Anthony Barr
Anthony Barr
27-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Minnesota Vikings
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Barr allegedly agreed to a five-year, $67.5 million deal with the Jets during the offseason's legal tampering period, but ultimately reneged on the offer, choosing to return to the Vikings for what is expected to be a similar contract with more guaranteed money. That type of contract would seem to suggest Barr will be a focal point of the team's defense moving forward, but it's worth pointing out the 27-year-old has never recorded more than 75 tackles or four sacks in any of his five professional seasons. Based solely on his unique blend of athleticism and intimidating frame (6-5, 255 pounds), Barr is certainly capable of factoring in more defensively, but with a bevy of talented pass rushers such as Everson Griffen and Danielle Hunter already set in their roles, it's hard to envision just where the off-ball linebacker will play a role prominent enough to warrant such a large contract. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a five-year, $67.5 million contract with the Vikings in March of 2019.
Racks up 11 tackles
LBMinnesota Vikings
December 3, 2019
Barr recorded 11 tackles (seven solo) in Monday's 37-30 loss to the Seahawks.
Barr recorded his highest tackle count of the season, with his only other double-digit day coming in Week 6 against the Eagles. With 1.5 sacks, one interception and zero forced fumbles on the year, Barr's upside appears to be limited from an IDP perspective.
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Anthony Barr's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 5"
255 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.66 sec
Shuttle Time
4.19 sec
Cone Drill
6.82 sec
Vertical Jump
34.5 in
Broad Jump
119 in
Bench Press
15 reps
Hand Length
9.38 in
Arm Length
33.50 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The pass-rushing potential Barr displayed as a rookie hasn't been realized, and the 2014 first-rounder has lost a lot of his IDP luster after finishing that inaugural year on pace to notch 90 tackles and six sacks. However, he's proved to be an elite run-stopping linebacker and is a big reason why the Vikings allowed just 83.6 rushing yards per game in 2017. Moreover, he hasn't missed a game in two seasons and has consistently hovered around 70 tackles each year he's played. While he should be in for another campaign of solid numbers, Barr isn't worth reaching for in most formats.
The 2014 first-rounder took a step back during his third year in the league last season, notching a career low in solo tackles with just 37, 18 fewer than he racked up as a rookie. Barr also posted career lows in sacks (two) and forced fumbles (one), so the only way is up for him in 2017. His production among an inexperienced linebacking crew will be key for the core of the Vikings defense, which has the potential to be one of the league's best once again.
Barr is a former edge rusher who Vikings coach Mike Zimmer took on as a conversion project to 4-3 outside linebacker with the ninth overall pick in 2014. The experiment has been promising so far, and there's reason to hope for a breakout in Barr's third season. Barr has 138 tackles (109 solo) and 7.5 sacks in 26 career games, and his background as a highly athletic, successful college pass rusher gives reason to think he could push for the 80-tackle, 10-sack mark during his best years.
Barr was a candidate for NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year before missing the final two games with a knee injury. He proved a disruptive force in the passing game, and collected 70 tackles, four sacks and three fumble recoveries in 12 games. Assuming he remains healthy Barr should continues as a cornerstone of an improving Minnesota defense in 2015.
Barr, the ninth overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft, will start at strong-side linebacker. Barr ran a 4.66 40-yard dash at the combine, which is a strong time for a 6-5, 255 player. He has plenty of on-paper upside to develop, given that he has just two years of defensive experience at UCLA -- he was mostly a failed tight end experiment before that -- and he proved to be a natural edge rusher by piling up 23 sacks and 41 tackles for loss in his first 27 games at the position. Barr will be used as a linebacker in early downs and as a defensive end on passing downs to maximize him as a speed edge rusher. It may take him some time to develop, but he's a rookie IDP to watch for sack potential.
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Helps ground Eagles at home
LBMinnesota Vikings
October 14, 2019
Barr made 10 tackles (eight solo) and recovered a fumble in the Vikings' 38-20 win over Philadelphia on Sunday.
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First INT since 2015
LBMinnesota Vikings
October 9, 2019
Barr made three tackles (two solo) and an interception in Sunday's 28-10 win over the Giants.
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Ready to rock
LBMinnesota Vikings
September 26, 2019
Barr (groin) was a full participant in Thursday's practice.
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Limited in practice
LBMinnesota Vikings
September 25, 2019
Barr (groin) was a limited participant in Wednesday's practice.
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Optimistic for Week 4
LBMinnesota Vikings
September 22, 2019
Barr (groin) said he's confident he'll play in Week 4's game versus the Bears, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
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