Is Marion Barber a Fantasy Football Keeper?

Michael WhooleySenior Writer IAugust 16, 2009

PHILADELPHIA - DECEMBER 28:  Tony Romo #9 and Marion Barber #24 of the Dallas Cowboys walk to the bench after losing possesion of the ball in the second half against the Philadelphia Eagles on December 28, 2008 at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The Eagles defeated the Cowboys 44-6.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)

In this weeks edition of Fantasy Football Q & A we will go back to the email and answer some questions regarding keepers and draft strategy as well as head into the Forums and take a look at a question regarding trades.

As always, if you have a question about a specific fantasy football player or need some draft strategy advice send an email to and we will give you all the support needed to make you successful. With that being said. lets get started on the August 16, 2009 edition of Bruno Boys Mailbag: Fantasy Football Q & A.


QUESTION: I am in a 12 team draft scoring is mostly TD heavy and the QB gets six points for TD. We only draft 8 players and 1 extra player total of nine. QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, TE (or could be 3 WR), K and DEF. What positions would you pick first and in what order the rest of players? THANKS FOR YOUR ADVICE—(Ron, No City Given)

ANSWER: Ron, A large part of this question really has to do with what slot you will be drafting from, as the strategy tends to change depending on what pick you have in each round. So if you find out what your draft position is before it’s draft day let us know. Regardless of draft position you have to play your cards right and target the guys will be most successful in your leagues’ scoring format. If it’s a TD-only league and you get 6 points for a passing touchdown taking a guy like Drew Brees, Peyton Manning and Tom Brady in the first round isn’t out of question. Since you say it’s TD-heavy I am going to assume you get some sort of points for yardage and base my answer off of this. If this is the case you need to load up on players at the core positions (RB & WR) right out of the gate. Ideally you want your first 5 picks to be running backs and wide outs and then spend your last few rounds on snagging Kickers and Defense/Special Teams. Of course, there are a few one off situations that would alter the way I would draft:

- If you can get your hands on Aaron Rodgers, Philip Rivers or Kurt Warner in the 4th round in a six point per passing TD league go for it. Same goes for one of Brees, Manning and Brady towards the end of the 2nd round. If neither of these scenarios pan out don’t hesitate to wait on a QB until the 6th round and target a guy like Matt Schaub who if healthy will post career numbers in 2009.

- I would only use the Tight End position if I had a chance to get Jason Witten, Antonio Gates, Tony Gonzalez or Dallas Clark. If not, I would target three wide receivers. Remember Witten actually plays as a WR2 in terms of fantasy football and I expect him to double his TD total of four from a year ago. If it’s TD-Only scoring you can add Chris Cooley to your list as a late round pick. Don’t be fooled by his one TD in 2008, he should bounce back and get closer to the seven TDs per season he averaged from 2004-2007.

- Since it’s only a nine round draft and you must draft a Kicker and Defense/Special Teams I would imagine some of the owners’ are going to reach and take these guys in early rounds. Let them do this and don’t fall victim to a trend being started. This will allow you to snag better quality at the core positions while others worry about positions that are a dime a dozen. When I say take your Kicker and Defense/Special Teams in Rounds eight & nine I mean it!


QUESTION: B Boys… I definitely appreciate all the inside scoop and suggestions, I had a good season last year with your help but I intend to win it all this year…with your help.  So here we go…First we are doing a keeper league (2players) with last year roster.  I want to hear you’re thought on last year’s roster and who you would lean to keep. My options are Marion Barber, Ronnie Brown, Marshawn Lynch, Kevin Smith, Andre Johnson, Calvin Johnson and Brandon Marshall. Our leagues format is: 1QB, 2RB, 2WR, 1TE. What do you guys think?—(Jorge, No City Given)

ANSWER: Jorge, Thanks for the question regarding which two players you should keep in 2009. When looking at your roster I wish you had the option to keep five players because it’s loaded with keeper league talent. Keeping two makes the decision tough but in your case you are going to have a solid 1-2 punch right out of the gate. Without knowing the rest of the rosters in your league I am going to assume that many of them will be keeping two RBs and because of this I feel your best bet would be to keep a running back and wide receiver.

At running back the guy you should keep is Marion Barber. When healthy Barber is one of the most dynamic players in all of football and with the loss of Terrell Owens he should play a bigger role in the Dallas offense this season. Yes he does have Felix Jones and Tashard Choice pushing him for touches but the Cowboys’ offense will be scoring plenty of points this year and Barber has a knack for finding the end zone (42 TDs in four seasons).

At wide receiver it’s a tough call because both Andre Johnson and Calvin Johnson are two of the best five wide receivers in the NFL but the choice is Andre Johnson. A. Johnson had 37 more receptions and 244 more receiving yards than C. Johnson last year and his Houston Texans offense should be more consistent than that of the Detroit Lions in ‘09. Megatron did have four more touchdown receptions than A. Johnson last season but I expect that gap to be closer this season as a healthy Matt Schaub should propel A. Johnson into the end zone on a more consistent basis (the combo had 4 TDs over the seasons final four games in ‘08).

In my opinion the only way you keep both wide outs is if you have one of the top picks in your draft and you feel that Barber has a better shot of getting back to you then Megatron. This would be the case if the owners’ drafting ahead of you have already kept two running backs or you know they value RBs or WRs. Keep us posted as more information becomes available.



Is Marion Barber a Fantasy Football Keeper?