• Saquon Barkley

  • RB
  • , New York Giants
  • 24
  • 230 lbs
  • 5' 11"
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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

NYG RB Saquon Barkley - Week 13 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 13 vs. Green Bay Packers

Saquon Barkley was better against the Bears last week than he was against the Jets in his previous game, but he was still held to 3.5 yards per carry and only 60 total yards from scrimmage. Barkley has struggled, but he’s still had 37 combined touches over his past two games, meaning he should be able to rebound before too long.

This week, Barkley goes up against a Packers defense that ranks 24th in aFPA to opposing running backs, giving him additional upside. Expect Barkley to get back to big-time numbers and we have him ranked as a top-10 option in what should be a good matchup.

by Brandon Niles

NYG RB Saquon Barkley - Week 12 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 12 at Chicago Bears

Saquon Barkley was surprisingly shut down by the Jets before the bye last week. He gained only one yard on 13 carries! He did manage to add 30 yards on five receptions, partially salvaging his day in PPR leagues, but it was definitely disappointing for the second-year standout. Barkley has missed time with an ankle injury this year, but is averaging 19.1 touches per game and has 33 receptions, making him super valuable, even in a down year.

This week, expect better production against the Bears. Chicago has been dynamite against the pass, but they rank 22nd in aFPA to opposing running backs this year and just allowed 112 yards and two touchdowns to the Rams’ duo of backs a week ago. Barkley is a must-start every week regardless of matchup, and he should rebound this week in a good matchup that should feature a ball-control game plan.

by Brandon Niles

NYG RB Saquon Barkley - Week 10 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 10 at New York Jets

Despite a mere 28 yards on 14 carries against the Cowboys on Monday night, Saquon Barkley still scored pretty good fantasy points thanks to six receptions and 67 yards including a 65-yard catch and run where he nearly found the end zone. Barkley is an elite player at his position and his workload and versatility make him a must-start every game without hesitation.

This week, Barkley faces a Jets defense that ranks 15th in aFPA to opposing running backs and largely held the Dolphins running game at bay a week ago. Barkley is in a completely different class compared to most of the backs the Jets have faced, however, and he should be in line for a big day. It’ll help if the Giants can avoid playing from behind the entire game, a good chance with how bad the Jets have been on offense. Regardless of matchup, Barkley is an elite option in all league formats, but he has additional upside against the hapless Jets.

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.

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