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Last year proved that running back is the most valued position for rookies in fantasy football. Leonard Fournette, Kareem Hunt and Alvin Kamara all finished in the top ten in that position. Fournette was the only one who was selected in many first rounds last year and Barkley is much more skilled than the former LSU wrecking ball.
Barkley compiled over 5000 yards from scrimmage in his three years in Penn State. That doesn't include what he was able to do as a returner as well. While he won't be expected to take on that role at the next level, he is a rare breed in today's NFL.
Barkley is a player who can play between the hashmarks.
He also has the ability to extend plays with his vision, quickness and breakaway speed. A simple dump off can turn into a touchdown quicker than you can say his name. That's not to mention the freak athleticism rarely seen in running back his size.
The Giants have been searching for a running back since Tiki Barber left town. They've had one year where their rushing attack finished in the top 15. Now they not only find their running back in the future, but the upgrade to their offense will be felt throughout the league.
Defenses will no longer be able to key on the pass and Odell Beckham Jr., but will have to stay honest with the threat Barkley provides. You can expect Barkley to rush for around 1500 yards while catching another 200 to 400.
Take him in the first and be confident knowing you got a sublime talent.