Marion Barber RB CHI Jan 01 '12

Bears declared RB Marion Barber, QB Nathan Enderle, OG Mansfield Wrotto, OT Levi Horn, TE Andre Smith, DT Jordan Miller, and DE Corey Wootton inactive for Week 17 at Minnesota.

Kahlil Bell and Josh McCown are locked in as full-time players with Barber and Enderle out. Bell is a top-10 fantasy play this week, according to Rotoworld's Gregg Rosenthal and Chris Wesseling.

Marion Barber RB CHI Dec 30 '11

Marion Barber (calf) is listed as doubtful for Week 17.

Kahlil Bell and undrafted rookie Armando Allen will handle backfield duties against Minnesota. Barber will finish the season with 422 rushing yards on 114 carries (3.70 YPC). While he flashed an improved burst at times this year, it's clear Barber has lost the majority of his explosiveness and passing-game value. He'll be an offseason release candidate in Chicago.

Marion Barber RB CHI Dec 29 '11

Marion Barber (calf) was held out of Bears practice for the second straight day Thursday.

Barber isn't going to suit up for Sunday's finale, leaving Armando Allen to back-up Kahlil Bell against the Vikings. Bell is Rotoworld's 11th ranked running back for Week 17.

Marion Barber RB CHI Dec 28 '11

Marion Barber (calf) was held out of Bears practice Wednesday.

Barber was originally expected to give it a go today, but apparently couldn't get loose. Severely out-played by Kahlil Bell since Matt Forte was lost for the season, Barber will only be used in change-of-pace role if he's active for Week 17.

Marion Barber RB CHI Dec 26 '11

Bears coach Lovie Smith expressed frustration Monday with Marion Barber's proneness to injuries.

"It's a concern always when a player has missed time," said Smith. "He's been a player who's been injured quite a bit." Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune speculates Barber will have "an awful hard time" being the Bears' No. 2 back next season. Kahlil Bell has passed him on the depth chart, making it questionable to doubtful that the Bears would pay Barber's $2.25M in salary and bonuses.

Marion Barber RB CHI Dec 23 '11

The Chicago Tribune reports Marion Barber (calf) will sit out Saturday's game in Green Bay.

Barber's absence leaves Kahlil Bell as the primary ball-carrier and potential three-down back. "There are bigger concerns I have, and Kahlil is not one of them," coach Lovie Smith said. "... I'm excited about the opportunity he has." A candidate for 20+ touches, Bell is now a top-25 fantasy option for Week 16.

Marion Barber RB CHI Dec 22 '111 Comment

Marion Barber (calf) was held out of Bears practice for the second straight day Thursday.

Barber has an extra day to get back on the practice field with the Bears playing in this week's only Sunday game, but all signs are pointing toward Kahlil Bell operating as Chicago's lead back against the Packers' 12th ranked run defense. Bell is Rotoworld's 34th ranked running back for Week 16, while Barber is 38th.

Marion Barber RB CHI Dec 21 '112 Comments

Marion Barber (calf) was held out of Bears practice Wednesday.

Marion Barber RB CHI Dec 11 '11

Brad Biggs of the Chicago Tribune believes the Bears will use a 60:40 backfield split between Marion Barber and Kahlil Bell.

"Hot hand gets the carries," writes Biggs. Barber has had a bigger workload all year than Bell, so we'd expect the former to end up with more rushing attempts. Bell could turn out to be more productive in PPR leagues, however, as he'll play more in passing situations. Barber is still the preferred flex option in non-PPR fantasy football leagues.

Marion Barber RB CHI Dec 04 '116 Comments

Carrying the load after Matt Forte went down early with a knee injury, Marion Barber rushed 14 times for 44 yards in Sunday's loss to the Chiefs.

Barber again appeared to have plenty of life left in his 28-year-old legs, but could only do so much against a Chiefs defense free to stack the box with Bears quarterback Caleb Hanie posing no downfield threat. Seven of Barber's 14 rushes ended up going for fewer than four yards, while he was stopped for a loss or no gain four times. Barber's worth an add in all formats with Forte likely to miss Week 14, but will find things extremely tough going against a stout Seahawks' run defense that won't have to respect the pass.