2013 Fantasy Football: Avoid QB Josh Freeman

By Adam McGill
Daniel Shirey-USA Today Sports

There are tons of quality quarterbacks to choose from in one QB fantasy football leagues.  This is perhaps one of the deepest seasons to ever grab a starting quarterback, so now is the year to wait on selecting signal callers.

However, among all the late-round quarterbacks to draft this season, one to avoid is Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman.

Sure, Freeman finished with over 4,000 yards (4,065) and 27 passing touchdowns in 2012, but he fell apart down the stretch. Freeman threw only two touchdowns in his final three games, compared to an embarrassing nine interceptions over that time. Those are not exactly starter quality numbers, especially considering that they were during the fantasy playoffs.

Also the fact that the organization selected North Carolina State QB Mike Glennon in the third round just shows that their faith in Freeman is wavering. Freeman is entering the final year of his contract and many people are anticipating that he will be re-singing with the team. However, the fact that the team drafted a backup quarterback so early in the draft, signifies that they may not be as happy with their franchise quarterback as people think.

To make matters worse, this preseason Freeman has looked absolutely horrible. He was 6-15 for 42 passing yards through the first two games and has had difficulty making even the simplest of throws. Freeman has also been sacked four times, despite his often talked about pocket mobility.

Glennon, on the other hand, has been much better. He finished 12-22 for 121 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception against the New England Patriots. He followed it up by going 11-23 for 169 yards with one pick against the Baltimore Ravens. The rookie has looked much better matriculating the ball downfield and could end up winning the starting job by the end of the season.

There are plenty of other quarterbacks to snag in the middle of the draft, so it would be better to simply avoid Freeman altogether this season.


Adam McGill is the Senior Fantasy Sports Writer at Rant Sports. Follow him on Twitter @adammcgill83, like him on Facebook, or add him to you networks on Google here or here.

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