RB Saquon Barkley - New York Giants

5-11, 223Born: 2-7-1997College: Penn StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 2018

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Week 3: at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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FBG says: Tough matchup. The Giants recognize that, for the foreseeable future, Saquon Barkley is the offense's engine. As a result, they've built an attack and a front line around his skill set, and the results thus far have been strong. Barkley has accumulated 227 ground yards and 1 touchdown over the first 2 games, needing just 28 attempts to do so against a pair of solid run defenses. Of course, Barkley's explosive talent has been the catalyst, as his speed and cutback ability are already the stuff of legend. He's fast enough to reroute bad runs into good ones, and just powerful enough to run right through arm tackles. Up front, the team has assembled a workable run-blocking line, and one with promise. The tackles have underachieved, but guards Kevin Zeitler and young T.J. Hernandez make for a solid interior duo. Most of the blockers - including the tight ends and receivers - are quick and mobile enough to move into space and seal off lanes for Barkley. As a result, Barkley's week-to-week outlook is strong, with a solid floor to go with his dazzling ceiling. He's so dynamic from touch to touch that not even matchup or game script can truly threaten that upside. Last year's Buccaneers were among the dregs of the NFL in run defense, giving up 4.7 yards per rush and 19 ground touchdowns. But the team has prioritized this unit in 2019, and the early returns have been excellent. Thanks to a stout line and more consistent linebacker play, they've thoroughly shut down both Matt Breida (15 carries for 37 yards) and Christian McCaffrey (16 for 37). The key cog thus far has been second-year tackle Vita Vea, who has been in All-Pro form through two games. Vea's size and athleticism next to Ndamukong Suh has cleared lanes for the second-level playmakers to roam and pursue. Rookie linebacker Devin White has been a mixed bag thus far, but his availability should be monitored after suffering a low-grade knee sprain Thursday. Even as he develops, White brings dynamic athleticism and versatility to this group.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at DAL 55 11 120 0 6 4.0 19 0 0 12.9
2 vs BUF 61 18 107 1 7 3.0 28 0 0 19.5
3 at TB PROJ-Dodds * 18 * * 4.3 * * * *
3 at TB PROJ-Tremblay * 19 * * 3.6 * * * *
3 at TB PROJ-Bloom * 17 * * 3.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36

Percentile ranks

Saquon Barkley's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 2 vs BUF (18 / 107 / 1 rush, 7 / 3 / 28 / 0 rec)

Saquon Barkley was highly productive as always and the only legitimate weapon on Sunday against the Bills. He was difficult to take down as always and always manages to fall forward. Barkley read the gaps very well and typically hits the correct gap. Defenders had a tough time taking him down on first contact. Barkley got some great blocking in the first quarter and managed to rip off a few big runs up the middle. He later scored on a well blocked inside run play. Barkley found the first gap and then bounced it outside where he was able to outrun the defender to the pylon. Barkley looked very dangerous in open field and he exploited any room his offensive line gave him. He showed quick feet and an ability to 'dance' away from the first tackle attempt to gain extra yards. Barkley was generally productive any time he got the ball. The Giants didn't have a lot of redzone attempts and fewer goal line attempts which prevented a bigger day for the young back.

2019 Week 1 vs DAL (11 / 120 / 0 rush, 6 / 4 / 19 / 0 rec)

Saquon Barkley looked dynamic and explosive as ever against Dallas but the Giants curiously only gave him 15 overall touches. The Giants used Barkley a lot early in the game but once Dallas had secured the victory, they pulled Barkley for Gallman and preserved their elite running back. The day started rough for Barkley who fumbled the ball on the first drive but the Giants recovered it. He then took an inside run to the left all the way into Dallas territory after some excellent blocking by the Giants gave Barkley a lot of space to work with. He took another handoff inside and pushed back the first defender, just short of the goal line. Barkley got stuffed on the next carry and the Giants went to the passing game to secure the score. Barkley looked very tough to tackle and get a hand on. His spin move shook off several first tackle attempts and he wouldn't go down easy. Barkley took several hits and kept moving at the line of scrimmage and really showed incredible talent in this game. He has the strength, speed and agility to punish defenses that make mistakes. Barkley never made into the endzone and was somewhat replaced by Gallman as the game developed with Dallas easily securing the win. The offensive line made some gaps for him however, and he will have far more productive games going forward.


Latest News

Giants | Saquon Barkley one bright spot for NYG (Sun Sep 15, 05:59 PM) - New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley rushed for 107 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries against the Buffalo Bills in Week 2. He also caught three passes for 28 yards during the game.

Our View: Barkley had 55 yards and a score on the opening drive and was quiet for the rest of the game. He's returning value on his top three price tag but it's not going to be pretty.
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Giants | Saquon Barkley runs wild in loss (Sun Sep 8, 11:48 PM) - New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley rushed 11 times for 120 yards and caught four passes for 19 yards in a 35-17 loss to the Dallas Cowboys in Week 1.

Our View: Barkley didn't touch the ball that much but when he did it was a huge play most of the time. He's a no-brainer RB1 for Fantasy GMs every week and should get a larger piece of the pie going forward.
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