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The reaction was mixed when the New York Giants drafted Saquon Barkley out of Penn State University with the No. 2 overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Most people felt like the Giants needed one of the top quarterbacks to reset the direction the franchise was heading in.


However, the rookie running back's play is telling everyone to settle down -- the Giants made the right pick. And hopefully you did too, in your fantasy draft, that is. Barkley has been absolutely dynamic in all phases of the team's offense, ultimately, serving as the Giants' lone bright spot more often than not. 

Going into Week 6, no running back had rushed for more than 50 yards against the vaunted Philadelphia Eagles defense. No big deal, Barkley ran for 130 yards and a touchdown while adding nine catches on 12 targets for 99 yards -- 229 yards in total.

The most-talked-about touch of the night from Barkley was the 55-yard gain on a screen pass that left Eagles defenders looking foolish. The 50-yard touchdown run (the Giants only TD of the night) was just another example of how special this kid is.

All in all, it's going to be yet another long season for the Giants, but watching Barkley each week has been an absolute pleasure for Giants fans and fantasy owners alike. We're only six games into the season and Barkley only needs 189 total yards to top the 1,000 mark. No that's not a typo. He's a complete fantasy stud, and has the chance to end up the top-ranked running back by season's end. 


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