Ranks Reaction: Believe in Josh Freeman

Updated: December 22, 2010, 3:45 PM ET
By Eric Karabell

If you're lucky enough to remain alive in your fantasy playoffs -- and please don't underestimate the value of luck this time of the year -- then good for you. Maybe you got this far because your studs performed really well of late, or perhaps your Week 15 heroes were surprises you either waited months for (Vincent Jackson) or added hours prior to game time (Rex Grossman).

Then again, maybe you've been relying on Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Josh Freeman. What group does he fit into? The sophomore hasn't reached 20 fantasy points (according to ESPN standard rules) in any game this season, but he's also on a very nice run with at least one touchdown pass and double-digit fantasy points in an impressive 11 consecutive weeks. The only quarterbacks with a longer streak of double-digit scoring are Tom Brady, Drew Brees and Joe Flacco. This week, ESPN Fantasy projects Freeman as the No. 2 quarterback with, naturally, 19 points.

I can't recall a week in which Freeman, fantasy's No. 11 quarterback for season scoring, actually made the top 10 at that position in my weekly rankings, but hit me over the head enough times and I will finally submit; this week Freeman made it at No. 9, as a sweet home matchup with the West Coast-based Seattle Seahawks looms, but really it's more than that. I'm a conservative fantasy owner, and there aren't many quarterbacks I would call safer than Freeman at this point. We all search for so-called home run hitters, but often a well-placed double will get the job done.