Here’s What To Expect From Steelers RB Najee Harris In 2022

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With the 24th overall pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers selected Alabama running back Najee Harris. Pittsburgh was desperate to infuse some talent into the running back position as they had the worst rushing attack in the NFL in 2020, finishing last in yardage and 28th in attempts.

Harris lived up to the billing as a rookie, carrying the ball 307 times in the regular season for 1,200 yards and seven touchdowns. While that wasn’t the most efficient rushing attack, Harris was playing behind an underwhelming offensive line and teams were stacking the box against him knowing that Ben Roethlisberger was no longer capable of beating them with his arm, especially down the field.

In addition to the upgrade he provided the backfield as a rusher, Harris proved that he is one of the best pass-catching backs in the league as well. He caught 74 passes on 94 targets as a rookie, turning that into 467 yards and three touchdowns.

As a rookie, Harris led the NFL in touches and he is going to once again have a big role in the team’s offense this upcoming season. What can we expect from Harris in 2022? According to CBS Sports, we can expect another big season from the former Crimson Tide.

Harris is projected to rush the ball 319 times for 1,215 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Steelers. That would put him fifth in the league in rushing yards for the season. Through the air, Harris is projected to be just as productive once again.

He is projected to catch 77 of 97 targets for 476 yards and three more scores. Those numbers would put him fourth in catches and seventh in yardage.

For Fantasy Football managers, those numbers are gold. While the efficiency leaves a little something to be desired, the volume will be there for Harris to once again rank among the very best assets in Fantasy Football.

His 223 fantasy points would be fourth best at the position, putting him squarely in the mix as a first-round pick. Given his involvement in the passing game, Najee Harris is one of the safest picks near the top of the draft as he will be involved regardless of the score and adjusting game plan with his dual-threat skill set.