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Najee Harris

Najee Harris


Age: 24College: Alabama

2022 Outlook

Strength of Schedule
RB Rank: 14th
Draft Rank (ECR) #10
Best / Worst #1 / #33
ADP #7

Roster %

Najee Harris leaves practice early after getting stepped on

According to ESPN’s Brooke Pryor, Pittsburgh Steelers second-year RB Najee Harris left practice early on Tuesday after getting “stepped on” in an early team period. Harris was checked out on the sideline by the Steelers’ head athletic trainer and did not return to practice, but Steelers’ HC Mike Tomlin said: “it shouldn’t be a major deal.”

Fantasy Impact

Injuries are a certainty in football, but fortunately for Harris and fantasy managers around the world, it doesn’t seem as though Tuesday’s injury should jeopardize any game action for Harris. In his rookie season, Harris was incredibly durable and handled a massive workload while rarely leaving the field. Harris wasn’t particularly efficient last season behind a poor offensive line, but an incredible volume of 307 carries and 94 targets propelled him to an RB3 finish in PPR formats. Earlier this offseason Harris made comments that implied that the Steelers may try to reduce his workload in 2022 in an attempt to better preserve their star RB, but without much competition for carries, Harris is expected to again receive a bell cows workload. Harris is currently ranked as the RB5 in PPR formats according to FantasyPros’ ECR.

Sam Ryner7 days ago
Najee Harris slated to be a 'bell cow' for Steelers in 2022

Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin was on The Pivot podcast recently where he was asked about second-year running back Najee Harris. In his interview he was quoted saying "He's gonna have to be a bell cow for us."

Fantasy Impact

After reports came out saying that Harris would be taking a more limited role in the Steelers offense in 2022, there was concern because his fantasy prowess from a year ago was mainly due to his opportunities. The efficiency numbers were severely lacking for Harris to the tune of 3.9 yards per carry, which was fourth worst among running backs with 200+ carries. The Steelers offensive line was improved upon in the offseason, and if Harris sees any number of touches near his league-leading 381 from a year ago he should be extremely productive for fantasy managers once again in 2022. Harris is being drafted at the RB5 in full-PPR formats and this news only raises his ceiling even more.

Sammy Schulman5 weeks ago
Najee Harris expects to have reduced role in 2022

While speaking with Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, Pittsburgh Steelers’ second-year RB Najee Harris said “I’m taking time off. I will not be on the field for certain plays.” Harris continued to say “It’s all about being smart. So I understand where (Steelers’ offensive coaches) are coming from.”

Fantasy Impact

Harris made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2021 after producing 1,200 rushing yards on 307 carries to go along with 74 receptions and 467 receiving yards. Those numbers were good enough to make Harris the RB3 in PPR formats last season, however, his fantasy success can be largely attributed to high volume in both the rushing and passing game rather than efficiency. Harris averaged a pedestrian 3.9 yards per carry last season behind a subpar Steelers offensive line that struggled to provide rushing lanes for the young back. Harris is currently ranked as the RB4 in PPR formats according to FantasyPros expert consensus rankings (ECR). It’s yet to be seen how significant of a role reduction Harris may have, but unless he becomes more efficient, it’s unlikely that he will repeat as a top-three fantasy RB.

Sam Ryner9 weeks ago
Najee Harris held to 29 rushing yards

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris carried the ball 12 times for 29 yards in a 42-21 Wild Card loss to the Chiefs on Sunday. He also lost one yard on two receptions.

Fantasy Impact

Harris was quiet in the playoff loss to Kansas City, although it is hard to blame him considering how poorly the Pittsburgh offense played as a whole. Harris was solid in his rookie year, earning his keep as a solid, high-floor RB1 in fantasy. The Steelers will be upgrading the quarterback position this offseason, which will be a big boost to Harris' stock in 2022. He should be a first-round fantasy pick in drafts next season.

Matthew Terelle29 weeks ago
Najee Harris removed from the injury report

Najee Harris was removed from the Steelers injury report ahead of Sunday's game against the Chiefs.

Fantasy Impact

After originally being listed as questionable, Harris will be at full strength against the Chiefs and should see a ton of touches early and often.

Ari Koslow29 weeks ago
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