Chad Henne: Updated Fantasy Analysis for Jacksonville Jaguars' New Starting QB

Jamal CollierAnalyst IIINovember 23, 2012

HOUSTON, TX- NOVEMBER 18: Chad Henne #7 of the Jacksonville Jaguars in the pocket against the Houston Texans on November 18, 2012 at Reliant Stadium in Houston, Texas. Texans won 43 to 37 in overtime. (Photo by Thomas B. Shea/Getty Images)
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Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne had his best fantasy game of the 2012 season against the Houston Texans in Week 11—and almost no one benefited. He’s a hot pickup now and can be used as a substitute for fantasy owners who have endured extraordinarily unsatisfactory results at the quarterback position, but he’s not throwing for 354 yards and four touchdowns again this year.

Not without turning the ball over enough to matter, at least.

Henne has the starting QB job to himself as Blaine Gabbert landed on the injured reserve because of an arm injury. However, free-agent acquisition Laurent Robinson joins him there, leaving Henne without another weapon to which he can get the football.

Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon were phenomenal without Robinson for most of the Jaguars’ Week 11 game, combining for 10 catches, 317 yards and two touchdowns on 19 targets.

That sort of production is difficult to count on from a rookie and a sophomore on a consistent basis, which is what Henne will need to be a big-time fantasy producer for the rest of the season.

Jacksonville’s first test will come against the Tennessee Titans at home in Week 12. Tennessee is aware of the explosive potential of the Jaguars passing game—and the presence of its third-string running back in the backfield—but hasn’t slowed down many other aerial attacks in 2012.

Just prior to its Week 11 bye, however, the Titans picked off Miami Dolphins quarterback Ryan Tannehill three times and allowed just 217 yards and zero touchdowns to the rookie…in Miami.

Henne’s Week 13 matchup is against the Buffalo Bills—a December matchup in New York. He’ll follow that up with the rest of the AFC East, facing the New York Jets (home), Miami Dolphins (in Miami) and New England Patriots (home) in back-to-back-to-back weeks.

Henne could have a big game facing his former team, Miami, in Week 15. Nevertheless, the safest fantasy football decision may be to steer clear of the Jacksonville passer.

He’s thrown 36 touchdowns and 38 interceptions in his career.


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