Saquon Barkley’s measly Week 1 stats agains the Denver Broncos made for a fantasy football performance that has fantasy managers in shambles before TNF.
As if New York sports fans weren’t tortured enough by the Knicks, the New York Giants seem to have their own troubling curse with running back Saquon Barkley.
Barkley isn’t anything like the Knicks in that he’s one of the NFL’s most lethal weapons, but his struggle to stay healthy and rack up yards is something fantasy football managers are dealing with once again.
Barkley was a first-round fantasy football draft pick in 2020, a move that cost teams the season when he suffered a torn ACL in Week 3 and was out for the rest of the season.
In 2021, Barkley was again a first-round fantasy draft pick who’s virtually rostered in every fantasy league, but a surprising Denver Broncos defense stopped the fourth-year player in his tracks.
Barkley ran for 26 yards on 10 carries and one yard on one reception, totaling just 3.7 fantasy points.
Saquon Barkley fantasy owners lament over the giant Giants disappointment
While everyone agrees on how awful Barkley was in Week 1, not everyone agrees on what to do with him in Week 2 versus the Washington Football Team.
Per Next Gen Stats, Saquon Barkley was the least efficient Week 1 running back, meaning he traveled east-west more than the rushing yards he produced. Just 10 carries for 26 yards.
— Jonathan Jones (@jjones9) September 14, 2021
Start Saquon Barkley ????️ pic.twitter.com/30qjASq3Fm
— PFF Fantasy Football (@PFF_Fantasy) September 16, 2021
While fantasy expect predict different results, fantasy managers express reservation and frustration with another Barkley letdown.
Saquon Barkley fantasy owners tonight pic.twitter.com/tgQ8fTeerl
— IB ???? THE GAMBLER (@incarceratedbob) September 16, 2021
Saquon against the Washington d-linepic.twitter.com/eaLJdZk1Td
— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) September 16, 2021
Saquon unlikely to be unleashed, Giants O-Line getting shifted around, no matter, I’ve seen this story unfold before pic.twitter.com/MWMMUcfvAP
— Not Robert Griffin (@Pseudo_RGIII) September 16, 2021
Saquon Barkley is currently being started in 67% of Yahoo leagues.
Are these individuals eternal optimists, devoid of any reasonable alternatives, too lazy to change their lineups or all of the above? #fantasyfootball
— Brad Evans (@NoisyHuevos) September 16, 2021
Can’t sit Saquon if you never drafted Saquon pic.twitter.com/uPQ7ZuQjpy
— Heath Cummings (@heathcummingssr) September 16, 2021
According to ESPN’s Jordan Ranaan, Barkley tested his leg in the rain and “seemed to be moving well” in advance of the Thursday Night Game.
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Saquon Barkley (knee) just tested his leg in the rain. Nothing crazy but seemed to be moving well. pic.twitter.com/Kzm3Ha7AzV
— Jordan Raanan (@JordanRaanan) September 16, 2021