2010 Fantasy Player Profile: Percy Harvin
With Brett Favre officially back for a 20th NFL season to again suit up for the Minnesota Vikings, all of his receiver’s drafts stocks rose immediately.
But perhaps the weapon at Favre’s disposal whose stock rose the highest, was that of second year wide-out Percy Harvin. In 2009, Harvin was the NFL’s Offensive Rookie of the Year. Harvin ran the majority of his routes in his rookie season out of the slot, but as many fantasy owners know, he is much more than that.
Besides proving that he can excel in the slot receiver position, Harvin also lines up regularly in the backfield, gets red zone targets and carries, and is also a formidable kick off returner. His combination of blazing speed and better than expected hands and route-running make him a solid WR2 pick for 2010.
Coming into his rookie season in 2009, Harvin’s initial draft stock fell when his perceived “character issues” coming out of Florida hurt him. As it turned out, those issues never surfaced and Harvin had a solid rookie campaign.
The one thing that fantasy owners should be aware of are Percy Harvin’s recurring migraine headaches that neither he nor the Vikings seem to be able to figure out and control. Still, with that being said, Harvin should be more boom than bust this year during the NFL’s regular season.
The final reason that fantasy owners need not worry about Harvin comes from an unfortunate injury to Vikings All-Pro receiver Sidney Rice. Rice was Favre’s favorite target in 2009, but recently underwent hip surgery and is expected to miss about half of the regular season. With Rice being out, look for Harvin to step up and snag quite a few more balls than he did last season.