Josh Freeman will start for the Minnesota Vikings on Monday (Oct. 21). The decision to make Freeman the starting quarterback was officially announced on Wednesday (Oct. 16), showing that the team is definitely ready to move in a new direction. According to a report from ESPN, head coach Leslie Frazier feels that he is going to play well against the New York Giants.
Christian Ponder struggled at the start of the season, completing 59 percent of his passes, but throwing only two touchdowns compared to five interceptions. His quarterback rating of 65.9 left a lot to be desired and when Matt Cassel stepped in the past two games he didn't do much better. When it was revealed that Freeman had become a free agent, the team went out and signed him to a new deal.
The first start for Josh Freeman is going to come on Monday night football against the Giants, giving him a primetime opportunity to shine. The Giants give up an average of 268 passing yards per game and have played to a 0-6 record so far. The 1-4 Vikings have been even worse, allowing 308 passing yards per game, so it's possible that this ends up as a very high scoring game. For fantasy football owners streaming quarterbacks or desperate on a bye week, this might make Freeman an interesting pickup.