For better or worse, it would appear Chad Henne is the starting quarterback for the Jacksonville Jaguars for the immediate future.
For fantasy football owners, that change might make him worthy of a roster spot in deeper formats.
The team's official Twitter account had news that Blaine Gabbert went down with a hamstring injury in Week 5 against the St. Louis Rams, once again thrusting Henne into the spotlight of a job only 31 other NFL players currently have:
Blaine Gabbert has a left hamstring injury and will not return. #Jaguars— Jacksonville Jaguars (@jaguars) October 6, 2013
His first pass attempt of the day certainly turned some heads:
Chad Henne's first pass, a 39-yard completion to Justin Blackmon. #Jaguars— Jacksonville Jaguars (@jaguars) October 6, 2013
Henne finished the game going 7-for-13 with 89 yards and a touchdown, giving him a 101.1 passer rating.
As it is, Henne is a fantasy upgrade over Gabbert. A statistical comparison between the two in the past two seasons favors Gabbert in the completion percentage department, but Henne has thrown for more touchdowns in Jacksonville and has shown an ability to stretch the ball down the field. That, in turn, can help spark an otherwise stagnant offense.
That said, don't expect Henne to carry your fantasy roster the rest of the way.
Which QB gives Jacksonville the best chance to win?
The biggest situation to monitor if Henne stays in the starter's role would be at wide receiver. Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon have been inconsistent fantasy starters at best, but a veteran QB could help bring out the best in them each week, especially after what Blackmon flashed in his 2013 debut.
Add Henne at your own risk. Considering the way Jacksonville shuffles around its QB situation—combined with the outlook on Gabbert's hamstring issue—he might not be worth a roster spot in a week's time.
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