Barber finished the 2020 regular season with 94 carries for 258 yards and four touchdowns and four catches for 12 yards on seven targets.
Analysis: Barber had 17 carries and two touchdowns in a season-opening win over Philadelphia, and he split work with J.D. McKissic when Antonio Gibson missed some time with a toe injury in December. Apart from that, Barber had a quiet year, maintaining a role on special teams and occasionally subbing in for Gibson on early downs. Barber will turn 27 in June and has one year remaining on his contract, but he'll likely need to battle for his roster spot if he stays in Washington this offseason.
Jan 11, 2021 7:12 AM EST
Barber took one carry for 10 yards in Sunday's 20-13 loss to Carolia
Analysis: With Antonio Gibson (toe) back in the lineup after missing two games, Barber barely had a role in the Washington offense. The veteran back isn't likely to see much work Week 17 at Philadelphia.
Dec 27, 2020 7:00 PM EST
Barber took four carries for five yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 20-15 loss to Seattle.
Analysis: Barber played only 16 percent of offensive snaps, down from 48 percent the previous week in the first game Antonio Gibson (toe) missed. Meanwhile, J.D. McKissic got 13 carries and 10 targets on 88 percent snap share, turning in a season-best fantasy performance despite Barber vulturing a goal-line touchdown. Even if Gibson misses more time, Barber won't necessarily get more than a handful of touches Week 16 against Carolina.
Dec 21, 2020 1:56 PM EST
Barber (ankle) doesn't have an injury designation for Sunday's game against Seattle, while fellow Washington running back Antonio Gibson (toe) is listed as doubtful, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports.
Analysis: Barber figures to split work with J.D. McKissic, after getting 12 carries and three targets on season-high 48 percent snap share in last week's 23-15 win over the 49ers. The upcoming matchup appears similarly difficult, as the Seahawks defense has played well since mid-season and the Football Team will have Dwayne Haskins filling in for Alex Smith (calf) as the starting quarterback.
Dec 18, 2020 1:56 PM EST
Barber (ankle) practiced in a limited capacity Thursday.
Analysis: Since Antonio Gibson got injured early in a Week 13 win at Pittsburgh, Barber has received 28 touches for 61 yards from scrimmage and one TD over two games. Meanwhile, receiving back J.D. McKissic has combined for 28 touches, 164 total yards and no scores. If Gibson is forced to miss Sunday's game due to his bout with turf toe, Barber and McKissic will continue to split work out of Washington's backfield.
Dec 17, 2020 4:59 PM EST
Barber (ankle) was limited at practice Wednesday, Kyle Stackpole of Washington's official site reports.
Analysis: Starting running back Antonio Gibson missed most of Week 13 in Pittsburgh and was inactive Week 14 against the 49ers due to a turf toe injury, which allowed Barber for more snaps and touches. Unfortunately for Barber, he managed just 61 yards from scrimmage and one TD on 28 touches during that span. Now with an injury of his own in tow, he could be in danger of losing work, especially with Washington signing Lamar Miller off the Bears' practice squad Wednesday. As long as Gibson is sidelined, though, J.D. McKissic will be the RB of note in this offense.
Dec 16, 2020 3:49 PM EST
Barber took 12 carries for 37 yards and caught two of three targets for one yard in Sunday's 23-15 win over San Francisco.
Analysis: With Antonio Gibson (toe) inactive for the first time all year, Barber handled season-high 48 percent snap share coming off the bench behind J.D. McKissic, who got one fewer carry (11) and one more target (four) while playing 65 percent of offensive snaps. Neither running back got any goal-line chances, but Barber did handle clock-killing work in the fourth quarter, albeit with poor results. Gibson was unable to practice last week, so there's a decent chance it'll be another split between Barber and McKissic when Washington hosts Seattle in Week 15.
Dec 14, 2020 6:29 AM EST
Barber is expected to serve as Washington's primary inside runner and short-yardage back Sunday against the 49ers with Antonio Gibson (toe) not expected to play, Ian Rapoport of NFL Network reports.
Analysis: After exiting early in Monday's win over Pittsburgh, Gibson has been diagnosed with turf toe, an injury that often entails a multi-week recovery. While J.D. McKissic outpaced Barber by a healthy margin in terms of snaps (53 to 24) and passing-game usage Monday (10 targets to zero), the Auburn product saw the greater opportunity of the two on the ground (14 carries for 23 yards and a touchdown). Barber should be Washington's preferred option in goal-line situations Week 14, but his minimal involvement as a pass catcher and lack of big-play ability (six career 20-plus-yard runs in five seasons) means that he'll likely need to reach the end zone to pay dividends for fantasy managers. And if Washington falls behind early and is forced into catch-up mode throughout the contest, Barber will be at risk of being scripted out of the game plan entirely.
Dec 9, 2020 9:43 AM EST
Barber rushed 14 times for 23 yards and a touchdown in Monday's 23-17 win over the Steelers.
Analysis: Barber assumed a heavier workload after rookie Antonio Gibson (knee) exited during the first quarter and did not return. The veteran capitalized from one-yard out to score his first touchdown since Week 1 in the third quarter. Should Gibson remain slowed Sunday against the 49ers, Barber would figure to split backfield work with J.D. McKissic, whose pass-catching ability counteracts Barber's more rugged running style.
Dec 7, 2020 6:11 PM EST
Barber rushed 11 times for 57 yards in Thursday's 41-16 win over the Cowboys.
Analysis: Barber recorded his highest carry total since the season opener, translating into a season high in rushing yards. The 26-year-old has ceded goal-line duties to Antonio Gibson, though, so his fantasy upside has essentially vanished with little noteworthy pass-catching upside.
Nov 30, 2020 9:11 AM EST
Barber rushed eight times for 28 yards during Sunday's 20-9 win over the Bengals.
Analysis: The 26-year-old had all but one of his carries during the second half, as Washington took control of the game and bled the clock. It's the second time since the season opener Barber has registered at least five carries, and he's been inefficient all season with a 2.4 YPC. He'll continue to have a minor offensive role while Antonio Gibson remains healthy.
Nov 24, 2020 3:18 PM EST
Barber logged seven rushing yards on two carries, adding a seven-yard catch during Sunday's 30-27 loss to the Lions.
Analysis: Barber logged his second start of the 2020 campaign, but he faded into the No. 3 running back role as the game progressed. Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic split the RB carries 13-8 ahead of Barber, collecting 51 combined rushing yards and three rushing TDs in addition to 63 total receiving yards, spurred largely by McKissic's dense pass-catching workload of 15 targets. Barber garnered 10 carries Week 7 against the Cowboys, but he otherwise has not exceeded four carries in a game since the season opener against Philadelphia. Barber's involvement in the offense is expected to remain sparse when Washington takes on Cincinnati in Week 11.
Nov 17, 2020 5:56 PM EST
Barber played one snap on offense in Sunday's 23-20 loss to the Giants.
Analysis: Barber was all but invisible Weeks 2-5, but he then got 14 carries and 31 snaps between Weeks 6 and 7. Coming out of a Week 8 bye, his role was reduced again, with Antonio Gibson and J.D. McKissic splitting backfield work. Barber isn't likely to get many carries, if any, Week 10 at Detroit.
Nov 9, 2020 6:37 AM EST
Barber rushed 10 times for 34 yards in Sunday's 25-3 win over the Cowboys.
Analysis: Barber couldn't get much going on the ground Sunday, but he managed to rush for three first downs. He took a clear backseat to Antonio Gibson, who enjoyed a breakout performance with 20 carries for 128 yards (6.4 YPC) and a touchdown while recording three red-zone rushes to Barber's zero. If Barber loses his red-zone opportunities, he essentially loses all fantasy value because he's averaging 2.1 yards per carry and has caught just one pass this season.
Oct 27, 2020 1:47 PM EST
Barber ran for six yards on four carries, and he caught his lone target for a gain of four yards during Sunday's 20-19 loss to the Giants.
Analysis: Barber's first two touches went for a combined eight yards against New York, but his subsequent three opportunities yielded just two more, as the 26-year-old back has now been held under 30 scrimmage yards in each of his first six outings to begin the season. Barber still leads the team with 11 red-zone rush attempts, but rookie Antonio Gibson has been steadily usurping that duty as the season has progressed. The former Buccaneer is averaging an abysmal 1.7 yards per carry heading into a Week 7 matchup against Dallas' 31st-ranked rush defense.
Oct 20, 2020 4:36 PM EST
Barber ran for five yards on three carries, and he was targeted once with no receptions during Sunday's 31-17 loss to Baltimore.
Analysis: The 26-year-old back has been scarcely involved the past three weeks as rookie Antonio Gibson has come to the forefront with 150 rushing yards and three rushing TDs during that span. Barber fielded 17 carries Week 1 against the Eagles, including an NFL-high 10 red-zone carries, but he's garnered just seven combined touches in three Washington defeats since. He'll remain a complementary option during Week 5 when Washington faces the Rams' 18th-ranked rush defense.
Oct 6, 2020 3:23 PM EST
Barber had one carry for one yard in a 30-15 loss to the Cardinals on Sunday.
Analysis: After putting up a 17-29-2 rushing line on 41 percent snap share in the season opener, Barber was limited to a single offensive snap Week 2, converting a 4th-and-1 in the second quarter. He may be nothing more than a short-yardage runner and special-teams player in the coming weeks, as both Antonio Gibson (13 carries for 55 yards and a TD) and J.D. McKissic (eight for 53) were reasonably effective running the ball in Sunday's loss.
Sep 21, 2020 4:09 AM EST
Barber carried 17 times for 29 yards and two touchdowns during Sunday's 27-17 win over the Eagles.
Analysis: With rookie Antonio Gibson dominating headlines related to the team's backfield situation heading into the game, few expected Barber to make a significant impact. He did average an unimpressive 1.7 yards per carry with a long run of just eight yards, but short rushing touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters helped his team complete an impressive come-from-behind victory. Barber should continue to factor into the team's backfield equation for the time being, but he will need to improve his efficiency in order to keep a sizable role. His next chance to do so will come Sunday against the Cardinals.
Sep 13, 2020 3:06 PM EST
Barber could take on some of the carries that were expected to go to recently released Adrian Peterson, JP Finlay of NBC Sports Washington reports.
Analysis: Barber is the one member of the Washington backfield who hasn't been hyped at any point this spring or summer, though coach Ron Rivera did warn reporters not to forget about the former Buc. There isn't much upside for an early down bruiser in an offense that's unlikely to be any better than average, but it is possible Barber gets enough carries -- at least initially -- to gum up Antonio Gibson's production. Barber still doesn't offer much appeal as fantasy asset, even if he has a role in the gameplan for Week 1 against Philadelphia.
Sep 4, 2020 5:55 AM EST
Coach Ron Rivera warned reporters not to forget about Barber, Kyle Stackpole of the official team website reports.
Analysis: A reporter mentioned Antonio Gibson and Bryce Love while discussing the Washington backfield after Derrius Guice was released. Rivera responded by mentioning Barber, who made 23 starts for Tampa Bay the past two seasons but averaged only 3.5 YPC over that stretch. He figures to compete with Adrian Peterson for carries on early downs, while Gibson and J.D. McKissic are more likely to handle passing downs. Love could be an option for a variety of situations, though he's essentially an unknown after missing his 2019 rookie season with a knee injury.
Aug 10, 2020 6:19 AM EST
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