Najee Harris
Najee Harris
23-Year-Old Running BackRB
Pittsburgh Steelers
2021 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a four-year, $13.05 million contract with the Steelers in May of 2021.
Salvages day as receiver
RBPittsburgh Steelers
September 19, 2021
Harris carried the ball 10 times for 38 yards in Sunday's Week 2 loss to the Raiders. He also added five receptions for 43 yards and a touchdown.
ANALYSIS
Harris continued to dominate the work out of Pittsburgh's backfield, as he accounted for 10 of the team's 14 total rush attempts. However, game script limited him in that role. He did manage to make up for his lack of production on the ground with good production as a pass catcher, highlighted by a 25-yard touchdown reception at the beginning of the fourth quarter. While Harris ended up being productive enough in the box score, his inability to work efficiently as a rusher is becoming a concern as he now has 26 rush attempts for 83 yards across two games.
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Advanced NFL Stats
How do Najee 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 %
15.4%
 
Positive Run %
76.9%
 
% Yds After Contact
66.3%
 
Avg Yds After Contact
2.1
 
Rushing TD %
0.0%
 
Touches Per Game
16.0
 
% Snaps w/Touch
28.8%
 
Air Yards Per Game
0.0
 
Air Yards Per Snap
0.00
 
% Team Air Yards
0.0%
 
% Team Targets
11.3%
 
Avg Depth of Target
0.0 Yds
 
Catch Rate
75.0%
 
Drop Rate
12.5%
 
Avg Yds After Catch
7.7
 
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vs Bengals
Sunday, Sep 26th at 1:00PM
Overall QB Rating Against
86.9
 
Cornerbacks
95.3
 
Safeties
99.8
 
Linebackers
51.4
 
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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' 2"
 
Weight
230 lbs
 
Hand Length
10.25 in
 
Arm Length
33.25 in
 
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Najee Harris
Backfield Breakdown: Week 2 Recap & Week 3 Sleepers
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.
DraftKings Sportsbook: Week 2 Wagers
3 days ago
Kevin Payne dives into the Week 2 slate at the DraftKings Sportsbook, where an Ezekiel Elliott bounce back could be in the offing after a disappointing performance in the opener.
DraftKings NFL: Week 2 Tournament Guide
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.
FanDuel Fantasy Football: Week 2 Picks
4 days ago
Josh Allen struggled against a stout Steelers defense last week and should rebound this week on the road in Miami.
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Solid workload in Week 1 win
RBPittsburgh Steelers
September 12, 2021
Harris rushed 16 times for 45 yards and brought in one of three targets for four yards in the Steelers' 23-16 win over the Bills on Sunday.
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Won't play in exhibition finale
RBPittsburgh Steelers
August 25, 2021
Head coach Mike Tomlin said Harris won't suit up for Friday's preseason contest against the Panthers, Brooke Pryor of ESPN.com reports.
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Shines as receiver in win
RBPittsburgh Steelers
August 21, 2021
Harris rushed four times for 10 yards and secured two of three targets for 53 yards in the Steeles' 26-20 preseason win over the Lions on Saturday night.
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Three touches against Philly
RBPittsburgh Steelers
August 12, 2021
Harris rushed twice for 10 yards and caught one of two targets for nine yards in Thursday's 24-16 preseason win over the Eagles.
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To get significant work Thursday
RBPittsburgh Steelers
August 10, 2021
Coach Mike Tomlin noted Tuesday that he won't cap Harris' reps during Thursday's preseason contest at Philadelphia, Dale Lolley of DKPittsburghSports.com reports.
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