Chris Herndon Injury Update Destroys Fantasy Outlook for Remainder of Season

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Chris Herndon's sophomore season started with a major set-back, as he was suspended for four games for violating the league's substance abuse policy. He then didn't return when he was first eligible because of a hamstring injury, and after barely seeing the field in his Week 10 debut, his season now looks like it could be over.

Herndon showed plenty of promise as a rookie in 2018, catching 39 of 56 targets for 502 yards and four touchdowns. That created plenty of room for optimism about his fantasy football value for 2019 with both he and Sam Darnold heading into their second NFL seasons.

Darnold has stumbled, with his adjusted yards per pass attempt falling from 6.1 as a rookie to 5.1 this season, and Herndon didn't even get a chance to show us whether or not he could offer much value, playing just 18 snaps.

The silver lining is that there is no need to track Herndon's status any more, even in deep leagues. If you've been stashing him on your bench you're more than safe to drop him at this point.

This injury also locks in Ryan Griffin as a viable but unexciting low-floor TE option in deeper leagues. His volume fell with Herndon back in Week 10, but the two games before that saw Griffin turn in 116 yards and two TDs on 12 targets. Even with Herndon on the shelf, though, Griffin doesn't crack the top-12 among tight ends in our Week 11 PPR fantasy football rankings.

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