Fantasy impact of Percy Harvin's injury 

July, 31, 2013

Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson finished 12th in standard scoring for fantasy formats a year ago, and from Week 8 through the rest of the season, only five players were better. Wilson was really good, and he managed to do all this without wide receiver Percy Harvin, who was still a member of the Minnesota Vikings. In other words, while it was hard to ignore the possibilities of the talented yet brittle Harvin in a Seahawks uniform and what it could have meant to Wilson and others on a more diversified offense, Wilson will be fine. Marshawn Lynch will be fine. Sidney Rice might even be fine. Life goes on.

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AP Photo/Ted S. WarrenAfter missing just three games in his first three season, Percy Harvin has fallen prey to the injury bug the past two seasons.

Harvin was near the top of my “avoid” list to start with, based mainly on value and health, as he had never achieved a 1,000-yard receiving season nor caught as many as seven touchdowns in a season, and it’s certainly not going to happen in 2013, either. In case you missed it, Harvin will undergo hip surgery and miss considerable time, perhaps the entire season. I can’t say that such a serious malady was expected, but the point is, we shouldn’t be surprised that the tantalizing playmaker is hurt. Due to this news, I removed him from my top 100 wide receivers for this season, though acknowledging that he could make an impact as soon as Week 13, or right before the fantasy playoffs commence. Take a shot late in your deep league, but bench spots are at a premium. Can you wait until Thanksgiving?