• Saquon Barkley
  • RB
  • , New York Giants
  • 22
  • 230 lbs
  • 5' 11"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Barkley will once again be the centerpiece of the Giants’ offense, though prospective owners should be aware that he scored roughly 17% fewer fantasy points in the four games that Odell Beckham missed last season. The Giants are likely to be bad, but Barkley’s usage should be there even if he doesn’t get as many scoring opportunities.

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Scouting report

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.

2019 Strength of Schedule - NYG
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
10
@DAL
26
BUF
27
@TB
15
WAS
18
MIN
24
@NE
28
ARI
23
@DET
10
DAL
20
@NYJ
BYE1
@CHI
14
GB
16
@PHI
32
MIA
15
@WAS
16
PHI

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2019 Game Stats
WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRSTDPPRSnaps%
1JAX18106105.892220611.0018.820.855/7177.5%
2@DAL1128002.5514800165.7110.824.858/6885.3%
3@HOU1782104.82535057.0017.722.744/6271.0%
4NO1044104.40656089.3316.022.054/6287.1%
5@CAR1548003.204812420.2524.928.948/5685.7%
6PHI131301010.0099901211.0028.937.950/6576.9%
7@ATL1443103.079510105.6715.424.459/6492.2%
8WAS1338002.929730108.1111.120.168/7097.1%
9BYE--------------
10@SF2067003.35433058.2510.014.054/5991.5%
11TB27142205.26210135.0033.235.247/5388.7%
12@PHI13101107.77741185.8626.233.248/6277.4%
13CHI24125005.21321047.0014.617.657/7279.2%
14@WAS141701012.14427056.7525.729.731/6448.4%
15TEN1431002.214250106.255.69.665/65100.0%
16@IND2143102.05534076.8013.718.757/6587.7%
17DAL17109106.41433088.2520.224.259/7183.1%
Per game16.3181.690.6905.015.6945.060.257.567.9218.3023.9953.38/64.3183.05%
Totals26113071105.019172141217.92292.8383.8854/102983.05%