Fantasy spin: Favre has surgery; will he return?

(Julie Jacobson / Associated Press)

Favre finished the 2008 season with 22 touchdowns and 22 interceptions. (Julie Jacobson / Associated Press)

Here we go again with Brett Favre.

After a few quiet weeks on the Favre front, a report has surfaced that the quarterback had shoulder surgery last month and is considering coming out of retirement. Again.

If Favre does leave his Mississippi home and returns for his 19th season, it would affect the world of fantasy football.

The quarterback battle between Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson would become moot, as Favre would 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 would 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.

Jones rushed for more than 1,300 yards and had a career-best 15 total touchdowns 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 lawnmower for a helmet and pads in 2009.

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