Fantasy Football Profile: Marion Barber III
Marion the Barbarian. MB3. Mr. Barber. Whatever you want to call him, the guy is one of the toughest running RBs in the league. His stiff arm is a thing of beauty. His running style can work against him though as he was limited in the second half last year. He will share the workload this year with Felix Jones and Tashard Choice. Jones brings the speed element and Choice is another good change of pace back that excelled a the end of last season. Barber will be used early to establish the run, in short yardage situations, and to close out games. That’s when he’s at his best. Having a stable of good, young RBs is great for an NFL team, but it does hinder their fantasy value. He is great at catching the ball out of the backfield, which helps though. Barber is still a good RB1 and a great RB2. He just won’t go in the top ten like he has in the past couple of years.
Playing in the NFC East makes Barber’s schedule difficult. However, he does face Denver and Kansas City in Weeks 4 & 5, as well as Oakland in Week 12. His fantasy playoffs schedule is San Diego, New Orleans, and Washington. He is fortunate to play the Eagles in Week 17.
I expect a big year from Barber with 1200 total yards, 40 receptions, and 12 TDs.