Until Clay Harbor finds meaningful playing time, Fantasy owners shouldn't bother adding him to rosters
The Saints placed Harbor (undisclosed) on injured reserve Monday, Nick Underhill of The Advocate reports. Harbor and the Saints agreed to a contract during the offseason. The veteran was competing for a spot on the final roster. The specifics of his injury are unclear, but he now will spend the entire 2017 season on IR.
Harbor signed a contract with the Saints on Monday, NOLA.com's Josh Katzenstein reports. Despite being 30 years old, Harbor participated in the Saints' rookie minicamp over the weekend and flashed enough to land a contract. However, he enters a crowded tight end corps and will need to earn himself a roster spot ahead of the regular-season opener.
Harbor secured both of his targets for 16 yards Sunday against the Redskins. With Eric Ebron (knee) and Brandon Pettigrew (knee - ACL) still out of commission, only a trio of Harbor, Khari Lee and Cole Wick remained to make up the Lions' tight end corps Sunday. Out of those three, Harbor was the only one to see any attention at all in the passing game, and that's now been the case for two consecutive weeks. The Missouri State product hasn't been able to carve out a significant target share amongst all Lions pass catchers, though, as Golden Tate, Marvin Jones and Anquan Boldin have operated as QB Matthew Stafford's go-to options downfield. Such a trend is unlikely to change anytime soon, and with both Ebron and Pettigrew each nearing a return, Harbor's receiving totals only stand to decrease in the coming weeks.
Harbor secured his only target for three yards Sunday against the Rams. Even with top tight end Eric Ebron (knee) inactive, Harbor remained almost completely uninvolved in the passing game. Golden Tate, Anquan Boldin and Marvin Jones dominated the available targets -- a common trend this season -- and, along with Andre Roberts, were each on the receiving end of one of QB Matthew Stafford's four touchdown passes. Its unclear if Ebron will return in Week 7, but Harbor doesn't project to be a significant fantasy contributor regardless.
Harbor is signing with the Lions, ESPN's Adam Caplan reports. Released by New England on Sunday, the 29-year-old Harbor didn't take long to find a new home. The signing could put Orson Charles or Khari Lee in jeopardy of losing a roster spot.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/09||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||3||5.00|
|4||09/30||@New York Giants||32||10.69|
|9||11/04||Los Angeles Rams||19||6.82|
|14||12/09||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||3||5.00|
|3 Year Avg||7||6||56||0||3||9.33||5|