Fantasy Football 2013: Don't Fight It, Chad Henne Is A Good Play This Week

By Adam Pfeifer
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The Jacksonville Jaguars are the worst team in football.

Anyone who even slightly follows football is well aware of that. On the other side, the Denver Broncos are probably the best team in football. Doesn’t bode well for the Jags this week, does it? The difference between starting quarterbacks is monumental. A future hall of fame signal caller in Peyton Manning, who is arguably playing the position better than anyone ever has right now. And then there’s Chad Henne. From a fantasy perspective, the gap is huge between these two, but Henne does have one thing going for him this week.

The Jacksonville Jaguars are the worst team in football.

I mean, come on. The spread is like 28 in this contest. Jacksonville may be down by 20 at the end of the first quarter, which will result in one of the greatest things in fantasy football. Yup, garbage time. Henne will likely throw the football around 45 times in this contest, as they will be playing from behind from get-go. There is a ton of upside in this situation for Henne, but of course, you aren’t considering starting him unless you are either in the deepest of leagues, or two-quarterback leagues, in which case I like him a ton. It may be a little skewed because of Tony Romo’s monster performance last week, but the Broncos secondary hasn’t been too strong. They are currently allowing 25.90 fantasy points per contest, which is the seventh-most in football. That probably has a lot to do with teams throwing the ball like crazy in order to catch up, but still, their secondary has looked very weak, regardless of the situation. Veteran cornerback Champ Bailey is expected to return to the lineup this week, but the Jaguars young wideouts are more than capable of making plays against this secondary. The least amount of passing yards the Broncos defense has allowed in a game this season is 281.

Justin Blackmon wasted no time reminding the league last week that he is still a force to be reckoned with, catching five balls for 136 yards and a long score. Meanwhile, Cecil Shorts continues to emerge as one of the best young wideouts in the game today. Both can create separation for Henne to find them, and interestingly enough, both play much better with Henne under center. I’m totally kidding, it’s not interesting. Have you seen Blaine Gabbert play football? In the two games Henne has started this season, he’s attempted 38 passes twice. He should eclipse that number this week, and that very volume could allow him to sneak into the top-15 among fantasy quarterbacks for Week 6.

Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy sports columnist for Rant Sports.

You can follow him on Twitter @aPfeiferRS.



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