Saturday, August 1, 2009

VIKINGS' "AP" WILL SURVIVE WITHOUT FAVRE, QB JACKSON INJURED TODAY

You surely have heard by now that the Brett Favre saga has come to an end - at least for now - with the veteran quarterback opting to stay retired instead of joining the Minnesota Vikings.
That decision will mildly affect running back Adrian Peterson's status as a No. 1 overall draft pick in fantasy football drafts the next four weeks. He continues to be a No. 1 choice in mock drafts at www.mockdraftcentral.com. Having Favre around would have surely raised Peterson's value with defenses forced to give some attention to the secondary.
With Sage Rosenfels and Tavaris Jackson competing for the starting QB job, defenses will likely put more pressure up front to stop Peterson. Those two QBs don't exactly strike fear in the hearts of defensive coordinators.
Still, Peterson has the talent to be a huge fantasy football producer with his speed, strength and agility.
What about Rosenfels and Jackson? Right now, they continue to be afterthoughts in the fantasy world.
Rosenfels' stock rose just a bit on Saturday when the Vikings' Web site reported Jackson suffered a leg injury during a team scrimmage on Saturday morning. Defensive lineman LeTroy Guion fell at Jackson's feet and rolled over his leg. Jackson dropped to the ground in pain as trainers came to his aid. After a few minutes, he walked off under his own power. As of 2 p.m. Saturday, the extent of his injury was not known.
Rosenfels likely has the inside shot to be the starting QB whether Jackson is seriously hurt or not. Rosenfels is the only Vikings QB getting any love in mock drafts. At mockdraftcentral.com, over the last 385 mock drafts completed (as of Saturday afternoon, Aug. 1), Rosenfels has been picked anywhere from 135 to 140 overall and in many drafts no Vikings QB has been selected at all.

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