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Saquon Barkley Injury Could be Huge Hit to Fantasy Value in Giants' Offense

Jason Schandl
New York Giants v Tampa Bay Buccaneers
New York Giants v Tampa Bay Buccaneers / Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images

Saquon Barkley had an injury scare early in Week 3's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, briefly going to the injury tent before returning only a couple of snaps later. Then in the waning minutes of the second quarter, things got much worse when Barkley went down with an ankle injury that forced him to be helped to the sidelines and eventually into the locker room.

One of the best running backs in the NFL and in fantasy football, the New York Giants were clearly prepared to lean on Barkley as the feature piece in their offense this season. Across the first two games, he had racked up 29 carries and 13 targets, tallying 274 combined rushing and receiving yards.

Saquon Barkley Backup

The first chance to replace Barkley will likely go to Wayne Gallman, who has never eclipsed 500 rushing yards in an NFL season. If Barkley is out for long, this will be a downgrade to the entire Giants' offense, Daniel Jones included.

If Barkley is forced to miss any extended time, Gallman will also likely prove one of Week 4's top waiver wire pickups.

Barkley's fantasy football value is high enough when he's active that anything shy of a season-ending injury will make him worth stashing on your fantasy team's bench, because once he's back in action, he should continue to be in the conversation for the top fantasy football RB in any given week.

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