• Saquon Barkley

  • RB
  • , New York Giants
  • 23
  • 230 lbs
  • 5' 11"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Barkley had the No. 6 per game average last season, but only played 13 games, so he finished as the No. 10 running back. In 2018, he finished as the No. 1 running back with the second-highest per game average. The Giants added two tackles early in the draft (No. 4 overall pick Andrew Thomas and third-rounder Matt Peart), so the offensive line should be better in 2020. From a touches standpoint, it doesn’t get much safer than Barkley. He has seen 18+ touches in 26 of 29 career games.

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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

NYG RB Saquon Barkley - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

Saquon Barkley was hampered by a high ankle sprain last season and was limited to 13 games, but he still managed to rush for 1,003 yards and score eight touchdowns. He continued to be a productive receiver out of the backfield as well, catching 52 passes for 438 yards. Barkley had some huge games and finished really strong, averaging 180 yards and 1.7 touchdowns over his final three games. Barkley does very well as a runner, receiver and as a big-play threat, and the Giants’ offense should continue to rely on him heavily. He averaged 20.7 touches per game last year, which could potentially increase this season with better health.

Fantasy Downside

The Giants allowed the third-most points per game to opposing teams last year and didn’t do much to improve the defense over the offseason, so they’ll likely continue to play from behind regularly. Also, defenses key in on Barkley. He’s been able to thrive despite being the focal point of the defense thus far, but if second-year quarterback Daniel Jones doesn’t take a step forward this year, that box is going to continue to be loaded against the run. Barkley had a couple of really frustrating games last year, including a five-game touchdown drought that included a 13-carry, one-yard performance against the Jets in mid-November. Also, there’s the high ankle sprain from last year. He’s been reasonably durable thus far, but you never like to see a star player get any kind of nagging injury.

2020 Bottom Line

All negatives aside, Barkley is simply too talented and his usage is too high to discount him by much. As long as he stays healthy, he’s a virtual lock to finish as a top-five fantasy back in all league formats, with a great chance to finish as the top back overall. The question isn’t whether or not to draft Barkley. The question is whether you take him first, second or third. He’s dynamic, powerful, productive and one of the most exciting players in the NFL right now.

2020 Strength of Schedule - NYG

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
5
PIT
14
@CHI
2
SF
13
@LAR
15
@DAL
30
WAS
6
@PHI
1
TB
30
@WAS
6
PHI
BYE27
@CIN
16
@SEA
18
ARI
29
CLE
10
@BAL
15
DAL

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

2019 Game Stats

WeekOppRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPCRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPRSTDPPRSnaps%
1@DAL111200010.91419064.7513.917.955/6979.7%
2BUF18107105.94328079.3319.522.561/7087.1%
3@TB810001.25427056.753.77.724/6536.9%
4WAS--------------
5MIN--------------
6@NE--------------
7ARI1872104.0038052.6714.017.061/7185.9%
8@DET1964003.378791109.8820.328.361/7482.4%
9DAL1428002.006670811.179.515.559/7281.9%
10@NYJ131000.08530056.003.18.159/7281.9%
11BYE--------------
12@CHI1759003.4721030.506.08.058/6096.7%
13GB1983004.373320710.6711.514.564/6795.5%
14@PHI1766003.8831040.336.79.749/5294.2%
15MIA24112204.67431057.7526.330.354/6879.4%
16@WAS22189108.594901422.5039.943.968/7097.1%
17PHI1792105.41325048.3317.720.764/7486.5%
Per game16.6977.150.4604.624.0033.690.155.628.4214.7818.7856.69/68.0083.50%
Totals2171003604.62524382738.42192.1244.1737/88483.50%
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