Saquon Barkley lived up to the hype as a rookie in 2018, and hopefully he won't suffer a sophomore slump this season. We don't expect that to happen, which is why he's a candidate for the No. 1 overall pick in all leagues and should come off the board no later than No. 3 overall. He did everything you can ask for last season when he had more than 2,000 total yards, caught 91 passes and scored 15 touchdowns. The Giants beefed up their offensive line with the additions of Kevin Zeitler and Mike Remmers, and this offense will run through Barkley now that Odell Beckham is gone. One problem for Barkley could be defenses focusing on him, but that was the case as a rookie as well. And he still managed 24.1 PPR points per game. Barkley is awesome, and you'll be happy if he's on your Fantasy team.
Barkley said there's no number of touches that's too much for him to handle, NJ.com's Matt Lombardo reports. Pat Shurmur said he doesn't plan to give Barkley more touches than the 352 he handled last season, but the coach didn't say anything about a reduction. The context surrounding the 22-year-old changed drastically this offseason, with Big Blue swapping out Odell Beckham Jr. for Golden Tate at wide receiver while also acquiring upgrades at right guard (Kevin Zeitler) and right tackle (Mike Remmers). The big problem is the quarterback room, where first-round pick Daniel Jones is expected to spend his rookie year serving as Eli Manning's backup. To have any shot at staying competitive, the Giants will need Barkley to be healthy and spectacular.
Barkley finished his rookie season as the NFL's top running back in terms of PPR scoring, narrowly edging out the Panthers' Christian McCaffrey. He also became the third rookie to eclipse 2,000 yards from scrimmage (Eric Dickerson, Edgerrin James). Barkley's strong showing was thanks in large part to his NFL rookie-record 91 catches to go along with 15 total score. He'll be among the top few players off the board in 2019 fantasy drafts, if not first overall. If the Giants can complement Barkley with improved quarterback play, the sky is the limit for the 21-year-old.
Barkley carried 17 times for 109 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 36-35 loss to the Cowboys. He also caught four passes for an additional 33 yards. Barkley averaged an impressive 6.4 yards per carry against the tough Dallas front, thanks in large part to a 68-yard rumble to set up a touchdown in the third quarter. He scored on a two-yard touchdown run later in the game and topped off his day with another useful performance as a pass catcher. This strong showing caps a tremendous rookie season for Barkley, who finishes with a whopping 2,028 scrimmage yards and 15 total touchdowns. He'll enter the 2019 campaign as one of the top fantasy assets available in all formats.
Barkley rushed 21 times for 43 yards and a touchdown and caught five of seven targets for 34 yards in Sunday's 28-27 loss to the Colts. Barkley rushed off left end to get the scoring started on the day with a one-yard touchdown in the first quarter. It was fortunate for his fantasy owners, as he turned in a second straight dud from a yardage standpoint. The rookie standout will look to get back to his usual level of production at home Week 17 against a Dallas defense likely to rest many of its starters after already having clinched the NFC East.
Barkley rushed 14 times for 170 yards and a touchdown while catching four of five targets for 27 yards in Sunday's 40-16 win over Washington. Barkley set the Giants' franchise record for touchdowns by a rookie in style, going all the way on a 78-yard scamper in the second quarter for his 13th of the season. Despite seeing a modest 18 touches due to the blowout nature of the contest, Barkley came up just three scrimmage yards short of reaching 200. He'll continue to be a set-and-forget RB1 against the Titans in Week 15.
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|3||09/22||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||21.25|
|6||10/11||@New England Patriots||8||16.00|
|10||11/10||@New York Jets||18||17.75|
|13||12/01||Green Bay Packers||19||18.13|
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