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Fantasy Football: Brett Favre's Back, So What Does It Mean?

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IAugust 19, 2010

EDEN PRAIRIE, MN - AUGUST 18: Minnesota Vikings quarterback Brett Favre addresses the media at a press conference after the first morning practice since returning to Vikings Winter Park on August 18, 2010 in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. Favre injured his ankle last year and had been reportedly considering retiring after one season with the Vikings.  (Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images)
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So Brett Favre decided to grace the Vikings with his presence. If you were one of the one or two people who fell for his act… shame on you. For the rest of us, who always knew he was coming back, we can get to the real question at hand: what does Favre’s return mean to us fantasy football players?

For starters, you can add Brett Favre in the mix as one of the top eight to 12 fantasy starters. I wouldn’t put him ahead of the likes of Rodgers, Brees, Peyton, Brady, Rivers, Romo or Schaub, but after last year’s brilliant performance, I can see you rolling the dice and taking him as a low-end fantasy starter.

I know he’s never missed a game and has been a top-tier QB for the past three seasons, aside from the last few games with the Jets when he blew out his arm, but you should strongly consider adding a quality backup if you’re using Favre. He will turn 41 this year, and after the success the Saints had attacking Favre, you have to imagine other teams will follow suit and try to take down the new grandpa.

I am not worried that Favre’s return will hamper Adrian Peterson. He put up big numbers before Favre and put up big numbers with him. I’m more concerned with his fumbling issues, but that’s a different topic for a different day. I still consider AP the number one fantasy running back since teams can’t stuff the box on him.

The Viking wide receivers have to be breathing a sigh of relief. It’s not that I don’t think Tarvaris Jackson is capable of moving the chains and putting up some points, but he is not to be confused with Brett Favre. Favre sweats out more experience every game than T-Jack has accumulated, and it will benefit the Viking wideouts.

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The player I like the most is Percy Harvin. Of course he is a weekly risk thanks to his recurring migraine issue, but he has so much natural ability. He is strong and shifty and racks up yards after contact like a running back. Favre showed a willingness to deliver the ball to him in the red zone, so double-digit touchdowns is not out of the question.

Sidney Rice was his favorite target last year, but he is dealing with a hip issue. He has not walked the walk with injuries like the gunslinger has, so there is cause for concern. If he can stay healthy, he should be able to put up big numbers thanks to his body control and leaping ability. He’ll be gone from fantasy drafts before I’m willing to role the dice on him.

Bernard Berrian is an interesting option. He’s too widely know to be considered a sleeper, but he could far exceed his expectations. First, he’ll have to stay healthy, which has been a challenge. If he can do his part, and Percy's (migraines) or Sidney’s (hip) issues flare up, he could see a lot of targets. He was almost the forgotten man last year but was heavily featured (nine catches, 102 yards) in the NFC title game vs. the Saints. Don’t sleep on him despite his 161 ADP (57th WR).

Perhaps the player who is happiest to see Favre’s return is Visanthe Shiancoe. Not because thet two can sort out the great training camp tweet debacle, but because Favre loves throwing to tight ends in the red zone. Shiancoe had 11 TDs last year to back up that claim. He loses some value in PPR leagues because he likely won’t catch more than 55-60 passes, but another double-digit season is a distinct possibility.

I know you’re sick of the Favre drama, but the Vikings are a better team with him under center. Their players become better fantasy options as well. As far as I’m concerned, there’s nothing not to like about Favre’s return.

Also check out:
2010 Top 30 Fantasy QB Rankings
2010 Top 50 Fantasy RB Rankings
2010 Top 60 Fantasy WR Rankings
- 2010 Top 25 Fantasy TE Rankings
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2010 Top 25 Team Defense Rankings
2010 Top 15 Fantasy K Rankings

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