Greg Jennings’ Updated Fantasy Outlook After Reported Josh Freeman Signing

Former Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting quarterback Josh Freeman has signed a one-year deal with the Minnesota Vikings, according to Tom Pelissero of USA Today on Monday, instantly boosting the fantasy credibility of Vikings wide receiver Greg Jennings.

Freeman’s agent –> RT @ErikBurkhardt: Vikings!!!

— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 7, 2013

Freeman doesn’t come in as #Vikings‘ starter, though obviously, they wouldn’t sign him if they didn’t want him to play. Must learn offense.

— Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) October 7, 2013

Jennings was a pass-catching sensation with the Green Bay Packers before signing with Minnesota last offseason, but he wasn’t considered a fantasy impact player with an unproven quarterback like Christian Ponder starting in Minnesota.

How will Josh Freeman’s acquisition impact Greg Jennings’ fantasy value?

How will Josh Freeman’s acquisition impact Greg Jennings’ fantasy value?

  • Positively. He will help him amass better stats.

  • Negatively. The QB controversy will leave the WR out of the game plan.

Ponder and Jennings were not impressive together through the first three weeks of the season.The veteran wideout amassed only 11 catches from Ponder for 160 receiving yards and zero touchdowns. In his one start with Matt Cassel under center, as Ponder missed Week 4 with a rib injury, Jennings totaled three receptions for 92 yards and two touchdowns.

Whether it’s Cassel getting the nod for Minnesota when the Vikings come of the bye in Week 6 or it’s Freeman getting a crack at the starting job, fantasy owners should buy Jennings low with a trade or hold on to him if he is already on your roster.

Freeman has been anything but impressive on paper with a completion percentage of 45.7, a rating of 59.3 and two touchdowns compared to his three interceptions, but he has a strong arm that is ideal for stretching the field.

That’s great news for a deep threat like Jennings.

While it’s unclear how long it will take Freeman to get acclimated to the Vikings’ playbook or if the team will even stick with him as one of its quarterbacks, Jennings’ speed will make him the favorite weapon of whoever has the starting job.

Fantasy owners should see a spike in Jennings’ targets each week, as his speed helps the Minnesota offense take the top off of opposing defenses, resulting in big chunks of yardage and monster touchdown catches.

As long as Jennings is heavily infused into the game plan, as he should be, fantasy owners should expect around five receptions and 80 yards from Jennings every week. With favorable matchups in the NFC North and throughout the rest of Minnesota’s schedule, expect around six touchdowns for Jennings for the remainder of the season.

Before the fantasy frenzy over Jennings kicks into high gear, get him on your roster.

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