New No.2: Saquon Barkley Continues Proving His Elite RB1 Worth, Despite Awful Team - Roto Street Journal
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New No.2: Saquon Barkley Continues Proving His Elite RB1 Worth, Despite Awful Team

Giants RB Saquon Barkley continues to transcend his nightmare overall offense and perform as a “Cheatcode RB1.” Against the Eagles, Barkley rushed for a season-high 130 yards on only 13 carries (10 YPC), while also leading the Giants in all receiving categories with 12 targets and 9 catches for 99 yards (second time this season). Barkley’s now scored over 60 FPs in his past two games, and has yet to dip below 17 on the season. He is the ultimate floor-ceiling combination, and Barkley now trails only Todd Gurley on my ROS Big Board.

As predicted, Pat “Bellcow Breeder” Shurmur has used Barkley as a true every-down workhorse. The horse leads all RBs in receptions (40) and yardage (373), while currently sitting at second in rushing (though he’s had one more contest). Though Barkley will occasionally try to “do too much” and lose yardage, his homerun ability is indisputable.  In this contest alone he logged a 50 yard TD run and 55 yard catch, a week after a 57 yard receiving score. He’s insanely elusive and has incredible long-speed for a man of his size (6’0″, 233 lbs), and can break tackles with the best of them.

Indeed, we lobbied Barkley as a locked-in Top-5 pick multiple times. But even still, he’s surpassing our sky-high expectations. The Individual Talent and Usage are perfect, and Barkley’s superseding the awful overall line and play of Eli Manning. He’s truly special.

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