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Saquon Barkley Fantasy Football Output Could Make Him League-Winning Play in Week 16

Jason Schandl
Saquon Barkley runs the ball during a two-TD first half against Washington in Week 16.
Saquon Barkley runs the ball during a two-TD first half against Washington in Week 16. / Scott Taetsch/Getty Images

Saquon Barkley has absolutely exploded in the first half of the New York Giants' Week 16 matchup against the Washington Redskins.

Saquon Barkley Fantasy Points

As of writing this article (1:50 left in the second quarter), Barkley has already racked up 126 yards and one TD on nine carries, while adding a 33-yard TD through the air. His 27.8 PPR fantasy points are the most for any player in action on Sunday so far.

Often drafted as the first-overall pick in fantasy football this year, Barkley has largely disappointed this year. Through the first 14 weeks of the season, heading into the fantasy semi-finals last week, Barkley had the 18th-most PPR fantasy points at the position. He scored 30.3 last week though, and he's well on his way to eclipsing 30.0 again here in Week 16.

If you managed to overcome Barkley's slow start and still carry your team deep into the playoffs, this late-season surge finally has Saquon living up to his status as a first-overall pick, producing like a legitimate league-winner down the stretch.

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