2010 Fantasy Player Profile: Chad Henne
With the addition of a scary number one receiving threat in the newly acquired Brandon Marshall, Miami Dolphins quarterback Chad Henne’s fantasy value has never been higher.
Henne began the 2009 NFL season holding a clipboard and cheering on the team from the sideline as a back-up. But when the team’s starting quarterback (Chad Pennington) suffered a season-ending shoulder injury in Week Three, Henne took over the reigns and completed more than 60 percent of his passes in his first trip around the league.
Henne finished the 2009 campaign by completing 274 passes for 2,878 passing yards and 12 touchdowns. His rating wasn’t flashy (75.2), but fantasy owners need not worry, as it is sure to rise in 2010 with the arrival of stud fantasy receiver Brandon Marshall, who was acquired in a trade with the Denver Broncos. Marshall will undoubtedly become Henne’s favorite aerial target this season.
Marshall has proven he is one of the top receivers in fantasy football. Highlighting his incredible 2009 season, was his insane performance in Week 14 where he caught 21 passes for 200 yards and two touchdowns, numbers that statistically would make any fantasy owner giddy with excitement.
Chad Henne’s value this season will also be affected by the health of his backfield, which when healthy, is among the best one-two punches in the league. Both Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams have been solid fantasy options in year’s past, but how things will shake out this year have yet to be determined.
Ronnie Brown is coming off of a Lisfranc fracture that shelved him in Week 9 and for the remainder of the season, so there is no telling how soon (or if) he will return to form.
As for Ricky Williams, he had a great 2009 as he recorded 241 rushes for 1,121 yards and 11 scores on the ground, and two other touchdowns through the air. However, Williams (33) is at an age where many running backs seem to drop-off (at the very least) from a productivity stand-point, or just fall apart completely. So it will be interesting to see how Miami’s running back situation will play out.
Henne is still a young, up and coming quarterback who gave us all a glimpse at his potential impact last season. He is a middle of the pack fantasy quarterback right now, but only the future will tell what he can blossom into in this league. Henne should be a solid number QB2 and could potentially put any fantasy owner in a quandary as to who should start on a week-to-week basis.