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.
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.