New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley suffered a season-ending knee injury last season. Barkley is currently recovering, but he has been taken off of the PUP list. While his status for Week 1 might still be in question, he should be available early in the season at minimum. This is good news for those that are drafting him early in fantasy football.
We already knew the Giants were going to ease Barkley back into his usage in the starting lineup. He could now return either weeks 1, 2, or 3, but the Giants aren’t ruling out a Week 1 appearance just yet.
Fantasy Football Impact
Barkley’s fantasy football adp is currently taking a hit, but not too much than it was originally. Going into the offseason his adp floated around 1.04 to 1.06 with the worry of his health going into the season. Now, his adp is at the back end of the first round. Currently sitting at the 1.10-1.12 range.
His price at that range is potential to be a “league-winner”. If Barkley misses a couple of games to start the year, it won’t ruin your entire fantasy football season. Taking him at the dip of his ADP could be a gold mine for your roster. After those first couple weeks, pairing Barkley with a stud running back on the turn that can pick up some of slack, could get you by with Barkley’s absence. My dream running backs to pair with Barkley on the turn:
- Austin Ekeler
- Najee Harris
- Jonathan Taylor
Having this potential duo would be a great jump start to your season if Barkley ends up playing the season opener. I’m willing to gamble with Barkley’s health knowing that he’s a freak athlete when he’s healthy. That offense puts a lot of pressure on Daniel Jones and Barkley is the key to relieve most of that pressure. The Giants offense will continue to run through him. He could be very successful with a ton of targets out the backfield to go along with his 15-20 rushing attempts.
If you think about it, you’re getting a former top-3 pick in the back-end of the first round. Saquon Barkley’s price is at a huge discount, and you should be buying in fantasy football. It’ll be very important who you pair with Barkley. Don’t make that mistake of ignoring the running back position as the draft goes on after choosing him.
Running backs in those fourth and fifth rounds get a little scary when you’re thinking about pairing them with a Saquon Barkley. If you go Barkley, then your draft strategy is set for the first four rounds. You’re going heavy running backs to make sure you’re strong at the position if Barkley misses the first few weeks.
Having three stud running backs can’t hurt after you get out of that hump without Barkley. Wide receivers are very deep this season. Therefore, you won’t have to worry about missing out on WR1s or solid WR2s. Barkley remains a top-5 running back. Draft Barkley.
By- LaQuan Jones ” RealDealFantasy”