SleepersApril 29, 2009

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Sleeper Watch

By R.J. White

If Chad Henne is available in your dynasty league, or you believe you can get him on the cheap from his owner, do it now. There’s talk by Dolphins GM Jeff Ireland that West Virginia’s Pat White was drafted to compete with Henne to be the long-term answer at QB, but that is unlikely to come to pass. White was really drafted to be another cog in the Wildcat formation, which will be a perfect use of his passing and rushing ability. You should use this information to your advantage to get Henne at a discounted rate.

Why? Henne was drafted in the second round last year to be the current Miami regime’s “QB of the future.” Although he didn’t see game action, coach Tony Sparano said he’d have been OK with starting Henne last year. Instead, the Dolphins leaped at the chance to add a very solid QB in Chad Pennington when the Jets cut ties with their former QB, and the move paid off for the franchise in the short-team, as Pennington led the team to the division title.

Pennington is close to riding off into the sunset. The Dolphins absolutely see Henne as their starting QB in 2010. If you look deeper into this news, you’ll realize that if the Dolphins start slow — a realistic possibility, since they have a much tougher schedule this year — Henne will be installed as the starter, and his fantasy owners will have landed a decent option at QB, with the potential for more. The Miami WR corps needs a major overhaul, but the team realizes that and change will come soon.

Henne has tons of experience starting in college, which is a main indicator of future success in the NFL. His completion percentage wasn’t elite, hovering around 60%. What this means is that Henne isn’t guaranteed to be a stud NFL QB, but he does have a solid shot at becoming a useful fantasy player. You probably won’t find a cheaper time to acquire him than now, after the draft but before training camp. Make that move now in your dynasty leagues. Don’t be afraid to call out Henne’s name in your deep redraft league’s either, as I envision him starting at some point this season.

R.J. White (or daullaz) has been actively involved in fantasy sports for over 14 years. He is addicted to fantasy sports and loves writing, the Atlanta Braves, music, the Buffalo Bills, theatre, the Philadelphia Eagles, his family, and the number 42, though not in that order.
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