Brett Favre traded to the New York Jets

I’m sure tonight Jeff Garcia can sleep a little bit easier, knowing that he is still the starting quarterback for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. I wish I could say the same for Chad Pennington and Kellen Clemens though, who saw their dreams of leading the New York Jets to another disappointing season come crashing down when the Packers traded Brett Favre to the Jets last night for a conditional draft pick. Actually, with the signing, it could be the end of the Pennington era in New York, as the team will most likely release one of its quarterbacks to make room for Favre (they probably don’t want to carry four quarterbacks). All I know is: A) I’m excited to see some Favre versus Brady match-ups (as long as the Pats win!), B) Matt is slightly sad as now that the Bills have less of a chance to win the wild card (they’ll probably lose twice to the Jets), C) I’m sooooo glad that Manny and Favre are finally on new teams and we don’t have to hear about it every minute of every day on ESPN, and D) while I’m excited to see Favre/Brady, John Madden is already having wet dreams about it…even more than when Brady plays against Manning.

So after the dust settles, we can take a look at how this move will affect the fantasy value of the players involved:

Brett Favre, QB, NYJ: The move immediately makes Favre a top 10 quarterback in our power rankings (#9), right above Eli Manning. It could take him some time to get used to the new system, but I’m sure he’ll survive and put up some starter quality numbers from your QB1 slot. All of those who took a chance on Favre in fantasy drafts before this morning are probably pretty excited (including us…as we took him in the 12th round of our Fantasy Website Drunken Pirate Slapfight Expert League!)

Aaron Rodgers, QB, GB: With the ten ton gorilla off his back, Rodgers can now focus on developing a chemistry with his wide receivers, instead of looking over his shoulder to see if he should really worry about Favre taking the starting quarterback job. With no proven track record though, it’s hard to put Rodgers any higher than he is on our power rankings (#20), but he has some decent offensive players around him, so I bet he’ll be putting up some top 15 numbers by the end of the season.

Laveranues Coles & Jerricho Cotchery, WR, NYJ: Favre makes an immediate impact on the passing game in New York…and Coles and Cotchery should be the ones that benefit from it the most. You can move these guys up a few spots on your cheat sheets now…we did!

Thomas Jones, RB, NYJ: With a legitimate quarterback leading this offense, you have to expect that everyone’s numbers will improve, include those of Thomas Jones. Jones moves up our running back power rankings a bit with this move, with the expectations that if anything, Favre will get them into the red zone more often and Jones will have more chances to score touchdowns.

Green Bay receivers: It was already expected that Rodgers would be the starter when everything was said and done, so the receivers for Green Bay remain pretty stable on our power rankings, but you can expect their numbers to improve as the season goes along and Rodgers gets more experience.

Chad Pennington & Kellen Clemens, QB, NYJ: These two should not have been on your roster to begin with…and now there’s even less reason for them to be there. Maybe Pennington becomes the starter in Chicago or Minnesota if he gets cut? Until something like that happens though, forget about these guys.