Fantasy Fix

Play Him: Josh Freeman, QB, Tampa Bay

Freeman, seemingly without notice, has become a top-10 fantasy quarterback, currently rated No. 8 in standard ESPN leagues. He’s not flashy, and his potential for a breakout game is marginal at best, but Freeman is good for a cool 15 points every week. Next week, the Bucs play the NFL’s doormat, the Carolina Panthers, and I’d gamble on Freeman wiping his cleats in their faces for one of his best games to date.

Sit Him: Peyton Hillis, RB, Cleveland Browns

I endorsed Hillis a few weeks ago, but it’s been tough to figure out what kind of player he is exactly. He’s only gone over the 100-yard mark three times and his carries have been sporadic on a team with an awful passing game. Last week he got 29 touches and went for 189 yards after getting only 28 carries the previous two games. Instability is not becoming in fantasy sports, and I trust Hillis about as much as a hitchhiker wearing an old goalie’s mask, especially with the indomitable Jets defense looming on the horizon.

Get Him: Ryan Fitzpatrick, QB, Buffalo Bills

If GPA carried any weight in fantasy football, Fitzpatrick – a Harvard alumnus- would probably be a first-round talent. As it is, the Bills quarterback is a fantastic pick-up if your starting quarterback has been knocked out with an injury. After three straight 20-point plus performances, Fitzy fell back to earth a bit the last two weeks, but I like his upside this week against the Detroit defense. He’s available in 66.7 percent of standard ESPN leagues, so scoop him up.