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RB - NYG
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RB - PIT
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  Saquon Barkley
RB - NYG
Saquon Barkley
Le'Veon Bell
RB - PIT
Le'Veon Bell
2018 Schedule 
Week 1 vs. JAC at CLE
Week 2 at DAL vs. KC
Week 3 at HOU at TB
Week 4 vs. NO vs. BAL
Week 5 at CAR vs. ATL
Week 6 vs. PHI at CIN
Week 7 at ATLBYE WEEK
Week 8 vs. WAS vs. CLE
Week 9BYE WEEK at BAL
Week 10 at SF vs. CAR
Week 11 vs. TB at JAC
Week 12 at PHI at DEN
Week 13 vs. CHI vs. LAC
Week 14 at WAS at OAK
Week 15 vs. TEN vs. NE
Week 16 at IND at NO
Week 17 vs. DAL vs. CIN
  Saquon Barkley
RB - NYG
Saquon Barkley
Le'Veon Bell
RB - PIT
Le'Veon Bell
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts260.2257.5
Rush Yards1,114.61,149.2
Rush TDs7.48.6
   
Receiving
   
Receptions55.872.4
Rec Yards424.0593.9
Rec TDs2.12.6
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points207.8237.2
   
  Saquon Barkley
RB - NYG
Saquon Barkley
Le'Veon Bell
RB - PIT
Le'Veon Bell
2017 Points 
Week 14.7
Week 29.1
Week 315.8
Week 430.6
Week 59.3
Week 625.1
Week 719.2
Week 812.1
Week 9
Week 1011.2
Week 1110.3
Week 1216.3
Week 1324.2
Week 1430.5
Week 1522.5
Week 1615.7
Week 17
  Saquon Barkley
RB - NYG
Saquon Barkley
Le'Veon Bell
RB - PIT
Le'Veon Bell
2017 Targets 
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Week 510
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Week 106
Week 1111
Week 1214
Week 136
Week 1410
Week 156
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Week 17
  Saquon Barkley
RB - NYG
Saquon Barkley
Le'Veon Bell
RB - PIT
Le'Veon Bell
Expert 
Derek Lofland
Fantasy Football Maniax
Barkley has all the tools to be the best running back in the league, but he is not playing behind the best line or on the best offense. His physical talents alone make him a RB1 with upside. Bell was given the franchise tag and he averaged 17.4 fantasy points per game last year playing under the tag. He is a duel-threat runner and receiver that can dominate fantasy games. He is a bit of a risk with the holdout, but he still needs to be taken in the 1st round and handcuffed with RB James Conner.
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
Rare blend of size, speed, agility (had 54 receptions @ Penn St in '17) - has dealt with a hamstring issue this preseason but is nearing a return - once back, he'll assume one of the heaviest featured roles for a RB in the leagueTime keeps on slipping, slipping into the future, and still we wait for Bell to report to the Steelers. His O-line has started speaking out against him, rumors of a holdout until Week 10 are gaining steam ... lots of question marks, the kind that you don't want hanging over your Rd. 1 pick
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
Think drafters are excited about Barkley? The neophyte garners a No. 7 ADP in standard and PPR formats, making him the sixth RB off the board in both settings. The Giants didn't make him the highest-drafted back since Reggie Bush to not use in a heavy all-purpose role. Adding to grand visions of superstardom, a full workload under new Giants head coach Pat Shurmur led Dalvin Cook to RB8 placement before the rookie tore his ACL. Barkley has all the makings of a transcendent star who will vie for top-pick honors during his career. The only problem? Drafters must pay for that result without baking in any risk of the unknown.The league's truest featured back, Bell played a whopping 945 snaps last season. No other rusher recorded 800. He parlayed a gargantuan 406 touches into 1,946 yards and 11 TDs in 15 games. That weighty workload put him firmly in the No. 1-pick conversation, but he should drop in last-minute drafts because of an ongoing holdout that could reportedly span well into the season.
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
When a team selects a running back with the No. 2 overall pick in today's game, they're going to use him, a lot. Last year in Pat Shurmur's offense, then-rookie Dalvin Cook totaled 71 touches in the team's first three games before getting hurt in Week 4. His pace was 379 total touches, which would have ranked No. 2 behind only Todd Gurley. Unlike Ezekiel Elliott, Barkley won't even be the opponent's biggest fear as long as Odell Beckham Jr. is on the field. With Barkley suffering a slight hamstring strain, it's unlikely we see him for much more of the preseason.Despite having a less-successful year than his 2016 campaign, Bell still finished No. 2 among fantasy running backs. His contract dispute is not going away any time soon, which moves him down under Todd Gurley due to safety. We fully expect Bell to suit-up when the lights come on in Week 1, but there's always a chance he doesn't. Another added risk is that he'll have a new offensive coordinator in 2018, though Randy Fichtner doesn't appear to be shy running a fast-paced offense. Update: It appears that Bell may not report to the team like he initially said, as his agent was interviewed on Sirius XM radio and said it's possible that Bell holds out until Week 10 to take less of a toll on his body before free agency. If you draft him, you absolutely need to reach for James Connor in the top eight rounds.
Kevin Wheeler
NFL Mock
Volume based ranking, and a brand new left side of the O-line should help matters for Barkley and the offense overall. Don't be surprised if we see Stewart vulture the carries from inside the 5 to start the season. Saquon Barkley tweaked his hamstring at practice, "Mild" hamstring strain. Giants will be smart with him this week and beyond. "To all my Steeler fans, my desire always has been to retire a Steeler...both sides worked extremely hard today to make that happen, but the NFL is a hard business at times...to the fans that had hope, I'm sorry we let youu down but trust me, 2018 will be my best season to date..." @LeVeonBell 400+ touches last year, regression in production is most likely scenario.
Raju Byfield
Win My Fantasy League
Set to be a workhorse for the GiantsHoldout threat looms but remains a top three pick
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
While this may not have been the smartest #2 pick for an NFL team, he is a surefire top-10 fantasy player even as a rookie. The Giants improved their offensive line and are expected to offer Saquon over 350 touches. That is a recipe for one of the best rookie seasons in fantasy football history.The sentiment for drafting Bell first overall is fair and understandable, but he is substantially more injury prone than Gurley, dealing with a potential holdout and finished more than 60 points behind him last fantasy season too. He comes with more risk than I'd recommend with a top two pick in fantasy drafts.
Staff Rankings
QB List
Barkley was dangerous in college, and it's why the Giants took him with the second-overall pick of the 2018 NFL Draft. Barkley is going to get run into the ground-while Eli Manning and the passing offense will have a place, Barkley will be the feature of the Giants' offense. Unfortunately, he's got an offensive line in front of him that was near the bottom of the league in most metrics. However, the Giants line improved this offseason, signing Nate Solder to a massive deal and drafting Will Hernandez, but they've still got Jon Halapio and Ereck Flowers to deal with on that line. I don't expect the line to be terrible, it'll be better, and even behind a mediocre offensive line, I think Barkley can succeed. And I don't expect Barkley to see a stacked box a whole ton, as the threat of Odell Beckham Jr. will keep opposing defenses from doing that (and if they do do it, they'll regret it pretty quickly).I know a lot of people would put Todd Gurley here and I wouldn't blame them at all. But I tend to be risk-averse in fantasy, and I think some regression is coming for Gurley, which is why I'm more inclined to roll with a high-floor guy like Bell. I'm not worried about Bell sitting out training camp, he did the same thing last year and he was amazing, posting 1,315 yards and a solid 7.9% DVOA along with that. Not only that, but Bell is on the last year of his contract, and I'm betting he doesn't negotiate an extension. As a result, I bet the Steelers run him as hard as they can, and the more times Bell has the ball in his hands, the better for fantasy players.
Jody Smith
FantasyPros
Marshall Faulk-like talent who should approach 300 touches right away. Barkley is worthy of first-round consideration in every format. This is likely to be Bell's last season in Pittsburgh, so expect the Steelers to give him all the touches he can handle, making Bell a candidate for the No. 1 PPR scorer of 2018.
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
Barkley is amazing and the Giants would be flat out stupid to not ride him hard right away. If they do, he has stud potential and at the worst should crack the top-10.Contract talks are annoying, so I'm dropping Bell slightly, but he's still a top 5 lock as long as he doesn't sit games out
Nick Zylak
Fantasy Football Advice
I'm ranking Barkley ahead of Antonio Brown and I actually feel good about that. Barkley is one of the best prospects we have seen in quite some time and the Giants will not hesitate to use him in the passing game as well. He weighs 10 pounds more than David Johnson and yet runs significantly faster. Look for him to get enough volume to compete for the top overall spot in his rookie season. 
Andrew Erickson
Gridiron Experts
The rookie sensation. I am buying his talent and the involvement he will have in the Giants offense. Take some of the heat off of Eli Manning. Sitting out OTAs gonna be fresh for the season. The Steelers probably won't re-sign him so I think that they are gonna drive him into the ground. 61 red zone rushinhg attempts in 2017 2nd most in the league. 107 passing targets 2nd most of any RB, 2nd most on team. Tied for most in red-zone passing targets at the RB spot with Kamara.