Engel: Return of Brett Favre

The return of Brett Favre isn't major news in fantasy football, but it does answer some immediate questions regarding the Green Bay passing game. Favre is clearly no longer a top fantasy starter and he is statistically erratic. But his decision to return settles the Green Bay offense at least for one more season, as it will not be run by a new starter. Favre scored 192 points in ESPN.com leagues in 2006, placing him 10th at his position. He was sometimes outstanding, but often unreliable, and fantasy owners can no longer trust him to lead them deep into their playoffs. But Favre's return does mean that Donald Driver should deliver another good season, and now his owners in keeper leagues can safely retain him for one more year. Greg Jennings showed flashes of promise in his rookie campaign, and should continue to improve in his second season with Favre getting him the ball. Ahman Green is a free agent, so it remains to be seen how much pressure the running game can take off Favre next year. Green Bay does need more consistency in the ground game and better defensive play to help Favre. Too many of his turnovers come from pressing in adverse passing situations and when the team has to play from behind. Favre certainly isn't a top keeper, because his best years are still behind him and he's not the type of passer who you should keep around for one more year to lead you to a championship. Favre was once a fantasy superstar, but now he will just be a borderline starter who should be rotated with another QB in 2007 depending on matchups or whether he is running hot or cold. Driver will remain an ideal No. 2 fantasy receiver and Jennings has a lot of upside as a late-round pick.

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