Fantasy Football Early Waiver Wire: Najee Harris injury could make Jaylen Warren worth going all-in

Fantasy Football Early Waiver Wire: Najee Harris injury could make Jaylen Warren worth going all-in


Steelers running back Najee Harris was forced out of the Week 1 game against the Bengals with a foot injury, and while we don’t yet know the extent of the injury, it’s a chilling sight for someone who missed much of training camp with a Lisfranc injury. . Harris went to the locker room for further assessment and missed the end of the game. It’s the kind of injury that could already have a huge impact on Fantasy seasons.

It’s too early to say for sure, but what we can say is that Jaylen Warren suddenly looks like she’s the run to add to Fantasy ahead of Week 2 – even ahead of 49ers Jeff Wilson, who is expected to play a big role following Elijah Mitchell’s knee injury. Warren is the clear replacement for Harris based on what we’ve seen from the preseason, and while that didn’t lead to much production on Sunday, he was the only other running back to touch the ball for the Steelers.

The reason you’d rather have Warren over Wilson is because the 49ers also have Trey Lance and Deebo Samuel to split runs, while the Steelers tend to rely heavily on a running back no matter who’s available. Between 2019 and 2020, for example, Benny Snell had 19 or more touches in four of his five starts in place of James Conner. Warren could have a similar role in the future.

Of course…this Steelers offense may not be very good. Mitchell Trubisky passed for just 194 yards on 38 attempts Sunday, as they rushed for 75 yards on 22 carries — including just 30 yards on 13 carries between Harris and Warren. And, with the more mobile Trubisky at QB instead of the statuesque Ben Roethlisberger, the running backs had just three targets between them. It’s just a one-game sample size, and it’s a pretty talented Bengals defense, but it wasn’t a great start for the Steelers’ new QB.

Still, Warren looks like he could play an important role should Harris get injured, and that would make him the best option for waivers this week. We’ll know more in the coming days about Harris’ injury, but given the pre-season injury, it’s hard to be optimistic. If Harris is going to miss a lot of time, Warren could be the kind of pickup you spend a quarter or more of your FAAB budget on because I anticipate he’ll be an RB2 while Harris is out.

Here are a few other players we’ll potentially be looking at on the waiver feed ahead of Week 2 – but don’t forget about Jeff Wilson, who could see a big role next weekend if Elijah Mitchell’s knee injury turns out to be serious:

Week 2 Early Waiver Goals (Add/Remove)

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