Brett Favre has decided to come out of retirement. Again.
The veteran will return for his 19th NFL season, this time with the Minnesota Vikings. His presence will no doubt have an affect on the world of fantasy football.
The quarterback battle between Sage Rosenfels and Tarvaris Jackson has now become moot, as Favre will move into the top spot on the depth chart. His presence under center will also help the fantasy value of receivers Bernard Berrian, Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin and tight end Visanthe Shiancoe.
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. Another player who will benefit — and the biggest name from a fantasy perspective — Adrian Peterson.
The Vikings will continue to use a run-based offense even with Favre at the helm, but opposing defenses won’t be able to load up the line of scrimmage to stop Peterson. Even at an extended age, Favre can still throw a football with the best of them.
That will keep defenses honest.
Just look at what RB Thomas Jones did for the Jets last season. With Favre at the helm, Jones had his best season with more than 1,300 yards and a career-best 15 total touchdowns.
While not all of that statistical success can be attributed to Favre, his presence certainly made an impact on the way the opposition built their defensive game plan. That’s huge for the potential of Peterson, who should now be considered the rock-solid top pick in every standard fantasy league.
As for Favre’s value, well, he won’t be worth much more than he was in 2008.
While he did start the season on fire, Favre finished with an unspectacular 22 touchdowns, 22 interceptions and his lowest yardage total in six seasons. However, part of that can be attributed to the injured biceps muscle that hindered him down the stretch.
As the leader of the Vikes’ offensive attack, look for Favre to throw for 3,500-3,800 with 20-25 total touchdowns and 15-20 interceptions. Those numbers will make him a viable No. 2 fantasy quarterback and worth a middle- to late-round selection.
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