Favre injury wouldn’t completely damage value of Vikings receiving corps

Posted Oct. 25, 2010 @ 4:28 p.m.
Posted By Michael Blunda

If Tarvaris Jackson is forced to start for the injured Brett Favre, fantasy owners shouldn't abandon hope for all Minnesota pass catchers.

Head coach Brad Childress said Monday that Favre has two fractures in his left ankle, which he had surgery on in the offseason. Although it's no guarantee that the 41-year-old will miss time with the injury, he was severely limping at the end of Sunday night 's loss at Green Bay, so his status for Week Eight is very much up in the air.

If Favre can't play through the injury, Jackson would replace him under center, but it's not a switch that would have a devastating effect on the Vikings' receivers. Favre had not been playing well through the first six games, averaging less than 200 yards and throwing seven TDs compared to 10 picks. Given his struggles, the receivers have been posting only ordinary numbers.

Jackson has 19 NFL starts under his belt and hasn't been bad in his career. He probably won't be willing to throw deep or take as many chances as Favre, though, so a downfield threat like Randy Moss could take a bit of a hit. But a quick, intermediate target like Percy Harvin shouldn't see his production fall off, and TE Visanthe Shiancoe could see plenty of passes as a safety valve for Jackson.

This is obviously a situation to keep a close eye on throughout the week, but don't go trading away all of your Vikings just yet.