Marion Barber III, RB, Dallas Cowboys

by Tim Heaney on July 19, 2010 @ 16:00:00 PDT


Marion Barber III | Dallas Cowboys | 6-foot, 222 pounds | 6th year

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Marion Barber III, RB, Dallas Cowboys

Pros: Despite sharing work with Felix Jones and Tashard Choice - and battling a left quadriceps injury - in '09, Barber recorded 932 ground yards in 15 games; his yards-per-carry average jumped back to 4.4. Barber, who has 28 total touchdowns in the last three seasons, remains Dallas' most experienced goal line threat and can snare 30-plus passes. His front five is highly regarded. Barber hasn't topped 238 carries in a season; he doesn't have that much wear and tear from workload. He dropped weight in the offseason in effort to become quicker.

Cons: The Barbarian's battle damage comes from lingering injuries and his high-risk running style. Barber's willingness to play through pain has hurt his weekly performance; the 27-year-old logged 13 games with the aforementioned quadriceps pain and gutted through a bruised knee and a broken thumb. He still dances a little too much near the line of scrimmage. Jones could emerge as the featured back. The younger, less used Choice can step in for most of Barber's duties if needed.

Fantasy tip: Barber will have to deal with two other talented backs, regardless of split, meaning he's nothing more than a last-ditch No. 3 back in all formats. His nose for the end zone marks his most steady contribution. Everything else? Not as stable.

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