Ryan Griffin Fantasy Outlook Climbing As Streaming TE With Easy Week 12 Matchup Against Raiders

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - OCTOBER 13: Tight End Ryan Griffin #84 of the New York Jets celebrates a Touchdown against the Dallas Cowboys in the first half at MetLife Stadium on October 13, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Al Pereira/Getty Images)
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The New York Jets' tight end situation has been a strange one this season. Chris Herndon was suspended to start the year, but was expected to bring some fantasy football value upon returning.

He got banged up and played only 18 snaps (in Week 10) before he landed on IR. That has left Ryan Griffin, who originally looked like he was just keeping Herndon's seat warm, offering some interesting fantasy value.

The Jets operate with a TE on the field for most of their snaps, and Griffin has been on the field for 87.7 percent of the offensive plays. That is the fourth-highest rate for anyone at the position this year, trailing just Greg Olsen, Darren Waller and Travis Kelce.

That didn't translate to much production early in the year, catching multiple passes in just two of the first six games. Griffin's numbers have picked up in a big way lately though, averaging 4.0 receptions, 55.8 yards and 0.8 touchdowns, scoring 14.6 PPR fantasy points per game over his last four contests. For context, that would be good enough for TE4 in per-game PPR scoring on the season.

Griffin also draws an incredibly easy schedule over the next few weeks, with matchups against the Oakland Raiders, Cincinnati Bengals and Miami Dolphins.

All three of those teams rank bottom-10 in Football Outsiders' pass defense DVOA rankings, making Griffin a viable streaming option for most of the remainder of the fantasy football season.

There are a handful of better options this week, though, and Griffin doesn't quite crack the top-12 in our Week 12 PPR fantasy football rankings.

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