RB Saquon Barkley - New York Giants

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

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Summary

When the Giants drafted Saquon Barkley with the second overall pick, many pundits argued it was a poor use of draft resources. A year later, it's challenging to buy into that line of thinking. The goal of the draft is to acquire difference-makers, and Barkley proved as a rookie he's one of the most dynamic playmakers at any position. In spite of playing for a team with a limited passing game to keep opposing defenses honest, Barkley dominated in every aspect. He ran 261 times for 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns and caught 91 receptions for 721 yards and four touchdowns. His 2,028 yards from scrimmage led the NFL. Only Eric Dickerson and Edgerrin James had more yards as rookies. Even modest improvement in the passing game, or marginally better offensive line play could equate to a historic season for the young tailback. He's got multiple Offensive Player of the Year awards in his future and should be among the first picks in every fantasy draft. (May 2)

FBG Staff Rankings

RB Redraft - 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 3
Overall Redraft - 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 3
RB Redraft PPR - 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 4
Overall Redraft PPR - 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 2, 2, 2, 4
RB Dynasty - 1, 1, 1, 1, 1, 1
Overall Dynasty - 1, 1, 1, 1

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2018 NYG 16 261 1307 11 121 91 721 4
2019 PROJ-Dodds 15.0 283.0 * * 84.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Henry 16.0 288.0 * * 82.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Wood 16.0 290.0 * * 86.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 267.0 * * 98.4 * * *

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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.

Average Draft Position

Overall: 1
RB: 1
Overall-PPR: 1
RB-PPR: 1

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Latest News

Giants | Saquon Barkley solid against stacked fronts (Fri Jul 5, 03:22 PM) - New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley ran for 560 yards when the defense had eight or more men in the box in 2018 - the second-best mark in the league - according to Pro Football Focus.

Our View: Barkley had one of the best rookie seasons for a running back in NFL history. The Giants passing attack isn't going to be much of a threat with either Eli Manning or Daniel Jones at quarterback. That means their offense will be as much of Barkley as possible. He's a top-4 lock in any draft in any format. Barkley's current ADP is RB1 (1.02) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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2019 Schedule

1@ Dallas Cowboys
2vs Buffalo Bills
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