Report: Redskins trade DB Kevin Barnes To Lions: Fantasy Implications

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - NOVEMBER 13: Kevin Barnes #22 of the Washington Redskins scores a touchdown during a game against the Miami Dolphins at Sun Life Stadium on November 13, 2011 in Miami Gardens, Florida. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Defensive back Kevin Barnes has reportedly been traded to the Detroit Lions from the Washington Redskins. We break down the fantasy implications.

Defensive back Kevin Barnes has reportedly been traded from the Washington Redskins to the Detroit Lions. John Keim of The Washington Examiner reports that Barnes initially thought he had been released. It is not yet clear what the Redskins will receive in return for Barnes.

Analysis: This does little to boost the value of Detroit's defense from a fantasy standpoint. Barnes played inside last season for the Redskins but was moved to back the outside during training camp this summer. The move appears to clear the way for rookie Richard Crawford, who has played well for Washington. Barnes will join a defense that made big plays last season but also allowed lots of passing yards. Barnes might be able to help out, but fantasy owners shouldn't adjust their ranking of the Lions as a D/ST unit because of this move. The Lions are a fringe starting fantasy defense in most weeks.

For more on the Lions check out SB Nation Detroit and Pride of Detroit.

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