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#190 The Biggest Riddle Of The 2021 Season

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In today’s Fantasy Life Newsletter, we do one last examination of the Saquon Barkley situation, share some great articles, and round up Cooterdoodle’s favorite tweets. It's 9/5. Take it away, Peter Overzet…


We’ve been sharing almost daily updates on Saquon Barkley’s health heading into Week 1 as his situation presents one of the biggest riddles for fantasy drafts. 

On the one hand, he’s Saquon Barkley. If he caught 75+ balls like he did his rookie year and finished as a Top 3 RB on the year, no one would be surprised.

On the other hand, if the Giants imploded behind a bad offensive line and Barkley was in and out of the lineup all year that wouldn’t be too surprising either. 

Throughout the offseason the Giants have been intentional in bringing Barkley along slowly and not overpromising on his Week 1 availability. He practiced in full pads for the first time this week, but the team is still being cautious.  

Rich Hribar made a good point on Twitter about Barkley and the Giants schedule:

While it isn’t ideal to have your second round pick miss the first two games, fantasy football is still a weekly game. The first two weeks are the easiest time to spot start another RB on the bench if Barkley is limited or inactive.

If Barkley were fully healthy he wouldn’t be going in the second round to begin with, so a lot of this uncertainty is already baked into the draft cost. Take advantage of this dynamic by buying the dip, but be realistic with what you are drafting—a discounted high risk, high reward player who can potentially help you dominate when it matters most. 



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* Both WRs Brandon Aiuyk and Kenny Golladay, who have been dealing with hamstring injuries, got some work in at practice last week. We’ll know more about their Week 1 status from the practice reports tomorrow and Tuesday.

* WFT WR Curtis Samuel is expected to return to full-team work on Monday after being limited to individual drills with a groin injury since he was activated from the PUP list on August 15.

* The Titans activated QB Ryan Tannehill and RB Jeremy McNichols from their reserve/COVID-19 list and both are on track to play in the regular season opener vs. the Cardinals, per Adam Schefter. 




- Pete Overzet


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