Greg Schiano backs Josh Freeman as QB

Schiano picks Freeman: Not that long ago, there was talk that Josh Freeman could be on the hot seat as the Tampa Bay Buccaneers starting quarterback. According to head coach Greg Schiano, that’s not the case. The lead Buc told “NFL Total Access” that Freeman is the team’s only quarterback. While Schiano added praise for rookie Mike Glennon, the coach squashed any talk of a QB battle. Not having to look over his shoulder should be a confidence boost for Freeman, but his recent history as a signal-caller that has hovered near the bottom of the top 15 at his position won’t have fantasy owners clamoring to take him off the board.

Bernard to play WR?: Recently in this space, I mentioned the NFL’s new buzzword — “multiple”. Yesterday, it was Jared Cook. Today, it’s Giovani Bernard. Cincinnati Bengals running back coach Hue Jackson says the rookie could line up at wide receiver several times during the season. It could be a good way to get both Bernard and BenJarvus Green-Ellis on the field simultaneously without taking too many carries away from the veteran. And with the Bengals lacking real depth at the WR position, the rookie could see a few balls thrown his way. Should create some added value for an already intriguing first-year player.

Crabtree to resume workouts: Just six weeks after surgery to repair a torn Achilles’ tendon, Michael Crabtree tweeted that he was returning to the gym. The 49ers have refused to say that the wideout would miss the entire season and there is certainly a chance he could return late in the season. The question is whether that return would be in time for fantasy owners to see any value. For all intents and purposes, Crabtree will not be a fantasy factor in 2013.

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