Barkley had 13 carries for 130 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown, in Thursday's 34-13 loss to the Eagles. He also caught nine of 12 targets for 99 more yards.
Barkley is game-flow-proof, quarterback-proof and offensive line-proof. He's a major weapon in the passing game and capable of taking a play to the house at any moment. No matter how bad it gets for the Giants, a healthy Barkley is a top-five fantasy player.
Barkley, who evidently tweaked his back late in Week 5 action, is "fine, healthy and ready to go," according to coach Pat Shurmur, Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York reports.
It's great news for those stressing over the fact that Barkley came out of Sunday's 33-31 loss to the Panthers a little banged up, especially with the Giants playing again Thursday night against the Eagles. The No. 2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft hauled in four passes for 81 yards and two scores, to go along with 15 carries for 48 more yards Sunday.
Barkley told Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com after Sunday's 33-31 loss at Carolina that he "felt something in his back, not his knee or ankle" late in the contest.
At the conclusion of his second touchdown grab in the fourth quarter, Barkley took a big hit, per coach Pat Shurmur, but the nature of the injury wasn't known until Barkley himself spoke with the media. It doesn't appear serious at the moment, but the Giants are certain to provide a prompt update on Barkley's status with a short week to prepare for a Thursday night affair with the Eagles.
Barkley, who had a monster game with four catches for 81 yards and two scores, to go along with 15 carries for 48 more yards, left the game with an apparent knee injury after scoring a go-ahead touchdown. According to ESPN's Jordan Raanan, Barkley was moving well after the game, and coach Pat Shurmur said he was fine.
We'll have to wait for confirmation that Barkley is indeed okay, but the early report is a good sign. Barkley is already one of the league's best backs in a pure football sense, and despite playing behind a poor offensive line, also a top-tier fantasy option.
Barkley had 10 carries for 44 yards and a score, and added six catches on eight targets for 56 more yards against the Saints on Sunday.
Barkley is largely game-flow proof as the Giants use him in the passing game even when they're playing from behind. His upside is capped by the team's poor offense, but his usage floor is high, and he's done a nice job of breaking tackles and showing the speed and vision to get into open space.
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