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Giants RB Saquon Barkley took a step back in Week 2, totaling 21 carries for 72 yards and 3 catches for 16 yards. Surprisingly, 65 of his rushing yards came in the 2nd half alone. The Giants fired off a whopping 70 plays but scored only 1 TD against Carolina. Barkley could have had a massive receiving day, as he led all Week 2 RBs with 34 routes run. He tallied just 4 targets, though, despite New York’s issues at WR. Continue to ride Barkley as an RB1 for a Monday night tilt vs. Dallas.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley torched the Titans for 194 total yards on 24 touches. Yeah…he’s back. Not only based on today’s results, or the eye test. But check this one out, too: Barkley reached 21.11 MPH on today’s 68-yard run. That marked his fastest speed as a ball carrier since Week 17 of 2019, per Next Gen Stats. A healthy Barkley should continue to roll as an upside RB1. Week 2 brings up a home date with Carolina.

ESPN's Jordan Ranaan says Giants RB Saquon Barkley "has looked the best he has in years." Ranaan cites both HC Brian Daboll and QB Daniel Jones describing Barkley as explosive and says that matches what he's seen "every day." Ranaan adds that the lack of backfield depth points to a "huge" workload for Barkley and says "the strength of the Giants' offensive line appears to be its run-blocking." We have been -- and continue to be -- excited about Barkley's fantasy football upside for 2022.

Giants beat writer Paul Schwartz writes that RB Saquon Barkley could lead the team in catches. As Schwartz put it, “there are times when it almost seems as if there is a need to tone down how much Barkley is finding the ball in his hands.” New HC Brian Daboll is using this time to narrow down how the contract-year RB will be used. “You see him,’’ Daboll said. “I mean, you saw him coming out of Penn State. You see him running around here. He’s a pretty skilled player. So, our job is to figure out ways to use him, whether he did it last year or the year before, two years, in college.’’ We remain firmly behind Barkley as a Round 2 fantasy selection.

The Giants have moved RB Saquon Barkley around the formation in OTAs. NJ.com's Zack Rosenblatt says that in addition to traditional RB routes, Barkley has "on numerous occasions" lined up as a receiver -- both in the slot and outside. It fits with what we (and Rosenblatt) expected to see from Barkley's role based on the words of new HC Brian Daboll. Rosenblatt also notes that Barkley is the healthiest he's been entering summer "maybe since his rookie year." There's big fantasy upside on the Giants' feature back

Beat writer Dan Duggan puts the odds of RB Saquon Barkley returning to the Giants in 2023 at 40%. Barkley, who enters a contract year, was the focus of offseason trade rumors. Duggan considers the franchise tag a potential “compromise option” next spring, but it’ll be costly ($13 million). Of course, Barkley’s 2021 performance will play some role in his future with New York. But we agree that he'll likely play elsewhere in 2023.

After listening to new Giants HC Brian Daboll speak at the NFL owners' meetings on Tuesday, insider Zack Rosenblatt came away believing that RB Saquon Barkley will be a bigger part of the passing game this season. "Saquon is a unique guy," Daboll said. "If you go back I’ve watched all of his tape all the way back from his rookie year when he had (91) catches. He’s a versatile player ... I’m excited to work with him.” After averaging 5.7 catches per game as a rookie, Barkley has sunk to 3.5 per game over the last 3 seasons. Look for that number to rebound this season, assuming good health for Barkley.

Giants GM Joe Schoen emphasized Monday from the NFL owners' meetings that he is "not shopping Saquon Barkley." The new GM drew headlines at the Scouting Combine by saying he'd listen to calls on all players. He acknowledged that "a couple of teams have reached out" on the veteran RB but added, "I haven't called one team about Saquon Barkley." It doesn't sound like we should expect Barkley to move this offseason. (We'll see whether that changes.)

Asked about the possibility of trading RB Saquon Barkley this offseason, Giants GM Joe Schoen said Tuesday in Indianapolis, "I'm open to anything." NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, however, says a Barkley move "doesn't seem realistic." Why? Primarily money. According to Spotrac, the final year on Barkley's deal carries $7.2 million in guaranteed salary. That's not an enormous number, but it's significant money for a RB. We'll see what happens here, but whether Barkley stays or goes might not matter for fantasy purposes. If the Giants keep him, he'd likely operate as the clear lead back. And if another team acquires him, it would likely be doing so to feature Barkley.

The Giants have hired Brian Daboll as their new HC. Daboll has been a hot name in coaching circles for a couple of years and was reportedly also drawing strong interest from the Dolphins. The 46-year-old has worked his way through 3 different colleges and 6 different NFL teams to get here. He most recently served as Buffalo's OC and play caller for the past 4 seasons. The Bills struggled in those first 2 years but ranked top 5 in total yards and points in the last 2. Daboll, of course, won't have a Josh Allen in New York. QB Daniel Jones remains a big question mark. But Daboll does have skill-position talent in RB Saquon Barkley and WRs Kenny Golladay and Kadarius Toney. New York's offensive line still needs a lot of work. Daboll's arrival at least adds upside to this offense.

The Giants fired HC Joe Judge. He becomes the 3rd straight Giants HC to last 2 seasons or fewer. Judge went 10-23 over the past 2 years but was strapped with a bad offensive line, an inconsistent QB and an oft-injured RB. GM Dave Gettleman is retiring, so it'll be a brand new regime in New York.

The Giants are expected to bring back HC Joe Judge and QB Daniel Jones for the 2022 season, ESPN's Adam Schefter reports. It's a head scratcher considering that duo has had very little success. The Giants are 10-20 since Judge took over in 2020, while Jones' play has been consistently inconsistent since arriving as the 6th overall pick of the 2019 NFL Draft. If the Giants indeed stick with these guys for 2022, it'll be tough to get excited about the offense for fantasy purposes.

Giants QB Daniel Jones strained his neck early in last week's game vs. the Eagles, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. Jones played the rest of that one but is now considered "week to week" and is expected to miss at least 1 game, Pelissero adds. That sets QB Mike Glennon up to start Sunday's game vs. the Dolphins. The 31-year-old went 16 of 25 for 196 yards, 1 TD and 2 INTs in relief of Jones back in Week 5 vs. Dallas. He made 5 starts for the Jaguars last year, mustering just 6.0 yards per attempt with 7 TDs and 5 INTs. Glennon is a bottom-barrel QB2 and likely to be a downgrade for New York's offense.

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Giants RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) is active for today’s game vs. the Eagles. He was limited in practice this week and listed as questionable, but Barkley got out of last week’s game without a setback and should be in better shape today.

ESPN's Adam Schefter confirms that Giants RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) is expected to play vs. the Eagles today. Barkley was limited in practice all week and listed as questionable, but there was never much doubt about his availability for this one after he made it out of last week's loss to the Bucs without a setback.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) was limited in practice all week and is listed as questionable for Sunday's game vs. the Eagles. He's fully expected to play after getting out of last week's game without a setback. Barkley carried just 6 times in that loss to the Bucs but caught all 6 of his targets. His role should grow in his 2nd game back from the ankle injury.

The Giants fired OC Jason Garrett. His squad ranked 31st in both total yards and points in 2020. This year's Giants currently sit 23rd in yards and 25th in points. Garrett was strapped with an uneven QB, a bad offensive line and lots of skill-position injuries -- but his offense never showed the slightest hint of creativity. Freddie Kitchens is expected to take over as interim OC, according to The New York Post's Ryan Dunleavy. Kitchens struggled as Browns HC in 2019 but did spark the offense after taking over as OC midway through the 2018 campaign. We don't expect a big rebound from the Giants the rest of the way, but Kitchens can only be an upgrade over Garrett.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) is active for tonight's game against the Bucs. He was limited in practice all week, and it's unclear how big a role he's ready for in his first action since Week 5. But if you were waiting on Barkley, get him into fantasy lineups. RB Devontae Booker (hip) is also active for the G-Men.

ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports that Giants RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) is expected to play Monday night against the Bucs, barring a setback. Barkley is officially questionable, so we'll confirm his status when inactives come out Monday evening. But it sounds like you'll be in luck if you've been waiting for Barkley in your Week 11 fantasy football lineup.

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