RB Kenjon Barner - Atlanta Falcons
|5-9, 196||Born: 4-28-1989||College: Oregon||Drafted: Round 6, pick 2013|
Week 15: at San Francisco 49ers
FBG says: Good matchup. Devonta Freeman continues to suffer through a nightmare season in the Falcons' up-and-down offense. He's fresh off a solid 84-yard performance that saw him find the end zone, but it likely didn't signal a breakout. Taking on the Panthers' leaky defense, it was just Freeman's fourth time over 11 games topping 50 yards, and the rushing touchdown was his first of the season. Freeman remains a fantasy consideration on his all-around volume alone - backups Brian Hill and Qadre Ollison offer very little - but he's not an inspiring one. He simply isn't showing much speed or wiggle, and it doesn't help that he's working behind one of 2019's most disappointing front lines. The San Francisco run defense isn't great, but it's likely strong enough to control the trenches and force Freeman into an inefficient day. Simply put: anyone participating in their fantasy league's playoffs probably has no need to chase his low-impact ceiling - and probably can't stomach his devastating floor. The San Francisco run defense has struggled throughout 2019. Through 13 games, they've given up the league's seventh-most yardage per rush (4.6) and 11th-most per game (117). To be fair, this unit has faced several of the league's top runners: Christian McCaffrey, Nick Chubb, Lamar Jackson, Chris Carson, and then Alvin Kamara just last week. Still, it's concerning how often this front seven is simply brushed aside for chunk gains. The line is star-studded and packed with strong run defenders, but there are big issues on the second level. Linebacker Fred Warner is the only consistent body there, and even he's been up-and-down in his second NFL season. Rookie Dre Greenlaw is more of a coverage guy than a run-stuffer, and the secondary, stocked to the brim with cover cornerbacks itself, provides little help in the box. This isn't exactly a sparkling fantasy matchup, as the 49ers often push their opponents into a hole and out of their gameplans early. But when runners can get going, there's often success to be found once launched into open space.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Kenjon Barner's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 13 vs NO (0 / 0 / 0 rush, 2 / 2 / 6 / 0 rec)
He earned a receiver screen in the left flat on second-and-long and earned a first down past midfield in the middle of the second quarter. Barner took a seven-yard loss after working back to the ball in the flat on a fourth-quarter scramble drill, setting up a 3rd-and-14.
2019 Week 11 vs CAR (2 / 15 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
He outgained Brian Hill in this game for the first three quarters because Atlanta used him on draw plays on second-and-long runs after Carolina would stop Hill on the play before with penetration and run-oriented defense on first downs. He returned a punt up the middle and then up the left sideline for a 78-yard score late in the first quarter. He did a great job reversing field to the middle after the catch and then weaving his way to the boundary. He earned seven yards with a nice spin move against the linebacker on a draw play to get Atlanta into the red zone midway through the second quarter.
2019 Week 10 vs NO (1 / 12 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
He played fullback in a pistol look and took a direct snap to the left end for 11 yards to get inside the Saints 15. Barner earned 22 yards on a punt return in the middle of the second quarter when he made the first man miss after his catch of the punt at the left boundary. He reached midfield with the return.
2019 Week 8 vs SEA (1 / 1 / 0 rush, 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
He earned a yard up the middle on a run during the second offensive series.
Latest NewsFalcons | Devonta Freeman returns to big role (Tue Dec 3, 09:15 PM) - Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman returned from injury Thursday, Nov. 28, against the New Orleans Saints and led his team with 62 offensive snaps played while RB Brian Hill played 24 of his 41 snaps on offense and Kenjon Barner saw just seven offensive snaps. link to story
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