 2-23-1996||College: Miami (Fla.)||Drafted: Round 4, pick|
Week 7: vs Minnesota Vikings
FBG says: Good matchup. Sam Darnold may have already arrived. The youngest starting quarterback of the Super Bowl era, Darnold opened his NFL career with a whimper, completing just 56% of his throws over the first 5 weeks. But over the last 2, he's averaged a studly 9.54 yards per attempt and thrown 5 touchdowns. Darnold is a strong-armed prospect, one who's unafraid to test downfield and flashes excellent placement when his mechanics are sound. He's still getting by mostly on quick, short routes, and his slot men remain the Jets' most consistent producers. Quincy Enunwa easily led the team in targets and yardage before his Week 6 injury, and Jermaine Kearse stepped in last week to catch 9 balls. But as Darnold's confidence and fundamentals improve, there will be more opportunity for splash plays. As it stands, this certainly isn't the league's most explosive attack, but it's one that's finally showing fantasy utility. If Darnold keeps developing quickly as a franchise passer, the fortunes of Robby Anderson and Terrelle Pryor will rise, if only gradually. In general, the Vikings pass defense has been disappointing to open 2018. They were last year's second-most dominant unit, but thus far have allowed 4 of 6 quarterbacks to top 260 yards. They faced rookies in the other two games, and even Buffalo's Josh Allen was able to beat them on a handful of tough downfield throws. The pass rush remains dynamic, even without Everson Griffen, but the coverage units have been undermanned and shaky. The cornerbacks have alternated solid performances with bad ones, and it likely won't get better without first-round rookie Mike Hughes. This a group still quite capable of dominating, as it did last week in haranguing Cardinals rookie Josh Rosen. But it's no longer the fantasy-shutdown unit it once was.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24
Chris Herndon's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 6 vs IND (2 / 2 / 56 / 1 rec)
Herndon didn't get targeted very often but he made what he got count, particularly on his 32-yard catch and run touchdown at the start of the third quarter. Herndon ran a very simple route down the sideline, and the coverage first bit on the playaction fake by Sam Darnold, then one defender fell as he tried to adjust. Herndon was wide open, as was fellow tight end Jordan Leggett.
2018 Week 4 vs JAX (1 / 1 / 18 / 0 rec)
Herndon actually had two big catches but his first -- a 33-yard deep ball -- was called back due to an Eric Tomlinson holding penalty. His second catch, during a drive at the end of the first half, was an athletic grab for 15 yards. Otherwise, while he was on the field for 65% of the offensive plays, he was rarely used.
2018 Week 3 vs CLE (2 / 2 / -1 / 0 rec)
It's a surprise it doesn't happen more often to the Jets, given their insistence on throwing screen passes and other tosses behind the line of scrimmage, but Herndon's longest catch was 8 yards in the wrong direction, as he was brought down well behind the line of scrimmage in the first quarter.
2018 Week 2 vs MIA (4 / 2 / 30 / 0 rec)
When Neal Sterling left with a head injury, it looked like Herndon would get the chance to step up. He did, but it didn't take as Herndon was tackled short of the end zone on the last play of the first half and fumbled the ball twice in the second half.
Latest NewsJets | Chris Herndon gets into the end zone (Sun Oct 21, 05:54 PM) - New York Jets TE Chris Herndon finished with four receptions for 42 yards and a touchdown on seven targets in Week 7 against the Minnesota Vikings. Our View: Herndon almost had a second touchdown and he was the most reliable target for Sam Darnold. He's streamable against the Bears next week and should be added in deep leagues.
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