Friday update: The Raiders surprised us with news that Peyton Barber was back at practice on Friday in limited fashion. He was announced as questionable for Week 5. Considering the reports of a multi-week absence, this is a bit of a surprise, and something to track if you were considering playing Kenyan Drake as a deep flex option.
Thursday update: Barber is a DNP through the first two days of practice, so it would appear nothing will be changing this week. Kenyan Drake will get the primary backup work behind Josh Jacobs on Sunday, and likely for the coming weeks.
Las Vegas Raiders running back Peyton Barber is expected to miss a few weeks due to turf toe, according to Ian Rapoport. Barber did not suffer a fracture and is still getting tests done but he’s likely to be on the sideline for some time.
Barber filled in admirably for Josh Jacobs, recording 32 yards against the Steelers before going for 111 yards and a score against the Dolphins. He only saw one attempt in Week 4 against the Chargers due to Jacobs’ return and his own injury.
Fantasy football implications
With Jacobs coming back from his injury, Barber’s role is non-existent in the offense. Kenyan Drake still handles the bulk of work on receiving downs, so Barber’s only hope for a path to fantasy relevance was Jacobs being sidelined. With the workhorse back slated to start against the Bears with no injury designation, managers who have Barber can safely place him on the bench for now.