Bowen’s Film Room: Saquon Barkley highlights rising stars for Week 2
15th September 2022

    Former NFL safety Matt Bowen is a veteran of four teams over seven seasons, and now provides analysis for ESPN Insider.

Saquon Barkley is back. And Curtis Samuel’s versatility is elevating the wide receiver. Let’s get in the film room and talk more fantasy football here. I’m looking at players to upgrade based on the upcoming NFL slate, along with those I’m pushing down in my Week 2 PPR rankings. And I’ll give you the players to monitor, too.

Vets, rookies, quarterbacks. Here’s what I’m seeing on the tape.

Upgrades for Week 2

RB Saquon Barkley, New York Giants

Everyone is in on Barkley after Week 1. And they should be. He dropped 33.4 PPR points on the Titans’ defense. But I wanted to write on the Giants running back because of just how far he elevated in my ranks. Entering last week, I had Barkley as a mid-tier RB2. Had to see it first. This week, with a matchup versus a Carolina defense that was just shredded by the Browns’ run game, Barkley is my RB4. I think he’s back. Yeah. Explosive, sudden and powerful. An upper-tier, dual-threat fantasy player at the position.

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