Matt Barkley
Matt Barkley
28-Year-Old QuarterbackQB
Buffalo Bills
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Entering his second season with the Bills, it looks like Barkley will be the team's clear-cut number two quarterback. In 2018, he saw limited playing time, but acquitted himself well in his one start completing 15 of 25 passes for 232 yards, two touchdowns, and zero interceptions. With the improved weapons on offense this season, Barkley could be an intriguing emergency add if something should happen to top QB Josh Allen. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year contract with the Bills in December of 2018.
Strong preseason performance
QBBuffalo Bills
August 8, 2019
Barkley completed nine of 14 passes for 126 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions in Thursday's preseason win over the Colts. He finished with a 117.0 rating.
The Bills are set at the top quarterback spot with Josh Allen, now and in the future, but Barkley has really cemented himself as a strong backup, dating back to a huge Week 10 performance over the Jets last season. He has no competition for the main backup role for 2019.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Matt Barkley's 2018 advanced stats compare to other quarterbacks?
This section compares his advanced stats 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. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Bad Pass %
    The percentage of passes that were considered to be poorly thrown.
  • Avg Target Depth
    The average number of yards thrown per pass by the quarterback – including incomplete passes.
  • Sack Rate
    The percentage of dropbacks where the quartback was sacked. The longer the bar below, the more often they are sacked relative to other QBs.
  • Avg Receiver YAC
    The average number of yards after the catch that receivers gained on passes thrown by this quarterback.
  • Receiver Drop %
    The percentage of passes dropped by receivers on passes thrown by this quarterback. The longer the bar, the more sure-handed his receivers have been.
Bad Pass %
Avg Target Depth
11.9 Yds
Sack Rate
Avg Receiver YAC
6.0 Yds
Receiver Drop %
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2018 Matt Barkley Split Stats
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Matt Barkley's measurables compare to other quarterbacks?
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.
* The 40-Yard Dash, and Shuttle Time metrics are from his Pro Day. All others are from the NFL Combine.
6' 2"
234 lbs
40-Yard Dash*
4.90 sec
Shuttle Time*
4.58 sec
Hand Length
10.13 in
Arm Length
30.63 in
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
The Bengals signed Barkley in March to be Andy Dalton's backup after losing AJ McCarron via free agency. They lost McCarron with nothing in return in typical Bengals fashion, failing to complete a trade with the Browns in time (though that failure falls on the Browns for not submitting the paperwork in a timely fashion), and then losing an arbitration hearing on McCarron's service time. Barkley didn't play a snap in 2017 and washed out with the Bears prior to that, throwing 14 interceptions in seven games in 2016. He's competing with Jeff Driskel, who has never thrown an NFL pass, to be the top team's top backup.
The 2013 fourth-round pick was brought into San Francisco to serve as Brian Hoyer's backup in 2017. Barkley got his first extended look as a starter with the Bears at the tail end of last season, throwing for 1,611 yards with eight touchdowns and 14 interceptions in six starts. The interceptions are a glaring red flag, but in his defense, he didn't have much receiving help to work with outside of four games with a healthy Alshon Jeffery. On a positive note, Barkley finished the season with 7.5 YPA, which would've ranked just outside the top 10 among qualified passers. The 26-year-old won't generate fantasy interest as a backup, but given Brian Hoyer's shaky injury history, there could be some value in his arm if he is called upon to commandeer Kyle Shanahan's offense.
Obtained from the Eagles just before Week 1 last season, Barkley wasn't activated once in his first campaign in Arizona. After spending the entire offseason program under head coach Bruce Arians' purview, Barkley's thoroughly unimpressive preseason to date is likely making his quest for a 53-man roster spot a difficult one. The third-year pro is eligible for the practice squad.
Barkley’s fate will be determined by Tim Tebow’s. After two years in the Eagles’ No. 3 QB slot, Barkley could be bumped off the 53-man roster by Tebow. Even if he stays on the roster, he likely won’t see any time behind Sam Bradford and Mark Sanchez.
Barkley is competing for a roster spot as the third quarterback behind Nick Foles and Mark Sanchez.
The Eagles' quarterback situation is one to monitor because at press time new coach Chip Kelly hasn't committed to a starter. Moreover, it's highly unlikely the favorite at press time, Michael Vick, would start 16 games – something he's done just once in his 10-year career. If Vick goes down, Barkley and second-year passer Nick Foles would battle to replace him. The smart money might be on Barkley – the player Kelly drafted in the fourth round, though Foles played passably in a bad situation down the stretch last year.
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Favorite for backup role
QBBuffalo Bills
June 26, 2019
Barkley appears to hold an early edge over Tyree Jackson for the Bills' No. 2 quarterback role, Jay Skurski of The Buffalo News reports.
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Inks extension
QBBuffalo Bills
December 21, 2018
Barkley signed a two-year contract extension with the Bills on Friday.
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Sidles into No. 2 role
QBBuffalo Bills
November 23, 2018
Barkley's teammate Josh Allen had a full week of practice this week and has been deemed fit to start Sunday against the Jaguars.
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Eyeing No. 2 role
QBBuffalo Bills
November 19, 2018
Barkley's teammate Josh Allen (elbow) will put in a full practice Monday and is on track to start the Bills' Week 12 game against the Jaguars, Mike Rodak of reports.
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Set to turn keys over to Josh Allen
QBBuffalo Bills
November 12, 2018
Despite Barkley's impressive performance against the Jets on Sunday, head coach Sean McDermott said Monday that quarterback Josh Allen (elbow) will return to the starting lineup when healthy.
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