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Is Saquon Barkley A First-Round Pick In 2024 Fantasy Football?

Saquon Barkley - Fantasy Football Rankings, NFL Injury News, DFS Lineup Picks

After spending the first six seasons with the New York Giants, Saquon Barkley signed a multiyear deal with the Philadelphia Eagles this offseason. Barkley and the Eagles agreed to a three-year, $37.75 million deal in March, making him one of the highest-paid running backs in the league. 

Barkley will now get to run behind one of the best offensive lines in football in 2024 and beyond. That should help his fantasy value immediately.

So, is Barkley a first-round pick in 2024 fantasy football? Let's dive in and find out. 

Be sure to check all of our fantasy football rankings for 2024 fantasy football drafts:

 

Saquon Barkley 2024 Fantasy Football Outlook

Since entering the league in 2018, Barkley has been one of the best fantasy options. He has finished as a top-12 fantasy running back in half-PPR formats in four of six years. The only two seasons he didn't was in 2020 (when he tore his ACL) and 2021 (the year after he tore his ACL). 

Outside of those two years, though, Barkley has been a surefire RB1 option -- even behind a bottom-5 offensive line. Now, the 27-year-old gets to run behind the best run-blocking unit in the NFL. In 2023, Lane Johnson (82%), Landon Dickerson (81%), and Jordan Mailata (80%) ranked one, two, and three in run block win rate. 

So, Barkley should see much more success on the ground after rushing for just 3.89 yards per carry this past year. Even if Jalen Hurts takes away a handful of touchdowns, the Pro Bowl running back should definitely score at least 12 touchdowns in 2024. That makes him a great pick early in 2024 fantasy football drafts. 

 

Is Saquon Barkley a First-Round Pick in 2024 Fantasy Football?

As it stands right now, Barkley isn't a first-round pick in most 12-plus-team leagues. He currently has a 15.7 ADP on Sleeper, so he is going early in the second round in most leagues. 

However, Barkley should be under consideration in the back end of the first round. He will be the focal point on one of the best offenses in the NFL, and that should lead to some great fantasy days. His high floor mixed with a high ceiling behind an elite offensive line makes him someone fantasy managers might not be able to resist late in the first round. 



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