Only Jonathan Taylor scored more rushing touchdowns than Harris in 2021, and finding the end zone was the reason Harris was a quality Fantasy option last year. We'll find out if Harris can do it again in a crowded backfield this season, and Harris is worth drafting as a low-end No. 2 running back in Round 6 or 7 in PPR and Round 5 in non- and 0.5-PPR leagues. Harris also averaged 4.6 yards per carry on 202 attempts. But he only had 18 catches for 132 yards on 21 targets, and his lack of a role in the passing game could be a problem. Harris will share touches with Rhamondre Stevenson and, surprisingly, Ty Montgomery, so if Harris struggles to score his Fantasy value could be in trouble. That said, the Patriots will be a run-heavy offense, and Harris should again lead them in touches as long as he doesn't make mistakes. Let's just hope another season of double digits in touchdowns happens for Harris this year.
Propelled by 15 rushing scores, Harris broke out in 2021.
2022 turns up a contract year, and several Patriots sources have indicated that this will likely be Harris’ final season in Foxborough.
He’s positioned to remain New England’s lead ball-carrier. But he’ll face stiff competition from 2nd-year power back Rhamondre Stevenson. And Harris doesn’t project to see any type of pass-game boost.
With some scoring regression upcoming, Harris is best viewed as an RB3.
Harris is entering his third NFL season after producing his first top-15 fantasy campaign in 2021. Nearly all of Harris' production was generated on the ground, as he ranked 10th among backs in rushing yards, but 62nd in targets. He was especially busy at the goal line, finishing second in rushing TDs (15) and third in carries inside the 5-yard line (14). Harris has been an effective rusher (career 4.8 YPC, 1.9 YAC), but he averaged 13.0 carries and 1.1 targets per game once Rhamondre Stevenson stepped into a sizable role, and that was with James White on IR. Stevenson and perhaps a passing-down specialist (Ty Montgomery?) will be factors this season and Harris is a strong TD regression candidate. His low ceiling (he had two weekly finishes better than 14th last season) limits him to flex territory.
Damien Harris enters the final year of his rookie contract in the usual Patriots committee, which limits his ability to produce big numbers. He'll still see goal line carries but might give way to Rhamondre Stevenson for receptions - and could give way to the second year back in total carries if Bill Belichick decides he wants to see what Stevenson can do. So we have a committee back with the potential to see his carries decrease if the team wants to see if the cheaper and younger back can carry the load. At least it's an offense which will run a lot. Still this leaves Harris likely to remain a bench back who can be plugged in on occasion by his Fantasy GMs.