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Saquon Barkley start or sit: Week 2 fantasy football advice

We break down the fantasy football outlook of Saquon Barkley ahead of the Giants Week 2 matchup against the Panthers.

New York Giants v Tennessee Titans
Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants runs the ball during a game against the Tennessee Titans at Nissan Stadium on September 11, 2022 in Nashville, Tennessee. The Giants defeated the Titans 21-20.
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One of the biggest positive takeaways from the New York Giants’ 21-20 win over the Tennessee Titans in Week 1 was Saquon Barkley’s emergence as a star at the running back spot. Can he have another big performance in Week 2 against the Carolina Panthers?

Fantasy Football analysis: Giants RB Saquon Barkley

Barkley has been frustrating for fantasy managers due to his injury concerns and playing in a poor offense. That went away in Week 1, when he rushed for 164 yards and a touchdown while adding six receptions for 30 yards. Barkley remains a high-volume play in this offense, and the Panthers represent a decent matchup for the running back. If he’s healthy, Barkley immediately becomes a must-start in all fantasy football formats.

Start or sit in Week 2?

He might not retain his strong Week 1 efficiency but Barkley is a must-start for the reasons mentioned above.