Barnidge finished the 2016 campaign with five catches on five targets for 40 yards and a score against the Steelers on Sunday. It was a disappointing season through and through for Barnidge, as the tight end was never able to recapture his 2015 magic. After finding the end zone 10 times a season ago, Barnidge scored just twice in 2016, as the Browns had difficulty scoring overall as an offensive unit. If Cleveland improves at the quarterback position, Barnidge's production could make a comeback, making him a sleeper in 2017.
Barnidge hauled in five receptions (six targets) for 42 yards in Saturday's win over the Chargers. Barnidge was a focal point in Cleveland's offense for one of the first times all season. His five receptions were his highest since Week 7, and he totaled his most receiving yards since Week 8. The tight end enjoyed a breakout year in 2015 but has been a bitter disappointment during this season's campaign, putting his future fantasy value in limbo. Barnidge will attempt to finish the season strong Sunday versus the Steelers.
Barnidge secured two of three targets for 35 yards in Sunday's loss to the Bills. No matter who is under center for the Browns, Barnidge just can not seem to get it going in 2016. Robert Griffin only looked his way three times Sunday, and with 45 total catches this season, Barnidge may be regretting his decision to stay with Cleveland. The 31-year-old tight end -- who found pay dirt nine times in 2015 -- has been targeted a measly four times in the red zone and has one touchdown to show for it.
Barnidge secured three passes (five targets) for 27 yards in Sunday's tilt with the Bengals. His 27 receiving yards were his most since Week 8, which just highlights how much of a struggle this season has been for the 31-year-old tight end. This was Barnidge's first full game with Robert Griffin under center, so it may take awhile for them to build a rapport. But if Griffin continues to struggle like he did against the Bengals, don't expect Barnidge to turn it around any time soon.
Barnidge (knee) is not listed on the Browns' Week 14 injury report. Barnidge suffered a knee injury against the Giants in Week 12, but the tight end obviously benefited from the Browns' subsequent bye week and is on track to suit up Sunday against the Bengals. Through 12 contests, Barnidge -- who scored nine times last season -- has recorded just one TD, while averaging 3.3 catches and 39 receiving yards per game in that span. While he's still an option in deeper fantasy formats, Barnidge is well off his 2015 pace, which resulted in a final 79/1,043/9 stat line.
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