• Saquon Barkley
  • RB
  • , New York Giants
  • 23
  • 230 lbs
  • 5' 11"

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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

NYG RB Saquon Barkley - Week 9 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 9 vs. Dallas Cowboys

Saquon Barkley only had 64 yards on 19 carries against the Lions last week, but he added 79 yards and a touchdown on eight receptions, showing how his versatility can overcome rough games on the ground. Barkley has scored in each of his two starts since returning from an ankle injury and he’s had at least 18 rushing attempts in each, despite the Giants losing both games. Any concerns about Barkley struggling to come back from injury have been appropriately assuaged.

This week, Barkley faces a Cowboys defense that ranks 23rd in aFPA to opposing running backs this year. Dallas has been inconsistent on defense throughout the year. In the last four games, they’ve held the Eagles and the Saints to 12 points or less, while giving up 24 and 34 points to the Jets and Packers, respectively. Regardless of which defense shows up, Barkley is matchup-proof and should be active in all leagues. He had 139 yards from scrimmage against the Cowboys in Week 1 and should have no trouble putting up numbers again. Never sit him.

by Brandon Niles

NYG RB Saquon Barkley - Week 8 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 8 at Detroit Lions

Saquon Barkley returned to action against the Cardinals last week after missing time with an ankle injury and scored a touchdown on his way to 80 yards from scrimmage. Barkley was mostly held in check, relative to his talent, but he touched the ball 21 times and aside from a quick scare in the second half, seemed largely unaffected by the injury. As long as he’s active, he should be the featured player on the Giants’ offense, giving him a high floor based on workload alone.

This week Barkley faces a Lions defense that has struggled against the run this season. Only the Chargers, Bengals and Dolphins rank lower in aFPA to opposing running backs, and Dalvin Cook just had a field day against them last week. Barkley is a must-start every week, but is especially valuable in a great matchup. He should be active as long as he stays healthy.

by Brandon Niles

NYG RB Saquon Barkley - Week 7 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 7 vs. Arizona Cardinals

Saquon Barkley is expected to make his return after missing the past three games with an ankle injury. This is a little faster than the original expectation, so monitor his status as the game draws near. Barkley has only played two complete games so far this year, and he had over 100 yards on the ground in each of them, including against the Bills in Week 2. Barkley has also caught 11 balls and still leads the Giants in rushing despite missing nearly four games of action. He’s an elite fantasy option as long as he’s healthy.

This week, if Barkley starts, he should be stellar. The Cardinals are average in aFPA to opposing running backs this season, but Devonta Freeman just had 118 total yards from scrimmage and a pair of touchdowns against them last week, and Barkley is by far the superior player. As long as Barkley starts the game, he’s a must-start in all formats.

by Brandon Niles

NYG RB Saquon Barkley - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Saquon Barkley had another great game last week against the Bills, rushing for 107 yards and a touchdown and adding 28 yards on three receptions. With 36 touches through two games, despite both being losses, Barkley’s workload alone gives him a high floor in any given week. His elite talent makes him a must-start in any matchup. Rookie Daniel Jones won’t need to be very good to be an improvement over what Eli Manning has done the past two games, so Barkley’s value shouldn’t be affected by the change at quarterback.

This week, Barkley faces a Buccaneers defense that did a phenomenal job bottling up Christian McCaffrey last week, and held the 49ers running backs to 3.33 yards per carry in Week 1. Still, regardless of the matchup, Barkley should be in for another game with 18 touches and elite production. We have him ranked as a top-five fantasy option in all leagues and there’s obviously no reason to consider sitting him.

by Brandon Niles

NYG RB Saquon Barkley - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 vs. Buffalo Bills

Saquon Barkley didn’t find the end zone last week against the Cowboys, but he had a 59-yard run on his way to 120 yards on the ground and 19 yards on four receptions. Barkley should continue to be heavily used all season and be the focal point of the offense, and the fact that he put up good numbers against a Dallas run defense that was fifth in the league in rushing yards allowed per game last season is a testament to his ability.

This week, he’ll face a Bills defense that was average against the run last year but held Le’Veon Bell to 60 yards on 17 carries a week ago. Still, Bell caught six balls and had a touchdown receiving, and Barkley is the type of player who can put up numbers against anyone. He’s a must-start every week and should be active in all leagues as an elite option.

by Brandon Niles

NYG RB Saquon Barkley - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 at Dallas Cowboys

Saquon Barkley took the league by storm as a rookie last season. Only Zeke Elliott had more rushing yards, and he was second to Christian McCaffrey with 91 receptions. Barkley also scored 15 touchdowns and the primary focal point of the offense all year. Barring injury, Barkley should continue to be the main cog that keeps the Giants going, and the fact that he was able to produce despite the attention he got from opposing defense shows how talented he really is.

Barkley starts his second season against the Cowboys, who have a stout defense that allowed the fifth-least rushing yards per game last season. However, Barkley gained 250 total yards and a touchdown in two combined games against Dallas last season, and with his talent and workload, he’s a must-start every week regardless of matchup.

by Brandon Niles

NYG RB Saquon Barkley - 2019 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

Saquon Barkley was expected to make a big impact as a rookie and he did not disappoint. He was second in the league with 1,307 rushing yards and he caught 91 passes for 721 receiving yards. Only Christian McCaffrey caught more passes than Barkley did among running backs. Barkley also scored 15 total touchdowns and was an elite fantasy option throughout his entire rookie year, despite questionable offensive line and quarterback play. This year, Barkley should once again be counted on to carry the load on offense, and the addition of Kevin Zeitler at right guard should help up front.

Fantasy Downside

The Giants traded away Odell Beckham Jr. and have struggled at the quarterback position the last couple seasons, so defenses may key in on Barkley, much like opposing teams did against Todd Gurley in 2016. Also, if he touches the ball 352 times again this season, he could wear down fast, and there is no indication the team will lighten his workload. Still, it’s hard to find anything not to like about Barkley, and his downside is extremely limited.

2019 Bottom Line

Barkley is nearly the consensus number one overall fantasy prospect year, and he’s well worth the lofty draft investment. With a reliable workload and a significant role in the passing game, Barkley should once again be an elite fantasy option each and every week. If you have the opportunity to draft him in any league format, don’t hesitate to pull the trigger.

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