Bucs Fantasy Brief: Has Freeman Made Himself a Legit Fantasy Starter?

Before the Bucs’ Week Five Bye, Josh Freeman’s highest fantasy points total came in his 243 yard, two touchdown, two interception performance in New York.  It was good for the 21st highest QB fantasy point total that week.

Fast forward to Week Six when Freeman and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers hosted the Kansas City Chiefs. He posted his first 300+-yard game of the year and added three touchdowns. His 23-fantasy point week was 10 points better than his previous high.

Then, this past Sunday, Freeman’s passing statistics improved once again. He rocketed to 28 points, second most in the NFL that week, on a 420-yard, three-touchdown performance.

In those two games, he totaled 51 fantasy points, nine more than he accumulated in the first four games of the season combined. In fact, in the two games since the Tampa Bay bye week, only two quarterbacks have more fantasy points than Freeman: Aaron Rodgers of Green Bay and Robert Griffin III of Washington.

If the question is whether or not Freeman has proven that he should be owned in more than 69.3% of leagues, the answer is, “Yes.”  It says here that, in certain circumstances, fantasy owners can also now confidently insert him in their starting lineup. Whether you have been relying on an underwhelming starter throughout the year (i.e. Cam Newton, Michael Vick, Tony Romo, Philip Rivers), or need a bye week-filler, Josh Freeman’s name should be at the very top of your waiver wire list.

Over the course of the next three weeks, the Buccaneers face the 9th-, 8th- and 7th-ranked defenses in terms of allowing the most points to opposing quarterbacks.

The Minnesota Vikings maybe be the toughest test of the three, allowing just 219 yards passing per game, but have still let opponents put up good points and Freeman has the advantage of momentum. He is a strong candidate to fill your roster should Andy Dalton, Joe Flacco or Matt Schaub be sitting on your bench due to a bye.

In Week Nine, the Bucs square off with the Oakland Raiders, who are giving up 255 yards per game, and have surrendered 11 passing touchdowns. Brady owners, take note for your bye-week filler.

Finally, for Week 10, Josh Freeman comes back home to face the Chargers, who have given up the most fantasy points to QBs of the three. They have allowed 14 touchdowns in just six games this season and allow nearly 270 passing yards per game. And with RGIII and Rodgers on their bye week, Freeman could potentially find himself sitting pretty at number one.

The statistics show that Freeman has hit a hot streak; his attempts and completions are up. His yardage is way up. His receivers’ output and his running back’s statistics are key factors as well. As far as fantasy football quarterbacks go, Freeman seems to be firing on all cylinders. And his upcoming schedule does nothing but help his cause.

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