Brett Favre's ranking takes a dip

Updated: October 29, 2010, 2:35 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

As if you can't tell from watching "SportsCenter" round-the-clock, it's always about Brett Favre. As of Friday morning, I can't pretend to know whether Favre will or will not play Sunday against the New England Patriots. I don't think coach Brad Childress knows, either, though he keeps telling people he's leaning this way or that. Some advice for Brad: Stop talking about it. It will still be an issue Sunday morning.

My advice to fantasy owners is whether he suits up this week or not, don't give up on Favre, even as I see he's one of ESPN's most dropped quarterbacks. Yes, statistically this has not been a productive Favre this season, as he has more interceptions than touchdown passes and fewer fantasy points than 27 quarterbacks, including David Garrard, Vince Young and a pair of Philadelphia Eagles passers. But I do like the matchup and the way he has overcome injuries in the past.

Frankly, I thought about ranking both Favre and backup Tarvaris Jackson. While I think Favre will play, I did drop him a few spots. He is my No. 14 quarterback -- yes, the Patriots' secondary is that problematic, fourth-easiest to accrue QB points against -- but I also think Jackson could do some damage. If Favre is deemed out, I'd rank Jackson 19th at quarterback, just after Sam Bradford and Matthew Stafford but ahead of Young, Garrard, Matt Hasselbeck and Josh Freeman. Remember, Randy Moss back in New England ... something's gotta happen there. Plus, Jackson isn't a rookie. If not for this amazing consecutive games played streak -- the situation is annoying, but that streak is incredible -- I think we'd already know Jackson is starting. In deep leagues, I'd even use him.

So, I thought about ranking Jackson but didn't, dropped Favre a few spots at quarterback, and in Friday's rankings update made some other cosmetic changes.