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Player Outlook
Warren enters this season as one of the best backup running backs in the NFL, and he should be considered a high-end flex in the majority of leagues. Warren is worth drafting as early as Round 7 in all formats. He's coming off a solid campaign in 2023 with over 1,000 total yards and four total touchdowns, including 61 receptions on 74 targets. The offense in Pittsburgh should improve this season with the addition of offensive coordinator Arthur Smith and quarterbacks Russell Wilson and Justin Fields. But Warren still has to contend with Najee Harris, who should remain the workhorse for the Steelers when it comes to carrying the ball. Long-term, Warren could be the running back of the future in Pittsburgh since Harris is entering a contract year, and the Steelers appear willing to move on after this season. But in 2024, Harris should continue to lead Pittsburgh in carries, with Warren mixing in and getting plenty of work in the passing game. Warren's value is higher in PPR, but he can still be a high-end flex in all leagues this year.

Fantasy Stats

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2024
2023 784 5.26 4 2 61 370 1197
2022 379 4.92 1 28 214 523.3
3y Avg. 582 5.15 2 1 44 292 814.8
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Start
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Fantasy News

  • Steelers' Jaylen Warren: Solid numbers in playoff loss

    Warren rushed eight times for 38 yards and brought in both targets for 16 yards in the Steelers' 31-17 wild-card loss to the Bills on Monday afternoon. Warren logged just four fewer carries than backfield mate Najee Harris and also matched his teammate's two receptions. Warren enjoyed an expanded role in the 2023 campaign, establishing himself as a legitimate two-way threat out of the backfield with a 149-784-4 line on the ground that he complemented with an impressive 61 receptions and 370 yards on 74 targets while seeing action in all 17 regular-season games. Warren remains under contact for 2024 season at a very reasonable $989,000 cap figure, essentially ensuring he'll be back to compete for another significant role alongside Harris.
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  • Steelers' Jaylen Warren: Struggles with ball security

    Warren rushed the ball nine times for 33 yards in Saturday's 17-10 win over the Ravens. He added five receptions on five targets for 17 yards and also lost a fumble. The game was played in rainy conditions, which led to some sloppy play. Warren was one of the culprits by fumbling twice, one of which was recovered deep in Baltimore territory. He wasn't benched for any lengthy period of time as a result, but he was far out-touched and out-played by Najee Harris. Despite the disappointing close to the regular season, Warren had a breakout season by tallying 1,154 yards from scrimmage to go along with four total touchdowns.
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  • Steelers' Jaylen Warren: Narrowly misses 100 yards

    Warren rushed the ball 13 times for 75 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 30-23 win over the Seahawks. He added four receptions on four targets for 23 yards. Warren worked behind Najee Harris and was nearly doubled in total touches, though he was very efficient with his opportunity. His longest gain of the day went for 23 yards, and he also tallied Pittsburgh's first score of the game with an 18-yard scamper late in the first quarter. Warren remained the more impactful pass catcher out of the backfield to further enhance his role, and he now has at least four receptions in four consecutive games. He'll continue to work as the explosive change-of-pace back in Week 18 against the Ravens.
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  • Steelers' Jaylen Warren: Contrarian DFS Play

    Warren has been in a bit of an efficiency slump the last month, but I love the volume in the passing game. He has 17 targets and 14 catches in his last three games and the Steelers are 3.5-point underdogs at Seattle this week. Warren is one big play from being a steal in DFS each and every week.
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  • Steelers' Jaylen Warren: Eight carries, five catches in win

    Warren rushed eight times for 24 yards and caught five of six targets for 30 yards in Saturday's 34-11 win over the Bengals. Najee Harris worked as Pittsburgh's primary option on the ground, rushing 19 times for 78 yards and a touchdown, but Warren caught five passes for a second consecutive game while Harris went without a target Saturday. Warren has reached 50 rushing yards only five times in 15 games, but his steady involvement as a pass catcher gives Warren a respectable PPR floor for a Week 17 matchup with the Seahawks.
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  • Steelers' Jaylen Warren: Paces Steelers in scrimmage yards

    Warren rushed the ball 10 times for 40 yards in Saturday's 30-13 loss to the Colts. He added five receptions on six targets for 28 yards. Warren led the Pittsburgh backfield with 15 touches and led the team in scrimmage yards. While that says more about the state of the Steelers' offense than Warren's production, he did manage a pair of gains of more than 10 yards. He's had both inconsistent usage and production much of the season, though he now has at least five targets in consecutive games and should remain the lead pass catcher out of the backfield while splitting carries with Najee Harris moving forward.
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  • Steelers' Jaylen Warren: Compiles 40 total yards in loss

    Warren rushed seven times for 11 yards and secured four of five targets for 29 yards in the Steelers' 21-18 loss to the Patriots on Thursday night. Warren turned in his most inefficient game of the season on the ground, although his receiving yardage total was his highest since Week 5. The second-year pro logged five fewer carries than backfield mate Najee Harris overall, and although he was more involved than the latter in the passing game, Warren figures to remain in a complementary role in a Week 15 road matchup against the Colts a week from Saturday.
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  • Steelers' Jaylen Warren: Efficient on limited chances

    Warren rushed the ball nine times for 59 yards in Sunday's 24-10 loss to the Cardinals. Warren saw his workload diminish to its lowest mark since Week 8. He was still efficient on the ground, with his longest gain of the day going for 18 yards. More concerning was Warren's lack of involvement as a pass catcher, as he failed to record multiple receptions for just the second time this season. After briefly challenging for the lead-back role in Pittsburgh, he seems to have firmly slipped behind Najee Harris on the depth chart and will likely be reliant upon big plays for his production.
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  • Steelers' Jaylen Warren: Sleeper RBs

    Najee Harris is my Start of the Week for Week 13, but I like Warren as a No. 2 running back in all leagues as well. Both should have success against the Cardinals, who are No. 2 in most Fantasy points allowed to opposing running backs, and a running back has scored at least 12.7 PPR points against Arizona in every game this season. Warren scored at least 14.3 PPR points in three of his past four games, and Warren and Harris should both excel in Week 13. Last week, we saw two Rams running backs score at least 13.7 PPR points against the Cardinals with Kyren Williams and Royce Freeman, and hopefully Harris and Warren will follow suit.
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  • Steelers' Jaylen Warren: Contrarian DFS Play

    I expect the pendulum will swing back towards Najee Harris this week in terms of everyone else's preference. This is a great matchup that both backs could take advantage of so I prefer the one with more pass-catching and big-play upside, especially if he'll have a lower roster rate.
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  • Steelers' Jaylen Warren: Steps back against Cincy

    Warren rushed the ball 13 times for 49 yards in Sunday's 16-10 win over the Bengals. He added three receptions on three targets for 13 yards. Warren lost a fumble early in the game, though he wasn't benched as a result. He nearly matched Najee Harris in workload on the ground and was more involved as pass catcher, though unlike how things have panned out much of the season, Harris bested him in terms of efficiency. Despite the average performance, the Steelers have been committed to splitting the backfield between Harris and Warren, and that's likely to be the case once again in Week 13 against Arizona.
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  • Steelers' Jaylen Warren: Sleeper RBs

    I'm curious to see how the Steelers offense looks with coordinator Matt Canada fired, and now quarterbacks coach Mike Sullivan will be calling plays. Warren will likely continue to split work with Najee Harris, and both are worth using as at least flex options against the Bengals in Week 12. But I'll give Warren the nod over Harris if you have to decide between the two, and Warren is hot coming into this matchup. He has over 100 total yards in three games in a row, and he's rushed for a touchdown in each of the past two games. He's scored at least 14.3 PPR points in each game over that span, and the Bengals have allowed a running back to score at least 17.9 PPR points in four of the past five games.
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  • Steelers' Jaylen Warren: Top playmaker in Pittsburgh

    Warren rushed the ball nine times for 129 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 13-10 loss to the Browns. He added three receptions for 13 yards. Warren was the lone bright spot of the Pittsburgh offense, as he accounted for the team's only touchdown with a 74-yard rush early in the second half. He had other big gains of 11, nine and eight yards, and on the rare occasion the Steelers were able to move the ball, Warren was responsible. He's now topped 100 yards in consecutive games and should continue to get plenty of opportunity while working alongside Najee Harris.
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  • Steelers' Jaylen Warren: Another big game

    Warren rushed 15 times for 101 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 23-19 win over the Packers. He also caught two of four targets for nine yards. Warren followed last week's career-best rushing tally by posting a new personal high Sunday. The tailback had a couple long runs, including a 16-yard touchdown during the second quarter. His production came while starter Najee Harris also had a good game, rushing 16 times for 82 yards and a score of his own. Despite sharing snaps, Warren's stock continues to rise ahead of Week 11's divisional clash with the Browns.
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  • Steelers' Jaylen Warren: Career-best performance in win

    Warren rushed 11 times for 88 yards and secured all three targets for 25 yards in the Steelers' 20-16 win over the Titans on Thursday night. Warren broke out for a career-best rushing yardage tally, notably outgaining backfield mate Najee Harris by 19 yards on five fewer carries. Despite his stellar effort Thursday, which also saw Warren come a half-yard short of the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter, it's likely Harris remains the lead back in terms of workload during a favorable Week 10 home matchup against the Packers on Nov. 12.
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  • Steelers' Jaylen Warren: RBs to Sit

    Warren has been held to under 40 total yards in each of the past two games against the Rams and Jaguars, and it's not like he's excelling in the passing game compared to Najee Harris. Over the past two games, Warren has five catches for 18 yards on seven targets, and Harris has eight catches for 57 yards on eight targets. We'll see if that continues moving forward, but this isn't an easy matchup against the Titans. I'd only use Harris and Warren as flex options, but Harris is the safer play this week when it comes to the Steelers backfield.
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  • Steelers' Jaylen Warren: Tallies 38 yards from scrimmage

    Warren rushed five times for 19 yards while securing four of five targets for 19 yards during the Steelers' 20-10 loss to Jacksonville on Sunday. Warren led the Steelers in rushing yards Sunday, but he still struggled to provide much of a spark as the team's offense continued to falter. The 24-year-old has provided some fantasy value while sharing backfield work with Najee Harris, but Warren hasn't displayed much upside, especially on the ground. The second-year pro has rushed 45 times for 175 yards and a touchdown while securing 26 of 32 targets for 184 yards over the first seven games of the season.
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  • Steelers' Jaylen Warren: Sleepers (Start/Sit)

    The Jaguars run defense has been solid this season, but they have struggled with pass-catching running backs and lead the NFL with 51 receptions allowed to the position. Alvin Kamara crushed Jacksonville for 12 catches on 14 targets in Week 7, but five running backs this season (Kamara, Zack Moss, Jonathan Taylor, Bijan Robinson and Deon Jackson) have already caught at least five passes against the Jaguars. Enter Warren, who has at least three catches in five of six games this season. Given the matchup and his role in the passing game, I'd lean on Warren as a high-end flex in PPR in Week 8.
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  • Steelers' Jaylen Warren: Finds end zone in win

    Warren rushed six times for 32 yards and a touchdown and brought in one of two targets for minus-1 yard in the Steelers' 24-17 win over the Rams on Sunday. Warren put together a typically efficient performance while recording his first touchdown of the campaign on a 13-yard scoring run early in the fourth quarter. The OSU product wasn't able to contribute in the passing game as usual, but he remains a very effective complementary option to Najee Harris heading into a Week 8 home matchup against the Jaguars.
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  • Steelers' Jaylen Warren: Sleeper RBs

    It would be fantastic if the Steelers came off their bye in Week 6 and made Warren the featured running back ahead of Najee Harris, but that's not likely to happen. Still, even in tandem with Harris, Warren has led the Steelers backfield in PPR points in every game this season. He's scored at least 10.9 PPR points in three of his past four games, and if he reaches that total again he'll likely be a borderline top 20 running back this week given the landscape of the position. The Rams have allowed three running backs in their past five games to score at least 14.0 PPR points (Christian McCaffrey, Joe Mixon and D'Andre Swift), and if a Steelers running back is going to approach that total it's more likely to be Warren than Harris.
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