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Saturday, June 30, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL ISSUES: IS SAQUON BARKLEY A SLAM-DUNK PICK IN ROUND 1?

The New York Giants were one of the more polarizing teams entering into the 2018 NFL Draft due to the debate held in most circles about whether they should select the heir apparent QB to Eli Manning among whoever the Cleveland Browns didn't take at one or if they should dive back in with Manning and give him a major toy in running/receiving dynamo back Saquon Barkley.  By now we all know that Barkley ended up being the choice and thoughts quickly turned to his suddenly potent standing for 2018 fantasy football.  Already with mocks and some actual fantasy football drafts taking place as the calendar gets set to turn to July, Barkley is finding himself being picked in the latter half of round 1 in many leagues both standard and PPR.  The question of course is whether this is warranted or not which we are here to answer as we continue to look at some prime storylines for fantasy football this summer.

In terms of Barkley being worthy of a first-round pick, now seems a very silly time to ask this question given what we have seen the last two seasons among rookie backs.  Two years ago it was Ezekiel Elliott of the Dallas Cowboys taking both the NFL and the fantasy football world by storm as a rookie and last season was even more ridiculous as Kareem Hunt became just as much a monster and he was complemented by big performances on a per game basis by Dalvin Cook, Christian McCaffrey Leonard Fournette, and Alvin Kamara.  Throw in the fact that Barkley's 2018 draft grade was HIGHER than each and every one of those previous names and it becomes foolish debating such a topic.  Of course, usage will determine just how far Barkley goes as the Giants have become one of the more annoying teams with regards to using a committee at running back the last few seasons.  They did sign veteran Jonathan Stewart during the winter to possibly work as a goal-line back (idiotic if this does take place) and also retain pass-catching maven Wayne Gallman.  Be that as it may, Barkley is a can't-miss prospect who will get to do his thing both in the running and receiving game and so he should be a first-round pick in all leagues this summer.  Sometime we just can't overthink things when it comes to evaluating a player and Barkley is one such case.






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