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The Giants have officially ruled RB Saquon Barkley out for Thursday night's game against the 49ers. That's been expected since news broke of his Week 2 ankle sprain. Matt Breida is expected to be the first guy up in the Week 3 backfield, but that's only enough to land him in RB4 territory in our Week 3 RB rankings. Expect Gary Brightwell and rookie Eric Gray to mix in as well for a backfield that has been limited even with Barkley through two weeks.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) did not practice on Tuesday. HC Brian Daboll said earlier in the day that Barkley still has a chance to play vs. the 49ers on Thursday night, but we're not buying it. We'll see how he's listed on the final injury report tomorrow.

Giants HC Brian Daboll refused on Tuesday to rule out RB Saquon Barkley (ankle) for Thursday night's game vs. the 49ers. “I’m not saying that he’s out yet,” Daboll said, adding that Barkley's ankle is feeling a lot better. We'd still be very surprised if Barkley played on the short week. But perhaps he ends up missing just one game. Stay tuned.

ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that Giants RB Saquon Barkley is expected to miss three weeks with his ankle injury. It's an "ordinary" sprain, rather than a high-ankle sprain, Schefter adds. It's all relatively good news, but fantasy owners will still need to prep to be without Barkley for the short term. Schefter's timeline would have him back for Week 6 vs. the Bills. Barkley's absence leaves the Giants' backfield to Matt Breida, Gary Brightwell, and rookie Eric Gray. Breida is the preferred fantasy add but shouldn't be considered more than a low-upside RB3 or flex.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that there's "cautious optimism" that Giants RB Saquon Barkley avoided a major ankle injury. Barkley is scheduled for additional testing on Monday, so we should have a better idea of his status by the end of the day. Fantasy owners shouldn't count on him playing vs. the 49ers on Thursday night, but it's possible that he doesn't miss much time beyond that.

On Sunday night, NFL insider Jordan Schultz tweeted that Giants RB Saquon Barkley is believed to have suffered a sprained ankle vs. the Cardinals. Schultz adds that the injury “could have been much worse,” and Barkley seems to have dodged significant damage. This news is excellent for fantasy managers who feared a prolonged absence for the workhorse back. Still, Week 3's contest vs. the 49ers is set to kick off on Thursday night. It'll be tough for Barkley to work his way back on a short week to play, but he may be available again sooner rather than later. We'll keep fantasy managers in the loop as more information becomes available.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley recorded 17 carries for 63 rushing yards and 6 catches for 29 receiving yards in Week 2 vs. the Cardinals, finding the end zone twice. He appeared to sustain a foot injury late in the fourth quarter of the contest and didn't come back into action. According to a report from Pro Football Talk, he was taken on a medical cart to receive X-rays following the game. It'll be essential to follow along with practice reports in the coming days to get an idea of Barkley's availability for Week 3 vs. the 49ers. Considering their next game is on Thursday, it wouldn't be surprising to see him miss time.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley got rolled up on late in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game vs. the Cardinals. He was helped off the field, putting no weight on his right leg. We'll update his status when we learn more.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley recorded 12 carries for 51 rushing yards and 3 catches for 12 receiving yards in Week 1’s loss vs. the Cowboys. This was an ugly game for New York from the jump, and the contest got out of hand quickly. All things considered, Barkley’s efforts are perhaps the lone bright spot from the divisional blowout. The veteran also unsurprisingly received 80% of the backfield carries, so fantasy managers can rest easy knowing that Week 2 vs. the Cardinals should bring brighter days.

SNY TV's Connor Hughes notes that there's been a concerted effort to get Giants RB Saquon Barkley more involved in the passing game in camp. "Not just as a check-down guy (think Le'Veon Bell in Pittsburgh), either, but wideout-light," Hughes adds. "The Giants have motioned Barkley out in the slot or split wide, then gotten him the ball, multiple times this summer." Even in his strong 2022 campaign, Barkley's receiving production felt a tad underwhelming. He caught 57 balls but averaged a career-low 5.9 yards per catch with 0 TDs. There's lots of room for those marks to grow in 2023.

The Giants and RB Saquon Barkley have agreed to a one-year deal worth up to $11 million, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That total would beat the RB franchise tag by a little, and the two sides had passed the league deadline for a long-term contract. Most importantly for fantasy football managers, the agreement means Barkley will start training camp -- and, barring injury, the season -- on time. Uncertainty over his contract has pushed Barkley later in Round 2 in many recent drafts. He's a good pick anywhere in that round, across 1-QB formats. He can even make sense as a Round 1 consideration, according to our 12-team PPR fantasy football draft guide.

The Giants are signing RB James Robinson, insider Art Stapleton reports. Robinson opened last season as Jacksonville's lead back but quickly fell behind Travis Etienne and was traded to the Jets in October. He carried just 29 times for New York and was a healthy scratch for multiple games. Robinson joins Matt Breida, Gary Brightwell, and rookie Eric Gray behind the still-unsigned Saquon Barkley on the Giants' depth chart. We'll see how that backfield shakes out over the next month, but Robinson is no more than an end-of-draft fantasy flier.

The Giants and RB Saquon Barkley failed to agree to a long-term contract ahead of Monday's 4 pm ET deadline for franchise-tagged players. That means Barkley is set to play out 2023 on a 1-year, $10.1 million deal. It remains unclear when he'll report to the team, though. Barkley can't be fined for skipping training camp since he's not officially under contract. "Barkley is not expected to report to training camp with the rest of his team," ESPN's Adam Schefter tweeted Monday. "The Giants are not expected to see Barkley until later this summer, if then. Barkley will have decisions to make as to when he is willing to report." ESPN's Dianna Russini said last week that Barkley's status for the start of the season would be "in serious question" absent a long-term deal. We'll keep you updated on the situation. Barkley comes with elevated risk in fantasy drafts until he reports to the team.

ESPN's Dianna Russini hears that Giants RB Saquon Barkley's availability for the start of the season is "in serious question" if he doesn't get a long-term deal from the Giants. Barkley was slapped with the franchise tag earlier this offseason, and the two sides "remain at a stalemate," per Russini. The deadline to sign a long-term deal is July 17 at 4 pm ET. We'll see where this goes over the next few days and if Barkley reports to the team absent a long-term deal. We've seen him drop to the back half of Round 2 in recent drafts. He's worth the risk at that point.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley confirmed Sunday that he won't attend the team's mandatory minicamp this week. That won't subject Barkley to any team discipline because he's not currently under contract. He has not signed his franchise tender. Barkley said: "I'm not demanding to be the highest-paid player at my position. I understand the market. I've been in talks with the Giants throughout the offseason. If at some point there's a deal that is fair to both sides on the table, I'll be ready to sign." There's no reason to believe at this stage that Barkley won't start the regular season on time. If you see him slide in best ball drafts on holdout fears, be ready to pounce. We'll see where the situation sits once training camp begins.

Raiders RB Josh Jacobs won't report for the start of the team's voluntary offseason program on Monday, NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports. Jacobs has yet to sign his franchise tender, ultimately hoping for a longer-term deal. He's unlikely to get it, but at this point we don't expect a holdout into the summer. We'll keep an eye on the situation. Giants RB Saquon Barkley and Jaguars TE Evan Engram are also skipping voluntary workouts after getting franchise-tagged earlier this offseason.

Giants RB Saquon Barkley has no immediate plans to sign his franchise tag, making him ineligible to participate in the team's offseason program beginning next week, Newsday's Kim Jones reports. The Giants, meanwhile, are not interested in signing Barkley to a long-term deal, according to Fox Sports' Ralph Vacchiano. "There’s no real crisis until training camp begins and from what I hear no camp holdout is expected — at least not yet," Vacchiano adds. This will certainly be a situation to monitor into the summer. But, for now, we're not adjusting our 2023 fantasy outlook for Barkley. He's most likely to play out the 1-year deal with the Giants before hitting free agency next offseason.

The Athletic’s Dan Duggan believes RB Saquan Barkley will sign a long-term deal by the July 17 deadline. (The 26-year-old was franchise tagged in March.) New York offered him a long-term deal in-season, but it was reportedly low on guarantees. We’ll track contract negotiations right up to the deadline. Right now, Barkley remains a clear-cut top-8 dynasty RB.

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