Until Kenjon Barner finds meaningful playing time with the Panthers this fall, Fantasy managers shouldn't bother adding him to rosters.
Barner signed a one-year contract with the Falcons on Thursday, Will McFadden of the team's official site reports. Barner played in nine games between the Panthers and Patriots in 2018, carrying the ball 19 times for 71 yards. The six-year pro will provide depth in a Falcons' running back room that includes Devonta Freeman (groin), Ito Smith, Brian Hill and Jeremy Langford. He appears to have recovered after landing on IR with a knee injury Week 17 last season.
Barner (knee) was placed on injured reserve Friday. Barner handled return duties for the Panthers from Week 13 to Week 16 before ultimately landing on IR with a knee issue. He earned just one target in the passing game with Carolina after a midseason release from the Patriots. Barner's upcoming absence allowed the Panthers to promote offensive lineman Dorian Johnson from their practice squad.
Barner (knee) is questionable for Sunday's game against the Saints, Joe Person of The Athletic reports. Barner was initially announced as doubtful before he was quickly upgraded to questionable. The 29-year-old was added to the injury report as a non-participant Thursday, so the specifics of his injury remain unclear.
Barner suffered a knee injury and was a non-participant at practice Thursday, Jourdan Rodrigue of The Charlotte Observer reports. Barner wasn't listed on the injury report Wednesday, so the specifics of the issue remain unclear. The 29-year-old's participation at practice Friday should provide a better idea of his availability for Sunday's season finale against the Saints.
Barner caught his only target for a three-yard gain during Sunday's 24-10 loss to Atlanta. Barner was relegated to mostly special-teams duty in his first three games with the Panthers after being scooped up off waivers from the Patriots. That changed Sunday, as the scatback recorded his first reception on either squad this season. While the Panthers haven't clarified their plans for the season finale against the Saints, there's a decent chance do-it-all lead back Christian McCaffrey is more limited than usual as Carolina looks to preserve his health heading into the offseason. If that's the case, Barner and fellow reserve backs Cameron Artis-Payne and Travaris Cadet could see more opportunities than usual.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/20||Los Angeles Rams||14||17.26|
|10||11/10||@New Orleans Saints||3||12.44|
|12||11/24||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||21.25|
|13||11/29||New Orleans Saints||3||12.44|
|15||12/15||@San Francisco 49ers||20||19.00|
|17||12/29||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||21.25|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||21||86||1||4||34||0||17|