UPDATE: It’s gotten WORSE! Barkley now has one rushing yard on 13 attempts!
It’s been a rough day for New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley in Week 10 against the New York Jets. He has five rushing yards and 21 receiving yards heading into the fourth quarter in what has been a disaster of a day.
It’s so bad that both quarterbacks have more rushing yards than Barkley. It’d be one thing if the Giants were facing Lamar Jackson, but it’s Sam Darnold and the Jets. Darnold has scrambled three times for 25 yards while Jones has nine yards on two carries. Barkley is averaging a robust half a robust 0.45 yards per carry.
Barkley was pretty close to a consensus number one overall pick in fantasy football leagues this past summer. There were alternatives, but if you looked at 100 mock drafts, most had Barkley going first.
Barkley got off to a great start, rushing for 227 yards and a touchdown over the first two weeks. He suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 3 and has struggled since returning. He’ll remain a volume play for fantasy owners and you can’t justify benching him for the time being. But it’s been a mess of a season the past four games and there’s no sign it will improve soon.