Since this week is a little important, we’ve gone extra deep in our value mining. Yesterday we told you that Ben Watson could be a sneaky tight end play, and right now I’m also telling you that if for whatever reason you’re desperate for a quarterback, start Chad Henne.
No, that’s not a joke, as Henne and his Jaguars will surely be demolished today by the Patriots, and that’s a good thing. Garbage time is fun time, and Henne will have plenty of pass attempts directed at Cecil Shorts and Justin Blackmon (the former needs to be started as a WR3 at worst, and the latter is also a fine flex option) to accumulate chunk yardage against a Patriots secondary that’s allowing 270.7 passing yards per game. Over the last two weeks the Patriots have given up 38 fantasy points to quarterbacks (Colin Kaepernick and Matt Schaub), meaning Henne should provide especially good value in two-QB leagues.
Going deeper, Ryan Grant just became an intriguing flex option. That’s because as expected, Alex Green has been ruled out for the Packers due to a concussion after missing practice all week, handing Grant the starting RB job.
You know that warm, fuzzy feeling when you hear a song that you really liked in high school, and it reminds of that moment when you asked Sara Beth to prom? (no, you’re crying). Well, that’s Ryan Grant, but despite his vintage status and a Packers’ offense that runs out of obligation and not need, Grant may have solid flex value.
He might stay on the sidelines around the goal-line with either John Kuhn or DuJaun Harris taking over, which sucks. But Grant could be productive with just his yardage against a poor Titans front seven. It’s a unit that ranks 25th overall (128.3 rushing yards allowed per game), and allowed Shonn Greene to clip along at a pace of 5.2 yards per carry this past Monday night. That’s the same Shonn Greene who’s averaging only 3.9 YPC on the season.
Don’t be too cool to own Grant for a day, as there’s an opportunity for six-ish flex points, which is fine production from that spot for those of you in deeper leagues.