Peyton Barber has moved on to Washington and is no longer draftable in anything but the deepest of leagues. Barber will likely start the year behind both Derrius Guice and Adrian Peterson at least. What's more, Barber hasn't been very productive even when teams have trusted him with the rock. He's a low-upside handcuff who probably needs two injuries to see significant work.
Barber is signing a two-year contract with Washington, Jeremy Fowler of ESPN.com reports. 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 on 24 targets for 115 yards and another score. Barber set a career high for touchdowns in 2019, but that was partly offset by a career-low 3.1 yards per tote. The fourth-year pro also saw an 80-carry drop from 2018, with Ronald Jones taking on a much bigger role. The 25-year-old Barber is set to become an unrestricted free agent this coming March, and the Buccaneers could make upgrading the running back position one of their top offseason priorities -- making a return to Tampa unlikely.
Barber rushed five times for 13 yards and lost a fumble in the Buccaneers' 23-20 loss to the Texans on Saturday. Barber saw backfield mate Ronald Jones receive nine more carries, making it one of the rare weeks in which 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. 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. 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 have been able to 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 15.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/11||Los Angeles Rams||18||18.00|
|6||10/18||@New York Giants||17||17.75|
|9||11/08||New York Giants||17||17.75|
|14||12/13||@San Francisco 49ers||3||12.16|
|3 Year Avg||165||588||5||17||107||1||102|