What is Saquon Barkley’s Value? | 2024 Philadelphia Eagles Fantasy Football Draft Guide

by Kacey Kasem
What is Saquon Barkley's value?

As the 2024 NFL season gears up, the Philadelphia Eagles' offense looks different than last year. In the offseason, the Eagles made a massive splash with the acquisition of running back Saquon Barkley. His arrival in Philly begs an answer to the question, What is Saquon Barkley's Value?

Regarding quarterbacks, Jalen Hurts shines as one of the top options in the league. His dual-threat abilities and exceptional performances make him a much sought-after pick, even with a hefty price tag.

And the pass-catching situation is incredibly reliable in Philadelphia, causing A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith to soar up draft boards. Many fantasy managers want to know if other passing options on the Eagles are worth rostering.

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What is Saquon Barkley's Value Now That He is a Philadelphia Eagle?

The former New York Giant signed a three-year, $37.75M agreement with the Philadelphia Eagles in March 2024. The Giants chose not to franchise tag Saquon Barkley for a second season.

The Penn State product exploded onto the scene in 2018's NFL Draft as the number two overall pick. The bell cow back completed his rookie campaign as the RB1 in PPR and RB2 in standard leagues. He rushed for 1,307 yards that season, scoring 11 times on the ground. Additionally, Barkley tallied 721 yards via the air while hauling in four more scores.

However, Barkley's career has been marred by injuries. In 2020, he suffered a severe blow, tearing his ACL and MCL, which restricted his time on the field to just two games. He also missed three games last season due to an ankle sprain, a recurring issue in his career.

Last season, the New York-born running back showed he could be effective despite injury concerns. Barkley rushed for 962 yards and six touchdowns while catching 41 passes for 280 yards and four touchdowns in 2023.

The former Pro Bowler put up good numbers despite seeing three mediocre quarterbacks under center in 2023. Daniel Jones and Tommy DeVito started six games apiece, while Tyrod Taylor was at the helm for five. Jones struggled to stay healthy, and Barkley never had a dependable quarterback.

Philadelphia made a notable move during the 2023 NFL Draft, receiving D'Andre Swift from the Detroit Lions. However, Swift's tenure with the Eagles was short-lived, as he signed with the Bears for the 2024 season. Swift's departure paved the way for Barkley to become the new face of the Eagles' running back room.

Barkley stays a top-tier running back option for 2024 fantasy football drafts. Kellen Moore enters as the new Eagles offensive coordinator and will ensure the running back gets abundant opportunities.

The 27-year-old running back is in the best offense of his career, including stud quarterback Jalen Hurts under center. Hurts makes plays on the goal line and often takes the ball in himself. The quick QB puts up double-digit rushing touchdowns each year. Hurts will continue to take in scores himself this year, but Barkley will take a lot of the pressure off the quarterback.

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Center Jason Kelce has retired, so the "tush push" might not have the same effect it once had. If the team cannot execute the Brotherly Shove as well as they did with Kelce, look for Barkley to make up for the missing Hurts touchdowns.

The offensive line in Philly has been elite, and this will be the case again in 2024. Kelce is the only offensive line player not returning, as G Sam Jurgens will take over at center. RT Lane Johnson, LT Jordan Mailate, and LG Landon Dickerson are still on the roster. Barkley has never played with an offensive line this good, and he will see considerably more holes than he's used to.

Look for Saquon to put up RB1 numbers yet again this season. As a running back who will see plenty of playing time as the starter in Philly, feel confident carrying Barkley as your RB1 this season.

Is Jalen Hurts Still a Top 3 Quarterback with Jason Kelce's Departure and Saquon Barkley's Arrival?

Jalen Hurts ended the 2023 NFL season as the QB2 in fantasy football leagues. Previously, the Eagles' quarterback finished as QB3 (2022) and QB9 (2021). The 25-year-old is a dual-threat quarterback highly coveted in fantasy drafts.

Last year, the Oklahoma alum ran for 605 yards while posting 15 rushing touchdowns. The star under center could witness his rushing numbers decline with the addition of Barkley, but he'll still be a significant force in the end zone.

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In 2023, the quarterback threw for 3,858 yards and 23 touchdowns behind one of the best offensive lines in the league. He did toss 15 interceptions, something he'll have to clean up in 2024.

The NFL has not banned the Tush Push, Brotherly Shove, or whatever clever name you want to call it. This is optimistic news for Hurts, as he can continue to trust his team to get him in the end zone. With Jason Kelce's retirement, the Brotherly Shove might see hiccups, but the team will figure out how to execute it properly.

Philadelphia began the 2023 season strong, with a 10-1 record. They then lost six of the last seven games, followed by a 32-9 wildcard round loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The Eagles will look to return to the Super Bowl in 2024, but they must improve from their season-ending performance.

Being associated with receivers A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith helps Hurts' value. Last season, Brown finished as WR5 in PPR leagues, totaling 227.6 fantasy points overall and 17 fantasy points per game. Smith ended the season with 227.6 points total and 14.2 points per game. In 2022, Brown was WR6, and Smith was WR9 in PPR leagues. Both are top fantasy options at wide receiver.

The Eagles will right the ship in 2024, and Hurts will be his usual high-scoring self. With his exceptional rushing upside and gifted receiving corps, Hurts will be a top-5 quarterback. He should do enough to push him into top-3 territory. Hurts has a few factors against him, but overall, he will continue doing what he does best.

Is It Worth Drafting Philadelphia Pass Catchers Not Named A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith?

A.J. Brown and DeVonta Smith have been a dynamic duo over their past two seasons with Philadelphia. The Eagles haven't had a clear-cut WR3 for seasons, opting to rotate Quez Watkins, Olamide Zaccheaus, and Julio Jones in the position in 2023. None of these athletes took over the role.

The Eagles' depth at wide receiver will be different in 2024. Veteran DeVante Parker would have slid in as the WR3 if he made the roster, but he retired after signing a one-year deal with the team.

Parris Campbell is another veteran name on the Eagles' roster. The former second-round draft pick is only 26 years old. He has not had a notable league career, but he has experience.

Campbell's most promising NFL season was 2022, when he snared 63 balls for 623 yards and three touchdowns. In his other four seasons in the league, he had 54 catches for 464 yards and only two scores total. Last season with the New York Giants, the 2019 Draft pick caught 20 passes, going for 104 yards.

Philadelphia's head coach, Nick Sirianni, coached Campbell in Indianapolis, so there is already a connection. The Ohio State product has predominantly played out of the slot, but the Eagles can plug him in when needed. Sirianni has already commented on Campbell's speed, so look for the offense to use that to their benefit.

Former first-round draft pick John Ross is also in Philly, returning to the NFL after retiring in the summer of 2023. He's a wide receiver worth monitoring as he works hard to make the roster. The ninth overall pick in the 2017 NFL Draft is only 28 and still has quickness.

The Eagles chose fifth-rounder Ainias Smith out of Texas A&M and sixth-rounder Johnny Wilson from Florida State in the 2024 NFL Draft. These two wideouts are different styles of players.

Smith is an inside slot player who doesn't have your characteristic wide receiver build (5-ft-9 and 176 pounds). The Aggies utilized Smith as a wide receiver and running back in college. The wideout did not partake in drills during rookie camp due to a stress fracture in his shin found at the combine.

Wilson is a 6-foot-6, 228-pound receiver who is a work in progress. He'll be a developmental player for Philadelphia, someone they hope can become a prevailing outside receiver. The rookie wideout has an 84 1/2" wingspan and should dominate defenders when leaping for the ball. The youngster won't have value on the team initially, but he should grow into a solid option for the Eagles.

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Another wide receiver to watch is primary punt returner Britain Covey. Although he has been on the roster for two years, it is a long shot that he'd win the WR3 job. He has played 77 offensive snaps in his career with Philly, catching four of six balls for 42 yards.

After reviewing the options for WR3 in Philadelphia, none look to be someone worth drafting in fantasy football unless you have a deep bench. If another player on the roster were worth drafting besides Hurts, Brown, Smith, and Barkley, it would be tight end Dallas Goedert.

Can Dallas Goedert be a TE1 for Fantasy Football?

The seasoned tight end has been a vital part of the Philadelphia offense since joining the team in 2018. Over the years, he has been the third receiving option for the Eagles.

Goedert has nabbed 55 or more passes each of the last three seasons. Although he consistently catches balls, the Philadelphia tight end is not consistently on the field.

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The 29-year-old has not played an entire season in the NFL since his 2018 rookie campaign. He was absent from eight games over the last two seasons. He suffered from a fractured arm in 2023 and a shoulder injury in 2022.

Goedert has seen his production decline in Philly over the last few years. In 2021, Goedert posted 830 yards, but that number dropped to 702 in 2022 and 592 in 2023.

The former second-rounder hasn't had much success scoring, putting up three touchdowns in each of the last two seasons. The most touchdowns scored by Goedert in a season were five in 2019.

With A.J. Brown, DeVonta Smith, and Saquon Barkley in the fold, don't expect Goedert to be a viable TE1 for your fantasy roster. Hurts also damages Goedert's value as the Eagles use the mobile quarterback frequently when in scoring position.

The product of South Dakota State has had three seasons of being a top-12 TE in PPR leagues. His best finish in fantasy was his TE9 finish in PPR leagues back in 2021. Goedert is a boom-or-bust tight end that will give you a few big games, but you need a backup plan.

Final Thoughts

The Eagles supply several exciting fantasy football prospects for the 2024 season. Their top quarterback, running back, and wide receivers will be valuable fantasy assets but with high draft costs. The WR3 situation is one to monitor but won't be relevant for drafts. Goedert is a solid TE2, but not a player from whom you can expect TE1 numbers weekly.


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