Fantasy Football: Percy Harvin Has Joined Upper Echelon of WRs
By Alex Hall (@AlexKHall)
Going into the 2012 NFL season, fantasy managers were well aware that Percy Harvin was the best wide receiver on the Minnesota Vikings, but little thought he’d be one of the best in the league through the first quarter of the year.
Through five games, Minnesota’s No. 12 has posted 407 yards receiving on 38 receptions and another 345 yards returning. While he has just two touchdowns combined in the kick return and receivng game, his yardage output has been making up for that inconvience.
Harvin has especially been helpful for his owners in points-per-reception leagues, posting six or more catches in all but one game this season. He also owns two games with more than 100 and two with 80-plus yards receiving.
If you’re one of those lucky owners in a PPR and kick return kind of league, he’s been straight fantasy gold. Harvin has posted 74 or more yards in the return game in all but one game this year.
In Week 5 against the Tennessee Titans, Harvin eased the worries of his owners after coming off just a three-catch, 22-yard game against the Detroit Lions. For the coming game against the Washington, ESPN’s fantasy team projects he’ll rack up 74 yards on six grabs and a score for the Vikings which is almost everything his owners could ask for in the contest.
Harvin has already matched his 100-yard game output from last season with two so far and the Minnesota passing game looks lively which is more than could be said in 2011. One of the reasons for this phenomenon is the perfect execution of the bubble screen by quarterback Christian Ponder and Harvin so far this year.
“A couple of times, I actually do go to the line and you hear all the defenders calling out, ‘Bubble, bubble, bubble! It gets a little nervious,” Harvin told The Minneapolis Star Tribune’s Mark Craig.
Over the three-plus seasons since Harvin camed into the league out of the University of Florida, he has been drafted by managers with some degree of hesitation. His history of migraine issues has scared off some while the fact Harvin’s team has a less-than-elite offense has also steered managers away but those fears should be fading.
The Vikings receiver has been putting together arguably put together the best start to a season in his career to date, which isn’t surprising to a numbre of his teammates.
Minnesota linebacker Chad Greenway commented on his teammate to ESPN NFC North blogger Kevin Seifert: “Show me a better player in the NFL right now that’s doing more for his team. You just can’t find one.”
Harvin is doing plenty for his fantasy owners as well and has the ability to be a mid-level No. 1 receiver and at worst a high-level No. 2 option for his managers’ receiving corps. He has become a must-start week in and week out until further notice.
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