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Saquon Barkley

Saquon Barkley

Running Back #26
ADP:Round: 1, Pick: 2
Team: New York Giants
Ht / Wt:6'0" / 233 lb.
College:Penn State
Age:23
Born:February 7, 1997
Drafted:2018 / Rd. 1 (2)
Draft Team:NYG

Saquon Barkley: Finds end zone in finale

Barkley carried the ball 17 times for 92 yards and a touchdown and caught three of four targets for 25 yards in Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Most of his production came on a 68-yard TD run late in the third quarter that proved to be the final points of the season for the Giants. Barkley had a strong finish to 2019, gaining 539 scrimmage yards and five touchdowns over the final three games, and on the season he amassed 1,003 rushing yards and six TDs on the ground while catching 52 of 73 targets for 438 yards and two more scores despite missing three games with an ankle injury. Assuming he can stay healthy next year, expect Barkley to put together numbers more like his dynamic rookie season, especially if Daniel Jones continues to develop and prevents defenses from being able to stack the box.

December 29, 2019 6:38 PM EST

Saquon Barkley: Piles up 279 scrimmage yards

Barkley carried 22 times for 189 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Giants. He also caught four passes for 90 yards and another score in the 41-35 win.

Analysis: Barkley gashed the Washington run defense for 8.6 yards per carry, with his best effort resulting in a 67-yard touchdown in the first quarter. He was also a huge factor in the passing game as he added a 33-yard touchdown catch en route to his best receiving output of the season. Barkley now has 422 yards from scrimmage to go along with four touchdowns over the last two weeks and will look to finish the season strong next Sunday at home against the Eagles.

December 22, 2019 2:36 PM EST

Saquon Barkley: Has best game when it matters most

Barkley rushed 24 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns while adding four catches for 31 yards on five targets in Sunday's 36-20 win over the Dolphins.

Analysis: Barkley doubled his season rushing touchdown total, converting from one yard out in the third quarter and adding a 10-yard score six seconds into the fourth. He also topped 100 yards on the ground for the first time since Week 2. Barkley hasn't lived up to his billing as an early first-round pick in most fantasy drafts, but all will be forgiven if he continues to shine when it matters most in the fantasy playoffs. He had a potential third rushing score vultured by Javorius Allen with the game out of hand late, but Barkley nonetheless delivered his best performance of the season. He'll look to build on this effort when the Giants visit Washington in Week 16.

December 15, 2019 1:19 PM EST

Saquon Barkley: Quiet against Eagles

Barkley rushed 17 times for 66 yards and caught three of four targets for one yard in Monday night's 23-17 overtime loss to the Eagles.

Analysis: Barkley was bottled up fairly well, as his long rush of the night went for only 11 yards. The tailback also barely produced anything in the passing game, keeping him under 100 scrimmage yards for the sixth time over his last eight outings. With just two touchdowns over that same span, Barkley has certainly struggled some in his second season, but next faces a Dolphins defense that's surrendered the third-most total yards and rushing yards thus far, offering hope for improvement in Week 15.

December 9, 2019 8:45 PM EST

Saquon Barkley: Tallies 115 yards in loss

Barkley ran for 83 yards on 19 carries and added 32 yards on three catches during Sunday's 31-13 loss to the Packers.

Analysis: Barkley was a strong play Sunday against a strong pass defense in wintery elements and the sophomore back didn't disappoint, topping 100 total yards for the first time since Week 8. Barkley has incredible talent, but has struggled both with an ankle injury earlier in the season and defenses keying on him with rookie Daniel Jones under center. He averaged 137.0 yards per game and a touchdown in two outings with Eli Manning, while he's mustered 80.1 total yards per game in seven games with Jones with just two total touchdowns. Next up is a stingy Eagles run defense.

December 1, 2019 1:57 PM EST

Saquon Barkley: Limited in loss

Barkley rushed 17 times for 59 yards and caught two of three targets for one yard in Sunday's 19-14 loss to the Bears.

Analysis: Chicago's defense did a good job of limiting Barkley, especially as a receiver out of the backfield, as he set season lows in both catches and receiving yards. Barkley has been mostly a decoy in the red zone, as he remains stuck on just two rushing touchdowns and one receiving score this season. He's also failed to eclipse 100 yards on the ground since doing so in each of the season's first two games. Barkley will hope to get back on track when the Packers come to town in Week 13.

November 24, 2019 2:24 PM EST

Saquon Barkley: Not on Wednesday's report

Barkley (shoulder) wasn't listed on the Giants' injury report Wednesday.

Analysis: Coming off a Week 11 bye, Barkley is past the shoulder injury that he picked up in the Giants' last game Nov. 10 against the Jets. In the aftermath of his worst performance of the season -- 18 touches for 31 yards from scrimmage and no TDs -- he relayed he has no desire to be rested at any point down the stretch, per Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com. With his health now intact, Barkley will turn his focus first to Sunday's matchup at Chicago, whose defense has allowed 129.7 yards from scrimmage per game and 11 touchdowns to running backs in 10 contests this season.

November 20, 2019 12:27 PM EST

Saquon Barkley: Plans on maintaining big workload

Barkley (shoulder) has no interest in being rested down the stretch of this season, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports. "The mindset of sitting me out and resting me for the rest of the season is beyond me," Barkley said. "I do not agree with it. It won't happen."

Analysis: Barkley heads into a Week 11 bye nursing a minor shoulder injury, and he may also be dealing with some impact from the high-ankle sprain he suffered in September. However, he said health hasn't been a factor in his recent struggles on the ground, noting that he's still been able to make defenders miss when he's found some open space. With his shoulder expected to be fine, Barkley likely will handle his usual workload when the Giants return to action Week 12 in Chicago. The idea of scaling back his touches at the very end of the season isn't crazy, but the Giants didn't take that approach when they dropped out of contention last season, as the running back averaging 18 carries and four catches per game in five December appearances, including an 83 percent snap share and 142 scrimmage yards Week 17.

November 13, 2019 7:17 AM EST

Saquon Barkley: No injury designation

Barkley (ankle) logged another full practice Friday and doesn't have a game designation on the final injury report for Sunday's matchup with the Cardinals.

Analysis: A full participant throughout the week, Barkley has declared himself ready for his usual workload in a prime matchup with the struggling Arizona defense. Coach Pat Shurmur declined to comment on the star running back when he talked to the media after Friday's practice, per Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record.

October 18, 2019 9:40 AM EST

Saquon Barkley: Hoping for usual workload Sunday

Barkley (ankle) said Thursday that there's "no doubt" in his mind he can handle a full workload Sunday versus the Cardinals, Darryl Slater of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.

Analysis: Barkley's comments were made after he managed another full practice Thursday, his second in as many days. Despite the positive development, the Giants still may give him a game-day designation upon the release of Friday's injury report. Barkley aside, the Giants' backfield seems to be getting healthier, as Wayne Gallman practiced fully Thursday as he works his way through the concussion protocol. Ultimately, Barkley's workload this weekend may be contingent on which of the team's running backs are active.

October 17, 2019 11:21 AM EST

Saquon Barkley: Logs full practice

Barkley (ankle) was a full participant in Wednesday's practice, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: Barkley is now trending strongly towards being available for Sunday's contest against the Cardinals. He missed the previous three games due to a high-ankle sprain. Evan Engram (knee) was also listed as a full participant Wednesday, so rookie quarterback Daniel Jones will likely benefit from the return of two of his top weapons Week 7.

October 16, 2019 9:36 AM EST

Saquon Barkley: Working through individual drills

Barkley (ankle) is going through individual drills at the beginning of Wednesday's practice, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The same goes for Evan Engram (knee) and Sterling Shepard (concussion), with the Giants looking to get back to full strength for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. It sounds like each of the three is headed for a 'limited' designation on the Wednesday practice report, but it isn't out of the question for Barkley or one of the others to log a full practice.

October 16, 2019 8:36 AM EST

Saquon Barkley: Starts week with team drills

Barkley (ankle) is practicing Monday, Art Stapleton of The Bergen Record reports.

Analysis: The Giants are getting an early start on practice following a Thursday game in Week 6, but they won't actually release an injury report until Wednesday, so it isn't clear if Barkley is a full participant or still limited. He reportedly is taking part in team drills Monday, while Sterling Shepard (concussion), Evan Engram (knee) and Wayne Gallman (concussion) all are limited to individual work.

October 14, 2019 7:46 AM EST

Saquon Barkley: Back for Week 7?

Coach Pat Shurmur isn't sure if Barkley (ankle) will return for Week 7 against the Cardinals, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: Barkley missed a third straight game Thursday against the Patriots, ruled out on the final injury report after managing limited practice participation throughout the week. He was spotted running at the team facility Friday, showing no sign of any setbacks in his recovery from a high ankle sprain. Barkley hopes to return for a game against Arizona on Oct. 20.

October 11, 2019 11:01 AM EST

Saquon Barkley: Won't return Week 6

Barkley (ankle) has been ruled out for Thursday's game at New England.

Analysis: There was hope Barkley would be able to return just two and a half weeks after suffering a high ankle sprain, but the Giants won't press their luck with the workhorse running back. With Wayne Gallman (concussion) also sidelined, this backfield will be headed by Jon Hilliman and Elijhaa Penny. Barkley will set his sights on returning Oct. 20 for a Week 7 matchup with the Cardinals.

October 9, 2019 9:52 AM EST

Saquon Barkley: Officially limited Tuesday

The Giants listed Barkley (ankle) as a limited participant in Tuesday's practice, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.

Analysis: The limited activity matched Barkley's participation level for the Giants' most recent official practice last Friday. While Barkley looked to be moving around well in the portion of the session available to the media and is seemingly ahead of schedule in his recovery from right high-ankle sprain, Jordan Ranaan of ESPN.com relayed earlier Tuesday that the star running back isn't expected to be available for Thursday's game against Patriots. Coach Pat Shurmur declined to offer a definitive ruling on that front, however, merely saying, "we'll see," when asked about Barkley's potential availability in Week 6, per Ralph Vacchiano of SportsNet New York.

October 8, 2019 10:28 AM EST

Saquon Barkley: Present for practice

Barkley (ankle) was spotted at Tuesday's practice taking part in individual drills, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Barkley will likely go down as a non-participant or limited participant when the Giants release their official report after practice concludes, which would represent a preservation of the status quo with regards to his recovery from the high-ankle sprain. Though reports heading into the weekend suggested Barkley could make from a two-game absence to play Thursday against the Patriots, Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reported earlier Tuesday that it's now looking unlikely that the star tailback suits up Week 6. If that's the case, the Giants would likely be down to their third-string option at the position -- undrafted rookie Jon Hilliman -- as Barkley's top replacement, Wayne Gallman (concussion), is also trending toward sitting out versus New England.

October 8, 2019 8:25 AM EST

Saquon Barkley: Viewed as unlikely for Week 6

Barkley (ankle) is now considered unlikely to play in Thursday's game against the Patriots, sources tell Jordan Raanan of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Barkley sat out a second straight game over the weekend while managing the high-ankle sprain, but his ability to practice on a limited basis last Friday seemingly put him on track to return in Week 6. Even though reports have indicated that Barkley is making tremendous progress in his recovery, he's still only 16 days removed from an injury that initially called for a 4-to-8-week timeline for a return. With that in mind, the Giants look to be leaning toward holding him out on a short week, but he should have a good chance at receiving full medical clearance ahead of the Oct. 20 matchup with the Cardinals. If Barkley and top replacement Wayne Gallman (concussion) are both ruled out for Week 6, Jon Hilliman would be the next man up in the Giants backfield.

October 8, 2019 6:13 AM EST

Saquon Barkley: Week 6 return possible

Coach Pat Shurmur relayed Monday that "there's a possibility" Barkley (ankle) will play Thursday night against the Patriots.

Analysis: Barkley was listed as limited on Monday's practice estimation, which is a good sign, but the star running back is far from a lock to return to action in Week 6. With Wayne Gallman dealing with a concussion, Jonathan Hilliman and Elijhaa Penny currently profile as the team's healthiest backfield options.

October 7, 2019 2:56 PM EST

Saquon Barkley: Estimated as limited participant

Barkley (ankle) was projected to be a limited practice participant Monday, Dan Duggan of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The Giants didn't have practice due to the short week of preparation for Thursday's game against the Patriots, but it's still a good sign that Barkley was estimated to participate in some capacity. The 22-year-old was also a limited participant Friday and has apparently been targeting Thursday's game for his return from the right ankle sprain.

October 7, 2019 1:40 PM EST

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