• N'Keal Harry

  • WR
  • , New England Patriots
  • 24
  • 228 lbs
  • 6' 2"
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by Spencer Babbitt

NE WR N'Keal Harry - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
It was a lost rookie season for N’Keal Harry, who started the year on the Reserve/PUP list and did not appear in a regular-season game until Week 11. Even after being activated, Harry failed to leave his mark on the season. He only caught 12 of 24 targets and finished with 105 yards and two touchdowns over seven games. A bet on Harry is a bet on a massive sophomore leap, but the opportunity is there for him to do just that. Julian Edelman is declining at 34 years old and dealt with injuries throughout all of last season. Mohamed Sanu was a complete bust after being traded from Atlanta to New England. Cam Newton’s targets are there for the taking, and Harry is the obvious candidate to benefit from that opportunity as a young former first-round pick who the Patriots will want to give more work in his second season.

Fantasy Downside
As outlined above, Harry barely showed anything as a receiver last year with Tom Brady at the helm and now he will have to adjust to a new quarterback in a shortened offseason. There is no guarantee Harry will make a sophomore leap, especially under the unique circumstances the league is currently facing. Members of the Patriots’ pass-catching group also have volume concerns in what should be a run-heavy offense that will not get in many shootouts due to the team’s elite defense. There are reasons to be optimistic about Harry, but his fantasy floor is very low.

2020 Bottom Line
Harry warrants some interest as a late-round flier at the receiver position because he should receive plenty of opportunity to produce as the youngest member of New England’s barren skill position group. However, he will not be recommended as a starter until we see him forming chemistry with Newton.

by Andrew Fleischer

NE WR N'Keal Harry - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 vs Miami Dolphins
N'Keal Harry nearly matched his snap total from Week 15 in Week 16, and he was targeted on 8.1% of his routes, second to Julian Edelman among the Patriots' current starting wide receiver trio. Harry will face the easiest matchup he's seen in his rookie season against a Dolphins defense with the most aFPA to wide receivers, but his snap volume and target volume remains too low to make him a good fantasy bet for DFS outside of multi-entry GPPs.

by Andrew Fleischer

NE WR N'Keal Harry - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 vs Buffalo Bills
For Patriots fans, N'Keal Harry's 58% snap share in Week 15 was something to get excited about, as was his 10.5% target share. Purely for fantasy purposes, Harry remains off the radar, but his rising snap totals could portend a breakout game in the near future. That's unlikely to occur this week against the Bills, as Harry is the most likely candidate to draw primary coverage from Tre'Davious White. He's certainly not worth the risk in a Week 16 that serves as the fantasy championship week in most leagues, but his snap share is worth monitoring for the next two games DFS purposes and for anyone playing in playoff leagues.

by Andrew Fleischer

NE WR N'Keal Harry - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 vs Kansas City Chiefs
Despite showing some flashes of promise (in particular, his back-shoulder touchdown against the Cowboys in Week 12), Harry has just three games of experience under his belt, and he's not yet trusted in the New England offense enough to earn a fantasy-valuable snap share.

by Andrew Fleischer

NE WR N'Keal Harry - Week 13 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 13 at Houston Texans
The impending return of both Mohamed Sanu and Phillip Dorsett relegates N'Keal Harry back to bench-status for fantasy purposes. Harry was targeted in the end zone against the Cowboys in Week 12 on a back-shoulder fade route that demonstrated his trump card, which is his size and strength at the catch point. When the Patriots' receiving corps is fully healthy, this is what gives Harry fantasy value through the end of the 2019 season, especially considering the Patriots' soft remaining schedule.

by Andrew Fleischer

NE WR N'Keal Harry - Week 12 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 12 vs Dallas Cowboys
N'Keal Harry, New England's 2019 first-round pick, finally made his season debut against the Eagles in Week 11. Harry was on the field for 43% of offensive snaps, beating out fellow rookie Jakboi Meyers, but he saw just four targets. Harry is clearly being eased into the Patriots offense, and it's unclear how quickly his integration will accelerate.

Harry faces a tough matchup with a Cowboys defense that ranks seventh in aFPA to wide receivers, and specifically against Chidobe Awuzie, the cornerback who projects to draw Harry's primary coverage. Harry wasn't targeted in the red zone last week, so he'd need either a significant increase in overall target rate or red zone target rate (or both) to be a safe start in Week 12 as anything but a desperation WR5 in deep leagues.

by Andrew Fleischer

NE WR N'Keal Harry - Week 11 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 11 at Philadephia Eagles
N'Keal Harry was eligible to play in the Patriots Week 9 matchup against the Ravens, but he was a game-day inactive. It appears as though the Patriots elected to give Harry the benefit of bye-week practices that don't involve the implementation of a team-specific game plan, and it appears as though Harry is on track to see his first regular-season snaps against the Eagles in Week 11. Harry was New England's first-round pick in 2019, and a number of draft analysts pegged him as one of the better prospects in the 2019 class.

At 6'2" tall and 228 pounds, Harry projects as a weapon with size, strength and speed that the Patriots currently lack, and while he's unlikely to see a large snap volume in Week 11, he could certainly be implemented quickly as a red-zone target. It's also within the realm of possibility that Harry is again a game-day inactive, or is active but lines up for single-digit snaps. He's not startable in redraft leagues until we know more about his progress within the Patriots offense, but he could also smash his price in DFS tournaments with a red-zone touchdown.

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