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Freeman offers glimpse of what’s to come with TD bonanza

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By Michael Blunda

It likely didn't benefit many people in the fantasy world, but Sunday's offensive showcase by Josh Freeman could be an indicator of what's on the horizon in 2011.

In a must-win game for the Bucs, Freeman carved up Seattle for 237 yards and five TD passes in a blowout victory. While it came against a weak secondary, it doesn't take away from the fact that he was spot-on, completing 21-of-26 throws and slinging passes into tight windows. It was a dominant effort from the second-year signalcaller.

While Freeman didn't post prolific numbers this season, his 23-6 TD-interception ratio shows the strides he made in 2010 after he tossed 18 picks in 10 games as a rookie. Add in a healthy 353 rushing yards, and the Kansas State product was no fantasy slouch.

Looking ahead to next season, it's obvious that Freeman is going to be one of the top fantasy sleepers at the QB position. Entering his third season, he should be fully adjusted to the NFL and have a firm grasp of the offense. He also has a budding star in WR Mike Williams and a solid tight end in Kellen Winslow. As long as the Bucs allow Freeman to air it out enough next season, there's no reason he shouldn't have a breakout campaign for this improving franchise.

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