N’Keal Harry Fantasy Football Outlook & Value 2019

With the 32nd pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, the Patriots selected N’Keal Harry, a WR out of Arizona State. In the 2017 and 2018 campaigns with Arizona State, Harry had over 1,000 receiving yards. He finished last year with 9 TDs and 8 the year before. With 73 receptions in 2018, he averaged 14.9 yards per catch. Harry will be slotted in right away, lining up at WR2 for the Patriots behind Julian Edelman at WR1.

The Patriots Wire tweeted out an article from Yahoo Sports entitled ‘Why Reggie Wayne wants us to ‘pump the brakes’ on N’Keal Harry hype.’ Wayne, who had a brief pre-season stint with the Patriots in 2015, urges fans to be cautiously optimistic when it comes to Harry in 2019. While all signs point to the young WR producing early, the Patriots don’t traditionally get a lot of production from their rookies. There hasn’t been a rookie WR on the Patriots who has put up more than 600 yards since 1996. There’s a large learning curve when it comes to joining any NFL team, but that curve just seems so much steeper when trying to acclimate to the Patriots and Tom Brady’s perfectionistic system.

New England PatriotsThat could just be attention-grabbing on Wayne’s part, though, as Harry seems to be a different type of prospect for the Patriots. Harry won’t likely have to worry about quality of throws coming his way with Tom Brady at the helm of the offense, but it’s more of a matter of how many will be directed towards him. From watching receivers come in and out of the Patriots organization over the years, it seems like once a receiver gains Brady’s trust, he has it for life. If Harry can get that early, then he’ll make for a great fantasy pick.

At Lineups we currently have Harry listed as WR47 and projected for 511.1 receiving yards on 39.8 receptions. I’m looking at these projections as more of an over/under because as of now, we simply have no idea how Harry will perform. The uncertainty leads to a high ceiling but an even lower floor. Harry could find his way as a main contributor the the Patriots offense, or he could be overlooked. There’s just currently no way of knowing. If you’re looking for a gamble and need to fill a WR spot later on, I don’t see a problem with chancing it on N’Keal Harry.

Harry’s average draft position is currently 8.03. I think this is a little high, but understand that any WR in the Patriots lineup is going to be given a high value. His average auctions price out of $200 is currently $7, which I see being a little more fair. $7 isn’t a huge investment, so it could pay off, but I may suggest looking at cheaper, more established options like Mohamed Sanu who could be taken for just $3 and at an ADP of 14.33.

  
After suffering a career ending injury as a high school freshman B-team quarterback, Emmett has completely devoted himself to sports fandom. A Chicago (suburb) native, he is loyal to all his teams. He is currently a junior at Chapman University in Southern California and thoroughly enjoys Microsoft Excel.

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