N’Keal Harry Fantasy Football Analysis with Patriots

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  • See Matthew Freedman's fantasy football analysis for wide receiver N'Keal Harry, who was drafted No. 32 overall by the New England Patriots.

N’Keal Harry Fantasy Football Analysis

  • Height: 6’2″ | Weight: 228 pounds
  • School: Arizona State | Class: Junior
  • 2019 age: 22 | Draft position: No. 32 overall)

Depending on what happens on Day 2, Harry will probably be my No. 1 wide receiver in the class — and not just because he landed with Tom Brady and the Patriots.

He probably lacks the upside potential of some other receivers, such as Marquise Brown and D.K. Metcalf, but Harry’s combination of college production, biophysical profile and draft position makes him highly unlikely to be a total bust.

A five-star recruit, Harry led the Sun Devils as a true freshman with 58 receptions, and as a sophomore and junior he put up back-to-back 1,000-yard receiving campaigns. A versatile player, Harry lined up all across the formation, ran all varieties of routes and was athletic enough to contribute throughout his career as both a runner (144 yards, three touchdowns) and punt returner (11.8 yards per attempt, one touchdown).

With the Pats, Harry has a good chance to see playing time right away, and his ability to play out wide and in the slot should help him stay on the field in more situations. Julian Edelman is likely to lead the Patriots in targets, but it wouldn’t be surprising if Harry finished second on the team, capturing a chunk of the vacated targets that had previously gone to the now-retired tight end Rob Gronkowski.

In redraft, I will likely approach Harry with caution. The Patriots have a complicated offensive system, and wide receivers generally need time to adjust to the NFL, plus Pats players can often have inflated market valuations.

But in dynasty I like Harry a lot. When I finalize my rookie rankings, he will likely be in my top three. He has excellent long-term potential.

NFL Comp: Michael Crabtree with more size and versatility

Matthew Freedman is the Editor-in-Chief of FantasyLabs. He has a dog and sometimes a British accent. In Cedar Rapids, Iowa, he’s known only as The Labyrinthian.

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