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Is Saquon Barkley playing Thursday night?  Fantastic injuries update for Giants-Washington Week 2 Thursday night-Football

Saquon Barkley (knee) has been on the injury report apparently every week since the end of his rookie season, and he’s staying there ahead of a Week 2 clash in Washington on Thursday night football. He played in the Giants’ opener but was ineffective with 11 total touches for 27 yards. You would think he would surely play if he played last week, but over a short week this early in the season, you never know. Fantasy Football owners will no doubt be checking for the latest injury updates until kick-off, as they try to decide on their first start, sitting decision of the week.

We will continue to update this article with news from Barkley until the active / inactive report is released on Thursday at approximately 6:50 p.m. ET. For all the latest fantasy updates, follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy.

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Is Saquon Barkley playing Thursday night?

Barkley is officially listed as “questionable” for Thursday night’s game in Washington, but it is believed he will take the field in some capacity. Joe Judge has expressed his belief in Barkley’s availability throughout the week.

PPR WEEK 2 RANKS:
quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | tight end | D / ST | Kicker

The biggest concern of fantasy owners is how it will be used. Will it be more of the same with a relatively limited workload (11 touches) and extreme inefficiency, or will he finally come back to looking like the Barkley we’ve all known and loved since his rookie season? The sad part is, we really won’t know, no matter what a coach or member of the media says before the game. Remember last week when Sunday morning reports indicated that D’Andre Swift was going to have a limited role for the Lions? Well, he finished among the top seven running backs, regardless of the format.

STANDARD RANKING FOR WEEK 2:
quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | tight end | D / ST | Kicker

However, Barkley is coming back from a much more serious injury (tearing the ACL) and facing one of the best front-sevens in the league – on a short rest, nothing less. It will be a tough situation if we don’t get more information before the game, but the best bet is probably to start it if it’s active. After all, you used a first or second round pick on him, so your RB depth might not be particularly strong. If you have a loaded RB group or a high end WR to replace it at flex, this is also an option. Keep your options open until it’s time to play.

If Barkley is inactive, Devontae Booker would see the bulk of RB touches for the Giants and have at least flexible value in your roster due to volume. If Barkley plays, he’ll likely still see the majority of the touches (split 11-5 last week with Booker).

Recall: If you decide to start Barkley or Booker, make sure they are in the RB zone rather than the flexible zone of your roster. This will allow you to be more flexible later in the week in the event of unforeseen injuries / complications from Covid-19.