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Saquon Barkley | Giants RB

Date of Birth:  02/07/1997
Age:  22
Height  6'0"
Weight:   234
College:  Penn State
Drafted:  2018 | Round 1 | Pick 2
Depth Chart:  Starter

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Saquon Barkley | Giants RB

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 | Giants RB

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 | Giants RB

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 | Giants RB

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 | Giants RB

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 | Giants RB

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 | Giants RB

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 | Giants RB

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 | Giants RB

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 | Giants RB

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 | Giants RB

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 | Giants RB

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 | Giants RB

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 | Giants RB

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 | Giants RB

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 | Giants RB

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 | Giants RB

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 | Giants RB

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 | Giants RB

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 | Giants RB

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.

Saquon Barkley | Giants RB

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 | Giants RB

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 | Giants RB

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.

Saquon Barkley | Giants RB

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.

Saquon Barkley | Giants RB

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 | Giants RB

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.

Saquon Barkley | Giants RB

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.

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