Najee Harris' meaningless TD was a fantasy football championship winner, and loser, for some
The game was over. The Cleveland Browns were out of timeouts. The Pittsburgh Steelers had won.
With only 51 seconds remaining, the Steelers up 19-14 and facing third down, all running back Najee Harris had to do was gain two yards to end the game. He ended up gaining much more than that, breaking outside for a 37-yard touchdown to provide a garbage-time exclamation point for Ben Roethlisberger's likely final game at Heinz Field.
NAJEE CALLED GAME@ohthatsNajee22 | 📺: ESPN pic.twitter.com/0vaG5Vj4j4
— Pittsburgh Steelers (@steelers) January 4, 2022
It was actually in the Steelers' interest for Harris to fall down as soon as he gained the first down, as they only had to kneel out the clock from there. Scoring gave the ball back back to the Browns with a chance to score, convert an onside kick and score again, though that obviously wasn't happening with how Baker Mayfield was playing.
Harris' touchdown was completely meaningless ... for the Steelers. For some people watching at home, however, it was reason to lose their minds, for good reasons and bad.
Najee Harris decided so many fantasy championships
When you're a widely owned player like Harris playing in Monday Night Football, you're going to swing some matchups. When you're a widely owned player scoring a garbage-time touchdown in Monday Night Football in the week of most fantasy football championship games, you're going to swing some championships.
In many leagues, Harris' touchdown provided a sudden 9.7 points for anyone who started him, more than enough to change a game. It was the final run of a massive games for the Steelers rookie, with 188 rushing yards and a touchdown on 28 carries plus three receptions for 18 yards.
For some, that touchdown was a thrilling victory:
NAJEE JUST WON ME MY FANTASY CHAMPIONSHIP‼️‼️‼️‼️
— Andy Deossa 🇨🇴 (@Andy_Deossa) January 4, 2022
— Liz Loza (@LizLoza_FF) January 4, 2022
I JUST WON MY MATCHUP ON THE NAJEE TD!!!! UNBELIEVABLE pic.twitter.com/Y60bA5aCCY
— Nick Skrip (@P2WFantasy) January 4, 2022
I wish I had a recording of my reaction to that Najee TD run I was going CRAZY!
— Luke Sawhook 🪚🪝 (@lukesawhook) January 4, 2022
I am absolutely, positively speechless.
I’ve been playing fantasy football for 19 years.
That improbable, COMPLETELY unnecessary Najee Harris TD just won me the league title by less than a point.
ABSOLUTELY UNREAL. pic.twitter.com/tLjloqR5ZG
— Pattio (@PHClapp) January 4, 2022
And for others, well, it doesn't get much worse than that:
Just lost my fantasy championship by .15 points on that Najee Harris run. pic.twitter.com/v671an6LME
— Doug Norrie (@DougNorrie) January 4, 2022
Just lost my fantasy championship on that Najee touchdown, ama
— Danny Heifetz (@Danny_Heifetz) January 4, 2022
Just lost my fantasy football championship off that Najee touchdown 😐 pic.twitter.com/GQoJQj2Cmr
— Zach 🌎 (@zzachary_1) January 4, 2022
Shoutout to Najee Harris for that game winning touchdown in fantasy!!! I was up by 9. 14 seconds later i lost my fantasy championship 😂😂😂.
— Jared Sullinger Sr. (@Jared_Sully0) January 4, 2022
Lost my fantasy championship on that last Najee Harris run. Send prayers
— Andre Johnson, Jr. (@Andre247Now) January 4, 2022
I just lost my fantasy league championship on that Najee TD run. @MatthewBerryTMR @FieldYates #badbeat #FantasyFootball #fantasylife pic.twitter.com/4fhQmuGA71
— Kist Bets (@KistBets) January 4, 2022
It doesn't get much more fantasy football than this.