Saquon Barkley took the NFL by storm in his rookie season. He played in all 16 games for the New York Giants, combining for more than 2,000 rushing / receiving yards, scoring 15 touchdowns, catching 91 passes, and winning Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2018.
Since then, the former Penn State star has only played in 28 of 49 games, totaling slightly more than 2,300 combined yards in those three seasons. Now entering a contract season with his only NFL team, the verdict is out as to whether the talented running back can stay healthy or be known as a one-year wonder.
New Giants head coach Brian Daboll has been an offensive savant of late, most recently as the offensive coordinator with the Buffalo Bills and before that with the dominant college football power Alabama. But there's only so much he can do to save Barkley's career, especially if the running back can't stay healthy.
The likelihood of him ever achieving another 2,000 combined yard season seems unlikely, and though the upside is apparent especially in PPR leagues, Barkley's significant injury risk makes him only a worthwhile target in best ball leagues. Otherwise it's better off to steer clear for at least the first five rounds.
Is Barkley worth a pick in the top sixty of fantasy drafts? Find out where he ranks in our 2022 Fantasy Football Rankings.
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Saquon Barkley Fantasy football ADP and ranking (via SportsLine's projection model)
No. 60.67 ADP
No. 16 RB (non-PPR)
No. 23 RB (PPR)
Saquon Barkley Fantasy football projections (via SportsLine's projection model)
229 carries, 803 rushing yards, 5 rushing TDs
81 targets, 58 receptions, 370 receiving yards, 3 receiving TDs
143 Fantasy points (non-PPR); 215.6 (PPR)
Saquon Barkley Caesars Sportsbook Odds
Most Regular Season Rushing Yards: +5000
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