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TE Gary Barnidge - Cleveland Browns

6-6, 243Born: 9-22-1985College: LouisvilleDrafted: Round 5

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Week 12: vs Baltimore Ravens

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Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. For a short while, Johnny Manziel was named the starter for the Browns - but he promptly hit the bars during Cleveland's Week 11 bye, got on TMZ with a champagne bottle in his hand, and has been busted back to third on the depth chart for the partying. Josh McCown is back in as the starter going forwards - just in time to play the team that allowed him 36/51 for 457 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions thrown during a Week Five 33-30 OT victory! McCown relied on Gary Barnidge (10 targets for 8/139/1 receiving), Isaiah Crowell (two for 2/38/1), Travis Benjamin (12 for 6/83/0); Taylor Gabriel (five for 4/75/0) and Duke Johnson (eight for 6/55/0) to help him pile up the enormous game. Lately, McCown has nursed sore ribs but is now back to health after the Cleveland bye (he is rumored to be the preferred option of coach Mike Pettine anyways, but Manziel had the draft pedigree and would have had a chance over the final month of the season - that is over now). To date, McCown has compiled 165/254 for 1,897 yards passing, 11 TDs and four interceptions, while appearing in seven games. The Ravens' pass D is ranked 24th in the NFL averaging 257.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with 19 passing TDs balanced by a mere four interceptions (tied for dead last in the NFL), and 25 sacks generated (tied for 11th). Over the past four weeks (three games), this team is ranked 21st in fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks (18.9 on average); 19th in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends (8.1); and is in the middle of the league in fantasy points given out to opposing wide receivers (22.5, 16th). This is a middlin'-to-subpar unit any way you slice it. The Rams' feckless attack managed just 12/26 for 131 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions thrown last week, but that was more a function of their own dysfunctional ways - Blake Bortles was sacked three times for -20 yards two weeks ago, but slung 22/45 for 168 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception. This looks like a good matchup for the on-again starter McCown and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs ARI 55 7 53 1 0 11.3
9 at CIN 46 2 35 0 0 3.5
10 at PIT 63 6 65 1 0 12.5
12 vs BAL PROJ-Dodds * 5 * * * *
12 vs BAL PROJ-Tremblay * 5 * * * *
12 vs BAL PROJ-Bloom * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 10 vs PIT (8 / 6 / 65 / 1 rec)

Barnidge finally turned in a productive outing with Manziel at the helm. He did what he does best in this game, making tough catches up the seam and scoring yet another touchdown. His first catch didn't come until the second quarter off of a play-action pass. He had lined up in the backfield as a fullback before leaking out to catch the pass. Barnidge's touchdown came on a seven-yard pass in the fourth quarter. Barnidge had two chances to make another touchdown catch at the end of the game. First, Manziel overshot him in the end zone. A few plays later, the pass in the end zone was slightly too high and Barnidge had it glance off his fingertips.

2015 Week 9 vs CIN (7 / 2 / 35 / 0 rec)

Barnidge continued his trend of being less utilized by the offense with Manziel under center. He is just not as productive as he is when Josh McCown is playing. Barnidge saw an end zone target at the end of the first quarter, but he was well covered and the pass was well over his head. His biggest contribution of the game came on the team's 93-yard touchdown drive in the second quarter when he made a 25-yard catch on a corner route to beat Cincinnati's zone defense. Barnidge's fantasy stock takes a hit for as long as Johnny Manziel is under center.

2015 Week 8 vs ARI (11 / 7 / 53 / 1 rec)

Barnidge had an up-and-down game for the Browns. He scored his customary touchdown, but also had a tough drop and struggled to get on the same page as McCown at times. Barnidge made his sixth touchdown catch of the year in the second quarter, catching a three-yard touchdown pass. It came on a back shoulder fade where the 6'6" Barnidge simply out-muscled the 5'1" Tony Jefferson. Jefferson didn't stand a chance on the play. The offensive play call was excellent as the Browns split Barnidge out wide on the left side of the field where Jefferson had no help behind him. Barnidge continues to get open and make plays in the middle of the field and is proving to be an every week starter at tight end.

2015 Week 7 vs STL (7 / 6 / 101 / 0 rec)

Gary Barnidge was Josh McCown's favorite target yet again. McCown continually looks to him when he needs a first down and Barnidge usually delivers. Barnidge made his first catch of the day in the middle of the field, where he's done most of his damage this season. It went for 13 yards, as Barnidge bulled ahead for a first down after the grab. McCown found Barnidge wide open in the middle of the field again in the third quarter for a 27-yard pickup. In what is becoming routine for him, Barnidge had another circus catch in the third quarter. He leapt high in the air and tipped the ball to himself with his right hand before hauling it in. The play went for 28 yards. He went over 100 yards for the third time in five games and saw his touchdown streak end at four consecutive games. Barnidge could see a dip in production if Johnny Manziel starts next week as the two did not produce much when Manziel played in Weeks 1 and 2.

2015 Week 6 vs DEN (9 / 3 / 39 / 2 rec)

Barnidge and McCown had a tough time hooking up in the first half of the game. Barnidge had a tough drop on his first target, getting hit hard before he was able to reel in the pass. McCown then forced a pass to a well-covered Barnidge down the right sideline that was uncatchable. Barnidge made his first catch of the game on the first play of the second quarter, going for a first down on a 14-yard pass. Barnidge scored the team's first touchdown on an 11-yard grab in the third quarter on a fade in the back right corner of the end zone. Barnidge scored his second touchdown on a post route for a 14-yard score. The Broncos defense focused on limiting Barnidge in the game, and they did so rather effectively, but Barnidge was still able to convert two of his three catches into touchdowns. His performance is encouraging considering the tough matchup and he is firmly entrenched as the team's number one red zone option going forward.

2015 Week 5 vs BAL (10 / 8 / 139 / 1 rec)

The breakout for Barnidge continues in what was a tough matchup against a Ravens team that has limited tight ends this season. Quickly becoming one of Josh McCown's favorite targets, he did most of his damage in the middle of the field. He had a big gain in the second quarter off of play-action. He was left uncovered down the left sideline and picked up 35 yards. On the team's final drive of the second quarter, Barnidge made two tough catches in the middle of the field to set up the offense for a field goal attempt. Barnidge did drop a pass that was right in his hands at the beginning of the third quarter. The ricochet was dangerously close to being picked off. Barnidge made a great catch on his touchdown, trapping the ball between his legs as he went to the ground and holding on for the catch. Barnidge also made a huge catch in overtime as he abused C.J. Mosley for a 19-yard pickup, helping to get his team into field goal range.

2015 Week 4 vs SD (6 / 6 / 75 / 1 rec)

Barnidge turned in a second straight productive game. His second catch of the game was a beauty as he got open in the middle of the field on a play-action pass and made a 27-yard catch. Barnidge made the catch of the game at the end of the fourth quarter off another play-action pass. He tipped the pass to himself before reeling it in while falling out of bounds on the one yard line. The play was originally ruled incomplete, but the Browns challenged the call, and it was ruled a completion. Barnidge came back two plays later to make a one-yard touchdown catch. He went in motion toward the right before the snap and McCown timed his pass perfectly. Barnidge is a big target who is tough to bring down and he could stay relevant fantasy-wise if he keeps seeing a reasonable amount of targets from Josh McCown.

2015 Week 3 vs OAK (10 / 6 / 105 / 1 rec)

Barnidge had a career game against an Oakland defense that has struggled to cover tight ends through the first three weeks of the season. He continually found openings in the middle of the field and turned into the team's top weapon on the day. Barnidge had a big 40-yard pickup down the seam as Josh McCown threw a strike to him while on the run. Barnidge was wide open on the play. Barnidge could have had a touchdown in the second quarter as he caught a pass on the one-yard line but it was knocked loose before he could establish possession. Barnidge would get his touchdown in the third quarter as he beat Charles Woodson for a 28-yard score. It came on a perfect throw from McCown. Barnidge saw another red zone target late in the fourth quarter as Josh McCown overthrew him in the back of the end zone. The Raiders have really struggled with tight ends this season and Barnidge is proof of that. He is usually not this involved in the team's game plan and will likely go back to his normal, intermittent usage next week.

2015 Week 2 vs TEN (1 / 1 / 17 / 0 rec)

Barnidge made his presence felt on the team's second drive of the game, catching a short pass and turning upfield for a 17-yard gain. It turned out to be his only catch of the game.

2015 Week 1 vs NYJ (5 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)

Barnidge made a few catches for the Browns including a nice catch down the sideline during the team's first drive of the game. He did allow a third down pass to go through his hands in the third quarter. The pass was slightly behind him, but it appeared to be a catchable ball.


Latest News

Browns | More targets for Gary Barnidge? (Tue Nov 24, 05:33 PM) - Cleveland Browns TE Gary Barnidge has been targeted on 17% of his routes with QB Josh McCown and just 9% of his routes with QB Johnny Manziel. McCown will start in Week 12.

Our View: We can trust Barnidge as a TE1 now that McCown is the starter. Get him in your lineup for some Monday-night punch against the Ravens.
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