News: Packers coach Mike McCarthy said in an interview with CBSSports.com that he's excited for running back DuJuan Harris heading into this season. "I wish we would have had DuJuan earlier," McCarthy said. "Once he got ready I felt great about the way DuJuan finished the season. Im looking forward to having him for an offseason and getting good things from him." McCarthy said Harris has the chance to start in 2013. "Hes going to play for us next season," the coach said. "Thats his responsibility if he wants to be the starter."
Analysis: The Packers will likely add a running back this offseason, but if they stand pat then look for Harris to play a prominent role and be considered a sleeper. Harris was the best of the Packers' mediocre group of running backs in 2012, finishing the season and postseason (six games) with 257 yards and four touchdowns on 62 carries and 81 yards on nine catches. Keep an eye on what Green Bay does with its personnel, but Harris is definitely worth at least a late-round pick or even higher if the Packers don't add any talent in the backfield.
News:DuJuan Harris was a pleasant surprise for the Packers late last season, so much so that general manager Ted Thompson wants to know what he can do for them after spending the offseason with them. "He did a good job," Thompson said. "And were looking forward to having him here for the whole thing, because when you come in in the middle of the season, you dont go through the offseason, you dont get to see them in training camp and the stress times and things like that. Youre already in the regular season. So theres a lot more that we need to get to know about him. But he did a nice job for us."
Analysis: Harris was the best of the Packers' mediocre group of running backs in 2012, finishing the season and postseason (six games) with 257 yards and four touchdowns on 62 carries and 81 yards on nine catches. We suspect Harris will be one of a number of running backs in the Packers' stable this season and for now is the best of what they have. He'd be worth a mid-round pick if he heads into training camp without a major threat for playing time.
News: Packers running backs coach Alex Van Pelt told ESPN that while he believes DuJuan Harris could be an every-down back, there's no reason for him to be one. Harris was the best of the Packers' mediocre troupe of running backs in 2012, finishing the season and postseason (six games) with 257 yards and four touchdowns on 62 carries and 81 yards on nine catches. "I dont see why he couldn't [be an every-down back]. Do we need him to be one? I dont think we do," Van Pelt said. "It would be tough for him to see a body of work for the season, if he wore down later in the season. But he was great for us when we had him. He was fresh and was quite the change-up from what we have in the room. But would we need him for every down? I don't think we would. If we had a Cedric [Benson] back, James [Starks] and DuJuan, I think you would have to give everybody some touches."
Analysis: On one hand, you have to respect the Packers' philopsophy on using multiple running backs. On another, why wouldn't they lean on a guy who came up big for them down the stretch until he proves he can't do it? We suspect Harris will be one of a number of running backs in the Packers' stable this season and for now is the best of what they have. He'd be worth a mid-round pick if he heads into training camp without a major threat for playing time.
News: Many 49ers players told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel they believe Packers running back DuJuan Harris is good enough to remain a starter for the team in 2013. The Niners got an up-close-and-personal look at Harris in the Divisional Playoffs when he had 53 yards on 11 carries with a rushing score, adding another 11 yards on two catches. "We saw the game he played the week before or two weeks," safety Dashon Goldson said. "We didn't (know a lot). We still knew their game plan. We didn't know what kind of back he would be. But he had a lot of speed. We knew he had a lot of speed. I think hell hang around that football team."
Analysis: Harris averaged 4.14 yards per carry in his six games with the Packers to end 2012, including the postseason. But in those six games he scored in four of them and proved to be an adept receiver with nine catches for 81 yards in his last three games. At the very least Harris should compete for playing time in training camp and could emerge as the Packers' lead back. That makes him worth a mid- to late-round pick at this point for 2013 drafts.
News: The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reports that "the Packers are looking for a go-to back" this offseason, which means even more competition for holdovers DuJuan Harris, Alex Green and James Starks, who are all under contract in 2013. The report says "Harris showed a lot of potential, but the Packers aren't blind to the fact he's 5-7 and 208 pounds." Running backs coach Alex Van Pelt said he would like to see how Harris can do with a full workload. "You'd have to see a body of work over an entire season, whether he wore down later in the season," Van Pelt said. "He was great for us when we had him. He was fresh. Quite a change from what we had in the room."
Analysis: Harris has the best chance to start for the Packers if a big-named replacement isn't added. He closed the season on a high note with with at least eight Fantasy points in five of his final six games, including a touchdown in both playoff matchups against the 49ers and Vikings. If Harris does have a prominent role for the Packers in 2013 we would draft him with a late-round pick. With the way the 2012 season ended he deserves the chance to be a quality reserve on your Fantasy roster.
News: Packers running back DuJuan Harris failed to see enough carries but still managed to find the end zone for the second straight playoff game during Saturday's NFC Divisional Playoff game at San Francisco. Harris rumbled in the end zone from 18 yards out during the first quarter to give the Packers the only lead of the evening. Harris saw only 11 carries and rushed for 53 yards and a touchdown in a 45-31 defeat. He was also targeted four times and finished with two catches for 11 yards in the loss.
Analysis: The Packers may have found their main back in Harris this season. The 24-year-old out of Troy found the end zone four times in his first six appearances since being added from the practice squad early in December. Harris rushed for 157 yards with two touchdowns on 34 attempts in four regular season games, averaging 4.6 yards per carry. Because the Packers have a pass-happy offense, Harris failed to get many chances in games. Consider him a late-round selection come Draft Day next season.
News: Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers said he believes running back DuJuan Harris is a 'Transformer' for the team, giving the offense a decent punch from the backfield. Not bad for a guy who was selling cars in Jacksonville a few months ago before landing on the Packers' practice squad. Since then he's worked his way onto the roster and their starting lineup; last week Harris had 100 total yards in the squad's first playoff game against the Vikings. "He's kind of a Transformer," Rodgers said last week. "You have to give him a lot of credit. He's learned the offense the last few weeks and studied, obviously, and the package for him is just going to continue to grow."
Analysis: Harris has done very little otherwise in his meandering pro career, but for now he's found a home with the Packers and should remain their primary rusher through the postseason. If he does well he'll end up in the mix to run for them in 2013. As for this weekend he'll find a tough matchup for himself at the Niners. While San Fran has allowed three rushing touchdowns (four total) to running backs over its last three games along with 347 total yards over that span, the unit has had a week to rest and should be up to par against Harris. Packers running backs totaled 18 yards on nine carries against the Niners back in Week 1. Harris is a tremendous bargain for Playoff Challenge leagues, so that keeps him worth starting, and in other Fantasy formats he should be considered good enough to start if only because he'll pick up some work as a receiver.
News: Packers running back DuJuan Harris did something that he failed to do in Week 17 at Minnesota -- find the end zone. Harris scored on a 9-yard run in the first quarter and totaled 100 yards in Saturday's NFC Wild Card contest at home against the Vikings. He had 17 carries for 47 yards and a touchdown in a 24-10 victory. He also came up with a team-high five catches for 53 yards. He was targeted six times in the win.
Analysis: Harris continues to come through late in the season for the Packers and has found the end zone in three of his last five games played, including the playoffs. Ryan Grant only had seven carries on the night, so it seems as if Harris has established himself as the primary back heading into Saturday's pivotal matchup at San Francisco. He may have a harder time racking up yards against a stingy San Francisco defense. The Niners have allowed just 94.2 yards per game on the ground this season, which is the fourth-fewest allowed in the league. Consider him a decent option in all Playoff Challenge leagues.
News: Last week it was Packers running back DuJuan Harris leading the way on the ground for Green Bay against the Vikings. Harris had 70 rush yards on 14 carries and two catches for 17 yards. Harris will take on the Vikings again at Lambeau Field in the first round of the playoffs. Minnesota's run defense has come up big over the last three weeks, giving up 317 total yards to running backs with no touchdowns.
Analysis: Alex Green is expected to see some work for the Packers as might Ryan Grant, rendering Harris potentially useless. Then again, he's been the Packers' most explosive back by comparison and he might end up having a chance to put up some numbers. If you're looking for a sleeper this postseason for Fantasy purposes, Harris is a consideration.
News: Packers running back DuJuan Harris saw the majority of the touches out of the backfield in Week 17 against the Vikings. He gained 70 yards on 14 carries -- both career highs -- and also caught two passes for 17 yards in the 37-34 loss. He had a long run of 12 and averaged 5 yards per carry. Harris led Green Bay in rushing in the defeat.
Analysis: Harris has emerged for the Packers in recent weeks with their backfield banged up and did a solid job of establishing the running game Sunday. It looks as though he will be the lead tailback for Green Bay heading into the playoffs but keep in mind that Alex Green and Ryan Grant could also see carries. With the Packers set to face the Vikings again in the first round of the playoffs, consider Harris a viable option in deeper Fantasy playoff formats.
News: Packers running back DuJuan Harris has found the end zone in two of the last three games and will be looking to score again in Week 17 against the Vikings. Minnesota ranks 13th in the league in run defense, giving up 108 yards per game, and has allowed an average of 14.5 Fantasy points to opposing running backs.
Analysis: Harris has stepped up with James Starks (knee) and Alex Green (concussion) out but Ryan Grant outproduced him a week ago. Still, Harris should continue to see carries in Green Bay and another touchdown would help out many owners at this stage of the season. Minnesota has held running backs out of the end zone in three straight, however, so leave Harris for the deepest of Fantasy formats in Week 17.
News: Getting the start at running back with both Alex Green (concussion) and James Starks (knee) inactive for the Packers, DuJuan Harris was a factor early in the contest. But his 7-yard touchdown run in the third quarter was one of only two carries he had in the second half, when he was overshadowed by the recently signed Ryan Grant. Grant, who had seven carries to Harris' six in the first half, finished with 20 for 80 yards and two touchdowns compared to Harris' eight for 29 yards and one touchdown.
Analysis: Harris, who also scored a touchdown in Week 14, didn't exactly blow this opportunity, but he was so clearly upstaged by Grant that you have to wonder how much of a chance he'll have to contribute going forward. Not only does he have to compete with Grant going forward, but he may have to compete with Green as well Week 17 at Minnesota. He's probably not worth the trouble in Fantasy for the season's final game.
News: With starting running back Alex Green recovering from a concussion, backup DuJuan Harris has a chance for more carries Week 16 against the Titans. Of course, Ryan Grant is also in the picture, but the Packers might be inclined to run more than usual against a defense that ranks 25th against the run, allowing 128.3 yards per game. The Titans have also given up the second-most Fantasy points to running backs this season.
Analysis: Though Harris has only been active for two games this season, he actually scored a touchdown Week 14 against the Lions. Of course, he had only seven carries for 31 yards in that game, giving him a combined 12 carries for 58 yards in his two games this season. Even Green hasn't had more than 13 carries in any of his last six games, so Harris' opportunities can only increase so much. Still, if you play in a deeper league and could use any player with a shot at scoring a touchdown, Harris is highly available.
News: Packers running back DuJuan Harris recorded five carries for 27 yards during Green Bay's 21-13 win over Chicago in Week 15. Harris didn't register his first rushing attempt until the first play of the third quarter on a 21-yard run, which represented his longest gain of the afternoon.
Analysis: Harris has gone from practice squad dweller to active participant in the Packers' running game in the span of two weeks, but the 24-year-old was unable to sustain the success he displayed in his first outing. Harris had seven carries and a touchdown in that victory over the Lions, but was overshadowed by both Alex Green and Ryan Grant on Sunday. He should continue to be viewed as a low-end option for Week 16 against Tennessee.
News: After receiving his first action of the season last Sunday, Green Bay running back DuJuan Harris could remain an active part of the team's game plan for Week 12 at Chicago. Harris, who served as the starter in the backfield for the Packers over Alex Green, finished with seven carries for 31 yards and the first touchdown of his career. Despite not starting, Green still posted a team-high 13 carries as Green Bay barely used its other running back in Ryan Grant (one rushing attempt).
Analysis: Harris spent the majority of the season on the practice squad before earning a promotion after the injury to James Starks. The 24-year-old is just 5-foot-9, but he is a sturdy back and showcased his running form with a quality 4.4 yards per carry against Detroit. Green has increased his yardage total in each of his past three games but if he falters Sunday, the Packers could provide more carries to Harris. The Bears are allowing an average of 13.1 Fantasy points per game to opposing backs so Harris is viewed as a low-end flex option only in deeper formats.
News: Packers running back DuJuan Harris entered Sunday's contest against the Lions in Week 14 without a carry on the year. Not only did Harris start the game for the Packers, but he scored one of the team's two touchdowns. He broke through for a 14-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter to help seal a 27-20 victory. Harris rushed for 31 yards and a touchdown on seven carries. Though he earned the start, Alex Green took the bulk of the carries as he rushed for 69 yards on 13 attempts.
Analysis: Harris played in five games for the Jaguars in 2011 and racked up 42 yards on nine carries and came close to matching that mark in his first game of the season. He spent the start of the season in Pittsburgh's practice squad and in Green Bay as he was recently promoted on Dec. 1. It'll be interesting to see if coach Mike McCarthy chooses to split carries between Harris and Green. The second-year pro out of Troy should be viewed as a possible flex option heading into Week 15 at Chicago. The Bears have allowed just 103.5 rushing yards per game this season.
News: Green Bay signed running back DuJuan Harris and wide receiver Jeremy Ross to the active roster Saturday. They were on the practice squad. The Packers placed tight end Andrew Quarless (knee) and safety Sean Richardson (back) on injured reserve, ending their seasons in corresponding moves.
Analysis: Harris played for Jacksonville in five games in 2011 and rushed for 42 yards on nine carries. He's not expected to see many touches in the Week 13 game against Minnesota and has low-end Fantasy value at this time.
News: Seeking additional depth for their hobbling backfield, Pittsburgh claimed running back DuJuan Harris off waivers from Jacksonville, the team announced Monday. Harris, who originally signed with the Jaguars as an undrafted rookie free agent in 2011, was released last Saturday.
Analysis: Harris appeared in five games last season and finished with 42 yards rushing on nine carries. He saw additional playing time on special teams, returning 14 kickoffs for 308 yards (22.0 avg.). But he will likely continue to serve in a limited role with the Steelers as the team added insurance with Isaac Redman banged up. Fantasy owners should continue to ignore Harris in all formats at this point.
News: The Jaguars waived eight players to reduce their roster to 82 players, according to the Sports Xchange. Among the cuts was seventh-year cornerback Ashton Youboty, who was signed midseason in 2011 and started five games for Jacksonville's injury-ravaged secondary. Also waived were second-year players in wide receiver Chastin West and quarterback Nathan Enderle, three first-year players in linebacker Nate Bussey, running back DuJuan Harris and cornerback Mike Holmes and two rookies in offensive tackle Dan Hoch and linebacker Donovan Richard.
Analysis: Harris played in five games for the Jaguars last season as a rookie. He rushed nine times for 42 yards and did not score. He also caught one pass for 4 yards. Harris has limited Fantasy appeal in all leagues and formats.
News: Jaguars RB DuJuan Harris was a non-factor in Week 13 against the Chargers. He gained 2 yards on two carries in the 38-14 loss. He also returned for three kicks for 68 yards.
Analysis: Harris has not seen much work so far this season and will continue to have minimal value in Fantasy as long as Maurice Jones-Drew is healthy. Continue to ignore him in all leagues going forward.
News: The Jaguars promoted RB DuJuan Harris from the practice squad to the active roster on Wednesday.
Analysis: The Jaguars haven't been happy with the production they have gotten from backup RB Deji Karim, so this could be a sign they are willing to go a different route. However, Maurice Jones-Drew is still the team's lead back and Harris can be ignored in Fantasy until further notice.