Will Vikings suffer a letdown?

What do the Vikings do now?

Brett Favre‘s return to Minnesota seemed like a foregone conclusion. If you thought that Favre was going to retire, you were in the vast minority. There was almost a certain arrogance to the belief that Favre was returning. And that was just from Nick Bakay, who took him in the third round of our NFL.com Fantasy Magazine League draft.

So now it appears that Favre will not be back in 2010. Again, what does the team do now?

Tarvaris Jackson is considered the heir apparent, according to our own Gil Brandt during his weekly NFL.com chat on Tuesday. The Vikings were obviously comfortable enough with Jackson, passing over other quarterbacks in the 2010 NFL Draft to go with CB Chris Cook and RB Toby Gerhart.

Jackson will be surrounded by a plethora of talent — Sidney Rice, Percy Harvin and some running back named Adrian Peterson. But is it really as easy as plugging in another quarterback and going?

Probably not. Brandt explained that Favre’s retirement could really end up deflating the Vikings. Kind of like expecting to go out for a great steak dinner, but ending up with spaghetti instead. Ironic analogy considering that Brandt took me out to dinner at the Macaroni Grill in Canton, Ohio last year.

But the point is still valid. Peterson will still be a stud, but his value will take a slight hit considering that he posted a career-high 18 rushing touchdowns with Favre around. The receivers will take a hit, too. Tight end Visanthe Shiancoe has to be downright depressed, because he is going to fall off the fantasy map.

The Vikings fantasy studs have become almost as toxic as the Gulf of Mexico. I would proceed with a heady dose of caution with all of them. Because not only are they going with a lesser quarterback — a hangover of losing that quarterback could linger over the entire year.

Adam Rank

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