“I mean, I feel like Daniel Jones [has] kind of been counted out the majority of his life,” Saquon Barkley told The Post this week. “He was a walk-on quarterback for Duke, and to get drafted to the New York Giants, everyone thinks he’s not going to be worth a thing, at all. I think he’s silenced all those critics.
“I don’t want to speak for DJ but he’s gonna come in every single day with the same mindset, be the leader that we need. You can see his swagger has grown a little bit more after being involved in the system, understanding the system even better.”
Barkley added everyone will see when the team is playing games. But he did mention a lack of consistency over the past several years going from Pat Shurmur to Joe Judge to Brian Daboll. Barkley added: “You get to be under a system for another year, have all the coaches basically come back, that just helps your confidence grow. When your confidence grows you get that swagger.” Meanwhile, you'll find Jones ranked 10th among our QBs this season. John Paulsen points out Jones was a top-10 fantasy quarterback in 2022 in his first season with Daboll, and that was with an injury-riddled (and suspect) receiving corps. Thus far, the Giants have added an impact tight end (Darren Waller) and re-signed both Sterling Shepard and Darius Slayton.
NYG QB Daniel Jones - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 3 at San Francisco 49ers
Daniel Jones stumbled through the first six quarters of the season and then came on fire in the second half of a come-from-behind victory over the Cardinals last week. He finished the game with 321 yards, two touchdowns, and a pick through the air, and he added 59 yards and a touchdown on the ground as well. Those are the kinds of numbers we were hoping to see from Jones when we drafted him as a fringe-QB1 option.
This week, Jones still brings the rushing upside, but he’s a risky start on Thursday night against a ferocious 49ers defense. San Francisco has already forced four interceptions through two games this season and they sacked Kenny Pickett five times in Week 1. Jones’s running ability makes him worth streaming or QB2 consideration, but we have him ranked outside of QB1 territory this week. Look elsewhere if you can for this week.