The New York Giants lost running back Saquon Barkley to a torn ACL and in their first full game without him, it was not a pretty performance. The Giants lost 36-9 to the San Francisco 49ers and none of their running backs got much of anything going.
The Giants signed Devonta Freeman to compete with Dion Lewis and Wayne Gallman. In Week 3, Lewis got the largest percentage snaps while Gallman just edged out Freeman for total touches. PFF’s Ian Hartitz broke down the splits.
Giants Week 3 RB usage (PFF, NSFW):— Ian Hartitz (@Ihartitz) September 28, 2020
Dion Lewis: 39% snaps, 1 carry, 3 targets
Wayne Gallman: 35% snaps, 4 carries, 2 targets
Devonta Freeman: 29% snaps, 5 carries, 0 targets
Freeman is new to the Giants, so it’s not surprising he was not starting right away. Freeman’s upside has been limited in recent years, so even once he gets more comfortable, it’s hard to get too excited about him in this offense.
The Giants travel to face the Los Angeles Rams in Week 4 followed by a trip to Dallas and then a home game against Washington. None of the three have been world-beaters against running backs, but they haven’t been too bad.
As you prepare for your waiver wire decisions heading into Week 4, it’s hard to justify any of these guys. Freeman probably has the best chance of securing starting snaps before the end of the season, but even if he does, the Giants stink. They’ll be playing in a disadvantageous game script more often than not.
If you’re in a particularly deep league or dealing with a lot of injuries, I’d give Freeman a slightly higher priority than the other two. If you’re not desperate, you can pass on these three.