5 things to know if Favre joins Vikings

10 05 2009

Brett Favre, who has a treasure trove of highlights, has been a solid fantasy contributor to many teams over the years. Even as his stats dwindled toward the end of his career with the Packers, he still remained a productive fantasy quarterback. Last season with the Jets, he didn’t win any fantasy leagues single-handedly but he kept teams competitive.

So what happens if he joins the Vikings (other than becoming No. 1 public enemy in Cheeseland)? Here are the top five things to consider for fantasy owners

1. He’s an outdoorsman but plays better inside. His career stats show that Favre has a higher completion percentage, QB rating and other favorable statistics for games played inside. Stats via Yahoo Sports:

Situation G QBRat Comp Att Pct Yds Y/G Y/A TD Int Sack YdsL
Outdoors 202 85.6 4206 6883 61.1 48142 238.3 7.0 353 225 342 2230
Indoors 38 90.3 894 1400 63.9 10455 275.1 7.5 74 46 62 453

favre.jpg2. BF meet AP. Favre has never had a running back with the skills as Adrian Peterson. Favre was clearly the man during his time in Green Bay and his one-year stint with the Jets. He had solid contributions from players such as Ahman Green, Ryan Grant, Thomas Jones, et al. But he never had a game-changing back like AP. If AP continues to chug along for 100 yards every game that would cut into Favre’s passing yards. But on the plus side, defenses would have to pay attention to AP, giving Favre some decent opportunities to throw

3. The schedule. Heading into this season, the Vikings play the league’s second-easiest schedule (.420) In the all-important fantasy playoff weeks (14-16), the Vikes host Cincinnati, visit Carolina and travel to Chicago for a Monday night game.

4. The wideouts. Right now, the Vikings have Bernard Berrian, Bobby Wade and second-year man Sidney Rice and rookie Percy Harvin. It’s not a very imposing group. But they also have tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, who scored seven times last year.

5. He’s motivated. If Favre returns, the biggest reason is that he wants to prove that the Packers made a mistake.
When you mix talent and such motivation together, success is often the result.

The bottom line: Favre will turn 40 in October. If he plays with the Vikings, he will be a legit fantasy starter but certainly below the elite QBs of Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Drew Brees. Depending on the scoring of your league, Favre is a legit pick in the middle rounds.

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16 05 2009
Top 5 free agents to watch « 1st and 5

[…] Brett Favre. As I blogged about recently, there are some things you should consider should the former Packers QB wind up with the Vikings. […]

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