Nick Barnett | Buffalo Bills | LB
2012 Experience: 10th Season
IDP Fantasy Football Outlook: Transitioning to weakside linebacker, Nick Barnett will remain on the field for sub packages, but his value is hurt some. Not by much but if you happen to see him ranked as an LB2, I find that to be more wishful thinking based on past production.
Target Barnett as an LB3 and he should deliver good value at that price, as he can deliver decent big play upside but he’s unlikely to give you more than 70 solo tackles.
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Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
If there was a better fit for Nick Barnett to launch his fantasy stock back into relevance, I would like to know where it is, as landing on the Bills equals instant value at your draft. Sure, Barnett has had his health issues over the past few seasons, but they aren’t the type of injuries that make me worry about him returning to a viable starter in the league.
The Bills must have felt the same way as they gave him a multi-year deal in an off-season where that is hard to come by with so many one year proven signings going on. Barnett will now take over in Poz’s old staring job on the inside, and this gives Barnett one of the more attractive inside jobs for racking up a high volume of tackles, as anyone in the league.
On draft day, you can snag Barnett as a No.3 or 4 option in the later part of your draft but he should be viewed as a clear starting No.2 option as long as he’s on the field. Health, is the only reason why he’s not a clear top fifteen linebacker for IDP fantasy drafts, and at the value, he’s going, this is a must have in the later rounds.
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It’s likely that the Packers will either trade for release Nick Barnett as Desmond Bishop and A.J. Hawk are set to be the teams starting inside linebackers, and Barnett is still set to make six million for this year. Now age 30, Barnett has failed to play more than nine games in two of his past three seasons, but his wrist injury from a year ago is completely healed, as we head into the summer.
Look for Barnett to land a starting job where he goes next and should have nice IDP fantasy value because of his injury problems. Assuming Barnett land a starting job, he would make for a cheep No.4 linebacker on your team that can play his way into a starting role on your team, in time.