Why you need Saquon Barkley

Dominick Petrillo

Lead Fantasy Writer

Saquon Barkley

Worth the Fantasy Risk

Is Saquon Barkley worth a high-round draft pick in your fantasy draft? Was it a risk to take Kareem Hunt last season even though you already had David Johnson? Yes. Was it a risk to go zero RB last season and make Alvin Kamara your running back one or two? Yes. The point is simply that sometimes risking are worth the rewards and when you have a player as talented as Saquon Barkley, the risk is really worth the possible reward.

Let’s take a look at some numbers as brought to us by Graham Barfield about how Barkley stacks up against other running backs in the last three draft classes. Prepare to be amazed.

2015-17 Pass protection execution

  1. Ezekiel Elliott 94%
  2. Saquon Barkley 93%

2015-17 missed tackles forced/opportunity (attempts and catches)

  1. Saquon Barkley .580
  2. Joe Mixon .577

2015-17 yards/carry off tackle attempts

  1. Saquon Barkley 9.25
  2. Dalvin Cook 7.66

2015-17 yards created per attempt

  1. Joe Mixon 6.75
  2. Saquon Barkley 6.08

I could go on and on, but the point is, he is a monster the likes of someone we haven’t seen in quite a while. He catches the ball incredibly well, rushes the ball amazingly, and he can pass block with the best of them as well. Did I mention his kick returning? Not likely he will be doing it much in the NFL, but even in games where he didn’t completely break out on offense he was still a dominant return man, just ask Washington about the opening kick off in the Fiesta Bowl. It does not matter where this man gets drafted, he should have an Elliott or Kamara type rookie season and maybe even better. If he goes to the Browns, he could flourish behind an offensive line which got much better as 2017 went on, and is coming back whole in 2018. If somehow, he slips to Tampa Bay, he will eat up the defenses in the NFC South with weapons like Mike Evans and DeSean Jackson along with O.J. Howard keeping defenses from playing eight-man boxes.

The point is Mr. Barkley is going to be a stud in 2018 and could and should finish in the top-10 in Fantasy rankings so if you have drafts now, don’t be afraid to overdraft him. Don’t forget A.D.P. stands for average draft position, not almighty draft position. If you don’t draft until after the NFL draft, well first off, good, you are doing it right, but also don’t be afraid to draft him even higher then those who draft now.

Would I take him in the middle or back of the first-round? Yes, I would. Would I hesitate? Only as long as it took for me to find the draft button.


–Dominick Petrillo

Lead Fantasy Writer




  1. Henry John says:

    March 5th, 2018 at 2:18 pm (#)

    High praise for the rook! Great stats Dominick, way to sell your points. In a draft that appears to be loaded with future star tailbacks, Barkley kept his name at the forefront this weekend with a beast mode combine performance. I definitely am not as high on Barkley as you are. But then again, we Temple Owls aren’t too fond of Penn St. in general!

  2. Dominick Petrillo says:

    March 5th, 2018 at 7:40 pm (#)

    Well, maybe if you had a decent running back, or any other offensive player for that matter, you would understand how good Barkley is. lol. Yes I am very high on him and think he will be the best back from this class when all is said and done with the careers of them all.