RB Elijhaa Penny - New York Giants

6-2, 234Born: 8-17-1993College: IdahoDrafted: ---

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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 6 2 3 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0.3
2 vs BUF 8 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0 0
3 at TB PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * 0.0 * * * *

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

Percentile ranks

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

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3@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
4vs Washington Redskins
5vs Minnesota Vikings
6@ New England Patriots
7vs Arizona Cardinals
8@ Detroit Lions
9vs Dallas Cowboys
10@ New York Jets
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ Chicago Bears
13vs Green Bay Packers
14@ Philadelphia Eagles
15vs Miami Dolphins
16@ Washington Redskins
17vs Philadelphia Eagles