• Saquon Barkley

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  • , New York Giants
  • 23
  • 230 lbs
  • 5' 11"
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by Brandon Niles

NYG RB Saquon Barkley - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 at Chicago Bears

Saquon Barkley had an extremely frustrating day against the Steelers on Monday night, with just six yards on 15 carries. He was often hit right as he got the handoff and was visibly bothered by his lack of production. Luckily, he somewhat salvaged the fantasy day with six catches and 60 yards receiving, but it was definitely not the way fantasy owners wanted to start the season.

He should rebound against Chicago this week. The Bears just allowed Adrian Peterson to rush for 93 yards on 14 carries after only about a week on the roster, so Barkley should have an opportunity to score big here. The Bears are really missing Eddie Goldman in the middle of their defensive line, so expect Barkley to find plenty of space in the heart of this defense and to put up great numbers. Barkley should always be active in all lineups for as long as he’s healthy.

by Brandon Niles

NYG RB Saquon Barkley - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 vs. Pittsburgh Steelers

Saquon Barkley missed three games with injury last year and looked hampered at times, but he still managed 1,003 yards rushing, 438 yards receiving, and eight total touchdowns. That’s a pretty good “down” year for a running back. Barkley should bounce back this year behind a quality offensive line and some natural progression from quarterback Daniel Jones. Also, a healthy receiving corps might take a defender out of the box, especially if Darius Slayton can continue to develop as a deep-ball threat. Barkley should be leaned on heavily and his usage alone gives him a very high floor as long as he’s healthy.

The Steelers’ fifth-ranked defense in aFPA to opposing running backs isn’t the best way to start the season for the Barkley and the Giants, but he should still be active in all league formats. He remains likely to get 15+ touches, and his ability to contribute in the passing game – 52 receptions last year – give him incredible upside every week. Barkley is a must-start, regardless of matchup.

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.

by Brandon Niles

NYG RB Saquon Barkley - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 vs. Philadelphia Eagles

Saquon Barkley exploded against Washington last week, gaining 189 yards on 22 carries and adding 90 yards on four receptions. He also caught a touchdown and rank another one in for an elite fantasy day. It was a good site for fantasy owners who have been frustrated with Barkley this year and his explosive last two games are sure to put him in the running for the top overall fantasy pick again next season.

The Eagles rank 12th in aFPA to opposing running backs, so they aren’t super easy to run against. However, Barkley should get a full workload once again and don’t be surprised if the Giants make a concerted effort to get him at least 89 yards on the ground so he can hit 1,000. He’s a must-start in all league formats and we have him ranked as a top-10 option.

by Brandon Niles

NYG RB Saquon Barkley - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 at Washington Redskins

Saquon Barkley had a great game last week in a win over the Dolphins. He carried the ball 24 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns, and he added four receptions for 31 receiving yards as well. Barkley has struggled in a nicked up season on a dreadful offense this year, but the team has given him a full workload throughout the season when he’s been healthy. That shouldn’t change over the final two games, despite the Giants having virtually nothing to play for.

Washington has been better against the pass than the run this year, ranking 24th in the league in aFPA to the running back position. Barkley should feast, as the Washington offense shouldn’t be able to force the Giants to abandon the run game Barkley should be active in all formats in what should be a nice matchup.

by Brandon Niles

NYG RB Saquon Barkley - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 vs. Miami Dolphins

Saquon Barkley struggled last week against the Eagles, gaining just 67 yards on 20 touches, including three receptions. The fact that he got 20 touches is still a good sign for him, however, and fantasy owners should be encouraged by a softer schedule the next couple of weeks.

This week, Barkley faces a Dolphins defense that ranks 21st in aFPA to opposing running backs, which should allow him to find room to operate. We have him as a top-five fantasy option in all league formats, just in time for the playoffs. Start him.

by Brandon Niles

NYG RB Saquon Barkley - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 at Philadelphia Eagles

Saquon Barkley rebounded a bit last week against the Packers, getting 22 touches, including three receptions for a total of 115 yards from scrimmage. Most notably, he averaged 4.4 yards per carry, his most since Week 2. Barkley has been trying to get back to his elite production on the ground, as he’s failed to gain 100 rushing yards in his past seven games. It’s a good thing he’s averaging 4.2 receptions and 32.3 receiving yards per game this season to help supplement his totals.

The Eagles rank 12th in aFPA to opposing running backs this year, so it won’t be super easy for Barkley to get back on track, but his workload and return to 100-plus yards from scrimmage a week ago provide some confidence in starting him anyway. He should continue to be a workhorse for the downtrodden Giants and should be active in all leagues.

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