RB Saquon Barkley - New York Giants
|5-11, 223||Born: 2-7-1997||College: Penn State||Drafted: Round 1, pick|
Week 11: vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
FBG says: Tough matchup. Rookie Saquon Barkley continues to flash elite burst, speed, and short-area quickness, and he's already one of the league's most dynamic players. Unfortunately, at the moment, there's not much production coming on the ground. He's totaled just 148 yards and 1 score over the last 3 weeks, averaging 3.15 per carry in the process. Barkley is a homerun guy at heart and is still refining his attack - without much power or a dependable line, he's boom-or-bust on virtually every snap. There's been some improvement up front, particularly from the guards, but this remains a shaky line at best. As a result, Barkley typically struggles to generate much on the ground unless he's able to find a crease and erupt for a long scamper. That could come at any moment, of course, but he hasn't registered a run longer than 15 yards since Week 6. Barkley is far too explosive to ever count out fantasy-wise, regardless of matchup - he's already shredded the solid run defenses of Jacksonville (18 for 106 and 1 touchdown), Houston (17 for 82 and 1), and Philadelphia (13 for 130 and 1). But his rushing floor is low for an elite fantasy back, and without his high-volume receiving numbers, he'd be exceptionally difficult to trust. The Buccaneers run defense has actually served as a fairly tough fantasy matchup. With a rebuilt nucleus and a horrid pass defense that funneled the ball into the air, they're allowing running backs to average just 4.00 yards per carry. In fact, lead runners have managed just 62 a game, and only 3 (Nick Chubb, Joe Mixon, and Christian McCaffrey) have topped 70. It's not a dominant group by any means, though, and it's trending down of late - all 3 of those above performances have come over their last 4 games. With Kwon Alexander on injured reserve and Lavonte David likely to join him soon, it doesn't matter much that the retooled line has improved so much. It's fair to expect even more breakdowns and missed tackles on the second level, and Saquon Barkley looks like a tall task for the reserve linebackers.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs RB 1, RB 12, RB 24, RB 36
Saquon Barkley's percentile rank in each category, among RB with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2018 Week 10 vs SF (20 / 67 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)
While the Giants offensive line played one of their best games in pass protection of the season against the 49ers, Barkley was consistently hounded by the front seven of San Francisco in the run game. Barkley created much of his yardage on his own as the Giants rarely moved the line of scrimmage downfield for easy yardage inside. Barkley was stuffed on his lone goal line carry, his only touchdown opportunity of the game. While largely shut down in the run game, Barkley exceled as a receiver, beating two defenders on a circle route and hurdling a defender down into the red zone as a highlight play. Also on a screen pass, Barkley was impressive in eluding two tackles to turn a likely loss into no gain.
2018 Week 8 vs WAS (13 / 38 / 0 rush, 10 / 9 / 73 / 0 rec)
Saquon Barkley had a good fantasy day if you played him in a PPR league but wasn't able to get into the endzone this week which hurt his production as the ground game wasn't effective for the Giants. The Giants fell behind in this game quickly and never committed to the running game, quickly abandoning it for the pass. The Redskins didn't allow the Giants much space on the ground and Barkley never got into a groove. He ran tough, picked the right hole and get any available yards but the Redskins were able to shut down the running attack. Barkley was a much bigger factor in the passing game at least, grabbing 9 balls. His hands and quickness in the open field were on full display as he can quickly get wide open from the backfield. Barkley got screens, wheel routes and even a go route on Sunday. He was wide open along the sideline deep down the field. Manning saw it late and Barkley was able to stand his ground as the defender ploughed into him for the clear pass interference penalty. Barkley was open in the redzone on a curl route but the pass was off target, tipped into the air and fell incomplete. The Giants often find themselves down in games, being forced to pass and these games rarely lead to production on the ground. Barkley is such a threat and well rounded player that he will contribute regardless of the situation.
2018 Week 7 vs ATL (14 / 43 / 1 rush, 10 / 9 / 51 / 0 rec)
Perhaps in deference to the Falcons' superiority up front, the Giants utilised Saquon Barkley more like a satellite back than a between-the-tackles thumper. Barkley had middling success running between said tackles, often hitting a brick wall of Falcons defenders. At times it was simply the inability of the Giants' hobbled offensive line to punch open holes that doomed Barkley to runs for no gain, or losses. Barkley did excellent work as a pass catcher, consistently showing his acceleration and change-of-direction ability to bamboozle defenders. Barkley surrendered a particularly punishing hit to his quarterback after being beaten in pass protection, but that was the only blemish in that regard. Barkley got the call on the goal line on several occasions, a jet sweep seeing him tackled just short. The other he managed to convert for a touchdown with a bullish tenacity that summed up his performance.
2018 Week 6 vs PHI (13 / 130 / 1 rush, 12 / 9 / 99 / 0 rec)
Saquon Barkley had a monster performance on Thursday night and was the only saving grace for a struggling Giants offense. He made everything happen for the Giants and they could barely complete a pass that wasn't thrown his way. Barkley has the rare combination of size and speed which made him very difficult to tackle throughout this game. He broke arm tackle attempts and ran over defenders on several occasions. Barkley's acceleration is also not to be underrated as he can quickly run away from defenders. He found a gap to explode through early in this game and picked up a big gain before eventually being run out of bounds. Barkley had a 9 yard run that was incredible to watch,he juked, ran over and dodged Eagle defenders to get as many yards as possible. He took a screen pass far down the field on another explosive play. Barkley ran through arm tackles, made defenders miss and bounced off other tackle attempts. His touchdown run came on yet another impressive play from the rookie. Barkley simply bounced a run outside, caught a defender flat footed and went untouched down the sideline into the endzone as no Eagle player could catch him. Barkley provides extreme value as a rusher and pass catcher, he has the hands to stay in on passing situations. Fantasy owners who drafted him, regardless of the position, can rest easy as he looks like the real deal.
2018 Week 5 vs CAR (15 / 48 / 0 rush, 4 / 4 / 81 / 2 rec)
Saquon Barkley had another very strong performance on Sunday but was a much bigger factor in the passing game than the ground attack. Barkley and the Giants offensive line struggled to make yards all throughout the game. The line didn't create many gaps for Barkley and the rookie simply did his best to avoid negative plays on a lot of his carries. Barkley fell forward on most of his carries and was tough to tackle. At times, he lost yards when he tried to bounce the run outside but this worked for him on other occasions. He showed enough explosion to beat the outside man on a few attempts and race down the sideline for big plays. He gives excellent effort on every run, and never gives up on a play even if he is tackled straight away. Barkley can turn negative plays into 1 or 2 yards, which really helps out his team. He was wide open on a double pass play from Beckham and was too fast to catch as he hauled in the pass and then ran into the endzone untouched. Barkley demonstrated a strong spin move to elude the first tackle attempt from Kuechly and was always a threat to bust a play outside. His second touchdown came on a swing pass from Manning and Barkley was able to jump just over the line for the score. He hurt himself on the play but that was the final play for the Giants offense.
2018 Week 4 vs NO (10 / 44 / 1 rush, 8 / 6 / 56 / 0 rec)
Saquon Barkley gave full effort on Sunday and looks like he has all the talent required to dominate in this league, he just needs more help around him. The Giants offensive line and passing attack was poor on Sunday and the running game was quickly abandoned. They also were trailing the Saints for the majority of this game so the bulk of the responsibility was placed on the shoulders of Manning. Barkley remained a constant in this offense however, despite the ground attack not functioning well. He provided a solid option for Manning when the pressure was closing in and made a few plays with screen plays. Barkley was running downhill a bit more in this game, driving through defenders and falling forward when possible. He was also excellent at making the first man hover and waive while he scrambles for a few extra yards, which made all the difference at times. Barkley had a very explosive run outside as he cut back and the defense lost contain temporarily while he picked up 28 yards on the ground. His speed was evident when given an open lane, the Giants just need to be more balanced with their offense. He had a rushing touchdown as time was winding down, the Giants ran the ball from the 1 yard line. Barkley showed what an explosive leap he had, diving over the top and extending the ball to break the line and score for the Giants. He remains productive and a must start for fantasy owners, especially in PPR leagues but he needs more help around him to unlock his true potential.
2018 Week 3 vs HOU (17 / 82 / 1 rush, 5 / 5 / 35 / 0 rec)
Saquon Barkley hasn't put together any monster performances just yet but those might be around the corner as he delivers another solid performance in his rookie campaign. Barkley looked very tough to tackle in this game and overall displayed incredible overall talent. He is a well rounded back with big potential to break a long run on the ground but can also participate in the passing game with his solid hands. He bounced off the first tackle attempt on numerous occasions and rarely went down after making contact initially. Barkley had a lot of consistent gains on the ground and picked up many first downs to keep drives alive. He showed a strong stiff arm to keep defenders at bay and incredible acceleration. Barkley stopped at the hole in the redzone for a brief half-second but exploding to the outside and running into the endzone for his touchdown. He was also explosive with the ball in his hands on a screen pass and on a fade pass down the sideline he hauled in for a big conversion late in the game.
2018 Week 2 vs DAL (11 / 28 / 0 rush, 16 / 14 / 80 / 0 rec)
The minor glimmer of hope that Giants fans can be excited for, Saquon Barkley played another solid game on Sunday night against the Cowboys. Barkley was highly involved in the passing game, likely due to the check down potential he presented as Manning was under fire for most of this game. He showed an excellent pair of hands, securing high balls and not dropping any passes as his quarterback was throwing some erratic passes in his haste to get rid of the ball. Barkley showed incredible agility when meeting defenders one on one in open space, often making the first tackler miss and picking up extra yards. Barkley almost got tackled for a loss on several occasions but he turned these negative situations into positive ones due to his quickness. He is difficult to tackle if given room and showed a good stutter step to shake defenders when possible. His effectiveness on the ground was limited as the Giants could not keep Dallas honest with any kind of passing threat. Barkley didn't get many redzone touches either due to the inept offense but the talent clearly is there.
2018 Week 1 vs JAX (18 / 106 / 1 rush, 6 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
Saquon Barkley was shut down for most of this game and rarely broke into the secondary but rescued fantasy owners with one play. Barkley showed toughness and speed, despite mediocre production in the first half. He used a strong stiff arm to get separation from chasers and followed his blocks well. The Jaguars run defense was stout however, and they rarely give up any room up front. The Giants offensive line did not create many gaps and Barkley had to take what was there. He was stuffed in the redzone on several attempts but did manage to get some decent gains on toss plays outside. Barkley also showed utility as a reciever, getting screen passes and swing passes which he was able to turn into decent gains. Barkley showed top tier talent on his touchdown run, which is what everyone was waiting for. He cut a running play to the outside, used a stiff arm to deny a tackler and simply exploded down the sideline for the big run. The acceleration and max speed was evident on the play and this kind of play should keep Giants fans/fantasy owners excited.
Latest NewsGiants | Saquon Barkley has solid outing (Mon Nov 12, 11:31 PM) - New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley rushed for 67 yards on 20 carries against the San Francisco 49ers in Week 10. He also caught four passes for 33 yards during the game. link to story
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