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Saquon Barkley shows some life against bad Packers run defense

Giants running back Saquon Barkley had a solid Week 13 performance. We break down what it means and fantasy football considerations heading into Week 14.

Kenny Clark of the Green Bay Packers tackles Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants during their game at MetLife Stadium on December 01, 2019 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images

The Green Bay Packers have had a consistently bad run defense this season, and it was exactly what New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley needed in a season of struggles. Barkley did not put together a monster outing, but he rushed for 83 yards on 4.4 yards per carry and caught three passes for 40 yards and a touchdown in a 31-13 Giants loss. He finished the day with 14.5 DraftKings fantasy points.

In the first two weeks of the 2019 season, Barkley picked up from his monster rookie season, rushing for 227 yards and a touchdown. However, he suffered a high ankle sprain in Week 3 and has struggled to get going since. He’s been a fairly regular part of the passing game this season, which has been big for PPR owners and DFS players, but the run game just hasn’t been there.

Things get a little more difficult moving forward for Barkley. The Giants travel to face an Eagles team has is struggling, but has given up the ninth fewest fantasy points to running backs. Barkley will continue to get plenty of volume for fantasy owners, but it’s hard to see him being a significant difference-maker in this year’s fantasy football playoffs.