N'Keal Harry Fantasy Value Soars After Being Activated From IR Ahead of Potential Week 9 NFL Debut

Dan Israeli
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New England Patriots' rookie wide receiver N'Keal Harry is set to make his NFL regular-season debut in Week 9 against the Baltimore Ravens, as the No. 32 overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft has officially been activated from the injured reserve (IR).

Harry is likely to suit up for the highly-anticipated "Sunday Night Football" matchup, although his role is uncertain. While he could be used on special teams, those who have stashed Harry in fantasy football will be interested to see how many snaps the rookie gets in wide receiver sets.

The Patriots parted ways with their former deep threat Josh Gordon, but they also added Mohamed Sanu via trade last week. Sanu had a quiet afternoon in his New England debut against the Cleveland Browns in Week 8, catching two passes (five targets) for 23 yards.

While Sanu, along with fellow vets Julian Edelman and Phillip Dorsett, will limit Harry's role in the passing game early on, the rookie still has a prime opportunity to make some fantasy noise as early as this season. Sanu, much like Edelman, is a short-to-intermediate-area possession receiver, while Harry likely possesses the most potential as a field-stretching talent (and Gordon replacement) in the Patriots' offense.

While there is a chance Tom Brady no longer has the physical ability to make a deep-threat WR valuable in fantasy, there is also the possibility that Harry will thrive in the role better than the departed Gordon. Harry shouldn't be considered a starting fantasy option until his role is more defined, but he makes for an intriguing, high-upside pickup in deeper leagues.

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