Josh Freeman showed flashes of brilliance last year. He was a ray of hope for an otherwise disappointing season for the Tampa Bay Bucs. The offense has since revamped its receiving core to build a young, talented team around Freeman. Will it be enough to make Freeman a viable fantasy football quarterback? Let’s see his 2010 fantasy projection.
- Josh Freeman will remain the clear starter for Tampa Bay for the entire 2010 season; no position controversy with Josh Johnson
- The addition of Arrelious Benn and Mike Williams will make up for the loss of Antonio Bryant
The graph above suggests Freeman still is not a starting quarterback in standard size leagues. In 2009, his flashes of brilliance were clouded with inconsistent performance against strong defenses. The loss of Bryant will be tough to overcome in the short term, but the young receivers are promising enough for Tampa Bay not to pursue veteran options. It was evident, however, that Freeman needed more offensive weapons last year. He still does not have the tools to make a deep fantasy impact in 2010.
The Verdict: Pick up Freeman from the free agent list when he plays weak defenses. Weeks 1, 9, and 13 are games which Freeman could provide stats greater than your starter. For keeper and dynasty leagues, consider grabbing Freeman towards the end of the regular season. He is a couple weapons away from being a solid starter and maybe in 2011 Tampa Bay’s offense will be more explosive.
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