|Team:||Tampa Bay Buccaneers|
|Ht / Wt:||5'10" / 228 lb.|
|Born:||June 27, 1994|
|Drafted:||2016 / UDFA|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Barber is signing a two-year contract with Washington, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Washington entered the offseason with Derrius Guice, Adrian Peterson and Bryce Love (knee) in the backfield and now has added Barber and J.D. McKissic. The team figures to carry three or four running backs on the Week 1 roster, so Barber will need to battle for a spot unless there's a glut of injuries in front of him. With career averages of 3.6 yards per carry and 6.1 per reception, the 26-year-old isn't likely to find regular touches now that he's left the RB abyss of Tampa Bay.
Barber rushed six times for 10 yards and secured two of four targets for 24 yards in the Buccaneers' 28-22 overtime loss to the Falcons on Sunday. He finished the 2019 season with 154 rushes for 470 yards and six touchdowns while adding 16 receptions (24 targets) for 115 yards and another score.
Analysis: Barber set a career high in touchdowns during 2019, but that was partly offset by a career-low 3.1 yards per tote. The four-year pro also saw an 80-carry drop from 2018, with Ronald Jones taking on a much bigger role than during his disastrous rookie campaign. The 25-year-old is set to become an unrestricted free agent this coming March, and it would appear likely the Buccaneers will make upgrading the running back position one of their top offseason priorities, potentially deeming Barber expendable.
Barber rushed five times for 13 yards and lost a fumble in the Buccaneers' 23-20 loss to the Texans on Saturday.
Analysis: Barber saw backfield mate Ronald Jones receive nine more carries, making it one of the rare weeks where there was a clear pecking order in the ground attack. Barber has rushed for under 20 yards in two straight games, and for less than 50 yards in all but one contest this season. The fourth-year pro is thus a middling fantasy option against the Falcons in Week 17.
Barber rushed 10 times for 17 yards and brought in both his targets for 23 yards in the Buccaneers' 38-17 win over the Lions on Sunday.
Analysis: Barber saw one fewer carry than backfield mate Ronald Jones, as their fantasy-averse time split in the ground game continued. The fourth-year back did have a modest role in the passing game again, giving him back-to-back multi-catch efforts for the first time all season. Given the Buccaneers' pass-heavy tendencies and the offensive line's inability to consistently open up holes for any of the team's backs, Barber remains a middling option heading into a Week 16 battle against the Texans.
Barber rushed 11 times for 34 yards and brought in both his targets for 19 yards in the Buccaneers' 38-35 win over the Colts on Sunday.
Analysis: Barber and Ronald Jones split the rushing workload right down the middle, and the former was also encouragingly involved in the passing game with his fifth instance of multiple targets this season. Neither Barber nor Jones can get much going on the ground, however, and the Buccaneers' offense seems destined to continue to mostly flow through the right arm of Jameis Winston for the three remaining games of the regular season. Barber will hope for opportunities to exploit the vulnerable Lions defense in Week 14.
Barber is expected to serve as the Buccaneers' No. 2 running back Week 14 against the Colts after coach Bruce Arians reiterated Wednesday that Ronald Jones is the top option on the depth chart, Scott Smith of Tampa Bay's official site reports. "I don't have any concerns about the running game right now," Arians said. "RoJo's still our starter and we'll get him going."
Analysis: Jones had outpaced Barber in offensive snap share for four consecutive games until the former noticed a reduced role in Sunday's 28-11 win over the Jaguars due to a missed blitz pickup in the third quarter of the contest. With Jones in the doghouse, Barber earned all the first- and second-down work thereafter, finishing the day with 17 carries -- his most since Week 2 -- for 44 yards and two touchdowns. The pair of scores gave Barber a nice fantasy line, but it obscured what was another typically inefficient showing for the Auburn product, who is now averaging just 3.2 yards per carry for the season. Jones (3.9 YPC) gives the offense a more explosive element, so expect him to remain ahead of Barber in the pecking order as long as he avoid the mistakes that have occasionally cropped up during his two years in the league.
Barber rushed 17 times for 44 yards and two touchdowns in the Buccaneers' 28-11 win over the Jaguars on Sunday. He also had a two-point conversion run.
Analysis: In a game that unfolded in rather surprising fashion overall, Barber fittingly punched in multiple touchdowns for the first time all season. The fourth-year back ended up outpacing backfield Ronald Jones by 11 carries overall, with Greg Auman of The Athletic reporting that coach Bruce Arians explained the lopsided division of labor as a function of Arians going the "hot hand" in the backfield and Jones having missed a blitz pickup at one point. Despite Barber's surprising success Sunday, the Bucs' backfield remains a week-to-week situation that is proverbial kryptonite for fantasy production. Barber will look to build on his strong effort versus the Colts in Week 14.
Barber rushed 11 times for 32 yards and failed to bring in his only target in the Buccaneers' 35-22 win over the Falcons on Sunday.
Analysis: Barber notably only saw one fewer carry than backfield mate Ronald Jones, but he saw just one target to Jones' three in the passing game. Although coach Bruce Arians made mention of Jones as his lead back several weeks ago, the reality is Barber and Jones appear destined to remain in a fairly even timeshare the rest of the way. That naturally does fantasy managers of either player no favor, but Barber will look to put together one of his occasional touchdown-dependent fantasy performances in Week 13 against the Jaguars' vulnerable run defense.
Barber did not log a carry in the Buccaneers' 34-17 loss to the Saints on Sunday but did bring in both his targets for 11 yards and a touchdown.
Analysis: The fact Barber did not see a carry for the first time all season and backfield mate logged just four speaks to how quickly the Buccaneers abandoned the run game. Despite the unprecedented lack of action on the ground, Barber salvaged his fantasy day with a six-yard touchdown reception at the 2:42 mark of the second quarter, getting his team on the board for the first time all afternoon. The receiving score was only the second of Barber's career, but he'll remain a risky play in all formats in a Week 12 battle against the Falcons.
Barber rushed eight times for 28 yards in the Buccaneers' 37-26 loss to the Panthers on Sunday.
Analysis: Barber doubled up backfield mate Ronald Jones in carries as their timeshare continued in confounding fashion Sunday, but game script soon ensured neither back could be much of a factor. Barber has single-digit in three straight games heading into the Week 7 bye, and the fantasy-adverse workload split between him and Jones will continue in a Week 8 matchup versus the Titans.
Barber rushed eight times for 32 yards and a touchdown and secured his only target for minus-1 yard in the Buccaneers' 31-24 loss to the Saints on Sunday.
Analysis: Barber capped off a massive 17-play, 75-yard third-quarter march with a two-yard touchdown run, his second on the ground in as many games. The fourth-year back has seen single-digit carries in both of those contests, however, although he saw only fewer tote than backfield mate Ronald Jones on Sunday and also saw game flow conspire against the running game overall. Barber remains a touchdown-dependent option in all formats heading into a Week 6 tilt versus the Panthers in London.
Barber rushed nine times for 19 yards and a touchdown and failed to bring in his only target in the Buccaneers' 55-40 win over the Rams on Sunday.
Analysis: Barber started the game and capped off an eight-play, 60-yard first-quarter drive with a three-yard touchdown run. However, as the game went on, Ronald Jones took on the majority of the backfield workload, ultimately logging 10 more carries than Barber. That represented the biggest disparity in opportunity between the two backs in Jones' favor this season and could be indicative of a gradual changing of the guard at running back. Barber will look to make his case and up his production in a divisional matchup versus the Saints in Week 5.
Barber rushed 13 times for 48 yards and brought in both of his targets for seven yards in the Buccaneers' 32-31 loss to the Giants on Sunday.
Analysis: Barber logged one fewer carry than Ronald Jones, who was the more efficient and explosive player with a 25-yard rush and 41-yard reception. Barber did contribute several of his trademark power runs in the contest and should continue enjoying a relatively steady role, despite the fact Jones is clearly a more dynamic asset overall. The conundrum for fantasy managers will be figuring out which back will have the hot hand on any given week, as coach Bruce Arians rightfully appears to be firmly committed to sticking with what's working in the backfield in any given week. Barber is struggling with his efficiency (4.1 yards per carry or less in each of his first three games), so he'll look to improve in that regard versus the Rams in a Week 4 road tilt.
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