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|After Doug Martin left in the offseason, the door was opened for Barber who ended the season with five straight games with more than 12 carries. During that stretch, he scored double digit fantasy points twice and he added one other double digit game because of two scores.
However, his fantasy value immediately dropped after the team used an early second round pick in the NFL draft on Ronald Jones. With the early reports that Jones is expected to become a workhorse back, this likely limits Barber to a pure handcuff option with limited upside even if he starts. Unless Jones is injured in the preseason, Barber is a player that can safely be ignored during most drafts.
| Bucs place Charles Sims on IR|
By: Mike Krueger | Thu Aug 23, 2:19 pm
|The Bucs have placed Charles Sims on injured reserve, five days after the running back injured his knee blocking on the opening kickoff Saturday at Tennessee. The loss of Sims opens the door for rookie Shaun Wilson, an undrafted free agent from Duke. (Tampa Bay Times)|
FFToday's Take: Jacquizz Rodgers also remains on the roster but the RBs to consider in Tampa are Peyton Barber and rookie Ronald Jones. Barber is expected to exit camp as the starter and is better equipped to handle passing down work than Jones. Barbers ADP is on the rise, but still represents a value at his current RB41 price tag in PPR leagues.
|Peyton Barber has edge on starting job|
HC Dirk Koetter comments on RBs
By: Mike Krueger | Mon Aug 13, 1:00 pm
|After an underwhelming performance by rookie Ronald Jones in the preseason opener at Miami on Thursday in which Koetter said the second-round pick from Southern Cal was "average," it appears as though Peyton Barber has a good grip on the position.
"Peyton is our starter," Koetter said Monday. "We're definitely going to use Ronald Jones and take advantage of what he's going to do. We do have the two veteran backs behind him. Again, we've got three more preseason games. Let's just let it sort out a little more." (Tampa Bay Times)|
FFToday's Take: We'll see if these public comments are just a way to light a fire under rookie Ronald Jones but at this point he is definitely behind Barber on the depth chart. Koetter's comments suggest this situation is in flux. In any case, Barber is currently a bargain in fantasy drafts as the RB61 (14th round) in PPR leagues.