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Basic StatsSaquon Barkley's Basic Stats

Saquon Barkley
ADP: N/A
Bye: 9
Experience: 4 Yr(s)
Age: 25.9
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 233
40 Time: 4.40
SPARQx (Rank): 149.80 (100%)
Burst Score (Rank): 134.70 (97%)

Injury PredictorSaquon Barkley's Injury Guide

High Risk

Chance of Injury in 2022

82%

% chance misses at least 2 quarters

Chance of Injury per Game

9.6%

1- 17√1-% Inj/Season

Projected Games Missed 2022

2.50

Durability

1

Ability to produce despire relatively minor injuries. 5 being most durable

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Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Nov 26, 2016 Non-NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Barkley injured his right ankle in the 3rd quarter vs. Michigan State but was able to play the following week.
Sep 26, 2015 Non-NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain Grade 2 Barkley missed 2 games as a freshman with an ankle injury.
Aug 13, 2018 NFL Thigh Hamstring Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Barkley was hurt in camp while running a pass route. He missed 8 days but was ready for Week 1.
Sep 22, 2019 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain Grade 2 He suffered a high ankle sprain in the second quarter against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Sep 20, 2020 NFL Knee ACL Tear Grade 3 Barkley suffered a torn ACL during the Week 2 contest at Chicago. His season was over after just two games.
Sep 20, 2020 NFL Knee MCL Sprain Grade 2 Barkley suffered an MCL strain during the Week 2 contest at Chicago.
Oct 10, 2021 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Barkley suffered a low-ankle injury in Week 5 contest against the Dallas Cowboys.
Dec 8, 2022 NFL Cervical Neck Stinger Barkley shared that he suffered the stinger in practice. He played through the pain in Week 14 and dodged a setback.

Basic StatsSaquon Barkley's Preseason Player Analysis

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What You Need to Know:

  • “This is the healthiest that Barkley has been entering an offseason maybe since his rookie year.” That’s the word from NJ.com’s Zack Rosenblatt.
  • Barkley suffered a high-ankle sprain in Week 3 of his 2nd season (2019). He likely didn’t get back to full strength at any point that season.
  • He tore his right ACL in Week 2 of 2020. That cost Barkley the rest of that season and kept him short of full strength to open 2021.
  • That was obvious in his usage and his efficiency. Barkley averaged just 12.5 carries and 4.4 targets per game in 2021, ranking 17th in opportunities per game. Over his 1st 2 seasons, though, Barkley averaged 16.5 carries and 6.7 targets per contest. Those 23.2 opportunities per game would have ranked 4th last season.
  • Barkley’s 3.7 yards per rush in 2021 fell way short of his rates in each of his 1st 2 years. He also posted significantly lower numbers in Pro Football Focus’ yards after contact per attempt, missed tackles forced, yards per route run, breakaway percentage and elusive rating.
  • Beyond his health questions, the Giants’ O-line didn’t help. The team did improve slightly in PFF run-blocking grade vs. 2020, though. The Giants climbed from 23rd to 21st in that category. They also ranked just 22nd in that category in 2019. And even though they finished higher (16th) in 2018, the team’s run-blocking grade came in lower that season than it did last year.
  • Football Outsiders ranked the Giants 31st in adjusted line yards last year, a measure of the per-carry yardage a team’s blocking accounts for. The blocking can basically only improve from there.
  • The Giants spent the 7th overall pick on OT Evan Neal. They also signed Mark Glowinski to upgrade 1 of the guard spots and 2 other reserve linemen to improve the depth.
  • Rosenblatt reports that the Giants have been running Barkley from WR spots in OTA practices – in addition to his backfield work, of course.
  • Barkley has finished each of his 3 seasons (excluding the 1.5 games of 2020) short of 1.0 in average depth of target. His 3 college seasons produced ADOTs of -0.4, 5.6 and 1.1. Among the 66 RBs who garnered 20+ targets in the NFL last season …
    • only 18 reached an ADOT of 1.0
    • just 8 reached 2.0
    • only Kyle Juszczyk and Cordarrelle Patterson topped 2.6
  • Why does that stuff matter? If an altered receiving role can add depth to Barkley’s targets, it would add upside and value to his targets. And it’s not difficult to gain an advantage on most of the position in that area.
  • These are the rest of the RBs currently on the Giants roster:
    • Matt Breida
    • Gary Brightwell
    • Jashaun Corbin
    • Sandro Platzgummer
    • Antonio Williams
  • Breida has seen his carries and targets decline for 3 straight seasons. Each of those years found his team dumping him afterward. The rest of that group has 13 total NFL carries and 2 targets. Thirteen of those opportunities came from Williams in a single 2020 game with the Bills.
  • Devontae Booker garnered 34.6% of Giants carries and 7.6% of targets last season, compared with 38.7% and 9.6%, respectively, for Barkley. Booker did not re-sign with the Giants after the season and remains on the open market as of this writing.
  • Barkley heads into the final year of his rookie contract this fall.
  • 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.”
  • Barkley has "on numerous occasions" lined up as a receiver -- both in the slot and outside.


Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

We all know about Barkley entering the league as an elite prospect (drafted 2nd overall) and leading the position in fantasy points as a rookie. It’s just gotten easy to overlook those facts because of 3 straight injury-inhibited campaigns. Barkley is finally healthy, though, and his rough stretch has fantasy drafters apprehensive. As of this writing, Barkley’s Underdog ADP still sits early in Round 3, at RB13. FFPC best-ball drafting has him at about the same spot, 14th among RBs. Interestingly, though, early Footballguys Players Championship drafts have bumped him a little – to RB11, in the middle of Round 2. The difference, that’s a lineup-setting format. Don’t be surprised if Barkley keeps getting nudged up the board as we get closer to the season. We’re ready to chase him all the way through Round 2, though. At full strength, Barkley presents as high a fantasy ceiling as anyone at the position (maybe excluding Christian McCaffrey).

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Saquon Barkley, RB NYG

2:46pm EST 12/12/22

Saquon Barkley avoided setback with neck

Giants RB Saquon Barkley avoided a setback with his neck injury in Sunday's loss to the Eagles. "Came out of the game pretty well [physically]," Barkley said afterward. He also revealed that the injury is a stinger and happened in practice last week. Barkley was clearly limited in the Philly game, finishing with just 9 carries and 2 targets on a season-low 31% snap rate. HC Brian Daboll said Monday that the team is "hopeful" Barkley will be in better shape this week. We'll keep a close eye on his practice participation leading up to Sunday's huge game vs. the Commanders.

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Giants HC Brian Daboll told NFL Network's Mike Garofolo that RB Saquon Barkley (neck) will play against the Eagles today. The neck issue adds risk to Barkley's Week 14 fantasy profile, but we've heard nothing to suggest that it'll impact his workload today.

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ESPN's Adam Schefter hears that RB Saquon Barkley (neck) is "legit 50/50" to play vs. the Eagles today. The Giants "want to see how he feels Sunday in pre-game warmups before deciding whether he will play." We'll get New York's inactives around 11:30 am ET. If Barkley sits, the Giants will be down to RBs Matt Breida and Gary Brightwell.

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ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports that Giants RB Saquon Barkley is "legitimately 50-50" to be active for Sunday's game against the Eagles. Officially questionable, Barkley was limited in practice Thursday and Friday and will carry some risk even if active. We'll certainly be tracking his status Sunday morning. RB-needy teams could add Matt Breida ahead of game time, though he wouldn't be a strong fantasy football option even if Barkley is inactive.

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