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Najee Harris

RB PIT

College: Alabama | 3 years
Height: 6'1" | Weight: 242 lbs
Birth Date: 1998-03-09
2024 Bye Week: 9

Total Pts: 196.5
Avg Pts: 11.56
Rank: 23 RB

SLOAN's SWAT

2024 RTSports Outlook

Harris had his third straight 1,000-yard rushing season. He was 23rd overall in fantasy running back scoring. His lack of work in the passing game hurt his fantasy numbers, having a career-worst 29 catches. Harris lost out on more work to Jaylen Warren, splitting a lot of work with him. Harris had fewer than 300 touches for the first time in his career. The good news is Harris was productive with his work. Harris was third in yards per carry after contact, averaging an impressive 2.4 yards per carry. Harris should continue to be the lead back for the Steelers, serving a similar role to last season. Warren will still be a factor and get his weekly touches. Harris is a true-three down back. He catches the ball well despite not getting as much work in that area last season but can also make plays between the tackles. Harris has good moves in space and is a tough cover out of the backfield. He does lack a little elite speed, though, but is tough to bring down with the ball in his hands. He has broken 81 tackles in three seasons.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Harris is a solid top-20 fantasy back. He isn't in that elite category but a solid No. 2. He will post consistent numbers. Plus, the Steelers offense could be better, which could lead to more scores for Harris this year. Harris can get around 1,400 total yards, 35 receptions and double-digit scores.

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RotoBaller's Outlook

Najee Harris got off to a slow start in the 2023 campaign but finished strong and managed to rush for 1,000 yards for a third consecutive season. Splitting touches with Jaylen Warren was not ideal for his fantasy value, especially in a Pittsburgh Steelers offense that scored the fifth-fewest points in the league. The Steelers will look completely different in 2024, however. New offensive coordinator Arthur Smith failed as a head coach in Atlanta, but the Falcons boasted a successful rushing attack over the past two seasons, as did the Tennessee Titans with Smith as their OC in 2019 and 2020. Russell Wilson and Justin Fields highlight Pittsburgh's new additions at quarterback, with Wilson expected to be the Week 1 starter. The former Super Bowl champion, while not the player he once was, should be expected to lead Harris and the Steelers to more scoring opportunities than Kenny Pickett last year. Additionally, Pittsburgh spent three of its first five selections in April's NFL Draft on offensive linemen, further emphasizing its desire to establish the run. With the Steelers declining Harris' fifth-year option, the 26-year-old will be playing for a contract this season in what projects to be an improved offense. Harris currently represents a solid value as an RB2 in the seventh round of fantasy drafts.

Najee Harris got off to a slow start in the 2023 campaign but finished strong and managed to rush for 1,000 yards for a third consecutive season. Splitting touches with Jaylen Warren was not ideal for his fantasy value, especially in a Pittsburgh Steelers offense that scored the fifth-fewest points in the league. The Steelers will look completely different in 2024, however. New offensive coordinator Arthur Smith failed as a head coach in Atlanta, but the Falcons boasted a successful rushing attack over the past two seasons, as did the Tennessee Titans with Smith as their OC in 2019 and 2020. Russell Wilson and Justin Fields highlight Pittsburgh's new additions at quarterback, with Wilson expected to be the Week 1 starter. The former Super Bowl champion, while not the player he once was, should be expected to lead Harris and the Steelers to more scoring opportunities than Kenny Pickett last year. Additionally, Pittsburgh spent three of its first five selections in April's NFL Draft on offensive linemen, further emphasizing its desire to establish the run. With the Steelers declining Harris' fifth-year option, the 26-year-old will be playing for a contract this season in what projects to be an improved offense. Harris currently represents a solid value as an RB2 in the seventh round of fantasy drafts.

Fantasy WeekPts
Scoring
Week 15.30Najee Harris 31 rushing yds (3.10 pts)
Najee Harris 2 receiving yds (0.20 pts)
Najee Harris 2 receptions (2.00 pts)
Week 25.30Najee Harris 43 rushing yds (4.30 pts)
Najee Harris 1 reception (1.00 pts)
Week 36.50Najee Harris 65 rushing yds (6.50 pts)
Week 411.30Najee Harris 71 rushing yds (7.10 pts)
Najee Harris 32 receiving yds (3.20 pts)
Najee Harris 1 reception (1.00 pts)
Week 55.00Najee Harris 37 rushing yds (3.70 pts)
Najee Harris 3 receiving yds (0.30 pts)
Najee Harris 1 reception (1.00 pts)
Week 6
Week 715.80Najee Harris 53 rushing yds (5.30 pts)
Najee Harris 1 rushing TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Najee Harris 3 yd TD rush
Najee Harris 15 receiving yds (1.50 pts)
Najee Harris 3 receptions (3.00 pts)
Week 810.50Najee Harris 13 rushing yds (1.30 pts)
Najee Harris 42 receiving yds (4.20 pts)
Najee Harris 5 receptions (5.00 pts)
Week 915.60Najee Harris 69 rushing yds (6.90 pts)
Najee Harris 1 rushing TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Najee Harris 10 yd TD rush
Najee Harris 7 receiving yds (0.70 pts)
Najee Harris 2 receptions (2.00 pts)
Week 1018.60Najee Harris 82 rushing yds (8.20 pts)
Najee Harris 1 rushing TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Najee Harris 4 yd TD rush
Najee Harris 14 receiving yds (1.40 pts)
Najee Harris 3 receptions (3.00 pts)
Week 114.60Najee Harris 35 rushing yds (3.50 pts)
Najee Harris 1 receiving yd (0.10 pts)
Najee Harris 1 reception (1.00 pts)
Week 1215.90Najee Harris 99 rushing yds (9.90 pts)
Najee Harris 1 rushing TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Najee Harris 5 yd TD rush
Week 139.70Najee Harris 63 rushing yds (6.30 pts)
Najee Harris 14 receiving yds (1.40 pts)
Najee Harris 2 receptions (2.00 pts)
Week 147.80Najee Harris 29 rushing yds (2.90 pts)
Najee Harris 19 receiving yds (1.90 pts)
Najee Harris 3 receptions (3.00 pts)
Week 152.30Najee Harris 33 rushing yds (3.30 pts)
Najee Harris 1 fumble lost (-1.00 pts)
Playoff Week 113.80Najee Harris 78 rushing yds (7.80 pts)
Najee Harris 1 rushing TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Najee Harris 3 yd TD rush
Playoff Week 224.20Najee Harris 122 rushing yds (12.20 pts)
Najee Harris 2 rushing TDs (12.00 pts)
. . . Najee Harris 9 yd TD rush
. . . Najee Harris 4 yd TD rush
Player Notes
Jun 14 12:20pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris, who had his fifth-year option declined by the team last month, attended mandatory minicamp this week but didn't participate at all. Harris also declined every interview request and hasn't done interviews since January. He said he'd talk to the media next month at training camp. Harris isn't believed to be dealing with an injury this offseason, and head coach Mike Tomlin downplayed the fact that the RB didn't take part in minicamp workouts this week. In a contract year now, the 26-year-old has slimmed down as he looks to show out before hitting the free-agent market next March. The former first-rounder will probably never be as productive as he was in his rookie campaign in 2021, but he's been durable and reliable in Pittsburgh's backfield. Jaylen Warren's emergence has capped Harris' fantasy upside, although the Steelers should remain heavily committed to the run in 2024 under new offensive coordinator Arthur Smith.

From RotoBaller

May 21 8:23am ET

Dynasty | Steelers running back Najee Harris has apparently changed his diet in order to improve his performance. Dynasty Analysis: Well, it can't hurt. Harris is now in a contract year after having his option declined and appears motivated to perform at a higher level as he seeks a lucrative second contract in the league in Pittsburgh or elsewhere. Harris was much better towards the end of last season but Jaylen Warren continues to push for carries and it's hard to believe this won't end up in a timeshare. Harris is best served as a RB2/Flex at the moment but he does have a runway to move up in the rankings should he finally reach his potential.

May 17 1:20pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris changed his diet this offseason in an effort to slim down. "He's motivated, to say the least," his offseason trainer Josh Scott said. It makes sense for Harris, who had his fifth-year option declined by the Steelers recently. "It's all fueling his fire to have an even better season than last year and prove a lot of people wrong," Scott said. The former first-rounder in 2021, who is listed at 242 pounds on the team's roster, looks closer to his listed college weight of 230. Harris has been eating a lot of fish and vegetables and has avoided processed foods. "He's looking really, really springy; really, really light off the ground; and more agile," Scott said. Harris averaged less than 4.0 yards per carry in his first two NFL seasons but has gone over 1,000 yards rushing in all three of his campaigns. He had a career-high eight rushing TDs in 2023, but his fantasy ceiling could be capped as an RB2 with Jaylen Warren commanding his share of backfield touches.

From RotoBaller

May 3 1:13pm ET

Dynasty | The Steelers have declined the fifth-year option on running back Najee Harris. Dynasty Analysis: Harris will now be in a contract year in 2024 as he attempts to re-establish himself as a starting caliber running back in the NFL. He will again likely be deployed in a committee with Jaylen Warren and look to impress Pittsburgh or another team as he searches for a lucrative second NFL contract. He'll need to be more effective than he was last season to do so but he showed some flashes late in the season after the Steelers threatened to move Warren to the "1A" part of the committee. Regardless, Harris remains a hold in dynasty leagues as we see just what he may have to give now that he's in a contract year.

From Dynasty League Fantasy

May 2 4:10pm ET

The Pittsburgh Steelers are declining running back Najee Harris' fifth-year option, according to NFL insider Ari Meirov. This is somewhat of a surprise, but the 2021 first-round selection has not lived up to the hype as a prospect or matched his rookie-year production. In 51 games over three seasons, Harris has rushed 834 times for 3,269 yards (3.9 YPC) and 22 touchdowns to go along with 144 receptions for 866 yards and six scores through the air. Picking up the option would've cost the Steelers just $6.79 million, but he is now set to potentially become a free agent next offseason. This could put Jaylen Warren in the clear RB1 role in 2025, but surely, the team will add to the position if they move on from Harris.

From RotoBaller

Apr 25 10:40pm ET

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected offensive tackle Troy Fautanu with the 20th overall selection of the NFL draft. Fautanu is six feet four inches tall and has long arms, which gives him good balance in pass protection. The 23-year-old started 31 games for Washington, with 29 of them at left tackle and two at left guard. Russel Wilson will get some much-needed blindside protection with this selection. Najee Harris and Jaylen Warren will also benefit from having Fautanu leading the way for them.

From RotoBaller

Feb 29 6:10pm ET

While Pittsburgh Steelers general manager Omar Khan said that the team thinks "very highly" of running back Najee Harris, he was also non-committal on whether the team will pick up his fifth-year option. Harris' future is thus uncertain despite the fact that he's recorded three straight 1,000-yard seasons while making team history. Harris' fifth-year option, which was set at $6.79 million, must be decided on by May 2. If they pick it up, it would become fully guaranteed for the 2025 season. It would be a surprise if Pittsburgh didn't pick it up, considering they have invested heavily in a ground-and-pound offensive rushing attack and just hired Arthur Smith as their new offensive coordinator. The 25-year-old would figure to have a solid fantasy floor if he sticks with the Steelers, although Jaylen Warren will continue to be a thorn in his upside.

From RotoBaller

Jan 15 11:40pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris handled 12 carries for 37 yards and hauled in two of his three targets for 15 yards in a playoff loss to the Buffalo Bills. Harris, who ended the regular season averaging 104 rushing yards over his last three games, was largely shut down by Buffalo's defensive front on Monday. His longest run of the contest went for 10 yards as Pittsburgh was forced to lean on Mason Rudolph and the passing game. Nonetheless, Harris' third professional campaign was his most efficient on the ground. Pittsburgh will need to decide this offseason whether or not to pick up Harris' fifth-year option ahead of the 2024-2025 campaign.

From RotoBaller

Jan 12 11:50pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris closed out the regular season on a high note and will look to carry some positive momentum into a wild-card showdown with the Buffalo Bills. The 25-year-old missed practice earlier this week with a knee injury but has since logged multiple full sessions and does not carry a game status heading into the weekend. Although the Bills have been a middle-of-the-pack run defense this season, Harris could be in line for a big day. With weather conditions in Buffalo expected to significantly limit explosive plays for both teams, Pittsburgh will likely lean on its running game with Harris and backfield mate Jaylen Warren. The third-year pro is the preferred fantasy option in this contest and should be viewed as a volume-based RB1.

From RotoBaller

Jan 11 8:50pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (knee) was upgraded to a full practice participant on Thursday after not practicing with the team on Wednesday. The Steelers have been holding Harris out early in the week while he manages a knee injury, but the 25-year-old will be active for Sunday's big playoff tilt in Buffalo against the Bills. Bad weather is expected in Buffalo this weekend, which shouldn't come as a big surprise, meaning the Steelers could lean even more heavily on the ground game with Harris and Jaylen Warren. The Bills defense was a middle-of-the-pack matchup for running backs mostly all year, but they've been much tougher in the last five weeks, yielding the fourth-fewest half-PPR fantasy points per game to the position. Regardless, Harris could be a solid DFS value play at his $5,400 price tag in snowy conditions with a heavy workload.

From RotoBaller

Jan 10 4:50pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (knee) was listed as a non-participant in practice on Wednesday. Harris has been rested early in the week since Week 14 due to a knee injury, but he hasn't missed any time and has looked the best he has all year heading into the postseason. In the last three games, Harris has 72 rushing attempts for 312 yards (4.33 yards per carry) and four touchdowns, adding five catches for an additional 21 yards. He'll be facing a Buffalo Bills defense on the road that has allowed the fourth-fewest half-PPR points to opposing RBs in the last five weeks, though, and backfield mate Jaylen Warren will continue to take valuable touches away from Harris. It's why he's listed at only $5,400 at DraftKings, which ranks 14th at his position.

From RotoBaller

Jan 6 10:00pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris handled 26 carries for 112 yards and a touchdown in the team's Week 18 win over the Baltimore Ravens. He also secured all five of his targets for 21 receiving yards. Harris was dominant on Saturday, frequently running with power and appearing increasingly difficult to bring down as the contest continued. His six-yard score in the first quarter marked his fourth trip to the end zone over the past three weeks and his five receptions were his most since Week 8. Given the weather conditions in Baltimore, the Steelers leaned heavily on the run, and the former first-round pick delivered. Harris will hope to make an impact in the AFC playoffs, but Pittsburgh's postseason fate is yet to be determined.

From RotoBaller

Jan 6 7:30pm ET

Steelers' RB Najee Harris ran for 112 yards on 26 carries with one touchdown in Saturday's win in Baltimore. It was Harris's 2nd consecutive 100+ yard rushing performance. He has averaged 117 yards rushing in those games.

Jan 5 9:10pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (knee) practiced in full on Thursday and is off the injury report ahead of a Week 18 divisional clash with the Baltimore Ravens. Harris has excelled over the past two weeks, finding the end zone three times and averaging exactly 100 rushing yards per contest. Although Baltimore's defense has been solid against the run this season, the Ravens are expected to rest many of their starters after clinching the top seed in the AFC last week. The Steelers, on the other hand, will be fighting for their playoff lives on Saturday, so Harris should remain plenty involved. Fantasy managers can consider the third-year pro a solid RB3 or flex option in starting lineups.

From RotoBaller

Jan 3 6:10pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (knee) was downgraded to a non-participant in practice on Wednesday a day after he was listed as limited in a walkthrough. Harris followed a similar routine for practice last week but ended up playing in the Week 17 win over the Seattle Seahawks, rushing for 122 yards and two touchdowns. As long as Harris returns to practice on Thursday, he should be good to play in Saturday's must-win divisional clash against the Baltimore Ravens. The 25-year-old is still losing valuable touches to backfield mate Jaylen Warren, but Harris has looked better of late and will at least be an upside RB3/flex play for fantasy managers against a Ravens defense that could be resting several key starters in a meaningless game for them as they rest up for the playoffs.

From RotoBaller

Jan 2 7:30pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (knee) was listed as limited for the team's estimated walkthrough practice on Tuesday. Harris has been managing a knee issue for the last five weeks but he hasn't missed any time and will be ready to go for Saturday's must-win game against the division-rival Baltimore Ravens. The matchup isn't a great one for Harris, but Baltimore could be resting a lot of their best players in this one. The 25-year-old RB continues to lose valuable touches to fellow backfield mate Jaylen Warren, but it hasn't stopped him from being very productive in the last two weeks for fantasy managers, carrying the ball 46 times for 200 yards and three touchdowns in wins over the Cincinnati Bengals and Seattle Seahawks. Harris will have RB2 upside in the Week 18 regular season finale.

From RotoBaller

Dec 31 7:40pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris handled 27 carries for 122 yards and two touchdowns in a Week 17 win over the Seattle Seahawks. Fantasy managers who chose to trust Harris and the Steelers' offense after a solid Week 16 showing were greatly rewarded with the third-year pro's best performance of the campaign. Harris was not utilized at all in the passing game yet again, but it ultimately did not matter on Sunday as Seattle's defense had no answers for him or Jaylen Warren on the ground. Although Harris is showing signs of life in an offense that has been heating up, he will face a much more difficult test in Week 18 against the Baltimore Ravens.

From RotoBaller

Dec 31 7:30pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers' RB Najee Harris ran for 122 yards on 27 carries with two touchdowns in Sunday's win in Seattle.

Dec 29 6:50pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (knee) practiced in full on Friday and was removed from the team's injury report ahead of a road matchup against the Seattle Seahawks. The Steelers' offense played well with Mason Rudolph under center last week and Harris contributed to the victory with 78 rushing yards and a touchdown. He'll now face a vulnerable Seattle defense that has surrendered the seventh-most fantasy points to running backs this season. Although Harris has not been involved as a pass-catcher in recent weeks, he is seeing plenty of work on the ground and could get opportunities near the goal line with Rudolph drawing another start. Fantasy managers should feel confident deploying Harris as a flex option this week.

From RotoBaller

Dec 28 9:50pm ET

Pittsburgh Steelers running back Najee Harris (knee) was able to suit up for Thursday's practice session. This is good news after Harris was unable to practice on Wednesday due to a lingering knee issue. Harris was limited on Thursday, but that is likely just the Steelers limiting his reps to keep him healthy. Harris should be fine to play against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 17, barring any setbacks. Fantasy managers should consider Harris as a possible low-ed flex play for this game.

From RotoBaller

Player Transactions
  • 25-May-2021: PIT Najee Harris - Signed, Draft Choice - Four-year contract (fifth-year option)
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