Barnidge, who caught 8-of-13 targets for 66 yards Sunday against Pittsburgh, finished the season with a total of 79 catches for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns. Barnidge was one of the few bright spots in Cleveland in 2015, as his size relative to the other pass-catching options earned him plenty of targets in the offense (125). He made the most of those targets, shattering career-best marks in nearly every offensive category en route to earning a three-year contract extension in December. Regardless of the direction the new front office regime in Cleveland takes the franchise, Barnidge will once again be dealing with a young quarterback commanding the offense. That didn't prevent him from producing solid fantasy numbers in his age-31 season, however, and Barnidge will still presumably enter 2016 as a top-10 tight end option.
Barnidge caught three of eight targets for 47 yards during Sunday's loss to the Chiefs. Quarterback Johnny Manziel really struggled with his accuracy Sunday, as he completed just 13 of his 32 pass attempts, which left little for his receivers to produce. Barnidge co-led the team in receptions, while leading them in targets and yards, so while that's certainly a plus, Manziel will have to complete more passes for Barnidge's fantasy value to increase. Next up is a Week 17 matchup against the Steelers, who need a win to keep their playoff hopes alive after losing to the Ravens on Sunday.
Barnidge caught three of four targets for 29 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-13 loss at Seattle. Barnidge has proven to be consistent and matchup proof all season, and despite the low yardage total, Sunday was no different against a solid Seahawks defense. With at least 50 yards or a touchdown in 11 of the last 12 games, there's no reason not to trust him next week at Kansas City.
Barnidge caught five of seven targets for 84 yards and a touchdown in Suday's win over the 49ers. The veteran has remained consistent since his early-season emergence, posting respectable catch and yardage totals despite the ever-changing quarterback situation in Cleveland. Barnidge now sits third among NFL tight ends with eight touchdowns on the season, and Johnny Manziel's return to starting status likely bodes well for his fantasy value moving forward. Cleveland will travel to take on a tough Seattle defense in Week 15, but the Seahawks have been relatively susceptible to opposing tight ends this season.
Barnidge (ankle) is active Sunday against the 49ers. Despite the "questionable" designation, Barnidge had been expected to suit up for the contest after logging limited practices all week. Only one of Barnidge's seven touchdowns on the season have come from Sunday's starter, Johnny Manziel, but at least Barnidge has collected 15 total targets in the last two contests that Manziel was under center. The 49ers defense has been tough on opposing tight ends this season, but Barnidge's resume to date likely lands him on the back end of the top-10 at his position this week.
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