What to Make of Saquan Barkley’s First 2 Weeks

Barkley has not lived up to his ADP in Weeks 1 and 2. Barkley scored a whopping 3.6 points in week 1 and 7.9 points in Week 2. Barkley rushed 13 times for 57 yards in Week 2, but 42 of them came on 1 run. If you take away the one break away play, he averaged 1.2 YPC. Not great. Danny Dimes finished the game out rushing him.

I believe Barkley owners have reason to start pushing the panic button on their star RB. He hasn’t showed the explosive ability we saw in years past. There were 2 instances in TNF where Barkley appeared to have space to run, but lost his footing for short gains. The Giants have one of the worst offensive lines in the league, resulting in Saquan getting no easy yards. You can say all you want about his tough matchups, but averaging 1.2 YPC on 12 carries is a reason for concern. Another reason for concern is his lack of volume. Jason Garrett has opened up the playbook so far this season and Saquan isn’t the focal point he used to be. Through the first 2 weeks, Saquan has 24 carries and 5 targets. Not the bellcow fantasy owners who drafted him in the first round expected.

If you are a fantasy owner, I wouldn’t sell low. Barkley gets a matchup next week against the Falcons. I’d hang on to Barkley until after week 3 and pray he finds the end zone a time or 2. Then I’d go find some sucker who didn’t take the time to read this article to know Saquans usage is way down (24 carries, 5 targets through two games), his OL is one of the worst in the league, and his explosive doesn’t look the same as years past.

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