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Percy Harvin Fantasy
One of this years best kept fantasy football gems is Minnesota Vikings do everything Percy Harvin. Week to week his fantasy stats might not overwhelm you, but Harvin has become one of the most consistent wide receivers in the league. Perhaps the only thing holding Harvin back from moving into the elite of wide receivers, is his own team.
Harvin is undoubtedly one of the most versatile athletes on the offensive side of the ball. While his primary position is slot receiver, the Vikings wideout has spent a lot time out wide in Minnesotas two tight end sets, running back and even return specialist in the kicking game. In just seven games Harvin has scored a touchdown at all four spots.
Percy Harvin has become a complete player, yet the Vikings offense is a work in progress. The team ranks 23rd in yards per game and 14th in points per game (they would be even lower if two return touchdowns and one defensive touchdown were taken away). Through, in seven games Harvins stats rank among the leagues best. At the receiver position Harvin is second in receptions, seventh in yards and if you add in his rushing and return touchdowns he would be in the top ten in touchdowns. Yet even with those numbers, his production has come as somewhat of a surprise.
The drawback with Harvin in previous years had little to do with effectiveness. For his size he is one of the most physical players in the National Football League. His physical nature is part of the reason he is used on end-arounds and even occasionally on running plays between the tackles. It is also why in the past he has not been on the field as much compared most elite wide receivers. The problem with Harvin has been about a lack of opportunity. Previous years the offensive brain trust in Minnesota would take the forth year pro off the field at strange times including in the red zone – and would not use him as a return man where he is undeniably one of the elite talents in the league.
Harvin has had a history of migraine headaches and minor injuries. With his physical style the Vikings coaching staff have had a tough time figuring out the balance between using one of their best offensive players and keeping him healthy.
Although quarterback Christian Ponder started out hot through the first month of the season, he has completely fallen off. Ponders lack of arm strength means he needs to be more accurate with the ball. The last few weeks Ponder’s accuracy has dropped off. Still with or without elite arm strength, Harvin’s game does not involve being a deep threat. That role was to fall on the hands of Jerome Simpson, but his suspension, mysterious injuries and overall average play, has set him back.
Harvin is most effective running short routes allowing him to break tackles and use his physical style of running. With no deep threat, the safeties can creep up and take away the open space Harvin needs to be effective. Lack of respect for the deep ball hurts running back Adrian Peterson as well. The less effective Peterson is, the more the offense will have to rely on Ponder. It takes away the play action game, where both Ponder and Harvin can excel.
Essentially, there is a great deal of balance to the Vikings 2012 offense and despite lacking the missing piece opposite of Harvin, he is still on pace for over 1300 yards and 5 touchdowns. If the Vikings can straighten things out, find a way to stretch the field or add another element to the offense, Percy Harvin may have more breathing room to increase his touchdown total and yards per game. At this point in time he is a fantasy gem with huge upside.
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