Jan 11, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin (11) is congratulated by wide receiver Doug Baldwin (89) for catching a pass against the New Orleans Saints during the first half of the 2013 NFC divisional playoff football game at CenturyLink Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
Baldwin 2013 Statistics: 50 recs, 778 yards, 5 TDs
Harvin 2013 Statistics: N/A
This is the only place where the rankings get a little bit funky.
You may be looking at this page dumbfounded, but hear me out.
Drafting Percy Harvin or Doug Baldwin first depends on your league set up. Baldwin will be more valuable than Harvin in PPR formats, as he will be getting all of his third down targets while also taking the touches left by Golden Tate.
Baldwin was on fire in the playoffs last season, catching 13 balls for 95 yards and a score. Expect him to carry that forward into the 2014 NFL season, especially with Wilson looking for him in the red zone. Baldwin also played the entire season last year, so he should be a staple in any lineup barring injury of course.
Percy Harvin is clearly the better and more game-changing receiver, but that doesn’t necessarily mean better fantasy production. Touchdowns are the holy grail of fantasy football, and Harvin has never scored more than six in one season. Furthermore, Harvin has only played a full slate of 16 games once in his career, so if you’re depending on Harvin as a WR1 or WR2, you could be in big trouble if he goes down.
That said, Harvin is extremely valuable in non-PPR formats as he will get touches on bubble screens, jet sweeps and maybe even out of the backfield.
So the choice is yours: boom-or-bust, injury-prone, high-upside wideout or Mr. Reliable.
Projected Stats: Baldwin: 75 recs, 900 yards, 9 TDs
Harvin: 70 recs, 800 yards receiving, 8 total TDs, 250 yards rushing