Saquon Barkley has been a huge disappointment in 2019 for not only the New York Giants, but fantasy football owners as well. Will that change in Week 15?
Saquon Barkley and his regression in his sophomore year is probably nothing to get too worked up about in the long term, but fantasy football players don’t have the luxury of thinking in a long term view.
Many of Barkley’s owners selected him first overall in their fantasy drafts, only for his production to bottom out and leave him outside the top 20 runningbacks in fantasy. With type of investment, you’re typically expecting a player to carry you deep into the playoffs, and pencil them in for 20+ points a week.
Saquon has gone over 20 points just twice times all season, and only over 15 points three times. The all-world talent has somehow gone five consecutive games with less than 15 points heading into this week’s matchup with the Miami Dolphins.
I truly thought Saquon was due for a huge bounce back game on MNF, as the Eagles were an easy matchup and he torched them twice last year. The Dolphins also qualify as an easy matchup, as Miami has allowed the seventh-most points to fantasy runningbacks on the season.
For what it’s worth, Saquon Barkley’s 2018 NFL Rookie of the Year campaign was achieved with Eli Manning at the helm, and even though we didn’t see much of a spark in the passing game last week, I expect that to change in Week 15.
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Of all the puzzling Barkley stats, his inactiveness in the passing game trumps all. He has had just one yard receiving in two of his last three games, and you just have to expect that head coach Pat Shurmur will look to change that, while getting Eli warmed up, with a heavy dose of screens against Miami.
The Dolphins have actually done a solid job on runningbacks over the past few weeks, as they’ve only allowed one 100 yard rusher lately, and that was Nick Chubb, who just snuck over (106 yards) on 21 carries. Barkley will he hard-pressed to top that with how out of synch he’s been with the offensive line.
ESPN is calling for Saquon to accumulate 18.5 points, which seems fair. I think his involvement in the passing game (for once) creeps him just past that, as he finally turns in a decent fantasy performance at the perfect time for his fantasy owners.
GMENHQ Prediction: 17 carries, 61 yards, TD
6 receptions, 57 yards (23.8 points)