Fantasy spin: What if Favre does come back?

Minnesota Vikings president Mark Wilf said the team has interest in Brett Favre. (Al Bello / Getty Images)

Minnesota Vikings president Mark Wilf said the team has interest in Brett Favre. (Al Bello / Getty Images)

Will he or won’t he?

That’s the question on the minds of NFL fans in regards to Brett Favre. The future Hall of Famer retired (for the second time) earlier this offseason, but he could have that football itch once again.

Vikings president Mark Wilf said the team has interest in Favre, so the decision to return seems to be in the quarterback’s hands.

If Favre does leave his Mississippi home and comes back for his 19th season, it also affects the world of fantasy football.

The quarterback battle between Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson would become moot, as Favre would immediately move into the top spot on the depth chart. His presence under center would also help the value of Bernard Berrian, Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin.

Berrian, who put up good numbers last season with Jackson and Gus Frerotte at the helm, could have his first 1,000-yard season with Favre at the helm.

Another player who will benefit is Adrian Peterson.

The Vikings will continue to use a run-based offense with or without Favre, but opposing defenses won’t be able to load the box to stop Peterson with the veteran gunslinger under center.

Just look at what Thomas Jones did for the Jets with Favre at the quarterback position.

The veteran back rushed for over 1,300 yards and had a career-best 15 total touchdown in 2008. While not all of that statistical success can be attributed to Favre, he’ll scare the opposition into being honest more than Rosenfels or Jackson.

As for Favre’s fantasy value, well, he won’t be worth much more than he was last season.

While he did start the season on fire, Favre faltered down the stretch and finished with 22 touchdowns, 22 interceptions and his lowest yardage total in six seasons.

Numbers like that made him little more than a No. 2 fantasy quarterback, and that’s what he’ll be if he trades in his lawnmover for a helmet and pads in 2009.

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