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Chad Henne: Realistic Fantasy Expectations for Jaguars QB in Week 12

JACKSONVILLE, FL - AUGUST 30:  Chad Henne #7 of the Jacksonville Jaguars looks to pass during a preseason game against the Atlanta Falcons at EverBank Field on August 30, 2012 in Jacksonville, Florida.  (Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
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Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistNovember 20, 2012

After several injuries and poor performances, second-year starting quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars Blaine Gabbert has finally found his way to the bench in favor of the more effective Chad Henne, according to John Oehser of Jaguars.com:

Chad Henne will start Sunday. Based on performance Sunday. #jaguars

— John Oehser (@JohnOehser) November 19, 2012

With the Jaguars finally making the move to sit Gabbert down and allow him to return to full health, Henne will have the chance once again to show that he deserves to win the starting job outright.

Gabbert may have been the team's first-round draft pick in 2011, but he hasn’t helped Jacksonville enough to earn the starting job. Henne will try his luck again in Week 12 against the Tennessee Titans.

 

Week 12 Fantasy Expectations

After going 16-of-33 Sunday (48.5 completion percentage), fantasy owners must relax and realize that this game was an outlier and not the normal production Henne will have each week.

As great as the 354 yards and four touchdowns were, the Houston Texans' secondary was dealing with an injury to top cornerback Jonathan Joesph and Henne found the perfect storm with the deep pass.

Against the Tennessee Titans, that won’t be the case.

This is an AFC South war that will feature much better play from the back end of the secondary for the Titans, limiting Henne’s big-play ability and stifling his overall numbers.

While Tennessee is susceptible to the short pass, the Jaguars' new starting QB doesn’t have the arm strength or accuracy to rope the ball into small windows.

Henne is all about the deep pass.

Despite being better against the deep pass than anything else, the Titans are still allowing 26th-worst passing yards per game (266.2), and Henne should have a solid day.

While the stats won't be elite, the QB will put up the fantasy numbers owners are looking for in a one-or-two week fill-in player.

 

Final Line: 14-of-27 for 266 yards and two touchdowns

 

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