Saints: 5 Giants who can ruin Week 4

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2. Saquon Barkley

Saquon Barkley’s comeback could blow New Orleans out of the Superdome. That’s how potentially explosive he is.

Barkley is coming off an ACL injury in 2020 and has played limited minutes for New York even when the Giants have desperately needed him in the running game.

Playing it safe may have been the right call, and the Giants will likely up his workload in Week 4 against the Saints.

Barkley’s production in the last three weeks has disappointed all his fantasy managers, but there’s a reason why he’s still one of the highly rostered running backs in the league.

Barkley won the 2018 Offensive Rookie of the Year after rushing for 1,307 yards and 11 touchdowns and catching 91 passes for 721 yards and four touchdowns. He posted another 1,000-yard rushing campaign his sophomore year, but his production has dwindled ever since he got knocked around in 2019 and then tore his ACL in 2020.

No matter what team you support, seeing a running back marvel like Barkley suffer a season-ending injury makes you feel for the guy. We almost want him to get better, but maybe just not against New Orleans in Week 4.

So far this season, Barkley has posted 134 yards on 39 carries and added one touchdown, but if the Giants manage to pull off a win, it’ll be because of Barkley.

New Orleans have surrendered just 2.8 yards per carry and 60.3 rushing yards per game, but then again, the Saints haven’t played against Saquon Barkley yet.