As we gear up to the start of the NFL season, Football Absurdity is going to bring you a comprehensive breakdown of every notable player that will be available in fantasy football drafts. N’Keal Harry had a lost 2019 season, so should we even bother looking his direction in our 2020 fantasy football drafts? Or is he a lost cause?
N’Keal Harry ADP and AAV:
Standard: WR57, 144 overall
PPR: WR60, 162 overall
Average Auction Value: $1
N’Keal Harry Statistics:
N’Keal Harry Overview:
Poor N’Keal Harry suffered a series of injuries before the 2019 NFL season even got off the ground, and never stood a chance of doing anything last year. After playing limited snaps in the preseason, Harry hit IR. By the time he returned from his injuries in mid-November, the league was in midseason form, and he was stuck trying to figure it out going against guys who had been getting consistent reps since September.
It’s really hard to find a way to chop up his 2019 season to see anything encouraging. He had a sub-50% catch rate (including the playoffs) and averaged about 22 yards per game. I’m trying to think of a sound that approximates the vomiting sound and “yikes,” and best I could come up with is “yurk.” To Harry’s 2019 I say “yurk.”
But, let’s remember what N’Keal Harry was last year. He was my favorite WR coming out last year, and his landing spot (while going in the first round) had me pumping my fist for him in fantasy football. His biggest problem is a lack of separation, and his biggest skill is a lack of separation meaning exactly nothing when it comes to production. I’m excited about Cam Newton’s addition. Whereas Tom Brady’s deep ball is a problem (in the traditional sense), Cam Newton’s deep ball is a PROBLEM (in the social media sense… that it’s a good thing). Gone are the days of Tom Brady cautiously dumping it off to James White and Julian Edelman. Enter the Dragon, and the Dragon is the Cam2Harry deep ball connection.
N’Keal Harry Draft Strategy:
I’m excited for N’Keal Harry this year, given the addition of Cam and his price on draft day. His draft-day price is especially enticing since he didn’t forget how to play football, but the cost to acquire Harry has fallen off the table. Harry was the #38 wide receiver off the board at this time last year, and this year he’s barely draftable. I’m excited to take the discount on Harry to see what happens.
You can do the same thing. Harry is the ideal fifth-or-sixth wide receiver: a big, talented guy with a QB he could click with and an offensive genius calling plays. Things could definitely be worse. Or you could take, like, Breshad Perriman and DeSean Jackson, who are both going near N’Keal Harry in drafts.
Best Case Scenario:
In the pre-draft process, Harry gained positive publicity as being the heir apparent to Dez Bryant. Dez Bryant with Cam’s arm and Bill Belichick’s brain? I’ll take that with pick 140+.
Worst Case Scenario:
You take him in the double-digit rounds and you waste a pick that could have been spent on teammate Justin Rohrwasser or the Green Bay Packers DST.