Damien Harris, New England Patriots vs. Denver Broncos

Plenty of fantasy owners raced to get Harris off waivers this week or had him stashed on their IR bench spot. Kudos to you savvy owners. Unfortunately, I wouldn’t use him in Week 6, mostly because of the matchup. After giving up over 100 yards rushing the Titans’ Derrick Henry and Steelers’ James Conner, the Broncos bottled up Ronald Jones and Frank Gore. Now yes, the gap between Henry and Conner to Jones and the 37-year old Gore is massive but where would Harris land? Now remember that Cam Newton isn’t starting because of Covid-19.

Not having Newton downgrades the entire offense. Whether it’s Brian Hoyer’s poor decision-making or Jarrett Stidham’s inexperience, neither one will look great against the Broncos, an above average defense. Then there’s also the issue of Harris sharing touches with Rex Burkhead and James White. Harris should keep the majority of the carries but it’s unclear who the Patriots trust around the goal line.