3. RB Saquon Barkley
When Barkley went nuclear in 2018, he was the best player in fantasy football. For the last three seasons, Barkley has been drafted in the first or second round in almost all leagues, but has not produced anywhere near that level.
This year, many fantasy football owners are worried about Barkley and this concern is showing in many fantasy draft rankings. Barkley is currently ranked 17th in ESPN’s standard points per reception league running back rankings. Barkley’s average draft position in ESPN’s fantasy leagues is 31.7. Both of these are massive over corrections.
While injuries are a big concern with Barkley, the ineffectiveness when he is on the field should not be attributed to him. The Giants have had one of the worst offensive lines, quarterback, and wide receiver production for the last three seasons. Daboll and Joe Schoen have helped change that for 2022.
The Giants have brought in three new offensive line starters this season in Evan Neal, Jon Felicano, and Mark Glowinski, and also have Shane Lemexiux coming off injury. This, combined with Andrew Thomas, should be an average offensive line at worst. The Giants also added Robinson to their wide receiving core and should get a healthy Toney, Kenny Golladay, and Shepard back. Jones has also, like Barkley, been the victim of poor offensive line and wide receiver play.
This season, defenses can no longer stack the box against Barkley. The Giants are transitioning from the most conservative offense in football to an ultra aggressive, passing offense, which should create tons of holes for Barkley. Barkley is a star in points per reception leagues, as he is a huge force in the passing game.
Barkley is also angry this season at all the hate he is receiving. An angry Barkley will make for a fantasy football superstar as he has shown in training camp.