Fantasy Football Trader’s Redraft Debate: Sam Bradford or Josh Freeman

Mar 2, 2011


This week’s topic:
Who would you rather have Sam Bradford or Josh Freeman in a redraft league for next year?
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My response:

While I like both quarterbacks heading into 2011 and beyond, this exercise requires that I choose one. Both are talented kids with strong arms and great poise. Both possess leadership qualities that helped their respective teams have vast improvements last year. However, I do prefer one of these young quarterbacks.
Sam Bradford set the rookie record for completions with 354. He threw for 3512 yards with 18 touchdowns and 15 interceptions. He ran for another 63 yards and a score. Bradford had a stretch between Week 7 and 11 where he averaged two touchdown passes. He ended on a sour note though throwing just one touchdown pass in the final three games. He threw six interceptions over that stretch. Bradford could have been better had he had some weapons on offense.
That’s where Josh Freeman has the advantage. He formed a great rapport with Mike Williams, one that should be great for years to come. He didn’t throw for as many yards (3451), but he tossed 25 touchdowns with just six interceptions. The lack of interceptions really helped bolster his fantasy numbers. He also got a boost from his 364 rushing yards. Surprisingly he hasn’t scored a touchdown in two years despite totaling 525 yards on the ground. At 6’6″, 248 that will likely change in the near future. While Bradford struggled down the stretch, Freeman got better. He averaged 252.3 yards with nine touchdowns in Tampa’s final four games.
Again, I like both of these quarterbacks a great deal. I just favor Freeman because of his weapons and his ability to add fantasy points on the ground.

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