Devery Henderson: Updated Fantasy Football Analysis & Outlook

Chris TrapassoAnalyst IOctober 8, 2012

October 7, 2012; New Orleans, LA, USA; New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees (9) celebrates with wide receiver Devery Henderson (19) to break the NFL record for consecutive games throwing a touchdown at 48 games eclipsing a record once held by Johnny Unitas during the first quarter of a game against the San Diego Chargers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. Mandatory Credit: Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE

Devery Henderson is BACK. 

Well, at least he seemed to be back in the New Orleans Saints' 31-24 victory over the San Diego Chargers on Sunday Night Football in Week 5. 

The 30-year-old LSU alum seized his opportunity as Lance Moore was sidelined by injury. Henderson caught eight passes for 123 yards with a score on 10 targets. 

Moore is dealing with a hamstring injury, and he didn't practice once last week. His availability for Week 6 is obviously unknown right now. 

For those who know Henderson's tendencies, especially from a fantasy perspective, he epitomizes boom-or-bust. 

Big time. 

After starting the 2011 campaign with two straight 100-yard receiving efforts and nine receptions, he had only nine grabs over the next seven games. 

He failed to score a touchdown after Week 2. 

Yeah, frustrating. 

But in his ninth season and the 1-4 Saints looking to make a resilient comeback in the win-loss column behind Drew Brees, let's check out Henderson's updated fantasy viability. 


Outlook and Analysis

Obviously, Moore's injury will be instrumental in how involved Henderson is in the Saints' offense in the foreseeable future. 

Moore did miss the last three games a year ago with a hamstring injury, so his current injury could be seen as slightly more concerning. 

While we don't know how long Moore will be out, we do know that Brees will light it up through the air. 

The next two games are on the road, but they are favorable for the Saints and their dynamic passing offense. 

After a Week 6 bye, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers are a tremendous matchup for Henderson. They allow a league-high 345 yards through the air per game. 

In Week 8, the Denver Broncos will pose a more formidable test, but opposing quarterbacks are averaging a 94.7 QB rating against their secondary. 

With Brees under center, there's always a chance for a big night for his wideouts.

However, even with Henderson's encouraging evening in prime time, there still must be more evidence that he can contribute on a consistent basis before he's viable in fantasy football. 

Then again, desperate owners wouldn't be totally foolish to add him and store him on the bench for the time being.