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Saquon Barkley or Christian McCaffrey

 
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  Saquon Barkley
RB - NYG
Saquon Barkley
Christian McCaffrey
RB - CAR
Christian McCaffrey
 
 
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  Saquon Barkley
RB - NYG
Saquon Barkley
Christian McCaffrey
RB - CAR
Christian McCaffrey
2019 Schedule 
Week 1 at DAL vs. LAR
Week 2 vs. BUF vs. TB
Week 3 at TB at ARI
Week 4 vs. WAS at HOU
Week 5 vs. MIN vs. JAC
Week 6 at NE at TB
Week 7 vs. ARIBYE WEEK
Week 8 at DET at SF
Week 9 vs. DAL vs. TEN
Week 10 at NYJ at GB
Week 11BYE WEEK vs. ATL
Week 12 at CHI at NO
Week 13 vs. GB vs. WAS
Week 14 at PHI at ATL
Week 15 vs. MIA vs. SEA
Week 16 at WAS at IND
Week 17 vs. PHI vs. NO
  Saquon Barkley
RB - NYG
Saquon Barkley
Christian McCaffrey
RB - CAR
Christian McCaffrey
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts268.4212.8
Rush Yards1,255.61,041.7
Rush TDs9.46.7
   
Receiving
   
Receptions86.896.7
Rec Yards694.7821.8
Rec TDs3.45.0
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points268.9253.2
   
  Saquon Barkley
RB - NYG
Saquon Barkley
Christian McCaffrey
RB - CAR
Christian McCaffrey
2018 Points 
Week 118.87.5
Week 210.813.9
Week 317.719.4
Week 416.0
Week 524.915.3
Week 628.96.6
Week 717.48.0
Week 811.117.6
Week 927.7
Week 1010.031.8
Week 1133.211.0
Week 1226.235.7
Week 1314.622.1
Week 1425.722.1
Week 155.618.0
Week 1613.717.8
Week 1720.24.0
  Saquon Barkley
RB - NYG
Saquon Barkley
Christian McCaffrey
RB - CAR
Christian McCaffrey
2018 Targets 
Week 169
Week 21615
Week 352
Week 48
Week 546
Week 6128
Week 7106
Week 8106
Week 96
Week 1055
Week 1138
Week 12811
Week 13410
Week 1457
Week 151011
Week 16713
Week 1781
  Saquon Barkley
RB - NYG
Saquon Barkley
Christian McCaffrey
RB - CAR
Christian McCaffrey
Expert 
Brandon Funston
The Athletic
Phenomenally versatile game-breaker (21 combined runs/receptions of 20+ yards most at RB), but team context could hurt him a bit (e.g. loss of OBJ, QB issues)Talk that CAR might try to scale back workload after CMC's 326 touches in '18 (finishing RB3 in half PPR scoring), but the team certainly hasn't backed up its RB in a manner that indicates that is truly the plan
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
There is zero to dislike about Barkley as a player, as he was second in the league last year with 1,307 rushing yards and caught 91 passes, second in running backs to only Christian McCaffrey. But his production waned somewhat without Odell Beckham Jr., and with all the issues with the Giants' wide receivers, defenses will surely be focused on not letting Barkley beat them. But those are all minimal concerns when you consider Barkley's talent and likely usage. He's one of the top few picks in your draft, if not the first selection.McCaffrey's usage last year was almost comical - he was on the field for 91% of the snaps and got nearly 100% of the running back touches for the Panthers. If you've seen pictures of him this offseason, you know he has bulked up, which is necessary if he's going to continue at anything close to the rate the Panthers utilized him last year. There's still no one of consequence behind him and so he should again see a massive workload. So long as he can again stay healthy, it's hard to envision him finishing outside the top four running backs even in standard formats.
Rich Piazza
Fantasy Shed
The separation between Barkley and McCaffrey for the top spot has to do with the supporting cast. There is nobody on the Giants roster that should be a threat to Barkley for goal-line opportunities. CMC is going to lose some touches in that area to Cam, and possibly Jordan Scarlett and others. 
Greg Smith
TwoQBs
My overall rankings are for 2QB/Superflex. 
Michael Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
1307/11 rushing and 91/721/4 receiving AS A ROOKIE! He is going to get the ball 20+ times a game, easily. He was also ridiculously consistent. Had 2 games under 15.5 half ppr points all of last season which is absurd. 
Jason Petropoulos
BRoto Fantasy
Barkley had ONE game all of last season with less than 50 rushing yards, less than 5 catches, and no TDs. He's one big run away from being the overall RB1 every week. 
Nick Zylak
Fantasy Football Advice
Barkley is an absolute freak. He has a 96th percentile bench press, a 97th percentile burst score, a 99th percentile height adjusted speed score, a 99th percentile SPARQ-x score, and is one of the best receiving backs in the league. He can take any play to the house, and can save even his poor fantasy performances with his receiving upside. He ran for over 1,300 yards and 15 total TD's last season, averaging 5.0 YPC on one of the worst offenses in football. Oh, and he also caught 91 balls. There are two big concerns with Barkley The first is that his YPC is likely to regress this season. He had 16 carries for 641 yards on runs of 20+ yards. While this is one of his strengths, you can't expect him to rush for that many yards on long runs each season. The second concern is his offense. This is going to be one of the worst offenses in the league, and it's very difficult for a RB to pay off top overall value when the offense around them is so bad. I'm ok drafting Barkley...but he usually goes first overall, which means I'll have 0% of him.CMC is going to be a stud yet again this season. The former 4th overall pick now has 187 receptions over his first two seasons, including 107 last season. He also showed that he can produce in the TD department with 13 total TD's. There are two main knocks I have with him. One is the rushing yardage. He's a great RB, but he doesn't have the same sort of rushing yard upside as some of the other RB's do. The second is the TD's. The 13 TD's were great, but 12 of them occurred in weeks 7-13. That means that he had just one total TD in weeks 1/2/3/4/5/6/14/15/16. I'm not saying that he can't post more consistent numbers, but I trust the TD production of Kamara and Barkley just a little bit more. With all this being said, the dude is going to have 80+ receptions, and he's going to be involved every aspect of the offense. He needs to be taken in the top 5 of drafts.
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
During his rookie season, while playing behind a shoddy offensive line and in a low-scoring offense, Barkley overcame all odds and delivered a fantasy MVP-worthy performance. He finished as an RB1 in 75 percent of his games, while hitting at least RB2 numbers in 93.8 percent of his games. Some are excited about his target possibilities with Odell Beckham Jr. gone, but it's likely going to bring more attention to him and the run-game. Still, Barkley showed last year that he's able to overcome a lot, making him a relatively safe top-three selection in every format, but the lack of scoring from this offense can really hold him back.McCaffrey blew up in 2018 and it's got everyone reaching for him as a top-three selection in 2019. It's fair and you shouldn't shy away from the three-down back, but you should know that the Panthers have openly talked about scaling back his workload. He's still likely to finish as a top-five option at the position even if he loses 4-6 touches per game, as he's gamescript-proof and it's not as if Cam Newton is rushing for as many touchdowns as he used to.
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
Barkley is the consensus 1.1 pick for a reason; he is the most talented running back to enter the league since Adrian Peterson and perhaps even Barry Sanders. With that said, he plays behind one of the league's worst offensive lines and teams may stack the box more often with Beckham now in Cleveland. Still yet, Saquon dominated last year despite the rest of the offense struggling, plus he is game script proof.McCaffrey was exceptional last year with 1,965 yards from scrimmage. It certainly helped that he saw 107 receptions, likely because Cam Newton was playing with an injured shoulder, but let's not forget that he was only given 219 carries which could certainly increase if his passing workload decreases. McCaffrey is as safe of a week to week and season-long play as you'll find.
Kyle Yates
The Fantasy Footballers
Saquon's a transcendent talent at the running back position. He's in an incredible position this season to exceed 2,000 total yards again and that New York Giants offense is going to run through him. He should be the 1.01 in every draft this season.CMC proved last year that he can be a workhorse back at the NFL level and I expect nothing less from him this season. If Newton's shoulder is completely healed, this Panthers offense has the potential to be dynamic and CMC will be at the center of it. Expect huge reception numbers yet again from McCaffrey!
Derek Lofland
FantasyPros
Barkley was 2nd in fantasy points by running backs in his rookie season and he should continue to his ascent towards becoming the best running back in the NFL.McCaffrey was the 3rd ranked running back in fantasy football last year and he is one of the best duel-threat running backs in the NFL.