2021 Saquon Barkley Fantasy Football 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. Saquon Barkley was on track to be the biggest injury disappointment of the 2020 fantasy season until he was RUDELY upstaged by CMC. With his injury in the rearview, can he get back to top-tier running back status?

2021 Saquon Barkley ADP & AAV:

Average Draft Position: RB5, Pick 5
Average Auction Value: $62.6 (RB5)

Saquon Barkley Statistics:
Year G GS Rush Ru Yds Ru TD Tgt Rec Yards TD Touches Opp Total Yards
2020 2 2 19 34 0 9 6 60 0 25 28 94
2019 13 13 217 1003 6 73 52 438 2 269 290 1441
2018 16 16 261 1307 11 121 91 721 4 352 382 2028
Year YPC Rush/G Ru Yd/G Tgt/G Rec/G Catch% Yds/Tgt Yds/Rec Touches/G Opp/G Yds/G
2020 1.79 9.5 17.0 4.50 3.00 66.7% 6.67 10.00 12.50 14.00 47.00
2019 4.62 16.7 77.2 5.62 4.00 71.2% 6.00 8.42 20.69 22.31 110.85
2018 5.01 16.3 81.7 7.56 5.69 75.2% 5.96 7.92 22.00 23.88 126.75
Year Std Pts HPPR Pts PPR Pts Pts/G HPPR Pts/G PPR Pts/G Pts/Tch HPPR Pts/Tch PPR Pts/Tch
2020 9.4 12.4 15.4 4.70 6.20 7.7 0.38 0.50 0.62
2019 192.1 218.1 244.1 14.78 16.78 18.78 0.71 0.81 0.91
2018 294.8 340.3 385.8 18.43 21.27 24.11 0.84 0.97 1.10
2021 Saquon Barkley Overview:

Hopes are high that Barkley returns to where he was in the fantasy landscape. Before his season-ending injury, he had a career average of a whopping 4.7 yards per carry. Hopefully, his time off saw him focusing on that, and not on the fact that the air in a football stadium bathroom regularly transfers fecal matter to the hot air dryers. That fecal matter is then blasted upon patrons’ hands all day long, patrons who assumed their freshly washed hands were clean.

Saquon Barkley should provide a much-needed boost to the Giants’ passing game. Last year, their receivers were… I don’t even remember, maybe Sterling Sharpe? Anyway, this year they have Kenny Golladay and maybe John Ross if he decides to stop sucking. Barkley, who averages more than 6 targets per game, should provide a much-needed safety valve for struggling QB Daniel Jones. Provided, of course, that Saquon can catch the ball without projectile vomiting over the realization that the gym equipment he worked out with all week likely holds what scientists call a “fecal veneer.”

2021 Saquon Barkley Draft Strategy:

Saquon Barkley Auction Value: $62
Draft Ranking: Find out for your league settings in a Beersheet!

The path to Barkley returning fantasy dividends at his current ADP of 5th overall is simple: Stay healthy, develop rapport with Daniel Jones, and always use a bidet. The usage and talent, as well as the expected leap forward for the Giants’ offense, solidly puts him in the category of “whatever tier 1 RB falls to me in the middle of the first round or for around $60.” The only thing standing in his way is potentially crippling anxiety caused by the awareness of the omnipresence of fecal matter. My therapists have given me a lot of tips for this, which I have forwarded to the Giants’ front office. Hopefully, these tips will keep Saquon thinking about the game, and not about how many “poo particles” he is constantly in contact with:

  1. Before accepting a handoff, sanitize his hands
  2. If a pass is thrown to Saquon, sanitize his hands before catching the ball
  3. Stop all the butt-patting, for God’s sake
Best Case Scenario:

Saquon again puts up top-3 overall RB numbers. He does not contract one of the numerous fecal-oral diseases that could run rampant through a crowded football stadium.

Worst Case Scenario:

The Giants offense collapses under Daniel Jones’ mismanagement. Saquon ends up a back-end RB1 and becomes the first person to contracts SARS-Cov-3 despite doctors assuring me such transmission is impossible.


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[Statistics are sourced from pro-football-reference.com, airyards.com, and ftnfantasy.com]

[Image source: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/7/7b/Saquon_Barkley_Giants_2018.jpg under cc-2.0]

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