Saquon Barkley
Saquon Barkley
24-Year-Old Running BackRB
New York Giants
2021 Fantasy Outlook
For the second consecutive season, Barkley dealt with a lower-body injury, but in 2020 it was far more devastating, as he blew out his right knee Week 2 and missed the rest of the campaign after undergoing surgery to repair a torn ACL. The promise he showed in his dazzling rookie season is beginning to fade in the rearview mirror, but when he's healthy, Barkley should still be a dynamic three-down back who can break off a long gain with any given touch. Assuming he's 100 percent healthy for the start of the season, he should slot back in as the only game in town in the Giants backfield, but that role may not come with the same volume he saw in 2018. The team expended significant resources in the offseason to bolster its passing game by signing wide receiver Kenny Golladay, which suggests more responsibility will be put on Daniel Jones' arm to move the chains. On the other hand, Jason Garrett is still offensive coordinator, and his track record suggests he's quite content to ride his bell-cow back as much as he can. Getting Nate Solder back at left tackle after he opted out of 2020 will also help bolster the team's offensive line, a unit that has been a weak spot on the roster throughout Barkley's career. There's no denying his upside, but the 24-year-old carries a lot of questions heading into the season. He spent the first two weeks of training camp on the PUP list and hasn't been willing to comment on Week 1 expectations, but he did return to live practice Aug. 26, about two and a half weeks before the opener. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $31.19 million contract with the Giants in July of 2018. Giants exercised $7.22 million team option for 2022 in April of 2021.
Breaks off long run in loss
RBNew York Giants
September 16, 2021
Barkley (knee) rushed 13 times for 57 yards and brought in two of three targets for 12 yards in the Giants' 30-29 loss to Washington on Thursday night.
ANALYSIS
Barkley shook off the questionable designation he'd carried throughout the week by putting together a solid performance overall, albeit one that still featured much fewer total opportunities than both the running back and fantasy managers would want to see. The highlight of the fourth-year back's night was a 41-yard run that showed a glimpse of vintage Barkley and offered reason to believe his knee is close to 100 percent after the multiple ligament tears he suffered in Week 2 last season. Barkley's primary obstacle to success, even at full health, will likely be the sub-standard offensive line in front of him, but he'll look to come back refreshed and possibly with a heavier workload in a Week 3 home matchup against the Falcons a week from Sunday.
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How do Saquon Barkley's 2021 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
Broken Tackle %
10.0%
 
Positive Run %
90.0%
 
% Yds After Contact
65.4%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
1.7
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
11.0
 
% Snaps w/Touch
13.4%
 
Air Yards Per Game
7.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.09
 
% Team Air Yards
2.4%
 
% Team Targets
8.3%
 
Avg Depth of Target
2.3 Yds
 
Catch Rate
16.7%
 
Drop Rate
16.7%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
6.0
 
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
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vs Falcons
Sunday, Sep 26th at 1:00PM
Overall QB Rating Against
126.4
 
Cornerbacks
134.4
 
Safeties
68.8
 
Linebackers
127.8
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Saquon Barkley's measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
Height
5' 11"
 
Weight
233 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.41 sec
 
Vertical Jump
41.0 in
 
Bench Press
29 reps
 
Hand Length
9.50 in
 
Arm Length
31.38 in
 
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Yesterday
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Week 2 Observations
Yesterday
Chris Liss regrets passing on Derrick Henry, who even got involved as a receiver Sunday.
Thursday Night Observations
4 days ago
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Exploiting the Matchups: Week 2 Start/Sit
5 days ago
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NFL Game Previews: Lions-Packers Matchup
6 days ago
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
2018
A September ankle injury cost Barkley any chance of repeating his phenomenal rookie numbers, but when he was fully healthy he proved that his 2018 production was no fluke. Arguably the greatest big-play threat in the league, Barkley averaged 5.2 yards a carry in the six games following the Giants' bye to close out the season, and despite only being in top shape for about half the year he still recorded five gains of at least 40 yards while finishing eighth in rushing yards after contact (605). At 5-11, 233, Barkley's unreal blend of power, speed, elusiveness and receiving skill is basically unparalleled, but he's needed every ounce of that talent working behind an offensive line that was awful in 2018, and merely below average last season. With No. 4 overall pick Andrew Thomas boosting the O-line and QB Daniel Jones potentially improving, Barkley might finally have a supporting cast worthy of his talent. New OC Jason Garrett knows how to feed a bell cow from his days in Dallas - Ezekiel Elliott has averaged nearly three more touches per game than Barkley in their respective careers - so volume should not be an issue. Don't be surprised if Saquon's rookie production ends up being his baseline rather than his ceiling.
While the debate still rages over whether it's ever worth taking a running back with a top-5 draft pick in the modern NFL, Barkley could hardly have done more to make the case for his position. The second overall pick in 2018 became just the third rookie to eclipse 2,000 scrimmage yards (joining Eric Dickerson and Edgerrin James) while breaking Reggie Bush's rookie record for catches by a running back. In fact, Barkley's 91 catches tied Odell Beckham Jr.'s franchise record by a rookie, to say nothing of all the other Giants records he set. His unreal blend of power, elusiveness and wheels (at 21.91 mph Barkley recorded the third-fastest speed of any 2018 rushing TD) makes him the top big-play threat in the league. His seven runs of 40-plus yards were the most since Adrian Peterson had eight in 2012, and Barkley and Randy Moss are the only players in NFL history to score five TDs of 50-plus yards in their debut campaigns. Barkley could see more stacked fronts this season with the team's quarterback play potentially hitting rock bottom (he faced eight-man fronts on just 23 percent of his carries last season), but an improved offensive line will help mitigate the impact, and the Giants still have a decent receiving corps even without Beckham. The bottom line is simple: in terms of his production floor and ceiling, Barkley can't be touched.
The second overall pick in the 2018 draft, Barkley follows in the footsteps of Ezekiel Elliott and Leonard Fournette as running backs deemed worthy of top-five selections in recent years. Barkley has the skills to live up to that billing, as his standout career at Penn State was punctuated by frequent highlight-reel performances. Barkley's speed - a 4.4 40 at the combine - and top-shelf elusiveness and agility make it extremely difficult for defenders once he finds open real estate. At 6-0, 233, Barkley is a load to bring down, and his strong lower body allows him to pick up plenty of yards after contact, though he struggled at times running between the tackles. He also worked hard to turn himself into a three-down back who can help as a receiver and a pass protector, something the Giants needed to prioritize given their aging quarterback and shaky offensive line. The team did remake its line in the offseason, signing Nate Solder and Patrick Omameh as free agents and using a second-round pick on guard Will Hernandez, so Barkley should be able to use his moves to avoid hits two yards past the line of scrimmage instead of two yards behind it. Expect him to see a big workload as the new centerpiece of the Giants offense.
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Suiting up, as expected
RBNew York Giants
September 16, 2021
Barkley (knee) is listed as active Thursday at Washington, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
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Listed as questionable
RBNew York Giants
Knee
September 15, 2021
The Giants list Barkley (knee) as questionable for Thursday's game at Washington, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
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Again estimated as limited
RBNew York Giants
Knee
September 14, 2021
Barkley (knee) remained an estimated limited participant in Tuesday's walkthrough practice, Zack Rosenblatt of The Newark Star-Ledger reports.
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Limited on Monday's estimate
RBNew York Giants
Knee
September 13, 2021
Barkley (knee) was listed as a limited participant on Monday's practice estimate, Dan Salomone of the Giants' official site reports.
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Limited touches as expected Sunday
RBNew York Giants
September 12, 2021
Barkley carried the ball 10 times for 26 yards and caught one of three targets for three yards in Sunday's 27-13 loss to the Broncos.
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