Saquon Barkley, RB New York Giants

General Info

  • Height: 5' 11"
  • Weight: 230 lbs
  • DOB: 02-07-1997

Rankings

NYG Depth Chart

Most Recent News

Giants Beat: RB Wayne Gallman has inside track as change-of-pace RB

Tuesday, July 10, 2018, 9:13am

NJ.com - [Full Article]

"Entering his second NFL season, Wayne Gallman has the inside track for the job as a change of pace complement to Saquon Barkley, who will rarely come off the field. Gallman has some burst and elusiveness in the open-field, but it is his ability to make plays as a receiver that will give him the leg-up on spelling Barkley over the likes of Jonathan Stewart and Robert Martin," wrote Matt Lombardo recently on NJ.com.

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say Stewart has "looked more like a plodding veteran running back trying to hang on," and the author questions how much he has left in the tank. The thought seems to be Stewart is more of a veteran presence in the locker room at this point as opposed to a back who can carry a significant workload. For those drafting Barkley, this may be a tidbit to remember.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside

Saquon Barkley had a fantastic collegiate career, capped off by an excellent junior season in 2017, when he ran for 1,134 yards, caught 47 passes for 594 receiving yards, and scored a combined 19 touchdowns for the Penn State Nittany Lions. He rushed for over 1,000 yards in each of his three seasons at Penn State, and he has the versatility to be a three-down starter immediately for the Giants. New head coach Pat Shurmur knows how to use versatile threats. While he was the offensive coordinator for the Eagles, he helped LeSean McCoy to the rushing title in 2013, and his Vikings offense last season ranked seventh in rushing yards and second in rushing attempts.

Fantasy Downside

The Giants upgraded the offensive line this offseason, but free-agent acquisition Nate Solder is coming off an injury-marred season with the Patriots, and second-round pick out of UTEP, Will Hernandez is a rookie. Still, there’s very little downside with Barkley, who should get a full workload immediately for a team that desperately needed help at the running back position.

2018 Bottom Line

Barkley is ranked as a top-10 fantasy option in all league formats. He plays a position that fares better than most for rookies — Kareem Hunt led the league in rushing yards last season — and the Giants will lean on him heavily. He should go off the board in the late-first or early-second round of most fantasy drafts.

2018 Strength of Schedule - NYG
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
19
JAX
8
@DAL
11
@HOU
10
NO
2
@CAR
3
PHI
5
@ATL
28
WAS
BYE26
@SF
18
TB
3
@PHI
14
CHI
28
@WAS
13
TEN
31
@IND
8
DAL

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

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