Player Outlook
Until Barkley finds meaningful playing time, Fantasy managers shouldn't bother adding him to rosters.

Fantasy Stats

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2020 197 1 1 -6 112.2
3y Avg. 185 0 1 -3 52.5

Fantasy News

  • Bills' Matt Barkley: Shines in Saturday's exhibition

    Barkley completed 18 of 24 passes for 224 yards with no TD passes and one interception in Buffalo's preseason win over the Colts on Saturday, good for an 86.1 rating. Case Keenum was brought in to be the main backup to Josh Allen this season, but no one has said that's set in stone, and it looks like Barkley plans on making a case to be the No. 2. Keenum struggled Saturday with two interceptions and a 33.3 rating, though in fairness this was his first game with the Bills, while Barkley played for the team and a similar offense from 2018-20 as Allen's backup. The situation should continue to sort itself over the last two preseason games, as it's doubtful the Bills would make a fairly significant depth chart move based on one preseason performance.
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  • Bills' Matt Barkley: Back with Bills

    Barkley has signed a one-year deal with the Bills. Barkley, who played for Buffalo from 2018 through 2020, returns to the team for a second stint, and this time around the 31-year-old is slated to serve as the Bills' No. 3 QB behind Josh Allen and recently acquired Case Keenum.
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  • Matt Barkley: Joins Atlanta's practice squad

    The Falcons signed Barkley to their practice squad Thursday, Doug Kyed of Pro Football Focus reports. Barkley was waived by Atlanta on Tuesday, but he'll now rejoin the organization as part of the practice squad. It's unlikely that he'll be added to the active roster in Week 18.
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  • Matt Barkley: Waived by Falcons

    Barkley was waived by the Falcons on Tuesday, Tori McElhaney of the team's official website reports. The quarterback was added last week when Feleipe Franks was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but now has been let go because Franks has returned. Barkley appeared in five games with the Bills last season but likely will not enter a game during the 2021 season as he has yet to do so already and there's one game remaining.
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  • Matt Barkley: Waived by Panthers

    Barkley was waived by the Panthers on Tuesday, David Newton of ESPN.com reports. The quarterback became the odd man out in Carolina as the team no longer needed him with Sam Darnold, Cam Newton and P.J. Walker all on the active roster. Barkley has not appeared in a game with the Panthers this season, and he last saw action in five games with the Bills in 2020, throwing for 197 yards with one touchdown and an interception. It is yet to be seen if another team will claim him or if he will join the Panthers' practice squad.
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  • Panthers' Matt Barkley: Clears COVID protocols

    Barkley was activated from the reserve/COVID-19 list Monday, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports. Barkley spent 10 days on the COVID list before gaining clearance. Now that he's healthy, he should revert to his role as the Panthers' No. 4 quarterback behind Cam Newton, Sam Darnold and P.J. Walker.
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  • Panthers' Matt Barkley: Lands in COVID protocols

    Barkley was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list Friday after testing positive for the virus, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports. Barkley has been serving as Carolina's No. 3 quarterback since Cam Newton was brought in, but Barkley likely will be unavailable for Sunday's matchup with the Bills. Barkley's absence shouldn't affect the Panthers' game plan if Newton and P.J. Walker remain clear of the protocols.
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  • Panthers' Matt Barkley: Sits out with Newton back in town

    Barkley (coach's decision) is inactive Sunday against Washington, Darin Gantt of the Panthers' official site reports. Carolina's quarterback situation has shifted since Barkley first arrived. Sam Darnold (shoulder) is likely done for the season, but Barkley remains a distant third on Carolina's quarterback depth chart behind the recently reacquired Cam Newton and P.J. Walker.
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  • Matt Barkley: Secures practice squad spot

    The Titans signed Barkley to their practice squad Wednesday, Turron Davenport of ESPN.com reports. Barkley spent the last three seasons operating as a backup for the Bills, but the veteran signal-caller couldn't beat out Logan Woodside for the No. 2 gig in Tennessee. Should Ryan Tannehill (undisclosed) end up missing any time this season, however, Barkley's presence on the practice squad will give the Titans an experienced emergency option.
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  • Titans' Matt Barkley: Resurfaces in Tennessee

    Barkley announced Thursday that he's signed a contract with the Titans. Barkley, who spent the last three seasons operating as the Bills' reserve signal-caller, now joins Logan Woodside behind Ryan Tannehill in the Titans' quarterback room. The 30-year-old is an experienced veteran whose presence in the locker room has previously drawn praise. He'll have a shot at winning the No. 2 gig, though Woodside arguably has the advantage as an incumbent in the role.
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  • Bills' Matt Barkley: Spot action behind Buffalo's star

    Barkley took 53 snaps in 2020, completing 11 of 21 passes for 197 yards with a touchdown and an interception. The 2020 campaign was the ultimate Josh Allen Show, so even the most faithful Bills fan would have a hard time remembering when Barkley's 21 passes happened, but they did take place over the course of three mop-up duty appearances. Barkley won't wow anyone on the field after being in the league since 2013, but he's served as a good voice for Allen and knows the Buffalo offense as well as anyone, so it'd be a bit of a surprise if the cash-strapped Bills turn to a higher profile backup for 2021. The same quarterback room of Allen, Barkley and Jake Fromm seems the most likely course of action.
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  • Bills' Matt Barkley: Could see field in Week 17

    While the Bills plan to suit up Josh Allen for Sunday's finale against the Dolphins, there's a likelihood Barkley sees meaningful snaps in the contest, Michael Giardi of NFL Network reports. This makes sense, as several starters have already been made inactive in a game that can only determine seeding for the Bills, while Allen needs only some modest totals to set or extend some franchise records. We would not be shocked if the Bills have Allen out of there by halftime or even earlier while Barkley sees action with a number of other backups. Note that Miami needs to win this game and the weather is expected to be far from optimal.
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  • Bills' Matt Barkley: Another added to QB room

    Barkley will have a new teammate in the quarterback group after the Bills added Georgia's Jake Fromm in the fifth round of the draft this weekend. Fromm comes with a higher pedigree than the usual fifth-rounder following a tremendous career at Georgia, and while he's seen as a smart guy and excellent reader of defenses, it may also be difficult for the youngster to even approach Barkley's familiarity with the Buffalo offense in what could be a shortened offseason due to COVID-19. More likely, Fromm will have to prove he's a better candidate than Davis Webb and hope the Bills keep three quarterbacks on the active roster instead of two. Still, Fromm is a promising enough guy that he adds a question mark to Barkley's long-term status with the team.
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  • Bills' Matt Barkley: Leads two FG drives in finale

    Barkley completed 18 of 35 passes for 232 yards and two interceptions while rushing twice for minus-4 yards and losing one of two fumbles in Sunday's 13-6 loss to the Jets. Barkley came in under center after Josh Allen presided over two scoreless drives to open the contest. The Bills aren't known for their offense to begin with and rested key starters on that side of the ball, so Barkley didn't have much to work with and it showed. This was the backup quarterback's second appearance of the season, as Allen has managed to stay mostly healthy. Don't expect to see an appearance from Barkley this postseason, but he'll remain under contract as Allen's backup in 2020.
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  • Bills' Matt Barkley: Back seat looking probable

    Barkley's teammate Josh Allen has been cleared from the concussion protocol and the tentative plan is for Allen to start Sunday's game in Tennessee. That means Barkley will move back into the No. 2 role, where he serves as one of the more valuable backups in the league given that he's shown a knack to run the Buffalo offense, as well as Allen's propensity to run the ball into dangerous traffic.
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  • Bills' Matt Barkley: Takes over for concussed Allen

    Barkley came in for the injured Josh Allen (concussion) and completed nine of 16 passes for 127 yards and an interception in Sunday's 16-10 loss to the Patriots. Barkley was called into action after Josh Allen took a vicious helmet-to-helmet hit early in the fourth quarter. He immediately led the team down to the 2-yard line before turning it over on downs. That's as close as the Bills would come to erasing a six-point deficit, as a Barkley interception in New England territory with 1:27 to play sealed their fate. Allen went to the locker room under his own power but couldn't clear the concussion protocol. Barkley would start in Week 5 against the Titans if Allen is unable to clear the protocol by then.
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  • Bills' Matt Barkley: Big preseason continues

    Barkley completed eight of 10 passes with a touchdown pass and no interceptions in Friday's preseason win over the Panthers, good for a 145.8 passer rating. Despite two excellent preseason games, there's no chance the veteran Barkley will be overtaking Josh Allen for the starting QB job, unless the latter gets hurt or struggles horribly for much of the season on a team whose defense keeps it in playoff contention. However, Barkley is locked into the No. 2 job -- between his last few outings dating back to the 2018 season, he's proving the Bills should still be in capable hands if he gets forced into action at any point.
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  • Bills' Matt Barkley: Strong preseason performance

    Barkley completed nine of 14 passes for 126 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in Thursday's preseason win over the Colts. He finished with a 117.0 rating. The Bills are set at the top quarterback spot with Josh Allen, now and in the future, but Barkley has really cemented himself as a strong backup, dating back to a huge Week 10 performance over the Jets last season. He has no competition for the main backup role for 2019.
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  • Bills' Matt Barkley: Favorite for backup role

    Barkley appears to hold an early edge over Tyree Jackson for the Bills' No. 2 quarterback role, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports. Though he boasts some intriguing physical tools, Jackson went undrafted in April, ensuring that he would face an uphill battle in his efforts to break camp with the Bills. While Jackson will still have the opportunity to showcase his skills in the preseason, Barkley has already shown he can be a serviceable No. 2 should something happen to Josh Allen. The USC product notably guided the Bills to a 41-10 victory Week 10 over the Jets last season, tossing two touchdowns in the outing.
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  • Bills' Matt Barkley: Inks extension

    Barkley signed a two-year contract extension with the Bills on Friday. Barkley joined Buffalo in late October when Josh Allen (elbow) and Derek Anderson (concussion) were both injured and made one start to bring an end to the Nathan Peterman experiment. The 28-year-old completed 15 of 25 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns in that outing and has since overtaken Anderson and the since-released Peterman as the team's No. 2 quarterback. Health permitting, Allen will serve as the Bills' top signal-caller for the foreseeable future, leaving Barkley as his primary understudy through 2020.
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