There was a time when Percy Harvin was considered one of the best receivers in the NFL.
Just a few years ago, “Fantasy Football” owners might have brawled over the right to select Harvin in their respective drafts with the hopes that his dual-threat abilities would land major points each week.
And while Harvin still has potential to be one of the best receivers in the game, his body simply isn’t allowing him to succeed the way the Seahawks want him to, or the way he wants it to, for that matter.
And while Harvin will put up big stats while he is on the field, the question will always remain — how is his health going to hold up?
After signing a six-year, $62 million contract last year, Harvin contributed one regular season catch in 2013 due to a nagging hip injury that forced him to miss 15 of Seattle’s 16 regular season games.
He recovered in time for the postseason, but a concussion forced him to miss half of the NFC Divisional game and the NFC title game, meaning the only full game he played last year was Super Bowl XLVIII.
We all saw what he was capable of doing in that game and we all remember how dangerous he was with the Minnesota Vikings a few years ago.
But he has struggled to stay on the field and while the Seahawks can probably live with replacing him until he feels comfortable playing again, your fantasy team might not be as deep.
NFL.com’s Michael Fabiano recently named Harvin one of the 10 biggest fantasy risks for the upcoming season:
Harvin was once considered a No. 1 fantasy wideout, and at 26 he’s still in the prime of his career. Of course, he needs to stay on the football field to meet expectations. Since 2012, he’s played in just 10 games due to various ailments. While he is expected to be fine for the start of camp, whether or not he remains healthy is a huge question. Should Harvin turn the clock back to his Minnesota days, he would become a bargain.
So the question is — will Harvin be healthy this season? The answer to that question is the risk you take selecting Harvin in your fantasy draft.
Harvin will likely either have a great season with 60+ catches, 750+ yards and 5+ touchdowns, or he will have another bad year because of injuries.
To select Harvin or not to select Harvin. The choice is yours.