Saquon Barkley
Saquon Barkley
23-Year-Old Running BackRB
New York Giants
2020 Fantasy Outlook
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 in the top 10 in rushing yards after contact. 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. If the Giants continue to rebuild the unit in the draft, and quarterback Daniel Jones emerges as a weapon in his own right, Barkley could finally have a supporting cast worthy of his talent. New offensive coordinator Jason Garrett knows how to feed a bell cow from his days in Dallas, as Ezekiel Elliott has averaged nearly three more touches per game than Barkley in their respective careers, so volume should not be an issue in the team's new scheme. Don't be surprised if Saquon's rookie production ends up being his baseline rather than his ceiling. Read Past Outlooks
RANKS
$Signed a four-year, $31.19 million contract with the Giants in July of 2018.
Finds end zone in finale
RBNew York Giants
December 29, 2019
Barkley carried the ball 17 times for 92 yards and a touchdown and caught three of four targets for 25 yards in Sunday's 34-17 loss to the Eagles.
ANALYSIS
Most of his production came on a 68-yard TD run late in the third quarter that proved to be the final points of the season for the Giants. Barkley had a strong finish to 2019, gaining 539 scrimmage yards and five touchdowns over the final three games, and on the season he amassed 1,003 rushing yards and six TDs on the ground while catching 52 of 73 targets for 438 yards and two more scores despite missing three games with an ankle injury. Assuming he can stay healthy next year, expect Barkley to put together numbers more like his dynamic rookie season, especially if Daniel Jones continues to develop and prevents defenses from being able to stack the box.
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How do Saquon Barkley's 2019 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.
Broken Tackle %
18.4%
 
Positive Run %
78.8%
 
% Yds After Contact
67.8%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
3.1
 
Rushing TD %
2.8%
 
Touches Per Game
20.7
 
% Snaps w/Touch
36.5%
 
Air Yards Per Game
3.9
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.07
 
% Team Air Yards
1.1%
 
% Team Targets
12.3%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.7 Yds
 
Catch Rate
72.2%
 
Drop Rate
5.6%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
8.4
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
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
5' 11"
 
Weight
233 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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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2019
2018
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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Piles up 279 scrimmage yards
RBNew York Giants
December 22, 2019
Barkley carried 22 times for 189 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Redskins. He also caught four passes for 90 yards and another score in the 41-35 win.
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Delivers best game of season
RBNew York Giants
December 15, 2019
Barkley rushed 24 times for 112 yards and two touchdowns while adding four catches for 31 yards on five targets in Sunday's 36-20 win over the Dolphins.
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Quiet against Eagles
RBNew York Giants
December 9, 2019
Barkley rushed 17 times for 66 yards and caught three of four targets for one yard in Monday night's 23-17 overtime loss to the Eagles.
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Tallies 115 yards in loss
RBNew York Giants
December 1, 2019
Barkley ran for 83 yards on 19 carries and added 32 yards on three catches during Sunday's 31-13 loss to the Packers.
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Limited in loss
RBNew York Giants
November 24, 2019
Barkley rushed 17 times for 59 yards and caught two of three targets for one yard in Sunday's 19-14 loss to the Bears.
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