Saquon Barkley A First-Round Pick In Fantasy

Jamey Eisenberg believes Barkley should be the fifth running back off the board

Taz and the Moose
July 31, 2018 - 9:59 am

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The NFL season is almost upon us, which means the fantasy football season is almost us. CBS Sports fantasy football analyst Jamey Eisenberg dropped by Taz & The Moose to discuss the top storylines heading into YOUR draft.

“I think you’re looking at the rookie running backs,” Eisenberg said. “It starts with Saquon Barkley, clearly, and goes all the way through guys like Nick Chubb and Sony Michel – the Georgia duo – and how they’ll fit in with their respective teams.”

Those teams would be the Browns and Patriots, respectively. Cleveland took Chubb 35th overall, while Michel was one of three running backs taken in the first round. He went 31st overall to New England – four spots after Seattle took Rashaad Penny 27th.

“That Seattle situation is getting a little bit murky because of the Chris Carson hype that Pete Carroll has been heaping upon him,” Eisenberg said.

While Penny will likely have a successful season, Barkley remains the top rookie running back on the board. When should fantasy players target him? Which round?

“It’s not a round; it’s a spot – because he’s going in the first round,” Eisenberg said. “The cool thing about it is if you just look at track record of the guys who were drafted in the first spot at the running back position the last three years – Todd Gurley, Ezekiel Elliott and Leonard Fournette – they all finished as top-10 running backs. Barkley, to me, is the fifth running back off the board. I’m overly optimistic, but I don’t the you’re going to see him go past 8 or 9 in terms of the running back position. 

“So he’s a first-round pick,” Eisenberg continued. “He’s probably going anywhere between 8 and 10, and I think the draft spot is worth it. I like the upgrades on the offensive line for the Giants, I think the offense will bounce back in a big way with a healthy Odell Beckham, and Barkely, I think, is going to be as advertised and produce at a high level.”

The Giants open the season against Jacksonville, at Dallas, at Houston, and against New Orleans.