Saquon Barkley

Saquon Barkley

27-Year-Old Running BackRB
Philadelphia Eagles
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Barkley's career has generally been a difficult one due to injuries and the struggles of the Giants offenses, but his rare talent usually shines through and provides fantasy investors with solid production despite the grueling nature of his workloads. The hope now is that by going from the Giants to the Eagles there might be a chance for Barkley to finally find some open field as a ballcarrier, not to mention more scoring opportunities. The Eagles offense made Miles Sanders one of the league's most productive runners just two years ago, so putting Barkley in the same scheme could result in one of the league's best outputs at running back. The retirement of center Jason Kelce is a bummer, but it's something the Eagles should be able to manage, as the offensive line left behind is still much better than what Barkley ever had with the Giants. D'Andre Swift claimed 229 carries and 49 targets in 16 games last year, so those numbers probably represent Barkley's floor for usage if he stays relatively healthy in his age-27 season. Read Past Outlooks
RANKS
$Signed a three-year, $37.75 million contract with the Eagles in March of 2024.
Signing with Eagles
RBPhiladelphia Eagles
March 11, 2024
Barkley and the Eagles have reached agreement on a three-year, $37.75 million contract that could be worth up to $46.75 million and includes $26 million fully guaranteed at signing, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
ANALYSIS
While the dollar amounts in initial contract reports are suspect, Schefter was specific about all the key details on this one. The Eagles have upgraded their offense by swapping out D'Andre Swift (Bears) for Barkley, who figures to have the best offensive line of his career after spending six years with the division-rival Giants. QB Jalen Hurts' proficiency as both a scrambler and short-yardage runner takes away some of the receiving and TD production that might otherwise go to a running back, but the Eagles will surely make Barkley a priority after signing him to a large contract, and at the very least it should be a good situation for piling up rushing yards.
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How do Saquon Barkley's 2023 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.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Broken Tackle %
11.3%
 
Positive Run %
74.9%
 
% Yds After Contact
70.3%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.7
 
Rushing TD %
2.4%
 
Touches Per Game
20.6
 
% Snaps w/Touch
41.7%
 
Air Yards Per Game
9.2
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.19
 
% Team Air Yards
3.7%
 
% Team Targets
12.4%
 
Avg Depth of Target
2.2 Yds
 
Catch Rate
68.3%
 
Drop Rate
8.3%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
5.9
 
% Targeted On Route
19.9%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
0.93
 
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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
6' 0"
 
Weight
232 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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Latest Fantasy Rumors
Settling in with Philidalphia
RBPhiladelphia Eagles
May 26, 2024
Barkley, who signed a three-year deal with the Eagles in March after spending the first six years of his career with the Giants, has assumed a leadership role and impressed teammates and coaches during OTAs, Tim McManus of ESPN.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Barkley has used the offseason to build chemistry with his new teammates both on and off the field. Quarterback Jalen Hurts noted after OTAs on Wednesday that Barkley has brought energy and competitiveness to drills and weightlifting sessions, while wide receiver A.J. Brown added that the running back is "a guy you want to follow." In his final season with the Giants, Barkley rushed for 962 yards and six touchdowns on 247 carries while adding 41 catches for 280 yards and four scores.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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After three years of injury troubles, including an ACL tear, Barkley rebounded in 2022 with his best and healthiest season since his 2018 debut campaign. New coach Brian Daboll did a good job rebuilding the Giants offense, which set the stage for Barkley to reestablish himself as one of the top fantasy running backs. He looked mostly back to the form he showed his rookie year, which featured his previous career high in rushing yards (1,307). The one thing missing last year was a return to his rookie-season receiving production; 76 targets were fifth most among RBs but still 45 fewer than in 2018. Daboll tried to avoid putting too much pressure on Daniel Jones, but if the Giants put more on Jones' shoulders this year it won't necessarily be bad for Barkley's fantasy value. He's locked in for a huge share of the rushing workload already, with fifth-round pick Eric Gray the only new addition to a backfield that was lightly used last season with Barkley averaging a career-high 18.4 carries per game. The question now is whether or not Barkley signs his franchise tag in time for Week 1, after he and the Giants couldn't agree on a long-term contract before the mid-July deadline.
Barkley's dynamic rookie season increasingly seems like a fading dream that you have trouble remembering when you awake. The 25-year-old missed four more games last season, this time with an ankle injury, and when he was in the lineup he was mostly ineffective, managing a paltry 3.7 yards per carry. Before you blame that performance on the inept offense around him, consider that Devontae Booker posted 4.1 YPC on similar volume for the Giants. Barkley was simply a shadow of his former self, displaying little of the power, speed or elusiveness that made him such a threat a few years ago. It's possible another year removed from ACL surgery will allow him to regain those traits, and his one 100-yard game last year came in Week 17, but it's just as possible that version of Barkley is gone forever. The Giants haven't given up on him, and the team once again rebuilt its offensive line this offseason, with formers Bills offensive coordinator Brian Daboll coming in as head coach and bringing center Jon Feliciano over with him from Buffalo in addition to signing veteran guard Mark Glowinski and drafting OT Evan Neal (first round) and OG Joshua Ezeudu (third round).
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.
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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Could talk with Eagles, Texans
RBNew York Giants
March 11, 2024
The Eagles and Texans are interested in signing Barkley, Dianna Russini of The Athletic reports.
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Won't be franchise tagged
RBNew York Giants
March 5, 2024
The Giants don't intend to use the franchise tag on Barkley ahead of Tuesday's deadline, NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and ESPN's Adam Schefter report.
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Unlikely to be tagged
RBNew York Giants
February 26, 2024
The Giants will discuss a new contract with Barkley but aren't expected to use their franchise tag on him, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Finds end zone twice in Week 18 win
RBNew York Giants
January 7, 2024
Barkley carried the ball 18 times for 46 yards and two touchdowns and caught both his targets for 51 yards in Sunday's 27-10 win over the Eagles.
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Quiet in Week 17 loss
RBNew York Giants
December 31, 2023
Barkley rushed 12 times for 39 yards and caught three of six targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 26-25 loss to the Rams.
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