• Saquon Barkley

  • RB
  • , New York Giants
  • 24
  • 230 lbs
  • 5' 11"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Barkley played one full game last season before tearing his ACL in Week 2. In Week 1, he carried the ball 15 times for six yards and caught six passes for 60 yards against the Steelers. He was the No. 10 fantasy back (half-PPR) in 2019, though he played just 13 games and owned the No. 6 per game average. He was famously the No. 1 running back as a rookie back in 2018. Barkley’s ACL tear is not a major concern–top running backs, especially young ones, tend to make a full recovery–but the Giants’ offensive line is one of the worst in the league.

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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

NYG RB Saquon Barkley - 2021 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

Saquon Barkley is one of the most talented running backs in the game, with tremendous athleticism and sticky hands. He began his career with over 2,000 yards from scrimmage, and had over 1,400 his second season, despite being limited to 13 games. Barkley caught 143 balls on 194 targets in his first 29 active games in the league and is the focal point of the Giants’ offense.

Fantasy Downside

Unfortunately, Barkley was limited to a little more than a game last season after tearing his ACL in Week 2. Running backs coming off an ACL tear have had inconsistent results, with guys like Adrian Peterson and Jamaal Charles finding great success the season after a tear, and Deuce McCallister and Edgerrin James providing examples of players who have struggled. Barkley’s athleticism and modern rehab tactics, in addition to his early injury date, would suggest he has a chance to be on the better end of the spectrum, but there’s no doubting it’s a concern when considering a high draft pick on him. He’s also been non-committal on his readiness for Week 1 as recently as early July on The Rich Eisen Show. Also unnerving is the Giants’ dead-last ranking in Justin Edwards’ annual offensive line ranks this year.

2021 Bottom Line

Barkley is a major risk in an offense that could be terrible behind an awful offensive line coming off a devastating ACL tear. He costs a pretty penny in most drafts, with an ADP of 1.05. He could be a league-winner if he pans out and gets back to his pre-injury form, especially due to his ability to contribute heavily in the passing game, but where he’s being drafted, it’s risky. Fantasy owners should consider him if he drops to the late-first or early-second round, but at his current cost, there should be safer options available. We have him ranked as the RB9, which seems about right based on his risk/reward.

2021 Strength of Schedule - NYG

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
22
DEN
7
@WAS
3
ATL
2
@NO
26
@DAL
5
LAR
15
CAR
24
@KC
30
LV
BYE1
@TB
9
PHI
11
@MIA
17
@LAC
26
DAL
9
@PHI
4
@CHI

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

Game Stats

WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRSTDPPRSnaps%
1PIT156000.406600910.006.612.659/6886.8%
2@CHI428007.0000000.002.82.88/6512.3%
3SF--------------
4@LAR--------------
5@DAL--------------
6WAS--------------
7@PHI--------------
8TB--------------
9@WAS--------------
10PHI--------------
11BYE--------------
12@CIN--------------
13@SEA--------------
14ARI--------------
15CLE--------------
16@BAL--------------
17DAL--------------
Per game9.5017.00001.793.0030.0004.5010.004.707.7033.50/66.5049.54%
Totals1934001.796600910.009.415.467/13349.54%
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