|Date of Birth:||02/07/1997|
|Drafted:||2018 | Round 1 | Pick 2|
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Saquon Barkley (ankle) is officially active for Week 12.
Barkley might not be quite at 100% yet given the questionable tags he’s still receiving, but he’s active against the Eagles for his second consecutive game. We’ll see what type of workload Barkley gets after the Giants fired offensive coordinator Jason Garrett.
Saquon Barkley (ankle) is officially active for Monday night.
Pregame warmups went well, and Barkley is back in the lineup for tonight’s Week 11 matchup against the Buccaneers. Barkley has missed the past four games with his ankle issue, and it’ll be great to see the star running back on the field again for the Giants.
Saquon Barkley (ankle) is officially listed as questionable for Week 11.
Barkley is expected to be back for Monday night against the Bucs, but it's not a complete lock yet. You can probably count on having the star running back in Week 11 fantasy lineups, but ideally you'd have someone else from the game as a backup in case he's out again.
Saquon Barkley (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 9.
Barkley has cleared COVID protocols after the false-positive test, but he's still out due to the ankle issue. This is Barkley's fourth consecutive missed game, and keep in mind that the Giants have a Week 10 bye. Hopefully the star runner is back in action for Week 11.
Saquon Barkley has been removed from the COVID-19 list, according to NFL Network’s Mike Garafolo.
Barkley had another negative test, so it turns out the original positive was a false positive. The ankle injury is now a bigger hurdle to climb for Saquon to play in Week 9.
Saquon Barkley tested negative for COVID today.
ESPN's Adam Schefter reports there were 13 positive test for the Giants yesterday, and only one of those tests was confirmed today. So it sounds like there were 12 false positives, but these players/staff will be tested again each day, and we'll see where things stand. Barkley is currently on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but he'd be taken off with another negative test tomorrow. However, this paired with the ankle issue, might make it doubtful that the star running back can return to the lineup for Week 9.
Saquon Barkley tested positive for COVID-19.
The Giants are doing re-tests, but if it's a confirmed positive, Barkley will be on the reserve/COVID-19 list. More information on the star running back's status should be available later today.
Saquon Barkley (ankle) has officially been ruled out for Monday night.
Barkley remains week-to-week while dealing with his ankle injury, and it's unclear when he'll be able to return to the lineup—hopefully sooner than later. Devontae Booker will again draw the start at running back for the Giants this week.
Saquon Barkley (ankle) has officially been ruled out for Week 7.
This was fully expected, but the hope is that Barkley doesn't miss much more time with his ankle issue. This is Barkley's second consecutive missed game.
Saquon Barkley (ankle) has officially been ruled out for the rest of Week 5.
Barkley's ankle ballooned up on the sideline after he twisted badly it while stepping on another player on a route, and he's been carted to the locker room. This is just awful luck for an extremely talented player that's had trouble staying healthy throughout his career. This came after Barkley looked a lot like himself over the past couple of weeks, and now he's looking at a potentially lengthy absence from the field. Before leaving, Barkley had two carries for nine yards.
Saquon Barkley leaves game with apparent leg injury.
Barkley had his ankle twisted pretty awkwardly and limped off the field to the bench. Trainers are currently looking at Barkley now, and hopefully it's a situation where he's able to get it taped up and return to today's matchup with the Cowboys.
Saquon Barkley (knee) is officially active for Week 1.
This was fully expected, as it was reported last night that Barkley received full clearance. Now we’ll see how much of a workload Barkley gets in his first game back from last year’s ACL tear, but he should probably be in most fantasy lineups as a premier big-play threat.
Saquon Barkley (knee) is officially listed as questionable for Week 1.
Barkley is fully expected to be ready to go for the season opener as he comes off last season's ACL tear, and this would probably be a "probable" tag if the NFL still offered that as a designation. The star running back should be safe to insert into Week 1 fantasy lineups.
Saquon Barkley (knee) “gearing up” to play in Week 1.
NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport says Barkley is close to getting fully cleared from last year’s ACL tear and surgery. While the Giants and Barkley have taken things slowly with a smart and cautious approach, the expectation has been that he would be ready for the season opener. Barkley isn’t fully cleared yet, but he’s expected to get clearance by the end of the week.
Saquon Barkley (knee) is expected to be activated off the PUP list today, according to multiple reports.
Barkley is expected to be cleared and practice for the first time this training camp, which is obviously a great sign. The Giants have been clear that they will take things slow while keeping a long-term outlook in mind, so Barkley is definitely in a good spot. With slightly over a month until the Giants' first regular season game, we'd think the star running back will be ready to go for Week 1.
The Giants have placed Saquon Barkley (knee) on the active/PUP list.
This was the expectation, and it has sounded like Barkley might be eased back in slowly as he works back to full strength. Still, the upside is undeniable, and New York should eventually feature Saquon as their offensive centerpiece—making him worthy of a top-five pick.
The Giants picked up Saquon Barkley's fifth-year option.
This was basically just a formality, as it would have been a huge surprise if the Giants didn't pick up the fifth-year option on their former No. 2 pick. Coming off a torn ACL, Barkley, who will reportedly be 100% for Week 1, now has two years remaining on his rookie deal. The explosive running back is rejoining an offense that should have a different look after adding free agent receiver Kenny Golladay (and potentially with more additions to come during the draft), and he should be a top pick in 2021 fantasy drafts.
Saquon Barkley confirmed to have a torn ACL.
Barkley’s season is unfortunately over after just two games. This is obviously a huge blow to the Giants as well as fantasy owners that took him second overall behind Christian McCaffrey in most leagues. Barkley’s season ends with 19 carries for 34 yards and six receptions for 60 yards—undoubtedly tough numbers for a guy that willed his way to 1,000 yards rushing last season to look at with no way to get back on the field this year. The Penn State product now faces surgery and the rehab process, but he’s a special talent that’ll be determined to get back on the field and be better than ever in 2021. Barkley will likely be ready to go for Week 1 next season.
Giants fear Saquon Barkley suffered a torn ACL, according to ESPN.
This isn't a surprise after Barkley left today's game and didn't put any pressure on his leg. The ESPN report says that more testing will be done tomorrow, but the fear is a torn ACL, which would obviously end Barkley's season. We just have to hope for the best at this point.
Saquon Barkley is out for the remainder of the game.
Barkley went inside to get x-rays and will be evaluated further tomorrow. Hopefully the Giants and fantasy owners get a positive prognosis, and it should be noted that Saquon is obviously a very tough player.
Saquon Barkley leaves game with apparent leg injury.
Barkley was tackled while going to the sideline, and he was in immediate pain while holding his right knee. The star running back is now being helped off the field without putting any pressure on his right leg, so this obviously doesn't look good. We'll update you as more information becomes available on Barkley's status.
Saquon Barkley goes off in Week 16.
Barkley carried 22 times for 189 yards and a touchdown along with four receptions for 90 yards and a touchdown in the Giants' overtime victory against the Redskins. The star running back has started to look more like himself in the past two weeks, and his monstrous performances puts him just 89 yards away from 1,000 rushing yards on the season despite missing three games with a high-ankle sprain and having it linger a bit in his return. Barkley's 279 scrimmage yards in the Week 16 victory were a career-high and a Giants franchise record. Barkley will have a tough task hitting 1,000 rushing yards when he faces the Eagles next week to conclude his second NFL season.
Saquon Barkley goes off in win over the Dolphins.
Barkley rushed 24 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns, also adding four receptions (on five targets) for 31 yards in the 36-20 victory. The superstar back has clearly been less than 100% this season, but he said he was feeling good ahead of Week 15, and it showed with his best performance of the year. Saquon should continue his late-season breakout next week against a Washington defense that college teammate Miles Sanders just stung for 172 total yards and two touchdowns.
Saquon Barkley has returned for the Giants.
This is a bit of a surprise after Barkley limped off after just dealing with a high-ankle sprain that forced him to miss the previous three games, but the Giants feel good about putting him back out there after briefly looking at him on the sidelines.
Saquon Barkley limps off against the Cardinals.
Barkley just broke a tackle on a third-quarter run against the Cardinals, but he was limping immediately and went over to the sideline. It's unclear what the injury is at this point, but it obviously would not be surprising if it's a re-aggravation of his high-ankle sprain. Barkley is currently getting locked at by trainers on the bench, and we'll update you as more information becomes available on his status.
Saquon Barkley (ankle) was officially a full participant in today's practice.
Barkley is fully expected to return from his high-ankle sprain this Sunday against the Cardinals after missing the last three games. This full practice confirms that, barring a setback, the Giants will get their best player back as they look to make a run in the NFC East. You can immediately lock Barkley into Week 7 fantasy lineups as an elite RB1 option. The second-year back is arguably the top overall play this week, especially with Christian McCaffrey on a bye week.
Saquon Barkley (ankle) has officially been ruled out for Week 6.
The hope was that Barkley would be ready to go after making considerable progress from his high-ankle sprain suffered in Week 3, but the Giants are playing it safe with their franchise running back. Barkley should still be considered week-to-week, but he looks to have a good chance of returning for a Week 7 game against the Cardinals. This could be another opportunity to buy-low on the consensus first pick in 2019 fantasy drafts, especially if his owner is in a spot where they have a team that's struggling.
Saquon Barkley (ankle) was officially limited in today's practice.
The Giants called today's practice a "jog-through" and their star running back was again listed as limited. However, Barkley is reportedly unlikely to play despite making great progress from the high-ankle sprain, which makes sense considering the Giants want to (and should) be smart about the long-term health of their generational talent. Don't be surprised if Barkley makes a push to play, but it's possible he's ruled out tomorrow when the final Week 5 injury report is released.
Saquon Barkley (ankle) was officially listed as limited in today's practice.
The Giants had a walkthrough today, but they're calling Barkley limited had they held an actual practice. This is a good sign for the star running back's status for Thursday, but we'll see how he's listed tomorrow in what could be more of an actual practice. There's definite optimism about Barkley being able to go against the Patriots.
Saquon Barkley (ankle) has been ruled out for Week 5.
Barkley has made an impressive recovery from his high-ankle sprain, but he needs at least one more week before returning to game action. While the matchup won't be easy this weekend, Wayne Gallman can be played as a volume-based low-end RB2/FLEX option against the Vikings. Barkley owners will now look towards Week 6—a Thursday Night Football game in New England—but he's probably not a lock to suit up in a tough spot.
Saquon Barkley (ankle) officially did not practice today.
There's video of Barkley stretching, and he did not look hindered at all with his high-ankle sprain, but he is officially listed as a non-participant on the practice report. Giants head coach Pat Shurmur indicated that Barkley has a chance to play on Sunday, but he's likely to be out, as the team won't want to make the injury worse for their star player. We'll see if Barkley is given a shot to play when the final Week 5 injury report is released sometime tomorrow.
Saquon Barkley is running and cutting.
Multiple Giants reporters took video of Barkley getting some work in on the side during today's practice, and he looks very good after just suffering the high-ankle sprain under two weeks ago. Basically, Barkley appears to be one of those superhuman-like athletes that might be able to heal a lot quicker than anticipated. Eight weeks looks like the absolute worst-case scenario for Barkley's total missed time, and it won't be surprising if he's back for Week 7 against the Cardinals after the mini bye following New York's Week 6 Thursday night game a week from tomorrow. Especially if you feel you're in a good spot to make the playoffs in your league, buy low on Barkley if you can.
Saquon Barkley will miss several weeks with a high-ankle sprain, according to Ian Rapoport.
High-ankle sprains typically keep a player out from four-to-six weeks, but knowing Barkley, fantasy owners may be able to at least have some optimism that it will be on the short end of that timetable. Unfortunately, the Giants don't have their bye week until November, so Wayne Gallman will likely step in as the starter for games against the Redskins, Vikings, Patriots, and Cardinals over the next four weeks. Teams that started 3-0 and feel good about their playoff chances might be wise to target Saquon in a trade.
Saquon Barkley (ankle) has been ruled out for the rest of today's game.
The Giants just announced that Barkley is out as they returned to action for the second half. This isn't a surprise after the ankle injury looked pretty bad and Barkley had to be helped to the locker room, but hopefully the No. 1 overall pick in most 2019 fantasy drafts doesn't miss too much time with the injury. More information on Barkley's status moving forward should become available in the next 24 hours. UPDATE: Barkley is on a walking boot and crutches on the sideline, so it doesn't look good right now.
Saquon Barkley leaves game with apparent lower leg injury.
Barkley appeared to have his ankle twisted pretty badly late in the second quarter, and he was in obvious pain on the sideline. Hopefully the injury isn't as bad as it looks, but it might be difficult for Barkley to get back into today's game. Keep in mind the star running back is a freakish athlete, though, so a quick return wouldn't be a huge surprise.
Saquon Barkley says he doesn't think any number of touches is too high for him.
The second-year running back was asked if he thinks over 352 touches (the number of touches he received last season) would be too much for him, and he responded: "I don’t think any number is too high for me personally. At the end of the day, I know I sound like a broken record, but you will hear this for as long as I am in the NFL, as long as I take care of my body, my body will take care of me. I will continue to have my team around me. Obviously, have a great strength staff here and a great training staff here. Have to be a pro outside the facility. Whether it is 350 touches, 400 touches or less touches next year. Whatever I have to do to have this team compete for a championship, I am going to do." Barkley is a freak athlete that's a workout warrior and takes care of his body, and he should be able to handle a heavy workload every week. The only slight concern with Barkley not getting fed the ball every single week is if the Giants are out of contention late in the season and want to scale back their star player's workload to keep him healthy for future seasons. Barkley should probably be the No. 1 pick in all 2019 fantasy drafts.
Saquon Barkley scores against the Cowboys.
Barkley carried 17 times for 109 yards and a touchdown along with four receptions for 33 yards in the Giants' Week 17 loss. The sensational rookie season for the No. 2 pick ends with 261 carries for 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns along with 91 receptions for 721 yards and four touchdowns. Barkley hitting 2,000 scrimmage yards made him the third rookie in NFL history to accomplish the feat, joining Eric Dickerson and Edgerrin James, and his 91 receptions broke Reggie Bush's rookie running back record of 88 receptions. Again, we certainly do not think the Giants made a mistake by selecting Barkley second overall in the draft, despite all the talk in the media. Barkley is a generational player and leader that's arguably already the top running back in the league. There's no question Barkley deserves consideration for the top pick in 2019 fantasy drafts, which also should've been the case heading into the 2018 campaign.
Saquon Barkley bottled up on 26 touches in Week 16 loss.
Barkley rushed 21 times for 43 yards and a touchdown, also adding five receptions for 34 yards. Outside of a one-yard touchdown run in the first quarter that Saquon bounced to get in for six, Indy completely shut him down, lowering his yards-per-carry average for the season to 4.9. Still, the prized rookie already has 14 total touchdowns and will look to build on his standout campaign next week in the season finale against the Cowboys. Consider him an elite RB1.
Saquon Barkley finally contained in loss to the Titans.
Barkley rushed 14 times for 31 yards, also adding four receptions (on ten targets) for 25 yards. The weather played a factor, but Tennessee's defense consistently won up front, and it led to Barkley's worst game as a pro. Saquon finished with a somewhat respectable 5.6 standard fantasy points (9.6 in PPR leagues), though, and he will remain a high-end RB1 for the fantasy championship. New York takes on Indianapolis in Week 16.
Saquon Barkley totals 197 yards in win over the Redskins.
Barkley rushed 14 times for 170 yards and a touchdown, also adding four receptions for 27 yards. The highlight was a 78-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, and Barkley later had a sensational one-handed catch before mostly resting down the stretch in a 40-16 victory. Next week, Saquon will face a Tennessee defense that just held Leonard Fournette in check, but that shouldn't worry fantasy owners in the slightest. Keep the prized rookie in lineups as a high-end RB1 for Week 15.
Saquon Barkley goes over 100 yards rushing again in Week 13.
Barkley carried 24 times for 125 yards along with three receptions for 21 yards against the Bears. This makes it three straight 100-yard-rushing games for Barkley, who's simply a beast of a runner that's playing exceptionally well. For the first week of the fantasy playoffs, Barkley faces a Redskins team that held him to 38 rushing yards back in Week 8, but the rookie running back is on a roll right now and should be considered one of the best fantasy options for Week 14.
Saquon Barkley scores twice against the Eagles.
Barkley carried 13 times for 101 yards and a touchdown and caught seven passes for 41 yards and a touchdown in the Week 12 loss. The star rookie running back did most of his damage in the first half with 15 touches, but the Giants curiously gave him just five touches in the second half of a very close game. Barkley's first score came on a quick pass up the middle that he basically walked into the end zone. And the second score was a 51-yard run where he received great blocking and was off to the races for 51 yards. Barkley has five touchdowns in the last two games, and he's obviously an excellent RB1 next week despite a tough matchup with the Bears.
Saquon Barkley scores three times against the Buccaneers.
Barkley carried 27 times for 142 yards and two touchdowns and caught two passes for ten yards and a touchdown, as he was the workhorse in Pat Shurmur's offense. This was Barkley's career-high in carries, yardage, and touchdowns, and it's his second career game with 20+ carries after hitting 20 carries for the first time last week. It looks like the rookie is going to be given the ball a ton down the stretch, so he remains one of the top fantasy options every week.
Saquon Barkley handles 24 touches in win over the 49ers.
Barkley rushed 20 times for 67 yards, also adding four receptions (on five targets) for 33 yards. The No. 2 overall pick was bottled up for most of the night, but he broke a couple big plays, including a 23-yard catch-and-run to set up Sterling Shepard's game-winning touchdown reception. We'll see if more running lanes open up for Barkley next week against the vulnerable Bucs, and he obviously remains an exciting RB1 down the stretch.
Saquon Barkley gets 22 touches against the Redskins.
Washington again did an excellent job of shutting down a top-notch running back on the ground, limiting Barkley to 38 yards on 13 carries. Barkley made it a productive day with nine receptions (on ten targets) for 73 yards, though. Through half of his rookie season, the No. 2 pick in the draft is on pace for 222 carries, 1,038 rushing yards, ten rushing touchdowns, 116 receptions, 994 receiving yards, and four receiving touchdowns. He has a legit chance to become the first player since Marshall Faulk in 1999 to have 1,000 yards rushing and 1,000 yards receiving in a season, which is pretty remarkable for a rookie. Barkley has a bye this week, so be sure to get him out of your Week 9 lineup.
Saquon Barkley scores against the Falcons.
Barkley carried 14 times for 43 yards and a touchdown and added nine receptions for 51 yards in the Week 7 loss. The No. 2 pick in the draft played well, as usual, but the Falcons did a nice job of bottling him up and not allowing any huge plays. This was Barkley's first career game without 100 yards from scrimmage, which indicates how good he's been to start his career. Next week, Barkley faces a Redskins team that just shut down Ezekiel Elliott yesterday, but the Penn State product is obviously an RB1 in fantasy lineups.
Saquon Barkley totals 229 yards in primetime loss to the Eagles.
Barkley rushed 13 times for 130 yards and a touchdown, also adding nine receptions for 99 yards on 12 targets, all of which led the team. Basically, Saquon was the only source of offense in a 34-13 loss, and he made highlight play after highlight play against Philly's elite defensive front—so much so that he was compared to Emmitt Smith, Barry Sanders, and Earl Campbell by the FOX broadcast. The Giants should feed the No. 2 overall pick for the remainder of the season, and he looks like a weekly top-five play regardless of matchup. A case could be made for him as the top option at the position in Week 7 when New York takes on Atlanta.
Saquon Barkley totals 129 yards, two scores in Week 5 loss.
Barkley was bottled up as a runner with 15 carries for 48 yards, but he added four receptions for 81 yards and two touchdowns through the air, including a 57-yard score on a trick-play pass by Odell Beckham Jr. Not that it wasn't obvious already, but the game proved Saquon is a matchup-proof RB1, and there's a case to be made that he's already the best running back in the league. Barkley remains an elite option heading into a Thursday night matchup with the rival Eagles. The Penn State product has almost as many receiving yards (274) as rushing yards (308) through five games.
Saquon Barkley leaves game with apparent lower leg injury.
On a touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter against the Panthers, Barkley leaped into the end zone and appeared to maybe twist his right ankle. He looked to be in a lot of pain on the sidelines, but he was then seen laughing and smiling, so hopefully it's not too serious. We expect Barkley will re-enter the game if necessary, but it looks like the game should come down to Carolina's offense against New York's defense.
Saquon Barkley scores in Giants' loss.
Barkley had ten carries for 44 yards and a touchdown and six receptions for 56 yards in the Week 4 loss to the Saints. The score came on a goal line carry where Barkley used his great vertical leaping ability to elevate and reach the ball over the goal line for six. Barkley was also targeted on a deep pass to the end zone, but it was easily deflected away. Through four games, the No. 2 overall pick is on pace for 224 carries, 1,040 rushing yards, 12 rushing touchdowns, 108 receptions, and 772 receiving yards.
Saquon Barkley scores in Week 3.
Barkley had another great game to start his NFL career, carrying 17 times for 82 yards and a touchdown along with five receptions (on five targets) for 35 yards. The score was a 15-yard touchdown in which Barkley went up the middle and then bounced outside when he got to the second level and brushed off a couple of Texans defenders on his way to the end zone. Keep Barkley locked in as an excellent RB1 for Week 4 against the Saints.
Saquon Barkley catches 14 passes against the Cowboys.
The Giants couldn’t get anything going on the ground, and they couldn’t really protect Eli Manning, so Barkley benefited from a lot of check-downs throughout the night. Overall, he had 11 carries for 28 yards and 14 receptions (on 16 targets) for 80 yards. The 14 receptions set a Giants franchise record, and it tied an NFL rookie record. Barkley rarely went down on first contact in the game, as he showed his exceptional athleticism while gaining positive yardage on his touches. Barkley remains a solid RB1 option for Week 3 against Houston.
Saquon Barkley breaks 68-yard touchdown in first NFL game.
The Jaguars did a nice job of bottling up Barkley for much of the afternoon, but the rookie running back is one of those guys that just needs to keep getting fed the ball because he has a good chance of eventually breaking one. The 68-yard touchdown was on a run that he bounced to the outside and broke a few arm tackles before showing great balance and breakaway speed down the right sideline. Overall, Barkley had 18 carries for 106 rushing yards and the touchdown while adding two receptions (six targets) for 22 receiving yards. Keep Barkley locked into lineups as a great RB1 next week against the Cowboys.
Saquon Barkley (hamstring) was a full participant in practice.
Barkley returned to practice in a limited capacity during the week, but it’s comforting to hear he’s now participating in team drills. New York’s prized rookie almost certainly isn’t going to play in the team’s final preseason game, but he should be 100% well before the season opener against Jacksonville. Barkley is currently being selected at the end of the first round in fantasy drafts, and he should be the clear workhorse ahead of Jonathan Stewart and Wayne Gallman.
Saquon Barkley (hamstring) is doing individual drills today.
Giants head coach Pat Shurmur told this to the gathered media at practice, as they were all probably holding their breath waiting to see what the No. 2 pick in the draft was going to do today. The good news is Barkley is progressing. It'd be nice to see him out there on Friday night, but Week 1 doesn't seem like much of a concern. The bigger concern is what Eli Manning said recently about Barkley missing "valuable time," but it sounds like he should be back to a full practice participant soon enough before September 9 against Jacksonville.
Eli Manning says Saquon Barkley is missing some “valuable time.”
The veteran quarterback said that while his connection with Odell Beckham Jr. makes it less hurtful for the star receiver missing preseason reps, Barkley is just a rookie. Barkley is going to have a big role this season, obviously, but there’s a possibility his reps are slightly limited to start the season if he doesn’t fully recover from his hamstring injury soon. Meanwhile, Giants head coach Pat Shurmur says he likes “the path he’s on” for Week 1. Barkley’s hamstring injury is described as minor, but he might not play in the team’s third preseason game this week.
Saquon Barkley's injury is a hamstring tweak, according to ESPN's Dianna Russini.
This is great to hear, as Barkley shouldn't miss much time, if any, with the hamstring tweak. The Giants will likely be cautious and wait for their No. 2 overall pick to get back to 100%, though. Barkley might not play in this Friday's preseason game versus the Lions, but he should be ready to go for the dress rehearsal game next week if not.
Saquon Barkley suffers apparent leg injury at practice.
According to reporters at the scene, Barkley caught a deep wheel route before coming up limping a bit. He now has his left leg wrapped. This could be something minor, but it's worth keeping an eye on. More information should become available later today, perhaps immediately after practice.
Pat Shurmur compared Saquon Barkley's ability as a receiver to Brian Westbrook's.
"[Saquon]’s got excellent ball skills," Shurmur said. "In terms of reminding me of backs, we all remember Brian Westbrook and guys like that, they are big time threats when you throw it to them." Westbrook had 442 career receptions in his nine NFL seasons, topping at least 60 receptions, 600 receiving yards, and four receiving touchdowns each season in a four-year stretch from 2004-2007. After the Giants took Barkley with the second pick in the draft, they're certainly going to use him a lot, and he could put up those type of receiving numbers as a rookie. Barkley should have a very high floor in 2018.
John Schmeelk of Giants.com projects Saquon Barkley at around 20-25 touches per game this season.
Schmeelk gave this total if he "had to guess," and it would include carries, receptions, and kick returns. Barkley is extremely explosive and can do a ton of damage on returns, but we'll see if the Giants want to use him there. If he can hit around that 20-25 mark on just offense, it'd put him among the league's top workhorses. There has been some talk of veteran Jonathan Stewart potentially taking some goal line touches from Barkley, but that's not a huge concern right now. The Giants drafted Barkley second overall for a reason, and he'll be used a lot as a rookie in 2018. Barkley must be selected in the first round of all fantasy drafts.
Saquon Barkley is expected to get 20+ touches per game this season.
Three writers for Giants.com (John Schmeelk, Dan Salomone, and Lance Medow) all believe Barkley will hit the around the 20-touch mark as a rookie. The Giants drafted Barkley second overall, so obviously the thought has been that he'll be used a lot immediately; but it's still good to hear it from a few people that cover the team closely. As someone that is immensely talented and is expected to get a good amount of work, Barkley should be selected in the first round of all fantasy drafts in 2018.
The Giants selected running back Saquon Barkley with the second pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
After the Browns passed on quarterback Sam Darnold with the first overall pick, there was some thought that the Giants might take him as their future franchise quarterback. Instead, they have opted to select the best player in the draft and one of the greatest running back prospects of all-time in Saquon Barkley. The former Penn State star will immediately step into a huge role in the Giants offense, joining Eli Manning, Odell Beckham Jr., Sterling Shepard, Evan Engram, and others in a very talented group. As a rookie, Barkley will have a ton of scoring upside in what could be a much improved offense in 2018. He's a no-brainer RB1 selection in all fantasy drafts this summer.