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RB Saquon Barkley - New York Giants

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

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Week 3: at Houston Texans

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FBG says: Tough matchup. Saquon Barkley made most of his hay in the passing attack last week, rushing just 11 times for 28 yards but hauling in 14 receptions for 80 yards. With the Giants playing from behind since the very first play, it was a tough game script for the ground game as the Giants amasses a weekly NFL-low 35 rushing yards on 17 attempts. Barkley is undoubtedly a talented runner, but he has a history of inefficiency dating back to college. Unless he can spark a big play, Barkley may turn in some of these 3.0 or fewer yards per carry games from time to time. Notwithstanding, Barkley still has a stranglehold on this backfield as the clear all-purpose back. The Giants offensive line lost a key starter last week as center Jon Halapio suffered a broken ankle to land him on injured reserve for the season. The Giants offensive line already ranked in the bottom tier, so this loss will make it even more difficult for Barkley to gain consistent yardage. The Texans have been effective against the run in both games this season, allowing just 3.4 rushing yards per attempt and no rushing touchdowns. The Texans linebackers and secondary have chipped in to do a great job limiting big plays, as neither the Patriots nor the Titans could rush for more than 13 yards on a single play against them. J.J. Watt has been a big reason for the Texans' success against the run as he has applied relentless pressure while D.J. Reader is making excellent plays at nose tackle on the interior of the defensive line to help clog up the running lanes. With the Giants offensive line in poor form and Barkley's success partially dependent on a poor run-defending secondary, this is not a matchup the Giants will look forward to.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs JAX 55 18 106 1 6 2 22 0 0 18.8
2 at DAL 58 11 28 0 16 14 80 0 0 10.8
3 at HOU PROJ-Dodds * 20 * * 5 * * * *
3 at HOU PROJ-Tremblay * 18 * * 8 * * * *
3 at HOU PROJ-Bloom * 15 * * 5 * * * *

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

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 News

Giants | Saquon Barkley sets franchise record (Mon Sep 17, 08:39 PM) - New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley recorded a franchise record with 14 receptions (for 80 yards) in the Week 2 game against the Dallas Cowboys. The previous mark was 13, set by RB Tiki Barber on Jan. 2, 2000, also against the Cowboys.

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Giants | Saquon Barkley eclipses 100 total yards again (Mon Sep 17, 03:39 AM) - New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley carried 11 times for only 28 yards but caught 14 of his 16 targets for 80 yards in Week 2 against the Dallas Cowboys.

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Giants | Saquon Barkley has terrific debut (Sun Sep 9, 05:52 PM) - New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley rushed for 106 yards and one touchdown on 18 carries against the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1. He also caught two passes for 22 yards during the game.

Our View: Barkley was ineffective on most of his carries and then broke multiple tackles and ran away from the Jaguars defense. He'll be a threat to score on any touch and probably deliver on his ADP despite long stretches of ineffectivness against disciplined defense. The Cowboys are up next week.
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