Saquon Barkley is more or less a real-life Avenger. The 2nd year running back will be the New York Giants offense in 2019. Period. Write that down and nail it to the top of your fantasy football draft board in the coming weeks. With the trade of superstar wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr, Saquon is New York football. The former Penn State star will have every opportunity to win his first NFL MVP award in 2019.
Playing in one of the NFL’s largest markets, and in the league’s most marketable division, Barkley’s star will shine brighter in 2019. The media will follow Saquon’s every juke, spin and shuffle around floundering and helpless NFL defenders. The running back will have the chance to beat the inevitable line-up of quarterback contenders for football’s most glorious individual prize. If you don’t believe media coverage plays a part in MVP races, have a chat with James Harden. Saquon’s play will be magnified beyond belief this year, thrusting him directly into every MVP conversation.
Head coach Pat Shurmur has no choice but to build his offense around Saquon’s strength if he wishes to keep his job. With injuries devastating the wide receiver room in New York, the Giants have very little in terms of targets for quarterback Eli Manning. Barkley is, simply, the engine that will make the Giants offense go. At a bargain price of +3400 to win 2019-20 NFL MVP, Barkley is a fantastic bet for your coin coffers.
How high can Saquon Barkley rise? Saquon Barkley Odds and Prop Bets
For the Giants to have any hope of winning games this coming season, Saquon will have to be a superhero. Looking at the statistics Adrian Peterson put up in his unbelievable 2012 NFL MVP year, Barkley will have the opportunity to rival even those numbers. Hitting 2300 yards from scrimmage, with 13 touchdowns may seem completely unattainable for the average human, but Barkley could easily surpass those numbers in 2019. Reaching those heights may not be the wish of every Giants fan, as Barkley would have to hit the dreaded 400-touch mark to make this happen. However, if he is afforded 320 carries and over a 130 looks in the passing game, a season of 2500 yards from scrimmage and 20 touchdowns is realistic. An improved Giants offensive line will mean more holes for the elite running back. This kid will be giving defensive co-ordinators nightmares all season long.
One has to believe the Rookie of the Year will be given more carries in this upcoming season. With former Pro Bowler Kevin Zeitler opening holes on the right side of the offensive line, Saquon should see more daylight. Extrapolating his yards per carry average (5), to the number of carries AP was given in his MVP year (348), would put Saquon at over 1700 rushing yards. The two-time Big 10 Offensive player of the year is just +450 to lead the league in rushing, while his most explosive counterpart, Ezekiel Elliott, has yet to show up for camp. We know Barkley will be toting the rock in 2019, while Elliott and Melvin Gordon sit out; Saquon is a fantastic bet to lead the league in rushing. Saquon Barkley’s prop odds are an intriguing option as he sits at +800 to win the rushing touchdown title. The Giants will be giving number 26 the ball in the red zone, and he has the burst and break- away speed to score from anywhere on the field. Personally, I like the any prop bets that involves the name Saquon Barkley in 2019. Run your ticket to the counter, draft Barkley in fantasy, and smile vivaciously at your returns.