Buccaneers RB Kenjon Barner receives four-game PED suspension

By Zac Wassink | Last updated 10/6/20

The Tampa Bay Buccaneers assumed they’d be without running back Kenjon Barner for Thursday night’s game against the Chicago Bears. 

Team officials probably weren’t fully aware of the reason at the start of the week. 

Tampa Bay disclosed on Tuesday that the NFL has suspended Barner for the next four games due to an undisclosed violation of the league’s policy on performance-enhancing substances. Barner will miss Thursday’s contest as well as matchups with the Green Bay Packers, Las Vegas Raiders, and New York Giants. 

He will next be available when the Bucs play the New Orleans Saints in Week 9. 

As Jenna Laine noted for ESPN, Tampa Bay elevated Barner from the practice squad the past two weeks. He suffered a concussion in last Sunday’s come-from-behind victory over the Los Angeles Chargers and was unlikely to take the field on Thursday. 

Both Leonard Fournette and LeSean McCoy carried ankle injuries into the midweek, but Tampa Bay coach Bruce Arians told reporters on Tuesday that Fournette may be available against the Bears. 

“He has made some improvement,” Arians said. “We might run some tomorrow — we’ve been all walkthroughs up to this point — so we’ll see how he is tomorrow. He’ll probably be a game-time [decision] guy.”

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When to Start Passing-Down Running Backs

Written by Kelsey Smelser at Punch Drunk Wonderland

It’s easy to feel comfortable to start the bell cow three-down running backs in your fantasy football leagues. Those are the no-brainers. Unfortunately, those types of backs are a rare breed in today’s NFL. Running back committees and offensive schemes tend to put us in a place where we’re looking for value in new and different places. Where are those places? One in particular are passing-down running backs. Sure, they don’t get a ton of carries, but there can be a ton of value if you know where to look. Look at Danny Woodhead. He gets fewer than 10 carries per game as a running back, but is very involved in the passing game and is a relatively reliable source of fantasy points. So, what are the metrics for this breed of back? When do we need to look into starting passing-down running backs? Our friends at numberFire have looked into that very question.

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