Josh Freeman starting could mean big fantasy football impact on Jerome Simpson

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Oct 13, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings quarterback Josh Freeman (12) sits on the sidelines in the game against the Carolina Panthers at Mall of America Field at H.H.H. Metrodome. Panthers win 35-10. Mandatory Credit: Bruce Kluckhohn-USA TODAY Sports


The Minnesota Vikings have had enough of their current quarterback situation and have decided to go ahead and name Josh Freeman the starter for Monday night’s game against the New York Giants.

In 60 career games, Freeman has thrown for 13,534 yards, 80 touchdowns and 66 interceptions. He is the franchise’s leader in career TD passes.

Last season, Freeman threw for 4,065 yards and 27 touchdowns. He likes to air-it-out and go for the deep-bomb, and with a receiver like Vincent Jackson in Tampa, you can see why. While most people expect his big arm to eventually stretch out defenses and open up bigger running lanes for All-Pro running back Adrian Peterson, it’s unlikely this will happen in his first game as the starter.

Instead, the Giants will continue to load the box and keep Peterson from beating them, which could lead to big days for some of Freeman’s receivers.

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