Saquon Barkley continues to make progress in his return from a high-ankle sprain suffered in Week 3, which originally came with an expected four-to-eight week timeline.
He has already been getting in limited practices over the last couple of weeks, and that happened again on Monday, pointing to his potential return for the New York Giants' Week 7 game with the Arizona Cardinals. If Barkley does suit up, expect an immediate return to the top tier of fantasy football producers.
Barkley finished first in PPR scoring and second in standard scoring among running backs in 2018, and he opened the 2019 season in similar form. His two full games saw him rack up 227 yards and one touchdown on 29 carries, adding seven receptions and 47 yards on 13 targets.
The Giants continued to give their RB's significant volume, even when Barkley went down, feeding Wayne Gallman 18 carries and seven targets in Week 4 and even giving No. 3 RB Jon Hilliman 11 carries and two targets in a Week 5 blowout loss.
The Giants' offense looks to be in a much better place now with Daniel Jones at QB, so we could even see a boost in efficiency for Barkley once he returns.
Even if Barkley isn't playing at 100 percent in his return to action, a Week 7 matchup with the Cardinals should more than make up for that, as Arizona just got shredded by Devonta Freeman and has allowed the NFL's third-most yards and fourth-most points per game through six weeks, not including the "Monday Night Football" game between the Packers and Lions.
Fantasy owners can expect big things from Barkley once he gets back on the field, so much so that he sits first among RBs in our Week 7 PPR fantasy football rankings.
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