Last Updated on June 1, 2020
Over on DraftKings Sportsbook, ahead of the 2020 season for the NFL, they’ve started to release futures bets. We’ll be taking a look at some individuals and the bets that you can take while offering our opinions on them. For this piece, we’ll focus on Saquon Barkley from the Giants, who is looking to bounce-back after a fairly disappointing season that included him missing three games due to an ankle injury.
Saquon Barkley Rushing Yards 1,200.5
Over (-110) Under (-110)
After all the hype and his huge performance as a rookie in 2018, Barkley endured some of the sophomore slump narrative, although it can’t fully be attributed to his own performance. The ankle injury he suffered during Week 3 no doubt hindered him even when he returned. After starting the season out with back-to-back games over 100+ rushing yards, Barkley had just 10 yards on eight attempts before leaving against the Buccaneers. The ankle injury would sideline until Week 7 against the Cardinals, which saw him rush for no more than 83 yards in five straight games. As the season concluded, Barkley averaged 131 yards in the final three games, giving hope that he not only was fully healed but ready to build on his stellar rookie campaign in 2020.
On the plus side, Barkley averaged more carries per game with Daniel Jones under center than he did Eli Manning. Through his rookie career and the first three games of the season in 2019, Barkley averaged 15.6 carries per game. When he returned, which featured all the games Daniel Jones, he averaged 18 per game and saw no less than 13 in his 10 games back. Granted, it’s a smaller sample size but with Jones being a much more mobile quarterback than Manning, it was refreshing to see. While Jones wasn’t running a ton, he did average 3.6 rush attempts in the 12 games he started.
The Giants also made a point to rebuild their offensive line this offseason. With their first round pick, which was fourth overall, they selected left tackle Andrew Thomas out of Georgia. He and Nate Solder will man the corners, regardless of what position they play, for this upcoming season. The Giants also signed Cameron Fleming and hired Marc Colombo, snagging him after spending years coaching the Cowboys line. These are all good signs for Barkley, who if fully healthy, should be able to return to his rookie season form.
Steve’s Pick For Saquon
In the end, I firmly believe that taking the over on this total is the way to go. Even in a shortened, injury-filled season, Barkley was only 197.5 rushing yards off from this total through 13 games. Even if he played every game last season averaging the 77 yards per game he did last season, he would have beat the current set total by 31.5 yards. Of his two years in the NFL, Barkley is averaging 79.7 rushing yards, which if played through a full season, would once again put him over. I’d be surprised if he wasn’t able to hit the over barring any injury.