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Damien Harris 2020 Dynasty Outlook

Damien Harris
SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Damien Harris #34 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs the ball during the first quarter against the Clemson Tigersin the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Damien Harris was a highly coveted 5-star recruit out of high school. He was ranked the 8th best player in his class and committed to Alabama.

During his time on the Crimson Tide he sat behind Derrick Henry his freshman year, but he was their starter for the next 3 years. In those 3 years, Harris put up 2,913 yards and 22 TDs on the ground and 48 receptions for 394 yards and 2 TDs through the air. He helped lead Alabama to a National Championship his junior year in 2017.

Coming into the draft, the 5’10 216 pounder was known for his bruiser type running style with no regard for human life. He also was characterized for his patient running and natural instincts. He’s also described as a capable pass catcher with upside in that area. Unfortunately, his 4.57 40 yard dash isn’t very appealing to most teams. He lacked a burst and elusiveness that would translate into the next level. Speed was the main thing holding him back from a higher draft stock.

With the 87th overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots selected Damien Harris, RB, University of Alabama.

Harris came into a crowded backfield with Sony Michel, James White and Rex Burkhead. With the Patriots committed to the RBBC (running back by committee), they used each of these guys in the 2019 season. In his rookie year, he totaled a whopping 12 yards on 4 carries while playing 2 games for 6% of offensive snaps. Fantasy wise, it seems there’s not much to see here. According to Mike Reiss at ESPN, his power-running style, coupled with 2018 first-round pick¬†Sony Michel, gives the Patriots a potentially nice one-two combination.”

It’s clear to those close to the Patriots that they love what they have in Harris. Look for him to get an increasing role throughout the season, not only on the ground but in the pass game as well. With a new, young QB in Jarrett Stidham, he’ll look to drop the ball off to his RBs a lot and let them pick up yards. I usually stay away from Patriots RBs, but this year I’m more bought in if you’re in PPR leagues.

Damien Harris
NASHVILLE, TN – AUGUST 17: New England Patriots quarterback Brian Hoyer (2) celebrates as running back Damien Harris (37) runs toward the end zone during a preseason game between the Tennessee Titans and New England Patriots on August 17, 2019, at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Matthew Maxey/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Damien Harris Dynasty Outlook – Beyond 2020

We won’t really know what his dynasty outlook will look like until we see how the Patriots plan to use him. If he does take over for Sony by the end of the year, he will likely have a window of 2 to 3 years of value. Most Patriots RBs only hold value for a couple years before fading away into the fantasy abyss. Keep an eye out for upcoming news about Harris as the season approaches.

Value

Damien Harris is a definitely a sleeper in this years draft with an ADP of #219 overall and #62 among RBs. I don’t think his value can go down any farther, so let’s trust what the Patriots are saying and watch his value grow. His fantasy relevance is dependent on how much growth there is though.

If you’re looking to buy or sell him in 1QB leagues, his value is similar to a late round second pick and an early 3rd rounder. Players with comparable values include Hayden Hurst, Justin Herbert, Alshon Jeffery, JJ Arcega-Whiteside, Chase Claypool and Justice Hill. I’d consider all of these accurate values outside of JJAW, who, in my eyes, is a bust.

Those in SuperFlex leagues, late 2nd and early 3rd round picks are again are of similar value to Harris. Again you see Alshon Jeffery and Justice Hill are of interchangeable value. Others involve Rob Gronkowski, James Washington, Emmanuel Sanders, Golden Tate, Eric Erbon and Darrynton Evans.

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