James Harrison | Pittsburgh Steelers | LB
2012 Experience: 9th Season
IDP Fantasy Football Outlook: Getting up in age Harrison battled through back problems last summer and is now dealing with a knee issue. It’s not uncommon for doctors to do clean up work on knees around the first or second week of the preseason, because players will still have time to get back for week one.
This is the goal for Harrison after his recent knee scope, but fantasy owners should tread carefully on draft day. Talent wise, I think Harrison can still be a high end LB3, but we should target him as more of an LB4 just to be on the safe side in tackle leagues.
In big-play leagues target him as an LB3, because his explosiveness could suffer with the knee problem and that is a huge part of his game.
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Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
I can understand if your hesitant on drafting an impact outside linebacker if you’re worried about them being a reliable option for tackles but James Harrison is just a special star. Last year Harrison racked up his first 100 tackle season but has had at least 79 tackles, 8.5 sacks and five forced fumbles in each of the past four seasons. It’s also a fact that he’s never failed to deliver lower than those numbers in any given season, he’s been a full time starter because he’s only been a full time player for the past four seasons.
Yes, it took Harrison a couple of seasons and being cut a few times before he was ready to get his career going, but he is clearly a worthy top twenty option in even tackle heavy leagues because he’s a rare big play linebacker who can rack up a respectable amount of tackles. Some IDP owners just can’t pull the trigger on a guy like this in a tackle heavy league, and I can respect that, but at the same time, I won’t be the one advising you not to go for him as an early No.2 option.
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2010 IDP Fantasy Football Outlook
No one should have been surprised that James Harrison didn’t have the same stats he posted in 2008. That was clearly a career year for Harrison and if you spent to high on acquiring him you were probably disappointed in his production. Harrison may be giving way to Lamarr Woodley as the top outside linebacker for the Steelers but he is still a good linebacker to have around on your IDP squad.