Step by step, second-year Buccaneers QB Josh Freeman has developed nicely.
But what happened in Week 16 was startling. He picked apart the hapless Seahawks, completing 21 of 26 passes for 237 yards and five touchdowns. Overall he has 23 TD passes this year against just six interceptions this season.
“He’s clutch. He’s a closer. He’s a big-time quarterback, and he’s developed into it right in front of our eyes,” Buccaneers coach Raheem Morris said. “We get a chance to see it, and it’s beautiful to watch.”
WR Mike Williams and TE Kellen Winslow each cashed in with two touchdown catches against the Seahawks. Who figured Williams would hit double figures in TD catches as rookie?
Not all the real-life NFL GMs who passed on him.
Each week ESPN.com runs a regular feature, “This Week's Horrible Fantasy Team That Crushed Your Fantasy Team.” Freeman was the field general of that squad, as you would expect.
Here were the other selections:
Correll Buckhalter, RB, Broncos: 92 total yards, 2 TDs.
Danny Woodhead, RB, Patriots: 125 total yards, TD.
Jerome Simpson, WR, Bengals: 6 catches, 124 yards, 2 TDs.
Jordy Nelson, WR, Packers: 4 catches, 124 yards, TD.
Rob Gronkowski, TE, Patriots: 4 catches, 54 yards, 2 TDs.
Buckhalter benefited from QB Tim Tebow’s quick start as the No. 1 man in Denver, finishing off a couple of scoring drives. Woodhead, a talented third-down back this season, furthered his cult hero standing, pounding out a 100-yard game on the ground.
With WR Terrell Owens down and out for the year, Simpson stepped up with a huge receiving day. Is this the sign of things to come? Cincinnati figures to move on without T.O. and Chad Ochocinco next season, so somebody has to fill in.
Nelson also gave fantasy players something to think about in 2011 with a big-point game. And Gronkowski added to his fast finish by snagging two TD catches. Life with QB Tom Brady is very good this year.