like stock traders, aim to buy low, sell high. They look for the emerging
player headed into a breakout season and move off the big star before he fades.
If a veteran has a down year or an injury, put your money someplace else.
But this mind-set
can cause owners to miss productive players. Take Brett Favre. Didn't he throw
for 18 touchdowns and 18 interceptions last year? Isn't he, like, just a few
weeks from being eligible for Social Security? (Actually, he turns 38 on
Oct.�10.) Who would draft him ahead of a budding, if unproven, player like
This season Favre
and the other players on this page are showing the importance of weighing track
record against potential. Armed with young receivers Greg Jennings and James
Jones--and with an improved defense getting him the ball more often-- Favre
looked like his old self on Sunday, throwing pinpoint passes and shredding a
feared Chargers defense for 369 yards and three TDs. That's even better than
his numbers (three TDs, 286 yards) against the sievelike Giants the week
before. Think Favre can't keep it up? Don't kid yourself.