Saquon Barkley
Saquon Barkley Expected to Miss Three Weeks
10 months ago

Saquon Barkley was diagnosed with an ankle sprain and is considered week to week

An MRI confirmed that Saquon Barkley suffered an ankle sprain in the Giants’ week two win against the Arizona Cardinals. Based on the way he reacted to his injury, the diagnosis could have been much worse too. Barkley suffered a regular ankle sprain instead of a high ankle sprain that could have kept him out for the better part of two months. Instead, he is considered week to week with the best estimate being three weeks.

This is a tough blow for Barkley who was the RB3 on the week in PPR fantasy football leagues. He has dealt with ankle sprains in the past as well, and those injuries weighed on him throughout those seasons. Barkley will be a must-start player upon his return, however, he struggled with efficiency upon returning from injuries in 2019 and 2021. The lack of explosion limited his big play ability and his touchdown upside overall.

Up next on the running back depth chart for the Giants are Matt Breida, Gary Brightwell, and Eric Gray. Breida will likely lead the backfield, but he has only played over 50-percent of the snaps in a game once since 2019. This will be a committee approach, with none of these players being viable fantasy starts in week three. Of the three, Gray likely possesses the most upside as a 5th round pick in the 2023 draft with prototypical size.