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Damien Harris Injury Update Solidifies Week 16 Fantasy Outlook

Larry Rupp
Damien Harris' latest injury update solidifies his Week 16 fantasy outlook.
Damien Harris' latest injury update solidifies his Week 16 fantasy outlook. / Timothy T Ludwig/GettyImages

The New England Patriots will be going for a season sweep when they take on the Buffalo Bills in Week 16 NFL action. Running back Damien Harris has not played since the last time these two teams met up three weeks ago, but is expected to return to the field on Sunday from a hamstring injury.

That's great news for fantasy football managers who have been leaning on Harris to make it to this week's semi-final games.

Damien Harris Fantasy Outlook

Harris destroyed the Bills in Week 13 when he rushed for a season-high 111 yards on just 10 carries and scored an impressive 64-yard touchdown.

With backup Rhamondre Stevenson on the COVID-19 list, this is Harris' backfield this week. The former Alabama standout ranked as the No. 20 RB in PPR scoring before going down and is averaging a reliable 4.6 yards per carry on the year. Harris has also scored a team-high 9 touchdowns in 2021.

The Bills have posted the second-best total DVOA rating in the NFL, but they find themselves ranked ninth in the same metric when it comes to rush defense. There is an opportunity for Harris to see 15-plus touches against a Buffalo defense that is allowing 112.4 rushing yards per game (No. 15 in NFL).

Fantasy managers should not hesitate to slide Harris into a starting spot in Week 16. His ability to break tackles and get into the end zone makes him a trustworthy option in the playoffs. Harris has high-end RB2 upside and checks in at RB27 in The Duel's Week 16 fantasy football rankings.

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