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New York Giants lose Barkley, fall to 0-2 under coach Judge

Sun Sep 20 4:44pm ET
AP Sports Writer

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley (26) is carted to the locker room after being injured during the first half of an NFL football game against the Chicago Bears in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

New York Giants running back Saquon Barkley is helped off the field after being injured against the Chicago Bears during the first half of an NFL football game in Chicago, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2020. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHICAGO (AP) Daniel Jones committed two more turnovers. The offensive line had another uneven day, and the defense took a while to find its stride.

And those were relatively minor problems compared to the biggest concern for the New York Giants, who are 0-2 under new coach Joe Judge.

Saquon Barkley left New York's 17-13 loss at Chicago on Sunday with a right knee injury, potentially sidelining the star running back for an extended period.

Barkley went down hard on the Chicago sideline after trying to fend off Bears safety Eddie Jackson on a 6-yard carry early in the second quarter. The 2018 NFL offensive rookie of the year dragged his right leg behind him as he was helped back across the field to the Giants sideline.

After a short conversation with trainers, Barkley got on a cart and was driven into the tunnel. The team said he was going for X-rays and would undergo further evaluation on Monday.

Sterling Shepard, who had six catches for 47 yards during New York's season-opening loss to Pittsburgh, departed with a toe injury.

Playing without Barkley and Shepard, New York almost rallied for the road win. Dion Lewis scored on a 1-yard run and Graham Gano kicked a 37-yard field goal to make it 17-13 with 7:43 left.

Cairo Santos missed a 50-yard field goal attempt for Chicago with 2:02 remaining, handing the ball back to New York in good field position. Jones directed the Giants all the way down to the Bears 10, but he threw an incomplete pass looking for Golden Tate on the final play - and Tate was flagged for offensive pass interference anyway.

Jones was 25 for 40 for 241 yards. He threw an interception and lost a fumble in the first half, helping the Bears to a 17-0 lead at the break.

Jones also was sacked four times. He tossed two interceptions and was sacked three times during last week's loss to the Steelers.

Barkley also seemed to be shaken up after he was tackled at the end of an 18-yard run late in the opening quarter, but he quickly re-entered the game.

The 23-year-old Barkley struggled in Week 1 against Pittsburgh, finishing with just 6 yards on 15 carries. He also was criticized by former Giants running back Tiki Barber for his pass-blocking skills.

Player Notes
Miles Sanders Sep 20 5:10pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles running back Miles Sanders (hamstring) looked healthy in his return to the lineup in Week 2. He ran the ball 20 times for 95 yards and a touchdown, adding three catches for 36 more yards. Sanders missed Week 1 and was questionable for this one, but he looked good and was easily the best player on the Eagles roster today. His score came on a five yard run up the middle at the end of the first half. Sanders should continue to be the most valuable fantasy piece on a struggling Philadelphia offense.

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Chris Thompson Sep 20 5:10pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars running back Chris Thompson scored his first touchdown of the 2020 season on Sunday, finishing with three catches for 20 yards and a score. He also added two rushes for seven yards. Of course, Thompson only getting five touches in this loss to the Titans is worrisome, especially with a game script that should have led to Thompson getting solid work as the passing down back. He has upside, but his role is too inconsistent right now to make him a worthy fantasy option on a weekly basis.

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Boston Scott Sep 20 5:10pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles running back Boston Scott only touched the ball seven times in a Week 2 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. With Miles Sanders (hamstring) back on the field and leading the Eagles offense, Scott settled back into his backup role. He ran the ball four times for 19 yards, adding three catches for 24 more yards. Scott has shown good elusiveness and pass-catching ability, but as long as Sanders stays healthy, Scott won't be much more than a high-upside backup. He shouldn't be started in fantasy lineups as long as Sanders is starting on NFL fields.

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Mitch Trubisky Sep 20 5:00pm ET

Chicago Bears quarterback Mitch Trubisky completed 18-of-28 passes for 190 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the Bears nail-biting 17-13 win over the Giants. Trubisky could do little wrong in the first half, passing for 159 yards and two scores. His best play of the half came on a play where the fourth-year quarterback bought some time and then found rookie receiver Darnell Mooney in the end zone for a 15-yard touchdown. But Trubisky really struggled in the second half, opting to stretch the field with 50/50 passes that yielded little success. This is the second game in a row that featured Trubisky flashing competence mixed with frustrating play. He will, however, continue to have intriguing value next week against a Falcons Defense that has allowed 78 points through the first two weeks.

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James Robinson Sep 20 5:00pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars running back James Robinson cemented his role as the team's No. 1 back in Sunday's loss to the Tennessee Titans, rushing for 102 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries. He added three catches for 18 yards as well. While Chris Thompson will continue to see passing down work and wide receiver Laviska Shenault Jr. will get work in the backfield as well, Robinson is going to see the bulk of the work, making him a solid flex option moving forward, especially in standard scoring leagues.

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David Montgomery Sep 20 5:00pm ET

Chicago Bears running back David Montgomery carried the ball 16 times for 82 yards and added 45 receiving yards and one touchdown catch in the Bears 17-13 win over the Giants. The talented runner got the Bears on the board with some nifty moves en route to a 28-yard receiving scamper for a score. Montgomery then left the game in the first half after landing awkwardly on his neck but returned to deliver some big-time second half runs. On a crucial drive in the fourth quarter, the Bears leaned on the second-year running back as he picked up first down after first down. Montgomery will return to solid RB2 status next week against the Falcons.

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Carson Wentz Sep 20 5:00pm ET

Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz struggled in a 37-19 loss to the Los Angeles Rams in Week 2. Wentz completed 26 of his 43 pass attempts for 242 scoreless yards and two interceptions. He helped fantasy managers out a tiny bit by running in a touchdown from the one yard line. The 0-2 Eagles take on the Bengals next week, and this offense really needs some kind of a jump soon.

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Leonard Fournette Sep 20 5:00pm ET

Tampa Bay Buccaneers running back Leonard Fournette powered his way to 103 rushing yards and two touchdowns in a 31-17 victory over the Panthers. Fournette operated as the second-half running back and looked pretty impressive doing so, as he averaged 8.6 yards per carry. The former Jaguars running back broke loose for a 46-yard scamper late in the fourth quarter that essentially sealed the game. Making things even better for his fantasy managers is the fact that fellow back Ronald Jones II picked up just 23 rushing yards and a touchdown on seven carries. Fournette may have just cut himself a much larger slice of the pie with this showing. Up next is a matchup with a Broncos' defense that just surrendered 106 rushing yards and a touchdown to James Conner.

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Laviska Shenault Jr. Sep 20 5:00pm ET

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Gardner Minshew II Sep 20 4:50pm ET

Jacksonville Jaguars quarterback Gardner Minshew II threw for 339 yards on 30-for-45 passing in Sunday's loss to the Tennessee Titans. He was picked off twice and added four carries for 19 yards. Jacksonville's offense is officially better than expected, making Minshew a solid QB2 option moving forward. Jacksonville's defense is going to continue to hemorrhage points, forcing the offense to play from behind, which leads to a game script that will favor Minshew. It's mustache season in Florida.

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San Francisco 49ers Sep 20 4:50pm ET

The 49ers Defense stood strong in Week 2 against the New York Jets, holding them to just 13 points in the game. The Jets only managed a pair of field goals in the first three quarters of the game, but tacked on a touchdown with under two minutes left in the game after Sam Darnold hooked up with Braxton Berrios on a 30-yard play. Unfortunately, the 49ers weren't able to come up with any turnovers in Week 2, but they did manage three sacks. Next week, the 49ers have another favorable matchup against the New York Giants so feel free to leave them in your lineup.

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Tom Brady Sep 20 4:50pm ET

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Tyrod Taylor Sep 20 4:50pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Tyrod Taylor (chest) was injured during warmups before Sunday's matchup against the Kansas City Chiefs. It is unknown how the veteran hurt himself, but it opened the door for rookie quarterback Justin Herbert to make his debut. Taylor may not play, so fantasy managers, primarily in dynasty formats, should closely monitor this situation, especially if Herbert has a favorable performance in Week 2.

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Jordan Reed Sep 20 4:40pm ET

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Brandon Aiyuk Sep 20 4:40pm ET

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Kendrick Bourne Sep 20 4:30pm ET

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Raheem Mostert Sep 20 4:20pm ET

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Christian McCaffrey Sep 20 4:20pm ET

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Jerick McKinnon Sep 20 4:20pm ET

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Tevin Coleman Sep 20 4:20pm ET

San Francisco 49ers running back Tevin Coleman was thrust into a featured role on the offense after an injury to Raheem Mostert (knee). Unfortunately, Coleman wasn't able to do much of anything with it. Coleman had 14 carries in Week 12 against the New York Jets and managed to gain just 12 yards. He added two catches for 28 yards on two targets, but the fact he was only able to compile 40 yards on 16 touches is certainly discouraging. We don't know much about the severity of Mostert's injury right now, but if he's expected to miss time, Coleman and Jerick McKinnon would both become waiver wire targets.

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