Damien Harris
Damien Harris
24-Year-Old Running BackRB
New England Patriots
2021 Fantasy Outlook
After barely seeing the field as a rookie, Harris had his sophomore NFL campaign bookended by three-game absences due to finger and ankle injuries. For the 10 games in between, he was a solid addition to the New England backfield, posting three 100-yard rushing games and averaging five yards per carry in an offense that gave defenses little reason to worry about the passing game. Harris' best asset is his versatility. He's a patient runner with the power and balance to make his way through traffic, and while James White's presence gave him few opportunities to show it, Harris' college resume suggests he could handle third downs in a pinch. He doesn't have breakaway speed, meaning he needs volume to make an impact rather than being a threat to go the distance with every touch. With Sony Michel having been traded to the Rams, Harris has a chance to be the team's clear-cut option on running downs. Meanwhile, White remains entrenched as the team's top pass-catching/change-of-pace option, with power back Rhamondre Stevenson poised to serve as a complement/backup to Harris when it comes to early-down work, and 5-foot-6, 185-pound J.J. Taylor potentially mixing in as well. Though Stevenson impressed during the preseason, the Patriots have in the past tended to ease rookie backs into the mix, so with Michel -- who had been in line to see his share of touches in tandem with Harris -- out of the picture, added opportunities are now available for Harris in what could be a run-heavy attack helmed by rookie QB Mac Jones. Read Past Outlooks
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Leads rushing attack in easy win
RBNew England Patriots
September 19, 2021
Harris rushed 16 times for 62 yards and a touchdown while catching his only target for two yards in Sunday's 25-6 win over the Jets.
ANALYSIS
Harris capitalized on some shoddy Jets tackling on his 26-yard rumble into the end zone early in the second half. He's getting the vast majority of the rushing workload in New England's backfield, though receiving back James White is mixing in frequently and scored a seven-yard rushing touchdown of his own. Harris' role is more dependent on game script than White's, but New England looks unlikely to fall behind enough to abandon the run often, so Harris should remain heavily involved in the Week 3 game plan against New Orleans.
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How do Damien Harris' 2021 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.
Broken Tackle %
4.3%
 
Positive Run %
91.3%
 
% Yds After Contact
37.0%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
1.6
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
25.0
 
% Snaps w/Touch
62.5%
 
Air Yards Per Game
4.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.10
 
% Team Air Yards
1.8%
 
% Team Targets
7.9%
 
Avg Depth of Target
1.3 Yds
 
Catch Rate
50.0%
 
Drop Rate
0.0%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
8.5
 
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This Week's Opposing Pass Defense
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vs Saints
Sunday, Sep 26th at 1:00PM
Overall QB Rating Against
46.9
 
Cornerbacks
57.3
 
Safeties
17.7
 
Linebackers
75.0
 
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Measurables Review View College Player Page
How do Damien 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.
Height
5' 11"
 
Weight
213 lbs
 
40-Yard Dash
4.57 sec
 
Vertical Jump
37.0 in
 
Broad Jump
121 in
 
Bench Press
16 reps
 
Hand Length
9.75 in
 
Arm Length
30.75 in
 
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Damien Harris
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Yesterday
The Steelers haven't shown much of a running game through two weeks, but Najee Harris should get enough to flirt with RB1 status anyway.
Week 2 Observations
Yesterday
Chris Liss regrets passing on Derrick Henry, who even got involved as a receiver Sunday.
NFL Reactions: Week 2
2 days ago
Joe Daley wraps up Sunday's action as the Matthew Stafford and the Rams offense are looking scary.
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4 days ago
Christian McCaffrey always projects as one of the highest-scoring players whenever the Panthers play, but RotoWire's Ryan Belongia explains why the running back is a good fade on Sunday's main DraftKings slate.
NFL Game Previews: Lions-Packers Matchup
6 days ago
Erik Siegrist previews the Monday Night Football matchup as Aaron Rodgers and the Packers look to bounce back against the Lions.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
Just like many Patriots rookies before him, Harris essentially spent his first season in the NFL as a redshirt, playing only two games and getting only four carries. That is by no means a signal he's a washout, however. James White was equally invisible in 2014 before emerging as one of the league's most valuable pass-catching backs. While Harris doesn't have White's hands or route-running prowess, the third-round pick out of Alabama does possess a skill set that could allow him to eventually thrive as a versatile option in Bill Belichick's offense if he gets the chance - a chance that might come as soon as this season if Sony Michel fails to make an impact once again in the lead role or struggles to stay healthy. It's possible that Tom Brady's departure could force the team to lean even more heavily on its ground game, opening up touches for Harris even if he isn't starting. The jury remains out on his potential upside, but he should at least begin to make his case this season once he recovers from a training camp finger injury.
Given the parade of talented backs that passed through Alabama the last few years, Harris' consistent production is impressive - he topped 1,000 scrimmage yards each of the last three seasons despite maxing out at 172 touches. He doesn't possess any one standout ability in the backfield, but instead profiles as the same kind of jack-of-all-trades that Rex Burkhead was intended to be for the Patriots. In addition to good vision and balance to find yards between the tackles and in traffic, Harris is an effective outlet receiver who gets extra points for his solid instincts as a pass protector. What he lacks is speed or a surprising burst that would allow him to escape NFL defenders on a regular basis. His spot on the depth chart in a talented New England backfield won't do him any favors to begin the season, but the rookie's snaps and touches should increase once he proves to Tom Brady and the coaching staff that he can be trusted to do his job in almost any situation.
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Reaches 100 yards
RBNew England Patriots
September 12, 2021
Harris carried the ball 23 times for 100 yards in Sunday's Week 1 loss to the Dolphins. He added two receptions for 17 yards.
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Should benefit sans Michel
RBNew England Patriots
August 25, 2021
Harris has a chance to be the "dominant back on running downs" in New England's offense after the Patriots traded Sony Michel to the Rams on Wednesday, Jeff Howe of The Athletic reports.
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Eight snaps Thursday
RBNew England Patriots
August 20, 2021
Harris logged eight snaps on offense in Thursday's 35-0 preseason win over the Eagles, NESN's Zack Cox reports.
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Finds end zone Thursday
RBNew England Patriots
August 19, 2021
Harris rushed six times for 14 yards and a touchdown in the Patriots' 35-0 preseason win over the Eagles on Thursday night.
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Starts preseason opener
RBNew England Patriots
August 12, 2021
Harris rushed four times for 17 yards and wasn't targeted in Thursday's 22-13 preseason win over Washington.
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