The Tampa Bay Buccaneers are 0-3 after entering 2013 with high expectations, and they will reportedly make a quarterback switch in an effort to salvage the season. Josh Freeman will go to the bench in favor of rookie Mike Glennon, who warmed up briefly during last Sunday’s game and will make his first career start Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals. Glennon should keep the starting job as long as he stays healthy, but should fantasy football owners pay attention to Tampa Bay’s quarterback situation at all?
Glennon steps into a solid situation with good talent around him (running back Doug Martin, wide receivers Vincent Jackson and Mike Williams), though Jackson is dealing with a rib injury that may affect him going forward. Add in a favorable matchup against the Cardinals, who enter Week 4 allowing the third-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks (22.3 per game; ESPN standard scoring), and Glennon could make an immediate impact.
The Buccaneers have a bye in Week 5, but after that a stretch of favorable matchups come against the Philadelphia Eagles, Atlanta Falcons and Carolina Panthers from Week 6-Week 8. The Eagles and Falcons enter Week 4 in the bottom half of the league against opposing quarterbacks (ESPN scoring), and the Panthers allowed over 300 passing yard per game over their first two games before dominating the New York Giants and Eli Manning in Week 3.
Glennon has a long way to go before becoming a must-add in fantasy leagues, but if he performs well against Arizona in Week 4 owners in 12 and 14-team leagues that are looking for a QB2 will have to take notice. Some challenging bye weeks are coming in Week 6-8, with Matt Ryan, Drew Brees and Andrew Luck among the quarterbacks idle during that stretch, so Glennon could help a lot of fantasy owners if he proves himself quickly.