RB - PIT
If there is any running back that could potentially de-throne Derrick Henry as the poster child for the "volume is king" mantra, it's Najee Harris. The Steelers rookie running back managed a league-leading 381 touches in 2021, and finished as the RB4 in half-point scoring as a result.
The volume he is going to see in 2022 will ensure he is one of the safest running backs available in fantasy football.
Still, the issue with Harris pertains to his true upside potential in an potentially capped offense led by a rookie quarterback. An immobile Ben Roethlisberger was a check-down target machine to Harris in 2021 which may not be the case in 2022.
And despite all of his total raw touches, Harris only saw 37 touches (22nd) in the red zone and scored six red-zone touchdowns.
lined-up to get over 80% of the touches in that backfield. Harris had 307 carries for 1200 yards and 7 rushing TD's. Where he really benefitted last year was in the passing game with; 94 targets, 74 receptions, 467 yards, and three TD's. Without Ben Roethlisberger dumping it down his targets could be cut in half.
Regression in targets coming- including a lot fewer check downs caps his true upside a bit. About as safe as they come from a pure volume perspective however.
I will likely be alone on this one, but seeing Najee last year become the entire offense was truly amazing. This offense is not going to wow anyone this year but they will lean heavily on Najee for offensive production, though this workload may not be great on his body I think he is still young enough to stay healthy despite the incredible volume he will encounter. He had the 2nd most Rush attempts and the most receiving targets of any RB, and yet was 15th in carries inside the 5 behind AJ Dillon. This has to improve next season.
Volume and versatility are the selling points, while the QB situation is the biggest question mark
When you consider that Harris had one of the worst offensive lines and a veteran quarterback well past his prime, it is amazing he tallied 1,612 yards from scrimmage and 10 touchdowns in the fantasy season. He should be a first round pick for years to come and he has a ton of upside if the Steelers line improves in 2022.
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