Chris Herndon IV
TE - MIN
Week 3 Outlook
The Vikings acquired TE Chris Herndon IV from the New York Jets.
Minnesota has reportedly been in the market for a tight end over the past few days, and they've acquired a high-ceiling player in Herndon. Irv Smith is currently hurt and Tyler Conklin just returned to practice, so Herndon will have a chance to earn some playing time out of the gate. Still, he isn't a fantasy option entering the year.
Chris Herndon IV was seen working with the Jets second unit in team drills.
Tyler Kroft is working as the Jets starting tight end in camp. Herndon has been a popular breakout candidate for many in the fantasy football community the last handful of years, but he has ultimately struggled to find any consistency in that span. He will have to work his way up past Kroft in camp this year if he is to see legitimate playing time.
According to Connor Hughes of The Athletic, time may be running out for Jets tight end Chris Herndon to have a breakout season. The 25-year-old has reportedly struggled to pick up the new coaching regime's playbook this offseason. Further, fellow tight ends Tyler Kroft and Ryan Griffin "stole a chunk of Herndon’s first-team reps at minicamp."
Neither of these factors bode well for Herndon, who has shown promise as a pass-catcher but struggled to truly take the next step. Losing playing time to Griffin, who was on the roster last season, and Kroft, who inked a deal with the Jets this offseason after spending 2020 with the Bills, means his role atop the depth chart may slip away. Herndon ranks 30th among tight ends in the latest expert consensus draft rankings.
Chris Herndon scored for the second straight game in Week 17 against New England, hauling in 7-of-9 targets for 63 yards and a TD.
Herndon posted season-highs in targets, catches, and yards in this one. The 24-year-old is annually hyped up as a late-round sleeper each summer, but he has yet to be able to shake Adam Gase's negative impact on the offense. Perhaps a new coaching staff will be the key to unlocking Herndon's fantasy upside entering 2021.
Chris Herndon caught 4-of-4 targets for 34 yards and a TD in the Jets' 23-16 Week 16 win over the Browns.
The touchdown is only Herndon's second of the season. He'll remain off the fantasy radar in Week 17 against the Patriots.