Fantasy football injury alert: avoid Saquon Barkley, Giants offense in Week 4

New York Giants LT Andrew Thomas (hamstring) has been ruled out again.
Saquon Barkley on the sideline during the Giants' game against the San Francisco 49ers.
Saquon Barkley on the sideline during the Giants' game against the San Francisco 49ers. / Ezra Shaw/GettyImages

The New York Giants are facing a make-or-break Week 4 Monday night bout with the Seattle Seahawks, and their injury news isn't exactly encouraging for Giants fans or fantasy football players alike.

Star running back Saquon Barkley (ankle) has been listed as Doubtful on the team's injury report ahead of the game, while All-Pro tackle Andrew Thomas (hamstring) was listed as Out following a setback with his Week 1 hamstring injury. The fruitless performances from Big Blue's offensive line have greatly limited the fantasy appeal of many Giants stars, including Barkley, Daniel Jones, and Darren Waller.

That trend will unfortunately continue, in Week 4, even though the Seahawks D/ST is 25th in fantasy scoring at the moment and have conceded 27 or more points in all three of their games this season. The Giants offense was supposed to take a step forward in 2023, but there's simply no evidence that their offense can replicate the efforts made by the Los Angeles Rams, Detroit Lions, and even the Carolina Panthers against this weak Hawks defense.

Players like Jones and Waller will certainly have appeal in a matchup like this, and the odds are that you may not have better options on your fantasy roster at the moment. The Pro Bowl tight end is worth a start as one of the top players at his position, but keep in mind that the Seahawks have allowed the 14th-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends so far this season.

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On the other hand, Seattle is allowing the ninth-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in 2023, so this could be one of the last times this season Jones will be a viable starting option for your fantasy team. The call is ultimately yours to make, but the Giants offense carries a ton of risk heading into a late-week Monday night matchup against a tough opponent.