Popular Features

  • Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft Rankings
    April 30, 2019
    2019 NFL Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft Rankings

    Davis Mattek’s 2019 NFL Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft Rankings With the 2019 NFL Draft wrapped up and in the books, it is time to get to Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft Rankings. Most dynasty leagues that I am in are ready to begin their rookie drafts for the 2019 NFL Draft class. The draft brought…

  • Superflex Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft
    May 8, 2019
    Industry Superflex Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft

    Fantasy Insiders Industry Superflex Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft It is Superflex Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft season! While I compiled my top 40 rankings of rookies for dynasty fantasy football purposes, we have yet to address Superflex dynasty leagues in the NFL365 package. I participate in the Fantasy Insiders SuperFlex Best Ball Dynasty league with…

  • Zero Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Strategy
    May 14, 2019
    Zero Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Targets

    Ten Zero Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Targets By this point, most RotoExperts readers are probably familiar with the concept of Zero RB drafting. Last week, I put together a list of ten Zero RB fantasy football candidates to help you in your fantasy football leagues. However, a less discussed strategy is the Zero wide receiver fantasy football…

  • Dynasty Fantasy Football Rankings premium
    April 30, 2019
    Post-Draft 2019 NFL Dynasty Fantasy Football Rankings Update

    Post-Draft 2019 NFL Dynasty Fantasy Football Rankings Update Now that the 2019 NFL draft is in the books, dynasty fantasy football leagues are on to a new phase. These Dynasty Fantasy Football Rankings have been done post-draft to help evaluate what rookie picks are currently worth in your leagues and how they might compare to veterans…

  • DFB Invitational Dynasty Fantasy Football League
    May 10, 2019
    The #DFBInvitational Industry Dynasty Fantasy Football League

    The Mega-Industry SuperStar #DFBInvitational Industry Dynasty Fantasy Football League Of all the industry leagues that I have ever played in, the DFB Invitational dynasty fantasy football league (organized by Scott Barrett from Pro Football Focus) is maybe the most prestigious fantasy football league that I have ever played in. The league is a 12-team PPR…

  • 2019 NFL Futures Betting Market Check
    May 24, 2019
    2019 NFL Futures Betting Market Check

    2019 NFL Futures Betting Market Check NFL Futures Betting is one of the more beatable markets when it comes to betting on the NFL. The bets normally have lower limits and are generally softer than a line on an actual NFL game where the limits are higher and open to more scrutiny. These NFL Futures betting…

  • 2019 Play DRAFT Best Ball Championship
    May 23, 2019
    The $3.5 Million DRAFT Best Ball Championship

    The DRAFT Best Ball Championship Has Returned DRAFT ran the Best Ball Championship last year, and it was a smashing success (yours truly had a good time also, making the championship round of the tournament). Now it’s back and better than before, with an insane $3.5 million prize pool, and a cool million to first! The…

  • 2019 Fantasy Football Busts
    May 23, 2019
    2019 Fantasy Football Busts

    2019 Fantasy Football Busts We are beginning our coverage of 2019 fantasy football #DraftSZN in earnest here at RotoExperts. In a corresponding to piece to my first look at fantasy football sleepers for 2019, it is almost more important to look at fantasy football busts in 2019 fantasy football. Most of us will be doing…

  • First Look: Fantasy Football Sleepers
    May 22, 2019
    First Look: Fantasy Football Sleepers

    Fantasy Football Sleepers: First Edition “Fantasy Football Sleepers” is almost a dead term. Those who are really #hardcore about fantasy football know that sleepers don’t really exist. The Kansas City Chiefs fifth-string running back undrafted free agent isn’t even a fantasy football sleeper because someone, somewhere has written an article about how he is the…

  • DRAFT Best Ball Leagues premium
    May 21, 2019
    The ULTIMATE Guide To DRAFT Best Ball Leagues

    The RotoExperts ULTIMATE Guide To DRAFT Best Ball Leagues Introduction To PlayDRAFT Best Ball Leagues There is almost no better experience in fantasy football than playing in DRAFT Best Ball Leagues. A large part of why we launched the NFL365 package was that everyone involved with the SportsGrid fantasy football product genuinely loves to play…

2019 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Alex Barnes, Kansas State

2019 NFL Draft Prospect Profile: Alex Barnes, Kansas State
Anthony Amico March 4, 2019 11:13AM EDT

Alex Barnes 2019 NFL Draft Prospect Profile Scouting Report

If you had never heard of Kansas State running back Alex Barnes, he likely caught your eye at the NFL Combine this weekend.

Weighing in at 226 pounds, Barnes put together a very impressive set of workouts. His 4.59 40-yard dash time was good enough to register a speed score over 100, and he registered 89th percentile or better in both the vertical and broad jumps while at a featured-back weight. Most impressive was his agility score (3-cone + short shuttle) of 11.05 seconds.

The 2019 WR Prospect Model 1

Alex Barnes Athletic Comps

Just 19 RB prospects since 2000 have registered an agility score better than 11.1 at 220 or more pounds:

YearPlayerSchoolWt3ConeShuttleAgilityDraftedBest PPR
2001LaDainian TomlinsonTCU2216.844.2111.055483.3
2012Doug MartinBoise State2236.794.1610.9531313.6
2002DeShaun FosterUCLA2226.824.1610.9834177.1
2013Le'Veon BellMichigan State2306.754.2410.9948370.5
2010Ben TateAuburn2206.914.1211.0358149.1
2010Montario HardestyTennessee2256.874.1411.015952.8
2013Christine MichaelTexas A&M2206.694.0210.7162139
2018Royce FreemanOregon2296.94.1611.0671103.3
2011Stevan RidleyLSU2256.784.2110.9973209.4
2015David JohnsonNorthern Iowa2246.824.2711.0986411.8
2011Alex GreenHawaii2256.914.1511.069676.9
2011Delone CarterSyracuse2226.924.0710.9911956.5
2014Tyler GaffneyStanford2206.784.1810.962040
2011Anthony AllenGeorgia Tech2286.794.0610.8522515.3
2005Noah HerronNorthwestern2246.953.9710.9224483.1
2009Rashad JenningsLiberty2316.864.211.06250174.5
2000Morgan KaneWake Forest2216.814.1610.970
2010Joique BellWayne State (MI)2206.844.1711.01220.7
2015Malcolm BrownTexas2246.864.1511.0144.9

Overall, the list includes 11 top 100 picks, six backs to post at least one season of 200 PPR points, and another four to post at least 130. This is a list that includes studs such as LaDainian Tomlinson, Le’Veon Bell, and David Johnson, along with plenty of other fantasy-viable RBs.

These NFL Draft comparisons aren’t without merit. Barnes posted the third-highest yards per scrimmage play of any RB in the 2019 class. It appears to be very likely that he will be fantasy relevant at some point in his NFL career.

Alex Barnes Highlights

Barnes’ athleticism shows on the field if you check out the highlight cutups.

Barnes was the lead rusher on a team that was 64 percent run. Defenses likely knew that Barnes was coming, but still could not stop him in his final season. Additionally, Barnes caught 20 passes, about 12 percent of the Kansas State total. You can see in a couple of the highlights that he has a well-developed route tree out of the backfield. This is not an RB who can only be used in the screen game which is probably one of the most important aspects of projecting running backs to the NFL.

Alex Barnes Final Verdict

There is a lot to like with Barnes. Despite his relatively unknown status, he was a Power Five RB that dominated his college offense. Barnes accounted for 37.5 percent of Kansas State’s scrimmage yards, and 38.7 percent of the TDs. This was a 5-7 football team that averaged less than seven yards per pass attempt, and yet Barnes still found ways to produce at a high level.

The only real question remaining is what his final draft capital will look like. NFL Draft Scout currently has him ranked 35th at the position, relegating him to undrafted status. That gives him just a 16 percent chance of success in my model. However, history tells us that Barnes has a better than average chance at being a top 100 draft selection, which would make him a top 10 RB in the class. That would increase his chances to succeed significantly.

Barnes is a 99th percentile SPARQ athlete with the production to match. That should allow him to maximize any opportunities he gets at the next level. A Day 2 landing spot on a productive offense would likely make him a fantasy contributor right away. Barnes is also unlikely to cost you a first-round rookie draft pick, making him an excellent value no regardless of the landing spot. Alex Barnes is one of the most attractive sleepers in the 2019 class.

Popular Features

  • Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft Rankings
    April 30, 2019
    2019 NFL Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft Rankings

    Davis Mattek’s 2019 NFL Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft Rankings With the 2019 NFL Draft wrapped up and in the books, it is time to get to Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft Rankings. Most dynasty leagues that I am in are ready to begin their rookie drafts for the 2019 NFL Draft class. The draft brought…

  • Superflex Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft
    May 8, 2019
    Industry Superflex Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft

    Fantasy Insiders Industry Superflex Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft It is Superflex Dynasty Fantasy Football Rookie Draft season! While I compiled my top 40 rankings of rookies for dynasty fantasy football purposes, we have yet to address Superflex dynasty leagues in the NFL365 package. I participate in the Fantasy Insiders SuperFlex Best Ball Dynasty league with…

  • Zero Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Strategy
    May 14, 2019
    Zero Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Targets

    Ten Zero Wide Receiver Fantasy Football Targets By this point, most RotoExperts readers are probably familiar with the concept of Zero RB drafting. Last week, I put together a list of ten Zero RB fantasy football candidates to help you in your fantasy football leagues. However, a less discussed strategy is the Zero wide receiver fantasy football…

  • Dynasty Fantasy Football Rankings premium
    April 30, 2019
    Post-Draft 2019 NFL Dynasty Fantasy Football Rankings Update

    Post-Draft 2019 NFL Dynasty Fantasy Football Rankings Update Now that the 2019 NFL draft is in the books, dynasty fantasy football leagues are on to a new phase. These Dynasty Fantasy Football Rankings have been done post-draft to help evaluate what rookie picks are currently worth in your leagues and how they might compare to veterans…

  • DFB Invitational Dynasty Fantasy Football League
    May 10, 2019
    The #DFBInvitational Industry Dynasty Fantasy Football League

    The Mega-Industry SuperStar #DFBInvitational Industry Dynasty Fantasy Football League Of all the industry leagues that I have ever played in, the DFB Invitational dynasty fantasy football league (organized by Scott Barrett from Pro Football Focus) is maybe the most prestigious fantasy football league that I have ever played in. The league is a 12-team PPR…

  • 2019 NFL Futures Betting Market Check
    May 24, 2019
    2019 NFL Futures Betting Market Check

    2019 NFL Futures Betting Market Check NFL Futures Betting is one of the more beatable markets when it comes to betting on the NFL. The bets normally have lower limits and are generally softer than a line on an actual NFL game where the limits are higher and open to more scrutiny. These NFL Futures betting…

  • 2019 Play DRAFT Best Ball Championship
    May 23, 2019
    The $3.5 Million DRAFT Best Ball Championship

    The DRAFT Best Ball Championship Has Returned DRAFT ran the Best Ball Championship last year, and it was a smashing success (yours truly had a good time also, making the championship round of the tournament). Now it’s back and better than before, with an insane $3.5 million prize pool, and a cool million to first! The…

  • 2019 Fantasy Football Busts
    May 23, 2019
    2019 Fantasy Football Busts

    2019 Fantasy Football Busts We are beginning our coverage of 2019 fantasy football #DraftSZN in earnest here at RotoExperts. In a corresponding to piece to my first look at fantasy football sleepers for 2019, it is almost more important to look at fantasy football busts in 2019 fantasy football. Most of us will be doing…

  • First Look: Fantasy Football Sleepers
    May 22, 2019
    First Look: Fantasy Football Sleepers

    Fantasy Football Sleepers: First Edition “Fantasy Football Sleepers” is almost a dead term. Those who are really #hardcore about fantasy football know that sleepers don’t really exist. The Kansas City Chiefs fifth-string running back undrafted free agent isn’t even a fantasy football sleeper because someone, somewhere has written an article about how he is the…

  • DRAFT Best Ball Leagues premium
    May 21, 2019
    The ULTIMATE Guide To DRAFT Best Ball Leagues

    The RotoExperts ULTIMATE Guide To DRAFT Best Ball Leagues Introduction To PlayDRAFT Best Ball Leagues There is almost no better experience in fantasy football than playing in DRAFT Best Ball Leagues. A large part of why we launched the NFL365 package was that everyone involved with the SportsGrid fantasy football product genuinely loves to play…