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Saturday, August 25, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL STATUS REPORT: PEYTON BARBER SET FOR BELLCOW ROLE IN TAMPA BAY BACKFIELD

After making note of the possible development over the last three weeks, we are now getting full clarity on the fact that the Tampa Bay Buccaneers backfield will almost exclusively be run by Peyton Barber to begin the 2018 fantasy football season.  Having opened eyes with decent running/receiving work the last month-plus of last season, Barber saw his possible chance to be the starter for 2018 go up in smoke when the Buc's drafted rookie Ronald Jones out of USC to conceivably be the top dog in the backfield.  Well just like we are seeing with Chris Carson in Seattle, the rookie back still has to show they have the skills to ascend to the number 1 spot and in Jones' case, he has been nothing short of a complete flop since the start of camp.  Early on reports began to trickle out how Jones was struggling badly both in catching the football and more crucially in pass protection.  Add in some unimpressive running and Jones was becoming a monster disappointment in terms of making a first impression on the team.  Meanwhile, Barber kept going out and doing his thing as an underrated performer and that included Friday night when he rushed for 34 yards and a score on just five carries.  Barber has been so solid that head coach Dirk Kotter can't stop saying that he is the team's first starter heading into the season. 

So at this point on workload alone, Barber is moving toward RB 2 status in all fantasy football leagues but for now just to be safe, we have him as a top RB 3.  Remember that Barber averaged 4.3 per carry with 12 receptions last December and so he has some PPR chops to his name,  Add in the fact that pass receiving back Charles Sims was recently put on I.R. and Barber really doesn't have a lot of competition to deal with right now.  So as I have been saying for a while now, Barber looks criminally underrated right now and those who are doing drafts this week need to be all over this. 


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