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.

Fantasy Stats

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Year yds
Rushing Yards
Average Yards per Rush
Rushing Touchdowns
Fumbles Lost
Receiving Yards
Receiving Touchdowns
Fantasy Points
Fantasy Points per Game
2021 1200 3.91 7 74 467 3 22613.3
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  • Steelers' Najee Harris: Misses practice Tuesday

    Harris (foot) isn't practicing Tuesday, Dale Lolley of reports. Coach Mike Tomlin noted Monday that the Steelers' top back had his foot stepped on during practice, but indicated it "shouldn't be a major deal." With that in mind, consider Harris day-to-day. Next up on the team's backfield depth chart are Benny Snell, Anthony McFarland, Jeremy McNichols (shoulder) and Mataeo Durant.
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  • Steelers' Najee Harris: Foot issue downplayed

    Coach Mike Tomlin noted that Harris' foot got stepped on during Monday's practice, but the coach added that it "shouldn't be a major deal," Brooke Pryor of reports. Given Tomlin's comments, we'll consider Harris day-to-day for now. Next up for Pittsburgh's backfield reps in practice as long as Harris is sidelined or limited is Benny Snell, with Anthony McFarland, Jeremy McNichols and Mataeo Durant also in the mix.
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  • Steelers' Najee Harris: Exits with possible foot injury

    Harris left Monday's practice with an apparent left foot/ankle injury, Adam H. Beasley of Pro Football Network reports. Harris spent some time with trainers and took off his left shoe. Assuming he misses the rest of practice, Benny Snell is next up for first-team RB reps, with other options including Anthony McFarland and Jeremy McNichols.
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  • Steelers' Najee Harris: Expects more rest this year

    Harris doesn't expect to get quite as much playing time this upcoming season, but he did say he'll still be on the field a lot, Chris Adamski of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reports. "I will be on the field a lot - but on certain downs, I will not be on the field," said Harris. "Just (pick my spots), I guess. Extra rest." Harris led NFL running backs in snaps (980) and touches (381) last year, returning first-round fantasy value as a rookie while averaging only 3.7 YPC and 6.3 yards per reception (4.4 per touch). To be fair, a poor offensive line was a big part of that, and QB Ben Roethlisberger's struggles didn't help. The problem for 2022 is that Harris again may have to deal with lousy O-Line and QB play, in which case he'll need all the touches he can handle to achieve numbers similar to last year's. That's certainly possible, as is a major efficiency improvement, but Harris seems to be saying that he anticipates slightly lower snap shares this season. Last year, he was at 83.5 percent, with seven games of 94 percent or higher. If not for a Week 12 blowout and a minor injury Week 18, he might've hit 90 percent snap share for the year. Regardless of the big-picture plan for this season, there still may be weeks where Harris flirts with 90-plus percent, especially if the Steelers don't do anything to upgrade the unproven group of backup RBs behind him (Benny Snell, Anthony McFarland, Trey Edmunds, Mataeo Durant and Jaylen Warren).
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  • Steelers' Najee Harris: Provides unimpressive final line

    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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  • Steelers' Najee Harris: Questionable for wild-card game

    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 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 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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  • Steelers' Najee Harris: Set to resume practicing Friday

    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 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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  • Steelers' Najee Harris: Sits out Wednesday's practice

    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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  • Steelers' Najee Harris: Elbow injury lingering

    Coach Mike Tomlin said Harris' elbow injury is expected to "slow him in the early portion of the week" as the Steelers prepare for Sunday's wild-card game at Kansas City, Dale Lolley of reports. Harris got dinged up during the early stages of this past Sunday's eventual 16-13 overtime win at Baltimore but was able to gut out the issue, finishing with 15 touches for 55 yards on a season-low 53 percent share of offensive snaps. Tomlin's comments indicate Harris will be at least a limited participant Wednesday and may even kick off the week with a DNP, but where the running back stands by Friday will have more bearing on his availability for Sunday, per Brooke Pryor of Benny Snell is the next player up in the Steelers backfield if Harris isn't his normal self this weekend.
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  • Steelers' Najee Harris: Limited production in Week 18

    Harris rushed 11 times for 28 yards while hauling in all four of his targets for 27 yards in Sunday's 16-13 OT win over the Ravens. Harris sustained an elbow injury in the first quarter of Sunday's regular-season finale but was able to play through the issue for most of the game. The 23-year-old struggled to generate much efficiency, but he helped lead the Steelers to the win -- and a likely postseason berth -- with a 15-yard run late in overtime. Harris appeared in all 17 games during the regular season of his rookie campaign, and he had 307 carries for 1,200 yards and seven touchdowns while securing 74 of 94 targets for 467 yards and three touchdowns.
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  • Steelers' Najee Harris: Big game against Browns

    Harris rushed 28 times for 188 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 26-14 win over the Browns. He also caught all three of his targets for 18 yards. Harris fueled Pittsburgh's offense all evening, posting a new career high on the ground while setting the franchise's record for rookie rushing yards in a season along the way. The first-rounder put an exclamation point on Monday's victory with a 37-yard touchdown run with under a minute remaining, marking his longest gain of the season. Following a dominant effort, Harris will strive to keep his momentum going in Week 18 versus the Ravens, when he'll surely be important in the Steelers' quest to still sneak into the playoffs.
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  • Steelers' Najee Harris: Doesn't get going

    Harris rushed the ball 12 times for 18 yards in Sunday's 19-13 win over Tennessee. He added two receptions for eight yards. Harris had trouble getting going throughout the game and was limited to fewer than 15 carries for only the fourth time this season. He came close to finding the end zone late in the third quarter but was denied just short of the goal line, only to have Ben Roethlisberger sneak in for a touchdown on the following play. Despite the fact that Harris has recorded multiple receptions in every game since Week 1, he's been held to 20 receiving yards or fewer in four of his last five contests.
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  • Steelers' Najee Harris: Pair of touchdowns in loss

    Harris rushed 20 times for 94 yards and a touchdown and brought in all three targets for 10 yards and another score in the Steelers' 36-28 loss to the Vikings on Thursday night. Harris, like the rest of the Steelers offense, got off to a completely forgettable start over the first two quarters. However, the rookie turned it around during a second half in which Pittsburgh nearly pulled off an improbable comeback, with Harris playing a key role by finding the end zone on a three-yard scoring grab and one-yard touchdown run in the third and fourth quarter, respectively. Harris has now exceeded 100 scrimmage yards in back-to-back contests, and his rushing yardage Thursday served as the third-highest of his career thus far. The 2021 first-round pick's next chance to enhance his impressive resume comes versus the Titans in a Week 15 battle a week from Sunday.
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  • Steelers' Najee Harris: Tops 100 yards from scrimmage

    Harris rushed 21 times for 71 yards while hauling in all five of his targets for 36 yards in Sunday's 20-19 win over the Ravens. Harris had been limited to just 96 yards from scrimmage on 28 touches across the last two weeks, but he had plenty of volume in Sunday's narrow victory. The rookie has now topped 20 carries in four of his six appearances since Pittsburgh's Week 7 bye, but he's averaged just 3.4 yards per carry during that time. He'll face a more favorable opponent during next week's matchup against Minnesota.
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  • Steelers' Najee Harris: Posts 11 touches in blowout loss

    Harris rushed eight times for 23 yards and caught three of five targets for 14 yards in Sunday's 41-10 loss to the Bengals. Harris was victimized by another poor game script when the Steelers found themselves in a 31-3 hole at halftime. The rookie back has been steadily utilized as a receiver out of the backfield this season -- averaging 4.9 receptions per game heading into this contest -- but he wasn't able to gain traction in either facet of the offensive gameplan against Cincinnati. Harris is still the clear workhorse in Pittsburgh's backfield, so he should resume seeing higher usage rates if the team can simply keep games closer. It will attempt to do that in another important AFC North showdown against the Ravens next Sunday.
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  • Steelers' Najee Harris: Totals 133 yards

    Harris recorded 105 yards on 26 carries in Sunday's 16-16 tie against Detroit. He added four receptions on four targets for 28 yards. Despite a dismal offensive performance overall, Harris was a bright spot for Pittsburgh. He topped 100 yards on the ground for the second time this season, highlighted by three rushes of 10 or more yards. Harris also turned in more than two receptions for the fourth consecutive game, effectively serving as a dump-off option for Mason Rudolph. Harris has now topped 25 total touches in four consecutive games, and he will remain a focal point of the Steelers' offense in Week 11 against the Chargers.
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  • Steelers' Najee Harris: Added to injury report

    Harris was limited at Thursday's practice due to a foot injury, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports. Per Brooke Pryor of, this marks Harris' first appearance on the team's injury report this season and given that he worked fully Wednesday, it's possible the running back's foot issue is a product of Thursday's session. In any case, Harris' status is now worth monitoring as Sunday's game against the Lions approaches. Through eight games, the 2021 first-rounder has racked up 150 carries. In that span, no other Pittsburgh back has logged more than 10 carries.
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  • Steelers' Najee Harris: Scores in Monday's victory

    Harris rushed 22 times for 62 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's 29-27 win over the Bears. He also caught all three of his targets for 16 yards. Harris opened the scoring with a 10-yard touchdown run during the first quarter, helping his output on a night when he found little room to run. The rookie nonetheless got his usual heavy workload, accumulating at least 25 touches for the fourth straight game. Although his efficiency isn't always there, Harris' consistent usage and penchant for finding the end zone should continue to make him a strong option, and he's gifted with a favorable matchup in Week 10 versus the Lions.
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  • Steelers' Najee Harris: Totals 120 yards in win

    Harris had 26 carries for 91 yards and a touchdown while catching all three of his targets for 29 yards during Sunday's 15-10 win at Cleveland. The rookie first-round pick continues to be a workhorse back for Pittsburgh, and he has at least 21 touches in each of the past five games. Harris has 622 yards from scrimmage and four scores during that span, and he should continue to power the Steelers' offense Week 9 against the Bears.
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  • Steelers' Najee Harris: Workhorse in OT win

    Harris rushed 24 times for 81 yards and caught six of seven targets for 46 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-20 overtime win over the Seahawks. It wasn't pretty, as the rookie back had to grind for nearly every yard in this contest (3.4 yards per carry). The sheer volume of touches Harris received (30 total) helped buoy the bruising back to a big fantasy output. The first-round pick from this year's draft has turned into quite the dual threat right off the bat, contributing 34 receptions and two receiving scores through six games to go along with his solid rushing production. Harris and the rest of the Steelers will get to rest during the upcoming bye before taking on the Browns in Week 8.
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