RB Saquon Barkley - New York Giants

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 11): The Jets run defense is a force to be reckoned with. Saquon Barkley didn't just look human against them, he looked ineffective. He'll get a chance to rest during the bye and is still an everyweek start, but the ceiling games aren't coming this year.

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Recent Stats and Projections

7 vs ARI 61 18 72 1 5 3.0 8 0 0 14
8 at DET 61 19 64 0 10 8.0 79 1 0 20.3
9 vs DAL 59 14 28 0 8 6.0 67 0 0 9.5
10 at NYJ 0 13 1 0 5 5.0 30 0 0 3.1

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

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

Recent Game Summaries

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 News

Giants | Saquon Barkley held in check (Sun Nov 10, 05:39 PM) - New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley rushed for one yard on 13 carries against the New York Jets in Week 10. He also caught five passes for 30 yards during the game.

Our View: Barkley was frustrated all day and couldn't get going against a Jets defense missing many front seven defenders. The bye this week should be good for him.
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Giants | Saquon Barkley bottled up in run game (Tue Nov 5, 12:38 AM) - New York Giants RB Saquon Barkley rushed 14 times for just 28 yards in Week 9 against the Dallas Cowboys. He did managed six grabs for 67 yards, squirting free for a 65-yard big play, but that was all he could muster.

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