Bottom Line: Often compared to a bigger Barry Sanders, Saquon Barkley exceeded his massive rookie hype with a season for the fantasy record books: his 24.1 PPR PPG are the best for a rookie RB ever, as is his 11 games of 20+ PPR points. Barkley's blend of strength, speed, and shiftiness create an unparalleled athlete capable of ripping off chunk plays like no other -- his 51.1% breakaway percentage (runs of 15+ yards) led the NFL by a wide margin.
Meanwhile, HC Pat Shurmur lived up to his RSJ-appointed nickname of “Bellcow Breeder” by saddling up Quadzilla for a whopping 22.1 touches per week (3rd), including 87 receptions (2nd). On the negative front, the Giants' line continued to struggle mightily despite new additions (Nate Solder, Anthony Hernandez); adding up-front beef is one of the few ways to improve Barkley’s already-elite fantasy worth. Another? Finding an actual quarterback so that this stacked skill corps can reach their limitless ceiling. If/when this happens, Barkley’s Cheat Code status will blow past unfair. Even just the expected slight gains for Year 2 in the system have me giddy for Barkley in 2019.
Ceiling Projection: 360 touches (100 rec.), 2,100 Tot. Yds, 16 TDs
Floor Projection*: 310 touches (60 rec.), 1700 Tot. Yds, 11 TDs
Actual Projection: 350 touches (80 rec), 1900 Tot. Yds, 14 TDs
*Note - Floors are done without injuries in mind. Of course the lowest floor is torn ACL first play of scrimmage. This assumes 16 games