The New York Giants were a top-to-bottom dumpster fire last season. The only team to lose to the Jimmy G-less 49ers last year ended up with the second overall pick. Instead of getting a quarterback of the future, they used that pick on the most replaceable offensive position. Still, taking a running back second overall gives us a lot to bite into for fantasy football reasons. It’s just not a very smart real-life football decision. They took one other fantasy football eligible player, but will he be as relevant as Saquon Barkley?
Saquon Barkley, Running Back, Round One
There isn’t a ton to be said about Saquon Barkley. The #2 overall pick in the 2018 NFL Draft was considered by many to be the best overall player in the draft. Flat, bar none. He’s extremely talented and it would be insanity to try to boil down all the ways he is great. Just watch the man, he’s a monstrous, fast runner who can make the proverbial man in the phone booth miss. Once he has the ball in his hands, he’s extremely electric, but he tries to make everyone miss… even when he’s already going down. He’s always juking and has an issue getting through tackles.
Still, he’s absolutely incredible. That trying to juke everyone weakness is a classic nitpick. Don’t worry about Saquon, he’s a monster. The Giants need him; they have not been able to get a consistent running game going in forever and we tried to talk ourselves into Paul Perkins having opportunities in this offense last season. How about the best prospect this season?
His ADP is a little wonky; he’s a high first-round pick in redraft, going in the first half of some drafts. He’s settling in around Kareem Hunt and Alvin Kamara. My personal opinion is to put him behind both those guys, but I have trouble putting him behind Leonard Fournette or Melvin Gordon. He’s incredibly multi-talented and dynamic and Barkley will hit the ground running as a fantasy football monster.
Kyle Lauletta, Quarterback, Round Five
Before I start this, we all saw the near city-wide revolt that happened when Eli Manning was benched. Unless Manning succumbs to injury, there’s zero chance we see Lauletta this year. Now that that’s in place, there’s still zero chance we see Lauletta this year. Even if we do, don’t even bother thinking about potentially maybe wasting yourme on looking up to see if there’s a chance you might want Lauletta on your roster. His processor is weak, his arm weaker, and his awareness even worse. Watching his college tape was a rough go. Something good about him? Uh I mean I guess he throws a nice slant pass and rolls out okay. Skip him.