RB Saquon Barkley - New York Giants
|5-11, 223||Born: 2-7-1997||College: Penn State||Drafted: Round 1, pick 2018|
Week 14: at Philadelphia Eagles
FBG says: Tough matchup. After an incredible rookie campaign, poor offensive line play, coupled with a potentially-lingering ankle injury, has hindered Saquon Barkley's rushing production in 2019. Barkley's 2019 campaign has been one to forget, as he: hasn't registered a 100-yard game since Week 2, has just 2 rushing touchdowns on the year, and has seen his efficiency dip down to just 4.0 yards per carry. This lack of production is thanks to both a weak offensive line, which checks in at 21st in Matt Bitonti's offensive line rankings after last week and a lack of volume. The Giants' run offense is the 5th-lowest volume unit in the league, as they have frequently played from behind, leading to high-volume passing days. Overall, even Saquon Barkley's supreme talent level has been unable to overcome a lack of volume and poor blocking in the trenches. Week 14 shapes up as another tough matchup for the second-year back, as he faces off with Philadelphia's top-tier run defense. Aside from Philadelphia's defensive line, their defense generally lacks top-end run-stopping talent. However, defensive coordinator Jim Schwartz's identity as a play-caller is to design and call a defense predicated around shutting down opposing rushing attacks, and he excels in this area. The Eagles, which have faced low volume rushing attacks, as their opponents have opted to pick on their weak pass defense, rank in the top-10 of most run-stopping metrics. The Eagles rank 9th in the NFL in fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs a testament to their ability to limit raw rushing totals. They are also a very efficient run defense, allowing just 4.0 yards per carry, the 8th-best mark in the NFL through 12 games this season. Along the defensive line, Brandon Graham and Fletcher Cox set the tone for the defense, doing a great job both against the run and the pass. Elsewhere, the Eagles lack significant weak links against the run, while the only other notable run-stopper is safety Malcolm Jenkins, who leads the team with 45 total tackles on the season. In total, the Eagles should give Saquon Barkley, and the New York Giants fits on the ground in Week 14 as they load the box to focus on shutting down New York's number-one offensive weapon with Eli Manning back under center.
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
2019 Week 13 vs GB (19 / 83 / 0 rush, 7 / 3 / 32 / 0 rec)
Saquon Barkley had a bit more success this week against the Packers but is still falling way short of expectations and compared to his 2018 season. Barkley was able to find space on the outside occasionally and made the first defender miss for several first downs. When he was given the chance to build up some speed, Barkley was able to knock back Packer defenders and push the pile for extra yards after initial contact. Barkley even leapt over a defender in his own half, achieving a dramatic first down through the air. Barkley got a big play towards the end of the game in garbage time as there was more space to work with but the Packers had the game in hand and were playing soft to preserve the victory. Barkley and the Giants in general get few redzone opportunities as the team struggles with turnovers and has a hard time finishing off drives. This lack of redzone touches really has hurt Barkley's fantasy value in 2019 and this is unlikely to change.
2019 Week 12 vs CHI (17 / 59 / 0 rush, 3 / 2 / 1 / 0 rec)
Saquon Barkley struggled again for most of this game as the Giants continue to struggle in their run blocking. A lot of his struggles come as defenses load the box against the back and generally ask Jones to beat them through the air. Barkley was often swarmed in the backfield and this resulted in several negative plays for the Giants. If he made it to the line of scrimmage, he was met quickly and could not find much room. Barkley dropped one pass in the flat, which was unfortunate as he had a bit of space to work with. He did his best to weave up the middle against the Bears and tried as hard as he could to at least make positive plays. Barkley made a few impressive spin moves in the second half which briefly got him free. A key 3rd and 1 toss play was blown up by Chicago however and plays like this really crushed the Giants offense throughout the game. The Giants failed to sustain their blocks up front. He did have one explosive play to the outside late in the game at least. Barkley looks quick and explosive, it seems that defenses just know how to shut him down in this offense. The Giants need a stronger passing game to lighten the load up front.
2019 Week 10 vs NYJ (13 / 1 / 0 rush, 5 / 5 / 30 / 0 rec)
Saquon Barkley was a complete non factor in the rushing game for the Giants and barely contributed as a pass receiver. Barkley could not get going at all as the Jets made a special effort to severely impact his production. He was hit in the backfield on almost every carry and was taken down very quickly. If Barkley made it to the line of scrimmage, there was typically not much room after this point. Any positive yards that were made on the ground were quickly undone when there was a big tackle for loss in the backfield. Barkley was cut down in the backfield very often and the Giants were helpless to stop this. He got some short checkdown passes from Jones but he was typically swarmed quickly and never given much space. If Barkley was able to shake the initial defender, there was at least 2 more in waiting. A frustrating day for Barkley and fantasy owners alike, it is very likely his absolute floor in terms of production.
2019 Week 9 vs DAL (14 / 28 / 0 rush, 8 / 6 / 67 / 0 rec)
Saquon Barkley could not get going for the Giants on Monday night. The Cowboys did an excellent job of bottling him up at the line of scrimmage. The Giants couldn't keep the defense off of Barkley for long enough and the ground game was never established. Occasionally Barkley was able to bounce a run outside for a small gain or shake a defender off but these plays were few and far between. On one occasion, Barkley almost broke free into the secondary but ran into his own offensive lineman in error. He did fight hard at the line of scrimmage and converted a few short situations where he was afforded some space. Barkley broke free once against the Cowboys in the second half. He got a short pass and the initial defense was blocked well enough which allowed an explosive run down the sideline as Barkley turned on the jets. The Giants struggled in the redzone however, both on the ground and in the air. Barkley got several touches and carries near the goal line but the Giants could never get a strong enough push to create a gap for him. Credit must be given to the Cowboys on the night as they won the battle up front.
2019 Week 8 vs DET (19 / 64 / 0 rush, 10 / 8 / 79 / 1 rec)
Saquon Barkley couldn't get much going on the ground for the Giants as the Lions were stout at the line of scrimmage. The Giants tried to stick with the run throughout the game, even though they were behind for almost the entire duration. Barkley was patient, followed his blocks and exploited any gaps up front vs Detroit but the big play on the ground never happened. Still, he pushed the pile well, routinely knocked back defenders at contact and couldn't be faulted for the Giants lack of rushing production. Barkley had more value as a receiver out of the backfield. He broke a big play over the middle and almost fell over, which caused him to slow down and get tackled. He displayed incredible agility to avoid 2 tackle attempts on the outside and punishing strength to stiff arm another tackler to the ground before securing a big first down. Barkley dropped a sure touchdown late in the game on a quick out in the redzone. The Giants came right back to him however and he scored on a similar route the very next play. Barkley was explosive and dynamic as always but the Giants couldn't run the ball as much as they would have liked due to the score line.
2019 Week 7 vs ARI (18 / 72 / 1 rush, 5 / 3 / 8 / 0 rec)
Saquon Barkley was back for the Giants and looked almost 100% on Sunday against the Cardinals. His production was relatively low by his standards and most of this can be attributed to the struggles of his young quarterback. The Giants turned over the ball a lot and this kept them from the redzone for most of this game. Barkley showed his typical explosion and great vision by bouncing plays to the outside when space presented itself and he routinely beat his man to the sideline for extra yards. He made several defenders miss their first tackle attempt and almost always fell forward for extra yards. Barkley broke free into the secondary early for a nice run, finding a small gap and only going down when surrounded by multiple Cardinal defenders. Barkley's touchdown run came on a well blocked inside zone from shotgun. The Giants sealed off Cardinals well at the start and Barkley just had to lower the shoulder to push back any tackle attempts for the score.
2019 Week 3 vs TB (8 / 10 / 0 rush, 5 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)
Saquon Barkley was not having a productive game on Sunday and was forced to leave the field after he sustained an ankle injury. Tampa Bay were keen to not allow Barkley to dominate the game and they swarmed him at every opportunity. Barkley was unusually quiet and contained in this game. He got hit at the line of scrimmage almost always and had little room to run when he caught the ball. Tampa clearly made an effort to stop the running back and they were highly successful at limiting his impact. He could have had a touchdown in the first half. Jones threw a catch-able ball on an out to Barkley but he wasn't able to get two hands on it. He left in the first half and was replaced by Gallman.
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 NewsGiants | Saquon Barkley posts over 100 total yards (Sun Dec 1, 05:19 PM) - New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley rushed for 83 yards on 19 carries against the Green Bay Packers in Week 13. He also caught three passes for 32 yards during the game. Our View: Barkley got going as a runner to an extent but he still had little effect on the outcome of this game and fantasy matchups this week. He'll still be in lineups next week against the Eagles, but expectations will be low.
link to story Giants | Saquon Barkley slumping (Sat Nov 30, 10:38 PM) - New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley has failed to score in three straight games and has been held to less than 3.5 yards per rush in four straight. link to story Giants | Saquon Barkley not blaming slump on injury (Wed Nov 27, 10:58 PM) - New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley was adamant Wednesday, Nov. 27, that his relatively poor play of late isn't the result of injury. 'Did I look hurt?' Barkley said, interrupting a question about a 22-yard run against the Chicago Bears in Week 12. 'I know that's where you're going towards (with this question). So did I look hurt? No. So let's stop making an excuse that I'm hurt. I'm not hurt. Let's stop making an excuse that I'm not 100%. No one's 100%.' link to story Giants | Saquon Barkley just so-so in Week 12 (Sun Nov 24, 07:20 PM) - New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley rushed 17 times a game-high 59 yards while adding two grabs for just one yard on three targets in Week 12 against the Chicago Bears. Our View: Barkley dropped an early pass that could been a nice gain and never created any momentum in this game despite a good matchup against the Akiem Hicks-less Bears run defense. He'll face a possibly even better matchup against the Packers run defense next week.
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