2019 Fantasy Football: Patriots RB Damien Harris Profile

This is a Fantasy Football outlook for Patriots RB Damien Harris and how he will perform in New England's backfield.

RB Damien Harris, New England Patriots

Damien Harris has the “it factor” an NFL team should be looking for in a lead back. He gives off the appearance of a bigger back than his size (5’10” and 216 lbs.). His first step acceleration after downshifting in tight quarters gives him many winning plays. Harris drives through contact with a unique feel for finding more open field. He tests defenses when reaching the second level with his vision and power. In his senior year at Alabama (1,080 combined yards with nine TDs and 22 catches on 172 touches), he failed to show growth over his previous two seasons (1,136 combined yards with four TDs and 14 catches and 1,091 combined yards with 11 TDs and 12 catches).

Where He Fits Right now

His pass catching opportunity was short due to Josh Jacobs shining brighter in this area. Harris doesn’t fumble, and his game grades well in pass protection. For the Patriots, Harris becomes the insurance policy for Sony Michel plus gives New England that in between back that will stand tall in pass protection while being a threat to run and catch the ball. You could say he’s a better, more explosive version of Rex Burkhead. Harris should receive approximately eight touches per game while being tougher to time in the Fantasy market. Must handcuff for Sony Michel owners.


Dynasty owners of Sony Michel will want to pounce on an opportunity to get Damien Harris as a young handcuff with long term starter appeal. Harris could very well assume lead back duties in a few years in this high-octane offense.

Final Word

Michel has already missed time twice in his short career so Harris could produce plenty of touchdowns even in his rookie year. He is easily a second-round pick in a rookie draft.

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Shawn Childs has been a high stakes Fantasy baseball and football player since 2004 where he had success in his first season (three titles and $25,000 in winnings). In early years of the high stakes market in Fantasy baseball, he was ahead of the curve in player evaluation, draft value, and free agent bidding setting up four top-five finishes in the National Fantasy Baseball Championship. He has four AL-only Auction titles, one NL-only title, and five Main Event titles plus an overall title in 2012 at RTFBC (netted $10,000). This success led to an induction into the NFBC Baseball Hall of Fame. His success in the high stakes market led to a career in providing Fantasy Baseball and Fantasy Football content. On the football side, he’s competed and won in all different formats – auctions, draft championship, main events, and high-dollar leagues. He won 2nd place overall in the 2014 Most Accurate Salary Cap Expert contest at FantasyPros. As a dual-sport player, it was natural to transition to the daily games where he is a “swing for the fences type of guy.” Childs has appeared in one FanDuel NFL Live Final and one DraftKings NFL Live Final, a season-ending tournament which led to a couple of chances to win over $1,000,000.