2019 Fantasy Football Saquon Barkley Player Profile

As we gear up to the start of the NFL season, Football Absurdity is going to bring you a comprehensive breakdown of every notable player that will be available in fantasy football drafts.  When you don’t see us talking about Christine Michael or Mike Davis, don’t get mad at us for neglecting your favorite sleeper.  Get mad at yourself for having bad taste in football players.  We are only focusing on the top-rated running backs in standard scoring and points per game leagues.  If you like your running backs with legs that don’t quit, then this Saquon Barkley player profile is for you and Eli Manning.

With my player profiles, I’ve only decided to go back to look at their fantasy scoring for three years.  I could show you lists from earlier, but most of the guys at the top are no longer in the league anymore.  I’ve also added a chart for their usage over that time span.  We will try to determine, based on those two factors, where the best running back value lies.


Saquon Barkley

Current ADP: As of 5/29/2019

Standard: Number 1 among running backs.  Number 1 overall.

PPR: Number 1 among running backs.  Number 1 overall.




Rank Total Points PPG Rank PPG
2018 2 294.8 4 18.4


Rank Total Points PPG Rank PPG
2018 1 385.8 2 24.1


Carries Carries Per Game Targets Targets Per Game
2018 261 16.3 121 7.6


Overview: The good news is Saquon Barkley is the entire New York Giants offense. The bad news is Saquon Barkley is the entire New York Giants offense. Every defense coordinator who faces the Giants will make it their mission to stop Saquon.  The problem is, they tried that last year and it didn’t work out for them.  Losing OBJ might make it easier for defenses to stack boxes against him, but he is also the Giants best, and possibly, their only weapon.

Strategy: The only real strategy here is hoping you get the number one pick here. Or barring that, hitting people with higher draft picks in the head repeatedly so they don’t draft Saquon ahead of you.  Whether you end up with Saquon because they have brain damage or you go to jail for manslaughter, I’ll leave up to you.  Regardless, if you end up with Saquon Barkley on your team, you’ve come out ahead.

Best Case Scenario:  The best case scenario is that Saquon Barkley ends up the number one running back in fantasy football, as evident by the fact that you will need to spend the number one pick to get him.

Worst Case Scenario:  The worst case scenario is that you knowingly spend the number one overall pick in your fantasy league on somebody who plays for the New York Giants and then somehow you act surprised when he’s not good.