Saquon Barkley

Overall Rank
RB13
2023
Height
6' 0"
Weight
233 lbs
BMI
31.6
(82nd)
Draft Pick
1.02
(2018)
College
Penn State
Age
27.4
Best Comparable Player
David Johnson
Workout Metrics
4.40
96th
124.3
99th
134.7
97th
29
96th
40-Yard Dash
Speed Score
Burst Score
Agility Score
Bench Press
High School Metrics
32.2%
(76th)
College Dominator
5.7
(61st)
College YPC
14.8%
(94th)
College Target Share
Saquon Barkley Signs with the Philadelphia Eagles
4 months ago

The Philadelphia Eagles have signed free agent running back Saquon Barkley to a three-year deal

Saquon Barkley and the Philadelphia Eagles have agreed to a 3-year $36.75 million contract. The former Giants’ running back is staying in the division and gets a big pay day. Barkley will now be a part of arguably the most talented skill position group in the entire NFL. The question will be how they pair together for a team that fell apart down the stretch last season.

 

 

This move doesn’t make a lot of sense considering the team has other problems right now. Particularly on the defensive side of the ball where the Eagles struggled in 2023. Going forward, it will be difficult to keep Jalen Hurts, AJ Brown, DeVonta Smith, and Barkley all together long term. Great teams already paying a premium at the quarterback position generally don’t make this kind of move, so this is puzzling.

 

 

For fantasy purposes this situation is extremely hard to judge too. Brown and Smith are two of the most talented wide receivers in the league and the addition of Barkley is going to take the ball more out of their hands. Additionally, Hurts has never consistently targeted the running back position in the passing game, and he will vulture touchdowns away from Barkley too. This feels like a situation where it’s going to be hard for all of these players to deliver on a week in, week out basis in 2024.

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Saquon Barkley Set to Hit Free Agency
4 months ago

The New York Giants won’t franchise star RB Saquon Barkley

After six NFL seasons the former top 5 pick will hit free agency for the first time in his career. After ultimately agreeing on a one-year contract last offseason, the Giants won’t franchise Saquon Barkley at a $12 million-plus price tag. While the Giants are open to signing Barkley long term, he will be able to negotiate with other teams.

 

Barkley has been fantastic when he has been on the field for the Giants, but injuries and a bad offense have limited him throughout his career. At 27 years of age as well, Barkley is well past his peak value in dynasty fantasy football leagues. He has also struggled to be able to churn consistent yards, relying on the big play far too often. Nonetheless, Barkley is still a supreme talent with one or two great seasons left in him if he lands in the right spot.

 

The most exciting teams interested in Barkley include the Ravens, Chargers, and Texans. Any of these destinations would make him a top 5 fantasy football running back in 2024. Given the landscape at running back and his age, Barkley’s value in dynasty leagues is only on a year-to-year basis. Additionally, there is a very strong possibility he returns to the Giants. Because of this uncertainty, he is a fringe RB1 in dynasty leagues and worth a mid to late first round pick.

Saquon Barkey Likely Headed to Free Agency
5 months ago

The Giants are unlikely to franchise Saquon Barkley and he will test free agency.

Saquon Barkley is likely to hit free agency for the first time in his career after reports indicated the Giants don’t plan on placing him under the franchise tag. Entering his sixth NFL season, Barkley has spent his entire career in New York after being selected No. 2 overall in the 2018 draft. While it’s possible the two sides agree on a long-term contract, the expectation is that Barkley will play elsewhere in 2024.

 

Barkley has finished as a top 13 fantasy running back four times in his career. However, a move from New York would only increase his fantasy football value. The Giants have continuously put Barkley in bad situations with poor offensive line and quarterback play. Barkley is entering the twilight of his fantasy career, but he could put together another top-12 running back season depending on his landing spot.

 

Similar to any running back in the NFL, Barkley’s 2024 fantasy outlook will be very dependent on which team he signs with. The Chargers are one of the early favorites and he would be a dream fit paired with Justin Herbert and Jim Harbaugh. Either way, Barkley is a solid buy in dynasty fantasy football leagues considering his fantasy situation isn’t likely to get any worse.

Saquon Barkley Ruled Out Thursday Against San Francisco
9 months ago

Saquon Barkley has been ruled out this Thursday night against the San Francisco 49ers with an ankle sprain.

Saquon Barkley has been ruled out of the Giants’ Thursday night matchup against the San Francisco 49ers in week three. After suffering an ankle sprain this past weekend against the Arizona Cardinals the Giants will look to Matt Breida and Gary Brightwell to fill in. After initial speculation Barkley would miss at least three weeks, head coach Brian Daboll offered a more optimistic timeline, projecting Barkley as day-to-day instead. Regardless, he won’t play in week three and fantasy managers will have to find alternative options.

While Breida is likely next up in the running back pecking order, he has only played over 50-percent of the snaps in a game once since 2019. This will be a committee backfield, and neither player should be trusted in fantasy lineups this weekend. However, rookie Eric Gray is a player to keep an eye on as the back with the most fantasy upside. He was drafted in the 5th round of the most recent NFL draft and has a three-down skill set. Gray hasn’t made an appearance yet this season, but is a speculative add in deeper fantasy formats.

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.