Sunday, August 23, 2009

Big Names, but What Impact?

There are two major stories surrounding the NFL in the past week. If you are unaware as to what players have been welcomed back in to the football fold, you may want to do some research.

Everyone welcome back Michael Vick and Brett Favre. I know, it almost seems laughable to open our arms to either player at this point, but everyone deserves a little forgiveness (even if it is more than once we have had to put up with the same media frenzy; that's to you Brett). Of course, they will certainly have some kind of impact on their teams. You don't hire a high profile Pro Bowler without being intent on putting them on the field. And you definitely don't hire a multi-purpose QB like Vick without retooling your scheme to fit him in, especially if your first stringer is so eager to have him onboard.

So what impact will these players have on Fantasy Football? Let's start with the slightly less enigmatic Favre. He is certainly a Hall of Fame QB and capable of surprises. His previous year with the Jets showed that he can still sling it deep down the field and that it doesn't matter who catches it, as long as someone does (as evidenced by his perfect 1:1 TD to interception ratio). Of course, there were a number of games in which he was a points machine. You just had to pick the games in which he would falter.

Favre is now throwing behind the Vikings offensive line, which allowed 43 sacks last season. How will the aging Favre take the battering? Not well is the simple answer. If he continues to be shaken up in this fashion, his numbers will suffer, especially the downfield numbers to receiver Bernard Berrian, who posted an impressive 20.1 yards per catch average last year. He'll have to launch sooner, though hopefully wideout rookie Percy Harvin will benefit if he sees consistent play time.

Regular season prediction for Favre: 3,067 yards, 17 TDs, 22 interceptions

Next, we have to discuss Michael Vick. This one is much more difficult to predict...which is why I'm opting to wait for Friday to have seen how the Eagles potentially use him on Thursday's game. Look for it.

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