Fantasy Hot List #5: Cincinnati Bengals' Receiver Chris Henry
This is the fifth installment of my ongoing series Fantasy Hot List, to discuss the players that are not necessarily at the absolute top of most draft boards but could conceivably provide outstanding value for your fantasy football squad.
Chris Henry has been the poster child for immature and idiotic behavior ever since his college days at West Virginia. Most people I have talked to over the years shake their head in disgust when his name is mentioned.
I won't rehash all of the criminal offenses and suspensions he has lodged over his first four years in the league, someone else can concentrate on that. I will add though that I thought he was as good as gone, figuring he was just another lost cause who wouldn't ever get it.
I have seen how the career of his college teammate Adam Pacman Jones has panned out, and assumed they would share the same fate - last chances all used up, a painful misuse of incredible talent spiraling the drain.
While Henry still has time to blow it, unlike Pacman he still does at least own one last chance.
All reports out of Cincinnati are that he really (no, really) has gotten serious about cleaning up his act. If this report is true, then prepare yourselves NFL fans.
Chris Henry is as talented as any WR in the league, he always has been. He is 6'4" with good hands and blazing speed.
He has a great repertoire with Carson Palmer, evidenced by his output in 2006, his second year in the league when he had a TD catch for every 4 receptions as the third wheel.
That year, Chad Johnson had 87 catches for 1,369 yards and 7 TDs and T.J. Houshmandzadeh had 90 catches for 1,081 and 9 TDs to steal the show, but the little talked about Henry chipped in with 36 catches, 605 yards and 9 TDs, and led all three WRs with 16.8 yards per catch.
On a team with two Pro Bowl caliber receivers, Henry was the most valued TD and long ball threat. That is an amazing stat and a little known fact.
Well now Housh is gone to Seattle.
Chad Ochocinco is ready to be the man in Cincinnati with a finally 100% healthy Palmer, and the Bengals acquired solid seasoned vet WR Laveranues Coles to battle for touches.
A case can be made for both Chad and Laveranues' value, and I wouldn't be surprised if all three of them have fantasy relevance.
Still, I believe if Chris Henry can manage to play an entire season and stay on the field, he is the most dangerous weapon in the Cincinnati arsenal.
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