Saquon Barkley's Usage Could Make Him No. 1 Fantasy RB in 2019 NFL Season

EAST RUTHERFORD, NEW JERSEY - DECEMBER 30: Saquon Barkley #26 of the New York Giants reacts after scoring during the fourth quarter of the game against the Dallas Cowboys at MetLife Stadium on December 30, 2018 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. (Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images)
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Saquon Barkley is exceptionally good at football. That much was clear last season, as he rushed for 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns while also grabbing 91 receptions for 721 yards and four touchdowns. Those numbers helped him win Offensive Rookie of the Year and become a Top-5 fantasy running back.

Heading into 2019 there's a lot to be excited about with Barkley and many projections have him as the top fantasy running back in the NFL. While some of that has to do with his immense talent, his high usage rate also figures to give Barkley a huge boost ahead of the 2019 season.

Barkley recieved 352 total touches as a rookie. That was second in the NFL behind Ezekiel Elliott's 381, and it looks like Barkley is ready for another huge workload in 2019.

With Odell Beckham Jr. now on the Cleveland Browns, Saquon is the only elite playmaker left on the New York Giants. As a result, it's fair to expect an increase in Barkley's usage ahead of year two, and he could even hover around 400 touches in the upcoming season.

Another point in Barkley's favor is that he was used reliably on a week-to-week basis in 2018. Consistent production is key in fantasy football, and Barkley received at least 18 touches in all 16 games last season.

Barkley is an elite running back who was used early and often as a rookie and he could see even more touches in 2019. The Giants' RB is the perfect marriage of talent and opportunity, making him a strong candidate to finish as the No. 1 RB in fantasy football.

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