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Steelers RB Najee Harris injury: What status means for Week 14 vs. Patriots

Najee Harris is dealing with a knee injury in Week 14. We break down what it means for fantasy football and betting.

Najee Harris #22 of the Pittsburgh Steelers runs with the ball during the second half of a game against the Cincinnati Bengals at Paycor Stadium on November 26, 2023 in Cincinnati, Ohio. Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

Game status update: Harris is officially ACTIVE for Thursday night’s game, per ESPN’s Brooke Pryor.

The Pittsburgh Steelers will take on the New England Patriots for Thursday Night Football in Week 14. The Steelers are going with Mitch Trubisky under center because starting quarterback Kenny Pickett has been ruled out with an injury. The injuries may not stop there, as starting running back Najee Harris is questionable for the game due to a knee injury.

The expectation is that Harris will be able to play. He wasn’t included in Monday’s injury report, which was an estimation as the team was off following their game on Sunday. Harris did not practice on Tuesday and didn’t go through team activities on Wednesday.

Najee Harris injury

Fantasy football analysis

New England allows the 18th most fantasy points per game to opposing running backs. Harris heads into the week as the overall RB28 in half-PPR fantasy football leagues. He had started losing work to backup running back Jaylen Warren but has bounced back since Pittsburgh fired former offensive coordinator Matt Canada. Harris has finished as a top-12 RB in five of his last seven games.

If Harris is active, he can be started in 12-team leagues or larger. If Harris is inactive, Warren would see an uptick in work and could take his place. Warren has some value in any form of PPR leagues, even if Harris is active, but the recent output from Harris caps his upside except in 12-team leagues or larger.

NFL DFS analysis

The New England defense allows middle-of-the-road DFS numbers to opposing running backs. They rank 15th, which doesn’t move the needle for whether or not you should include Harris. If you choose to play him as your Captain, it’ll run you $12,600 of your total salary, and he is $8,400 as a flex.

Betting analysis

Harris suiting up likely won’t affect the betting lines for this game. Each of these teams has struggled recently, and the point total is set at 30, with the Steelers favored by six at DraftKings Sportsbook. Harris averages 55.1 rushing yards per game, while Warren averages 50.1 yards per game. If he doesn’t play, Pittsburgh may fall to four or five-point favorites, but with how good Warren has been in relief, his absence, if it were to happen, shouldn’t change much.