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Wayne Gallman Fantasy Value Could Make Him a Top Waiver Wire Target Following Saquon Barkley Injury

Jason Schandl
Buffalo Bills v New York Giants
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The big Week 3 story line for the New York Giants was the incredible debut of Daniel Jones, who led a massive come-from-behind victory.

It was a bitter-sweet win though, as Saquon Barkley went down with what looked to be a fairly serious ankle injury, later showing up on the sidelines with crutches and a walking boot. When he left the game he was immediately replaced by Wayne Gallman, who suddenly finds himself in the conversation as a viable fantasy football option.

There wasn't much rushing to go around in the second half as the Giants went pass-heavy playing from behind, but Gallman was the only RB other than Barkley to record a carry for the G-Men, notching five to Barkley's eight.

While he's never been feature back, Gallman has seen some reasonable volume in his NFL career, tallying 162 carries and 70 targets across 28 games in his first two seasons. That involvement in the passing game is especially valuable, because it could let him step in as a true every-down back filling in for Barkley, who has seen 18 targets so far in 2019.

Don't expect Gallman to be particularly efficient or shoulder the same massive workload Barkley has, but the apparent improvements in the Giants' offense with Jones at the helm should help make up for some of those efficiency concerns. Gallman doesn't have much competition as the lead back without Barkley, either.

A high ankle sprain would likely cost Barkley multiple games, and the potential to get a viable starting RB for multiple weeks off the waiver wire is very valuable. Gallman will also get his first start in a favorable matchup, as the Giants host the Washington Redskins in Week 4. Gallman should be one of the highest-priority waiver wire adds for the upcoming week.

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