The Tampa Bay Buccaneers did not have a good showing in Week 1 against the New York Jets, as they had just 250 offensive yards in an 18-17 loss that likely finished off a lot of people in survivor pools. Fantasy football owners were surely left disappointed by the Buccaneers as well, as running back Doug Martin (24 carries for 65 yards and one touchdown; two catches for negative yards) and quarterback Josh Freeman (15-for-31 for 210 yards) both had dismal games.
Freeman is in the final year of his contract, and recent developments haven’t helped solidify his future in Tampa Bay. He reportedly overslept and did not show up for the team photo last Monday, was not voted a team captain two days later and Buccaneers’ head coach Greg Schiano acknowledged that his starting quarterback has been “late for things before.” Add in Freeman’s poor play through the preseason that continued last Sunday, and it may only be a matter of time before rookie Mike Glennon sees time under center for Tampa Bay. Should fantasy owners have the 73rd overall pick in April’s draft on their radar?
Freeman set career-highs in passing yards (4,065) and passing touchdowns (27) last season, but his completion percentage fell to under 55 percent and his breakout 2010 season (3,451 yards, 25 touchdowns and six interceptions) feels like a lifetime ago now. There’s little doubt Freeman will start this coming Sunday against the New Orleans Saints, but after that it’s anyone’s guess.
Freeman is not yet completely droppable in fantasy leagues, but his stock is clearly down (30 percent ownership in Yahoo! leagues) and may continue to fall. He has at least 279 passing yards in each of his last four games against the Saints, including games with 303 and 420 yards through the air, so if there’s any chance for an owner that has kept the faith to sell high on Freeman it may come next week.
Glennon should not be owned outside of deep dynasty leagues right now, but he is someone to be aware of in case he eventually replaces Freeman this season. If the rookie were to start multiple games, I think he could be productive enough to be a low-end QB2 in 12 and 14-team leagues.
Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.