Najee Harris

Najee Harris

26-Year-Old Running BackRB
Pittsburgh Steelers
2024 Fantasy Outlook
Harris will probably never be one of the league's more explosive runners, but he's a steadying presence and capable of taking 20-plus carries whenever the Steelers need him to. His ability to soak up so many grinding carries between the tackles is a real asset to the Steelers offense, which uses Harris like a series of jabs meant to set up a bigger strike once the defense goes to block the jab. Useful as he might be for assembling the structure of the offense, Harris' fantasy prospects are pointed downward relative to his 2021 rookie year, when the first-round pick claimed 307 carries and 94 targets. The emergence of Jaylen Warren as the team's preferred passing-down and general in-space back has badly drained Harris' target share in the Pittsburgh offense, and Warren's monopoly on draw-type carries makes it difficult for Harris to juice his rushing average against light defensive fronts. Harris saw only 255 carries and 37 targets in 2023, and that theme of limitation will exist as long as Warren is present even with the Steelers hiring run-first offensive coordinator Arthur Smith this offseason. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $13.05 million contract with the Steelers in May of 2021. Steelers declined $6.79 million team option for 2025 in May of 2024.
Dropping weight for contract season
RBPittsburgh Steelers
May 17, 2024
Harris' trainer said Friday the running back has dropped to around 235 pounds this offseason after playing at 242 during the 2023 season, and that he's increasingly motivated after the Steelers declined his fifth-year option, Kevin Patra of NFL.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Harris is heading into the final season of his rookie deal with Pittsburgh, so there's no doubt about his motivation to log a productive year and earn sizeable payday for 2025. Playing at a lower weight could help Harris' efficiency metrics, and there's also some reason to be optimistic that he now finds himself in a better scenario than 2023, when he set new career-high marks with eight rushing touchdowns and 4.1 YPC. Rookie first-round pick Troy Fautanu should represent an upgrade to the O-line, and while there are question marks surrounding Russell Wilson and Justin Fields, both have the potential to command a more effective offense than Kenny Pickett did. Harris is capable of handling 20-plus touches but also dependent on volume to produce, making the emergence of Jaylen Warren the biggest threat to his fantasy prospects.
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How do Najee Harris' 2023 advanced stats compare to other running backs?
This section compares his advanced stats with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average. The longer the bar, the better it is for the player.
  • Broken Tackle %
    The number of broken tackles divided by rush attempts.
  • Positive Run %
    The percentage of run plays where he was able to gain positive yardage.
  • % Yds After Contact
    The percentage of his rushing yards that came after contact.
  • Avg Yds After Contact
    The average rushing yards he gains after contact.
  • Rushing TD %
    Rushing touchdowns divided by rushing attempts. In other words, how often is he scoring when running the ball.
  • Touches Per Game
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) he is averaging per game
  • % Snaps w/Touch
    The number of touches (rushing attempts + receptions) divided by offensive snaps played.
  • Air Yards Per Game
    The number of air yards he is averaging per game. Air yards measure how far the ball was thrown downfield for both complete and incomplete passes. Air yards are recorded as a negative value when the pass is targeted behind the line of scrimmage. All air yards data is from Sports Info Solutions and does not include throwaways as targeted passes.
  • Air Yards Per Snap
    The number of air yards he is averaging per offensive snap.
  • % Team Air Yards
    The percentage of the team's total air yards he accounts for.
  • % Team Targets
    The percentage of the team's total targets he accounts for.
  • Avg Depth of Target
    Also known as aDOT, this stat measures the average distance down field he is being targeted at.
  • Catch Rate
    The number of catches made divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Drop Rate
    The number of passes he dropped divided by the number of times he was targeted by the quarterback.
  • Avg Yds After Catch
    The number of yards he gains after the catch on his receptions.
  • % Targeted On Route
    Targets divided by total routes run. Also known as TPRR.
  • Avg Yds Per Route Run
    Receiving yards divided by total routes run. Also known as YPRR.
Broken Tackle %
18.8%
 
Positive Run %
80.8%
 
% Yds After Contact
71.8%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.9
 
Rushing TD %
3.1%
 
Touches Per Game
16.7
 
% Snaps w/Touch
51.8%
 
Air Yards Per Game
-0.1
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.00
 
% Team Air Yards
0.0%
 
% Team Targets
7.7%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.0 Yds
 
Catch Rate
78.4%
 
Drop Rate
5.4%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
6.1
 
% Targeted On Route
18.7%
 
Avg Yds Per Route Run
0.86
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Najee Harris' measurables compare to other running backs?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* All metrics are from his Pro Day (not the combine).
Height
6' 1"
 
Weight
242 lbs
 
Hand Length
10.25 in
 
Arm Length
33.25 in
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2021
The constant smothering from defenses caught up with Harris in 2022, leaving the normally durable 232-pound back nicked up in ways he hadn't dealt with previously, even as he played all 17 games for a second time in two NFL seasons. Running in the sluggish Pittsburgh offense was difficult enough – Harris didn't need the Lisfranc sprain he suffered in training camp and played through for an unspecified amount of the season, nor did he need the oblique and hip injuries he played through later. Considering the circumstances, Harris was rather impressive. That he's not higher in the fantasy rankings is mostly an acknowledgment of the fact Pittsburgh's passing game isn't scaring anyone and defenses will continue to gun for Harris, potentially leaving him as a high-volume, low-efficiency RB for a third straight season. The good news is that the volume isn't really in question, especially if he can manage to stay a bit healthier. The Steelers didn't sign or draft any backfield competition, instead focusing on blocking with the additions of former Eagles G Isaac Seumalo, rookie T Broderick Jones (14th overall) and 264-pound rookie TE Darnell Washington (93rd). The new big bodies should help Harris and backup Jaylen Warren, not to mention second-year QB Kenny Pickett.
Volume was the biggest selling point for Harris in fantasy drafts last year after the Alabama product became the 24th overall pick, and Mike Tomlin didn't disappoint as the rookie was a huge part of the Pittsburgh offense right away. Harris was the only player other than Jonathan Taylor to top 300 carries last season, and the rookie's 94 targets tied with Austin Ekeler to lead running backs. Harris' 3.9 yards per carry was disappointing, and his other efficiency stats weren't much better, but he faced tough circumstances between a subpar offensive line and a passing game with little vertical element. Ben Roethlisberger's retirement won't necessarily improve things — especially with Mitchell Trubisky or rookie Kenny Pickett taking over under center — but the roster still offers little competition for touches behind Harris, who could have slightly better blocking this season after the Steelers signed C Mason Cole and G James Daniels. Harris ran for only 1.7 yards before contact per carry last year, ranking 49th of 53 qualified RBs, and better blocking would give the 232-pounder more opportunities to run over defensive backs in the open field. Combined with another huge workload, it's a formula for big- time production if the Pittsburgh offense takes even a modest step forward.
The latest product of Nick Saban's running back factory, Harris is a big, athletic runner who offers three-down potential in the NFL. His ability to run through would-be tacklers (or, in the case of one poor Notre Dame defender featured in endless replays, hurdle over them) jumps out from his tape, but Harris also features some elusiveness and burst through traffic that allows him to pick up plenty of extra yards, even if his lack of top-end speed keeps him from being a consistent home-run threat. Harris seems to be more of an instinctive runner than one with well-developed vision, but either way he can find an opening and hit it. He's put in work to become better as a pass catcher and blocker, but he's simply adequate at both and not a difference-maker. The track record of Crimson Tide backs is a very good one in recent years, and Harris has the skills to establish himself as a three-down back in Pittsburgh after becoming the first running back off the board in the 2021 draft (24th overall). Given his size and running style, a career like that of former Rams star Steven Jackson wouldn't be surprising.
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Pittsburgh declines 2025 option
RBPittsburgh Steelers
May 2, 2024
The Steelers have declined their 2025 option on Harris' contract, Gerry Dulac of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports.
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Stymied by Bills in loss
RBPittsburgh Steelers
January 15, 2024
Harris rushed 12 times for 37 yards and brought in two of three targets for 15 yards in the Steelers' 31-17 wild-card loss to the Bills on Monday afternoon.
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Set to face Bills on Sunday
RBPittsburgh Steelers
January 11, 2024
Harris (knee) returned to a full practice Thursday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
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Sits out practice Wednesday
RBPittsburgh Steelers
Knee
January 10, 2024
Harris (knee) didn't practice Wednesday, Teresa Varley of the Steelers' official site reports.
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Tops 100 rushing yards again
RBPittsburgh Steelers
January 6, 2024
Harris rushed the ball 26 times for 112 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 17-10 win over the Ravens. He added five catches on five targets for 21 yards.
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Could be vultured by Patterson
RBPittsburgh Steelers
July 12, 2024
Harris could cede some goal-line looks to Cordarrelle Patterson, whom Mark Kaboly of The Athletic believes will contribute on offense in addition to special teams.
ANALYSIS
Harris is already battling for playing time against Jaylen Warren, but while Warren is more likely to siphon pass-catching opportunities rather than short-yardage work, Patterson could cut into Harris' opportunities by the goal line. New offensive coordinator Arthur Smith gave Patterson plenty of goal-line work when they were together in Atlanta. Patterson didn't score a rushing touchdown last season but racked up 14 rushing touchdowns over the previous two campaigns.
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