2013 Fantasy Football Sleeper: Tampa Bay Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman

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Before you say anything, let me explain.

With fantasy football continuing to be a relatively unpredictable game, there has to be tons of preparation done in order to have the optimum amount of success. Injuries happen. Slumps happen. Trades happen. Then, injuries and slumps happen after the trades.

It is truly a game filled with plenty of strategy and a little bit of luck. Fantasy football requires its players to have backup plans on top of their backup plans at times, and that’s exactly where I’m going with this.

In the last year of his contract, Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman is at a crossroads. He either performs at a high level, or he’s let go in favor of youngster Mike Glennon — who has shown promise so far in camp and the preseason.

Having already established a clear chemistry with young wideout Mike Williams, Freeman is going into the second year playing with Vincent Jackson. Both receivers are bigger bodies with the ability to go up and get the ball, and Freeman likes them each a lot. I have a feeling Freeman isn’t ready to give up his starting job just yet. He still has a heck of a lot of potential in him.

Freeman was a decent fill-in last season for most owners. In fact, he was more than serviceable in several of his starts. After about midway through the season, he had gotten very comfortable with Jackson and made him into a top-10 fantasy wideout before the season was up.

Having a running back to take a little pressure off of him like Doug Martin will surely help his cause in 2013, as well. Freeman could be a solid backup quarterback and even a formidable fill-in if your starter was to endure an injury. I like Freeman in the later rounds as a reserve, especially because he’s got more motivation than ever this year.

Ryan Heckman is a Senior Writer for RantSports.comFollow him on Twitter  @ryanmheckman, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.


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