Najee Harris

#22 RB / Pittsburgh Steelers / EXP: 2YRS Height: 6-1 Weight: 232 lb Age: 24 College: Alabama Bye 9

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Player Outlook

Harris is expected to be one of the first five running backs taken in Fantasy drafts this summer. That's because he proved as a rookie he's capable of shouldering a large workload (381 total touches) and being productive with it (16.8 PPR points per game), even when his offensive line and quarterback aren't playing at high levels. The Steelers took steps to rectify both, adding bulk to the interior of their O-line and acquiring Mitchell Trubisky and Kenny Pickett as potential starting passers. It should point to another busy season for Harris as a three-down back with goal-line duties. There aren't a lot of players like this in the NFL these days. Expect him to get taken between fourth and seventh overall in every draft.

Player News
  • Harris (elbow) rushed 12 times for 29 yards while catching both of his targets for a loss of one yard and losing a fumble in Sunday's 42-21 loss to the Chiefs. Harris was able to suit up after injuring his elbow in the Steelers' regular-season finale, but a balky elbow can't explain away being stonewalled by the defense as a runner. Onlookers can probably attribute the lost fumble to the rookie's injury, as he safely secured every single touch during his first turn in the pros. The 2021 first-round pick finished the regular season with 1,667 combined yards and 10 combined touchdowns as the Steelers' workhorse over 17 games, giving him starter's appeal across all formats based on volume alone. However, a sub-par 3.9 yards-per-carry mark left much to be desired in terms of his abilities as a runner. Perhaps the spread nature of Pittsburgh's offensive scheme with Ben Roethlisberger under center handicapped the young back. Either way, we will see how Harris responds to potentially becoming the focal point of a new-look Steelers squad that will likely be without its leader of the past two decades.

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  • Harris (elbow), who was listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Chiefs, no longer carries an injury designation and will be available for the playoff contest. This was hardly a surprise given Harris was a full participant in Friday's practice. Given the pivotal nature of a playoff game, it would have been truly surprising to see the rookie unable to play, especially given his extensive workload this season. The rookie finished the 2021 regular season with 1,667 total yards on 381 total touches, easily the most among rookie ball carriers in the last five years.

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  • Harris (elbow) was a full practice participant Friday and is listed as questionable for Sunday's wild-card game against the Chiefs, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports. Though players that close weeks as full participant don't typically get designations ahead of games, the Steelers appear to be exercising more caution with Harris since he didn't practice in any capacity Wednesday or Thursday. Even so, Harris told Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com before Friday's practice that he's feeling good after receiving a platelet-rich plasma injection for his elbow, with most of the soreness he was experiencing having since subsided. As long as he didn't experience any setbacks with his elbow following his return to practice, the rookie will presumably be on the field for the postseason opener and ready to take on his usual three-down workload. While playing in all 17 of the Steelers' regular-season games, Harris was one of the NFL's most heavily-used backs with averages of 18.1 carries and 5.5 targets per contest.

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  • Harris (elbow) remained a spectator for Thursday's practice, but head coach Mike Tomlin said the running back will be back on the field for Friday's session, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports. Tomlin mentioned that how Harris fares in Friday's workout will be telling for the rookie's availability for Sunday's wild-card game in Kansas City. Harris proved supremely durable during the regular season, approaching each of the Steelers' 17 contests without an injury designation while finishing with a league-high 381 touches (307 carries, 74 catches). However, after injuring his elbow early in Pittsburgh's Week 18 win over Baltimore, Harris could be at risk of taking a questionable tag into the playoff opener if he's anything less than a full participant at Friday's practice.

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  • Harris (elbow) didn't practice Wednesday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports. Head coach Mike Tomlin previously said that Harris -- who suffered an elbow injury during the Steelers' Week 18 win over the Ravens but was able to return to the game -- would likely have his reps managed in practice to begin the week, so the running back's absence Wednesday isn't surprising. Harris' status will be worth monitoring ahead of Sunday's playoff game against Kansas City, with Tomlin noting that the team will let Harris' "practice participation and how he feels be our guide as we get closer to game time." Benny Snell and Kalen Ballage are next up for reps out of the backfield while Harris manages his elbow issue.

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Completed Games

WK OPP RUATT RUYD RUTD RECPT REYD RETD FPTS
1 @BUF 16 45 0 1 4 0 4
2 LV 10 38 0 5 43 1 13
3 CIN 14 40 0 14 102 0 14
4 @GB 15 62 1 6 29 0 14
5 DEN 23 122 1 2 20 0 20
6 SEA 24 81 0 6 46 1 18
7 BYE - - - - - - -
8 @CLE 26 91 1 3 29 0 17
9 CHI 22 62 1 3 16 0 13
10 DET 26 105 0 4 28 0 12
11 @LAC 12 39 1 5 20 0 11
12 @CIN 8 23 0 3 14 0 3
13 BAL 21 71 0 5 36 0 10
14 @MIN 20 94 1 3 10 1 22
15 TEN 12 18 0 2 8 0 1
16 @KC 19 93 0 5 17 0 10
17 CLE 28 188 1 3 18 0 25
18 @BAL 11 28 0 4 27 0 4
PROJECTION 317 1057 9 72 444 3 198

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Scheduled Games

WK DATE OPP OPP RANK OPP FPTS
1 09/11 @Cincinnati Bengals 17 16.57
2 09/18 New England Patriots 20 17.22
3 09/22 @Cleveland Browns 15 16.18
4 10/02 New York Jets 32 25.65
5 10/09 @Buffalo Bills 16 16.37
6 10/16 Tampa Bay Buccaneers 4 14.00
7 10/23 @Miami Dolphins 19 16.82
8 10/30 @Philadelphia Eagles 22 18.67
9 BYE - - -
10 11/13 New Orleans Saints 2 13.18
11 11/20 Cincinnati Bengals 17 16.57
12 11/28 @Indianapolis Colts 5 14.00
13 12/04 @Atlanta Falcons 23 18.76
14 12/11 Baltimore Ravens 11 15.82
15 12/18 @Carolina Panthers 12 16.06
16 12/24 Las Vegas Raiders 25 19.67
17 01/01 @Baltimore Ravens 11 15.82
18 01/08 Cleveland Browns 15 16.18

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Career Stats

Season RuAtt RuYd RuTD Recpt ReYd ReTD FPTS
2022 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021 307 1200 7 74 467 3 226
3 Year Avg 307 1200 7 74 467 3 226
Career 307 1200 7 74 467 3

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