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Tough crowd in here. Expecting a second year back with 4 carries to his name, no offseason, no preseason, a few practices under his belt, to hit every hole and have instant chemistry with the offenive

Before Harris played: Stash him he could be a league winner! After Harris played and ran for 100 yards: I don't know, is he really worth it?  Truly befuddling. Wasn't that exactly was you wer

Think you meant bellcow but I'm always up for more cowbell too

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I think his fantasy stock only goes up from here. He's obviously not a league winner, but a decent bench RB that can fill in as a flex if people get injured. Looking more and more likely Pats go into rebuild mode and they lean on Harris a bit more. I'd also expect him to get more work in the passing game as the season goes forward. 

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16 hours ago, harck said:

I think his fantasy stock only goes up from here. He's obviously not a league winner, but a decent bench RB that can fill in as a flex if people get injured. Looking more and more likely Pats go into rebuild mode and they lean on Harris a bit more. I'd also expect him to get more work in the passing game as the season goes forward. 

I agree on all counts!  he was dropped in my league before yesterday's game and now I'm debating how much FAAB to drop on a valuable bench guy like this!

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16 hours ago, harck said:

I think his fantasy stock only goes up from here. He's obviously not a league winner, but a decent bench RB that can fill in as a flex if people get injured. Looking more and more likely Pats go into rebuild mode and they lean on Harris a bit more. I'd also expect him to get more work in the passing game as the season goes forward. 

I was shocked when they actually gave him a designed screen pass. Hope to see more of that going forward. He looked good out there and the Niners have a solid front 7.

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17 hours ago, Gandalfthecat said:

"Lone bright spot" would probably be too strong, but if this team has any chance of winning a game it's by giving it to Harris a LOT. 

 

Exactly. Defense and running game. Harris has the chance to be fed a ton. No way they can trust Cam at least at this point.

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I'm starting with relative confidence next week as long as Sony isn't back (Mixon hurt + Robinson Bye). Bills have been pretty bad against RB's far over the past month.. held Henry relatively in check but gave up 2 TD's, CEH and Henderson both trounced them, and they made Gore look like he was 25 yesterday (11 for 60). 

 

Also, as bad as the offense has been, you'd have to think BB/McDaniels try to change things around a bit. Letting Cam drop back and make decisions is clearly not working, I have a feeling they'll pound the rock and try to control clock next week.

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It would be great if this guy could end up being a reliable FLEX play down the stretch. You have to think that BB is looking to shake up this offense right now. Maybe that means more DH.

This weekend will be telling. If there's a significant uptick in usage then I think we've got something.

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Hoping for a big game out of Harris this weekend. He looks good when he gets a shot, and it’s getting close to the time for NE to see what they have in him. Give him an opportunity to show whether he’s a three-down type back or not. 

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I'm still waitin on the Pats to start giving him pass plays. He looked great on that screen last week. In training camp, the ravings were around his pass catching ability. Hope they get creative with this guy going forward and he starts to become a focal point of the offense. Last week was very re-assuring, he looked great with his limited touches.

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I feel like I'm holding him for a make or break Week 9 vs. the Jets.

I don't feel confident in starting him vs. Buffalo this week despite a nice matchup, but with the showing Cam had vs. SF (and Denver) and the injuries to the Patriots already awful WR core, this is the week Bill either commits to Damien enough to make him appealing against the Jets next week, or for me to accept that he's just another risky Patriots RB that can be safely dropped after a cake opponent.

If Bill does shape the offense to flow through Harris & Newton in the run game to save face this season (and at this point with Cam & Stidham's passing flaws he should), the Pats have a friendly Week 15-16 schedule with Miami and Buffalo meaning weaker than average run defenses.

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1 minute ago, pdizzle710 said:

My feeling with Harris is the moment I drop him, if I do, he has a blow up game. At this point, the only thing holding him back is the lack of commitment to him as a full time banger.

I cut him for DJ Dallas pornstar, and hes still sitting there unclaimed

 

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He could be a below flex value guy rest of season tbh. I want to believe this is real and own him in 2 of 3 leagues, but the Pats offense looks pretty broken and he hasn't risen above the committee yet. I would hold though because a lot can change over the next month and he could find himself in a much better situation. If anything happens to rex burkhead, James White, if The Pats turn it on in the second half of the season, or if they tank and give the young guys like Harris a lot more run. I don't think he has a road to be a RB1 this year but I think hes a lotto ticket to be an alright RB2 type guy by the playoffs if a few things can break right for him. 

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We'll know very shortly what we have in Damien.  If he doesn't get it done against the Jets next week, I'd be ready to move on then.  I still believe he has the talent to succeed... Scam is just holding him back.

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3 minutes ago, TTo34 said:

We'll know very shortly what we have in Damien.  If he doesn't get it done against the Jets next week, I'd be ready to move on then.  I still believe he has the talent to succeed... Scam is just holding him back.

 

Yep, I'll hold him through Week 9. I may even start him against the Jets depending on his usage this week.

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[...] I'm gonna roll with Damien because of a gut feeling I have on his usage. Bills really leak badly with the run, and it's not like Cam can be the entire rushing offence as that's not sustainable long-term. Michel is done and dusted, Burkhead sucks, and White is hobbled. 

It's Damien time now or never imo. This sophomore season is crucial for him to stake his spot in the team, much like it is for the fading Harry. 

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