Saquon Barkley is expected to be fine coming off last year's torn ACL, and he should be ready for training camp. If he's healthy as expected then Barkley should once again be considered a first-round draft pick in all Fantasy leagues, and he will likely be selected in the first five overall picks. Last year was a disaster for Barkley, who appeared in just two games and suffered a torn ACL in Week 2. However, he should return in time for training camp, and he still has the potential to be the No. 1 RB in all Fantasy leagues in 2021. Remember, prior to 2020 Barkley scored at least 20 PPR points in 16 of his first 29 games and failed to score at least 13 PPR points just five times over that span. He should remain the focal point of the Giants offense, and hopefully he's healthy for all 17 games this year.
:A healthy Saquon Barkley sits on the top shelf of RBs in the NFL (and fantasy). Just how close to full health he is, though, and how much early-season use he’ll get will bear watching as we move through summer. At this point, it seems wise to expect lighter usage at least early in the season. That adds risk to Barkley as an early 1st-round pick. It helps his case, though, that just about any early RB carries some risk. And patience with Barkley could unlock his extreme upside.
Barkley returns to the New York backfield in search of a bounceback campaign following a 2020 season in which a knee injury limited him to 64 snaps. Barkley was the feature back, as expected, out of the gate, handling 15 carries and nine targets while playing 88% of the snaps in Week 1. That aligned with his usage during his first two NFL seasons. Barkley paced all RBs in yardage and fantasy points as a rookie in 2018 and ranked third in yardage and fourth in fantasy points during his 12 full games in 2019. There are suddenly a lot of mouths to feed in New York, but, assuming full health, Barkley is one of the few backs in the league who will push for 25 touches every week. The 24-year-old remains an elite RB1.
Saquon Barkley has a lot to prove to himself and his organization. GM Dave Gettleman questioned whether the team would pick up Barkley's fifth-year option because of health concerns, which is a stunning turn of events after he was considered the team's offensive centerpiece 12 months ago before tearing multiple knee ligaments. When healthy, Barkley is on a shortlist of the league's best ball carriers. As a rookie, he led the league with 2,028 yards from scrimmage and scored 15 touchdowns. He can run inside with power, break outside, is deadly in the open field, and is an above-average route runner with soft hands. All eyes will be on Barkley this summer; if he's healthy and practicing, the Giants may have a puncher's chance of fielding a league-average offense. If his rehab lingers, all bets are off.