Harris wrapped up the 2017 regular season with three catches (four targets) for 73 yards Sunday against the Broncos. He completed the campaign with 18 total grabs for 224 yards and a score. Harris was more involved in the passing game during the last two weeks of the regular season, hauling in a combined seven passes on 11 targets. However, he remains a distant second to Travis Kelce on the depth chart and should serve in the same role for the Chiefs in 2018. He has proven a capable backup when given the opportunity, but there won't be much opportunity barring an injury to Kelce.
Harris will serve as the starting tight end with Travis Kelce inactive for Sunday's Week 17 tilt against the Broncos. The 26-year-old, who has 15 receptions (on 31 targets) for 151 yards and one touchdown through 15 games, will run with the first unit in Kelce's absence. Harris will see targets from the arm of rookie Patrick Mahomes, who'll be under center in place of Alex Smith against the Broncos. Given that the Chiefs will also be down wideout Tyreek Hill (coach's decision) in terms of pass catchers, Harris could make for an intriguing Hail Mary Week 17 option, especially in DFS contests.
Harris could see additional snaps during the team's regular-season finale Sunday against the Broncos, Blair Kerkhoff of The Kansas City Star reports. Harris was unusually active in the offense during Week 16, and it wouldn't be surprising if that is the case again in the regular-season finale, especially if Travis Kelce sits out Sunday as expected. Harris could sneak on to the daily fantasy radar as a red-zone threat for quarterback Patrick Mahomes, and the Broncos struggle covering the tight end, according to Football Outsider's DVOA.
Harris caught both of his targets for 33 yards Sunday against the Bills. While Harris was slightly more involved in the offense than usual Sunday, he's yet to register more than three catches in a game this season and hasn't scored since Week 1 against the Patriots. He played just 28 percent of the snaps during Week 12 and it's unlikely anything will change in that regard as long as Travis Kelce remains healthy.
Harris was targeted twice but did not record a catch in Sunday's 19-13 loss to the Steelers. Harris' second target was the biggest of the game as Alex Smith looked his way on 4th-and-goal, the ball ripped out of Harris' hands before he could establish possession. Harris, playing behind one of the best tight ends in the league in Travis Kelce, saw the field for 18 offensive snaps on Sunday, a third of the Chiefs' total. He has almost as many catchless games (four) this season as he does catches (five), but he's a big body that might nab a touchdown here and there.
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