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Is Saquon Barkley The Comeback Player Of The Year? The Manopause NFL Fantasy Football Prediction

Who Is Saquon Barkley?

After playing for Penn State, Saquon Barkley was picked in round 1 in 2018 by the NY Giants. In his first year playing for the NFL he won the award for offensive rookie of the year. He went on to miss a lot of 2019 due to an injury and most of the 2020 season due to an ACL tear. This year in April the Giants picked up the 5th year option on his contract.

Fantasy Football Comeback Player

Who is going to be the one player to watch this year in fantasy football? Who is going to absolutely blow up this season and make you very happy that you took a flyer on him? Who is going to wind up getting the title of come back player of the year?

A lot of prognosticators will tell you it’s going to be a quarterback. I know, it’s always a quarterback and yes, Dak Prescott of the Dallas Cowboys and Joe Burrow from the Cincinnati Bengals are poised to be two of the biggest stories in the league. They are also quite possibly two of the biggest comeback fantasy players of the year this season.

That being said, what if I told you that the player who’s going to gain the most attention and be the most productive after an injury plague season last year is a running back and that running back is none other than Saquon Barkley of the New York Giants? Hear me out…

Why Saquon Barkley?

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Saquon Barkley 2018.  CC BY 3.0. AtlantaFX.

Allow me to throw a few key statistics at you. When it comes to the New York Giants and their offensive production, here is what Saquon Barkley means to the Giants offense:

  • As a rookie, Barclay ran for 1,307 yards
  • He had an average of 81.7 yards per game
  • He scored 11 touchdowns

The real eye-opening statistics come out from the quarterback position when Saquon is in the game vs. when the Giants do NOT have Barclay in the line-up.

For example: with Barkley in the lineup and playing in 11 games, quarterback Daniel Jones threw 23 touchdowns and 9 interceptions. Here is the kicker, with Barkley outside of the lineup and in 15 games Daniel Jones threw just 12 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. Jones also averaged 269 yards passing per game with Barkley in the line up and he only averaged 199 yards per game with Barkley out of the line-up.

M Prediction For The 2021 Season

With such an impressive difference on how Barkley affects the entire offense, my prediction is that Barkley is going to have around 1,500 yards, 12+ touchdowns and help make his quarterback and the entire offense have an outstanding year. He will be the most compelling player in this years NFL fantasy football challenge for ‘Comeback Player of the Year’ in the NFL . Saquon may quite possibly be in the running for ‘Most Valuable Player’ during the 2021-22 season.

Last but not least, keep in mind the NFC ‘least’ East is usually the weakest division in the National Football Conference and probably the entire league. The Washington Football Team won the NFC East last year with a 7-9 record last season. The New York Giants where only a game back at 6-10.

I believe Barkley also gives the Giants a two-game swing when he is on the field. With that, Barkley might just bring the Giants their first playoff birth in 6 years and maybe a division title for the first time in 10 years (and that year, the Giants beat Tom Brady and the New England Patriots in the Super Bowl!)

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Marc Serota
Marc Serota
As a Portrait photographer Marc Serota has lensed iconic athletes and celebrities for CORBIS and GETTY as well as major brands such as Sports Illustrated, ESPN, the NBA, NHL and the NFL. Serota is a renowned award winning photographer having logged 25+ years with news agencies such as REUTERS, Getty Images, The Associated Press and UPI shooting the biggest entertainment, news and sports stories from the early 1990’s to the present. Marc has covered numerous Super Bowls, Olympic games, NHL Stanley Cup’s, NASCAR races, ATP and PGA events. Visit Marc's website: Follow Marc Serota @G_O_A_T_shooter on Twitter and @marcserota on Instagram.
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