Fantasy Football Running Back Ranking: Najee Harris in the Top 5

The 2022 fantasy football Draft season is almost here, and I for one can’t wait to see the twists and turns of my fantastic drafts. Each league is so unique, but that’s what makes fantasy football so enjoyable, isn’t it? From work leagues to friend leagues to family leagues, the impact of fantasy football on our lives as fans cannot be copied by any other fantasy sport.

It’s around that time of year when fantasy managers start looking at expert rankings, strategies, and formulas, all in hopes of developing the perfect plan to dominate their fantasy leagues. . Maybe you also fit this description. Are you trying to figure out which players you should draft and which you should avoid? Are you an early draftsman looking for last minute tips? Looking for advice on late sleepers? If you answered yes to any of the questions above, you’ve come to the right place!

Over the next two weeks, we’ll be ranking the best players at each of the four main fantasy positions: quarterback, running back, wide receiver and tight end. These standard rankings (excluding PPR) will also include detailed breakdowns for all Steelers players considered draftable in standard 10- or 12-team leagues. Today we’ll be looking at the most sought-after position in the first half of the draft: running back.

If you have any thoughts on these rankings, be sure to comment below.

Let’s dive!

1.Jonathan Taylor | Indianapolis Colts
2.Joe Mixon | Cincinnati Bengals
3. Derrick Henry | Tennessee Titans

4. Najee Harris | Pittsburgh Steelers

Najee Harris and Mike Tomlin have both said the plan is to reduce the number of snaps Harris is on the court. While that puts a little damper on his fantasy prospects, fantasy owners should remember his lack of effectiveness in 2022. Combine a less-used Najee Harris with an offensive line that added Mason Cole and James Daniels to the mix, and all of a sudden, Najee’s inefficiency is hardly a concern.

The Steelers don’t have many proven threats behind Najee at running back, although Anthony McFarland, Jr. could become that guy if he can finally stay healthy for a full season. Benny Snell is Benny Snell, and he should be grateful just to get a spot on the list. Undrafted rookie Mateo Durant could give Snell and McFarland a healthy battle in training camp, but his impact won’t be relevant to Harris regardless.

Determining how involved Najee will be in the passing game is the other concern fantasy owners need to weigh on the scales. In 2021, Harris recorded 74 receptions on 94 targets for 467 yards and 3 touchdowns, but that came from a Ben Roethlisberger keeping almost everything underhand. Luckily, Mitch Trubisky has already shown his love for running backs in the receiving game. In 2018, Bears running backs were targeted 117 times, and in 2019 that number jumped to 139. In those two seasons combined, Trubisky started 29 of a possible 32 games, proving those numbers are a representation precise of his fondness for throwing it. come back. That’s only good for the Steelers’ lead.

Najee Harris should be a top ten pick in any format, and he should be considered one of the safest options across the board.

5. Dalvin Cook | Minnesota Vikings
6. Nick Chubb | Cleveland Browns
7. Christian McCaffrey | Carolina Panthers
8. Austin Ekeler | Los Angeles Chargers
9. Saquon Barkley | New York Giants
10.Aaron Jones | Green Bay Packers
11.David Montgomery | Chicago Bears
12. Cam Akers | Los Angeles Rams
13. Javonte Williams | Denver Broncos
14. By Andre Swift | Detroit Lions
15. JK Dobbins | Baltimore Ravens
16. Ezekiel Elliott | Dallas Cowboys
17. Leonard Fournette | Tampa Bay Buccaneers
18. Alvin Kamara | New Orleans Saints
19. Antonio Gibson | Washington Commanders
20. Elijah Mitchell | San Francisco 49ers
21. James Conner | Arizona Cardinals
22. Josh Jacobs | Las Vegas Raiders
23. Brece Room | New York Jets
24. Tony Pollard | Dallas Cowboys
25. Edmonds Hunt | Miami Dolphins

What is you think about these rankings? Do you think Najee Harris deserves to be one of the top five fantasy running backs? What’s the highest you would draft him? Be sure to light up the comments section below with your thoughts on this and all things Pittsburgh Steelers!