Rookie Focus: N’Keal Harry
The dynasty think-tank known as Twitter has soured on Harry as of late. He was not only placed on injured reserved with an ankle injury, but the Evil-Empire known as the Patriots added perennial all-pro and “squeaky clean” receiver Antonio Brown to the fold. This addition has further pushed Harry down the Patriot’s depth chart as their number four wide receiver but also offered dynasty owners across the land an excellent time to buy this stud rookie wide receiver.
Lest ye myopic minds forget, this was the consensus 1.1 or 1.2 (behind Jacobs) player in rookie drafts throughout the spring and summer. Why was he being drafted this high? Because he is elite. He was dominant at Arizona State, amassing 1,142 yards receiving and eight touchdowns during his sophomore season. He followed this up with an encore of 1,088 yards receiving and nine touchdowns his junior year. Elite. Coming out of college, rumors swirled regarding his athleticism, with whispers of him running a 4.6 type 40 yard dash. Instead, at a robust 6’2, 228 pounds, Harry ran a highly respectable 4.53 at the combine and jumped out of the gym with a 38.5″ vertical. What was there not to love about him?
Not much has changed other than the Patriots situationally adding AB. Who knows if AB will make it through the season? Edelman isn’t getting younger at 33 years old. Gordon is one slip up away from being discarded once again. Harry didn’t acquire some career-altering injury like a ruptured Achilles or torn ACL; he’s mending an ankle and has been designated to return later this year. With the Patriots investing high draft capital into Harry (1.32), along with college production and solid athleticism for a beast of his size, trust the overall process that Harry will be a bonafide star in the NFL, it just may take longer than the impatient dynasty owner was hoping for.
Dynasty Action Plan: I’m buying wherever impatient dynasty owners are selling. If I’m a dominate contender, I am sending out a 2020 first to see if that is enough. With 2020 picks the proverbial diamond that they are, this may quickly seal the deal. If I’m middle of the pack, or rebuilding, I’m still trying to acquire, but I’d prefer to avoid sending the holy grail 2020 first to acquire Harry. Instead, I’d be looking to send a 2020 second and a veteran that can produce, for Harry. Examples might include a 2020 second and Edelman for Harry, or a 2020 second and Mark Ingram for Harry. Again, this is a time to take advantage of the depressed Harry stock.
Finally, know whom you are selling to. If you’re attempting to buy from a team that is rebuilding, you are going to struggle to wrestle Harry out of their lifeless hands, as the rebuilding owner does not mind holding Harry as his team continues to mire. However, you may have more luck if the team with Harry acquired him in the mid-round of their rookie draft, or is competing.
At any rate, get out there and start making offers for Harry. By 2020, you’ll be reaping the rewards.