Jerome Simpson's Updated Fantasy Outlook After Reported Josh Freeman Signing

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 15:  Jerome Simpson #81 of the Minnesota Vikings is wrapped up by Tim Jennings #26 of the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bears defeated the Vikings 31-30.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Alex KayCorrespondent IOctober 7, 2013

Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jerome Simpson has been an intriguing option for fantasy football owners all season and has compiled massive yardage in two separate outings with two different quarterbacks throwing his way.

Now that former Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman is reportedly planning to sign with the team and possibly taking over under center in the near future, via CBS Sports' John Breech, Simpson becomes an even better fantasy wideout.

LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 29:  Wide receiver Jerome Simpson #81 of the Minnesota Vikings is tackled by Jonathan Dwyer #27 of the Pittsburgh Steelers and cornerback Cortez Allen #28 of the Pittsburgh Steelers during the NFL International Series game betw
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The 27-year-old out of Coastal Carolina has already racked up 19 catches for 342 yards on the year. His best games have come in Week 1 (seven catches, 140 yards) and Week 4 (seven catches, 124 yards) with Christian Ponder and Matt Cassel as his respective quarterbacks in those outings.

Considering Simpson relies on his elite athleticism to create separation and make big plays downfield, it will be a boon to have someone like Freeman—who possesses a strong arm—throwing the rock.

The speedster will be able to go deep and know that his quarterback can hit him in stride for a long gain. That ability not only bodes well for Simpson’s personal stats but also should open up the defense and punish teams that stack the box against Minnesota’s superstar running back, Adrian Peterson.

CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 15: Jerome Simpson #81 of the Minnesota Vikings tries to make a catch  against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on September 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Simpson—a veteran now in his sixth year—took a bit to find his stride, but it seems he has finally arrived. The 6’2”, 190-pound receiver simply makes plays and is always a threat to gash an opposing defense for a long gain.  

This guy is going to make good things happen on a consistent basis, regardless of who is under center for the Vikings. However, Freeman’s presence as a starter would up Simpson’s usage as a deep threat even further and could help him find the end zone on quite a few occasions.

A score has eluded the wideout during the first four games, but there’s no doubt that it will come if he keeps earning large quantities of targets.

Consider using Simpson as a WR3 with upside until the quarterback situation in Minnesota stabilizes.

He’s worth rostering in all leagues and is currently a great bye-week replacement or flex option but could soon be worth much more than that thanks to the addition of Freeman.

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