Fantasy spin: Favre decides to remain retired

Brett Farve told the Vikings Tuesday that he will stay retired. (Al Bello / Getty Images)

Brett Favre told the Vikings on Tuesday that he will stay retired. (Al Bello / Getty Images)

The Vikings report to training camp Thursday night and start practicing Friday.

Brett Favre won’t be there.

After what seemed like an endless courtship, the veteran QB has decided not to end his retirement and play for the Vikings. I have to admit, I’m a bit shocked that Favre would have surgery on his injured biceps and then not come back for a 19th NFL season.

Then again, nothing about Favre should shock fans anymore.

Favre’s decision means several things in fantasy circles. First and foremost, it means Tarvaris Jackson and Sage Rosenfels will now compete for the top spot on the Vikings’ depth chart. However, neither should be seen as more than a reserve QB in most leagues.

It also means that RB Adrian Peterson won’t have the same sort of protection from a passing game that would have been more feared with Favre under center. Still, Peterson remains the consensus No. 1 overall pick in fantasy drafts.

Finally, there won’t be any increase in the value of WR Bernard Berrian, WR Sidney Rice or TE Visanthe Shiancoe. Berrian should be seen as a borderline No. 2 or 3 fantasy wideout, and Rice and Shiancoe are worth no more than late-round selections.

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