Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin remains unlikely to suit up for this week's game against the Detroit Lions because of a sprained ankle, which is a shame. Harvin is the No. 5 wide receiver in standard scoring this season, and his loss will be felt in real life and fantasy. Quick, name the No. 2 wide receiver for Christian Ponder this season: It's Michael Jenkins.
If Harvin sits this week, or the injury lingers into December, who would step up? Jerome Simpson is the obvious answer, and while I've talked and written positively about him, he's got his own issues. Then there's veteran Devin Aromashodu and rookie Jarius Wright, the latter likely to debut this week. It's not a particularly deep crew, but here in the weekly Sneaky Pickups blog entry, we're definitely digging deep and looking not at this weekend but for future weeks. Jarius Wright, a fourth-round pick from Arkansas, is digging deep.
If Harvin sits, I'd certainly become interested in Simpson for Sunday, and I want to see how Wright performs, or if he's presented opportunity to do so. In the meantime, let's focus on other teams and their wide receiver depth behind noted fantasy stars, pointing out how top options might go away and aiming to find other deep-league choices that really could matter.
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