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Fantasy Football Impact: Brett Favre Undergoes Ankle Surgery

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings warms up against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints won 31-28 in overtime.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Matt WagnerCorrespondent IIMay 22, 2010

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre made a decision today that could shift the fantasy football landscape. He decided to undergo arthroscopic ankle surgery.

So now you know the news, but one question remains, what should you do about Favre?

Despite having a career season last year, Favre still has the "risk" tag attached to him for a few reasons. For one, he is getting a little too old to play a full season, as he is 40 years old. Also, this is a major injury for any quarterback, plus the big 40 element along with that equals a lengthy rehabilitation time (anywhere from four to six weeks, according to Dr. Michael Kaplan.)

The long healing time means an extended period of time away from football. Now I know you are probably saying "he's been away from the game for extended periods before," but not only will this be his longest time away, as a result of the rehab, but he will also be rusty thanks to the surgery.

Because of this setback, you should not draft Favre until the middle of your draft, and you must draft a starting QB before you take Favre as a safety net for the risk factor. 

Side note: You shouldn't start Brett until the third week of the season, unless you have a Matthew Stafford or Kevin Kolb—I'm not sold on him yet because of his inexperience—as your starter.



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