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  • 230 lbs
  • 5' 11"

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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

NYG RB Saquon Barkley - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Saquon Barkley had another great game last week against the Bills, rushing for 107 yards and a touchdown and adding 28 yards on three receptions. With 36 touches through two games, despite both being losses, Barkley’s workload alone gives him a high floor in any given week. His elite talent makes him a must-start in any matchup. Rookie Daniel Jones won’t need to be very good to be an improvement over what Eli Manning has done the past two games, so Barkley’s value shouldn’t be affected by the change at quarterback.

This week, Barkley faces a Buccaneers defense that did a phenomenal job bottling up Christian McCaffrey last week, and held the 49ers running backs to 3.33 yards per carry in Week 1. Still, regardless of the matchup, Barkley should be in for another game with 18 touches and elite production. We have him ranked as a top-five fantasy option in all leagues and there’s obviously no reason to consider sitting him.

by Brandon Niles

NYG RB Saquon Barkley - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 vs. Buffalo Bills

Saquon Barkley didn’t find the end zone last week against the Cowboys, but he had a 59-yard run on his way to 120 yards on the ground and 19 yards on four receptions. Barkley should continue to be heavily used all season and be the focal point of the offense, and the fact that he put up good numbers against a Dallas run defense that was fifth in the league in rushing yards allowed per game last season is a testament to his ability.

This week, he’ll face a Bills defense that was average against the run last year but held Le’Veon Bell to 60 yards on 17 carries a week ago. Still, Bell caught six balls and had a touchdown receiving, and Barkley is the type of player who can put up numbers against anyone. He’s a must-start every week and should be active in all leagues as an elite option.

by Brandon Niles

NYG RB Saquon Barkley - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 at Dallas Cowboys

Saquon Barkley took the league by storm as a rookie last season. Only Zeke Elliott had more rushing yards, and he was second to Christian McCaffrey with 91 receptions. Barkley also scored 15 touchdowns and the primary focal point of the offense all year. Barring injury, Barkley should continue to be the main cog that keeps the Giants going, and the fact that he was able to produce despite the attention he got from opposing defense shows how talented he really is.

Barkley starts his second season against the Cowboys, who have a stout defense that allowed the fifth-least rushing yards per game last season. However, Barkley gained 250 total yards and a touchdown in two combined games against Dallas last season, and with his talent and workload, he’s a must-start every week regardless of matchup.

by Brandon Niles

NYG RB Saquon Barkley - 2019 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

Saquon Barkley was expected to make a big impact as a rookie and he did not disappoint. He was second in the league with 1,307 rushing yards and he caught 91 passes for 721 receiving yards. Only Christian McCaffrey caught more passes than Barkley did among running backs. Barkley also scored 15 total touchdowns and was an elite fantasy option throughout his entire rookie year, despite questionable offensive line and quarterback play. This year, Barkley should once again be counted on to carry the load on offense, and the addition of Kevin Zeitler at right guard should help up front.

Fantasy Downside

The Giants traded away Odell Beckham Jr. and have struggled at the quarterback position the last couple seasons, so defenses may key in on Barkley, much like opposing teams did against Todd Gurley in 2016. Also, if he touches the ball 352 times again this season, he could wear down fast, and there is no indication the team will lighten his workload. Still, it’s hard to find anything not to like about Barkley, and his downside is extremely limited.

2019 Bottom Line

Barkley is nearly the consensus number one overall fantasy prospect year, and he’s well worth the lofty draft investment. With a reliable workload and a significant role in the passing game, Barkley should once again be an elite fantasy option each and every week. If you have the opportunity to draft him in any league format, don’t hesitate to pull the trigger.

by Brandon Niles

NYG RB Saquon Barkley - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 vs. Dallas Cowboys

Saquon Barkley only put up 77 yards from scrimmage last week against the Colts, but he scored his 14th touchdown of the season. Barkley has been everything the Giants hoped for with the second pick in the draft this season, with 87 receptions and 1,886 yards from scrimmage. He gets a full workload every week and he’s the main cog in the Giants’ offense.

This week Barkley remains a must-start to finish the season. While the Cowboys allow the ninth-fewest fantasy points to opposing running backs, Barkley has been matchup-proof this year. He managed 108 yards and 14 receptions the last time he faced the Cowboys, and he should be active again in all league formats.

by Brandon Niles

NYG RB Saquon Barkley - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 at Indianapolis Colts

Saquon Barkley struggled along with the rest of the Giants offense last week against the Titans. The team didn’t score a single point, and Barkley was relegated to 56 total yards on 14 carries and four receptions. He was targeted 10 times, and still had 18 touches overall, but he definitely killed a lot of fantasy seasons with a bad Week 15 performance.

This week, Barkley should be back in lineups, however. Despite his worst game as a pro, Barkley’s workload and unquestionable talent make him a must-start in all league formats every week. The Colts have allowed 25 PPR fantasy points per game to opposing running back groups this season, placing them right around the middle of the league. Look for Barkley to rebound during championship week.

by Brandon Niles

NYG RB Saquon Barkley - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 vs. Tennessee Titans

Saquon Barkley had another big game against Washington last week, totaling 197 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries and four receptions. Barkley’s workload gives him a high floor every week, and he’s been one of the most consistent fantasy options all season. He is on pace for 2,157 yards from scrimmage, which would be second all-time behind Eric Dickerson.

This week, Barkley faces a Titans defense that has been stout against the run. Only the Ravens have allowed fewer fantasy points to opposing running backs this season. Still, Barkley is a must-start every week regardless of matchup, and look for the Giants to make full use of their star rookie once again. Don’t think about sitting him.

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