Percy Harvin set to make season debut this weekend

Percy Harvin set to make long awaited Seahawks debut this weekend

11/15/13 in NFL   |   Matthew_Shovlin   |   735 respect

I think it is safe to say that when the Seattle Seahawks acquired wide receiver Percy Harvin from the Minnesota Vikings over the offseason, any fan who doesn't root for a rival NFC West team was thrilled to see how the Seahawks' already-explosive offense would look in 2013. Due to a hip injury, however, we have not gotten to see the versatile, electrifying playmaker play for the Seahawks through ten weeks of the season.

May 20, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin (11) participates in organized team activities at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY SportsNow activated from the PUP, Harvin is listed as probable for this weekend's game against his former team, the Vikings.

The Seahawks' two leading receivers - Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin - are both solid players, but neither offers what Harvin is capable of bringing to the table. While Harvin is most effective out of the slot, he can also split out wide and even line up in the backfield to take handoffs. Harvin is best when given the ball in space, generally just a few yards past the line of scrimmage, where he then explodes downfield and eludes tacklers. The 25-year-old racks up receptions, notching 280 through 54 career games - that's a 16-game average of 83.

Harvin will be eased in this weekend, likely only lining up in the slot and being limited to a certain number of snaps. The Seahawks then have a bye in Week 12, which is great timing for the recovering Harvin, who can take two full weeks to recover from his first game of the season. He can gauge how his surgically repaired feels, and if all goes well, he'll be in for a full slate of snaps in Week 13.

If you've been stashing Harvin on your fantasy roster in anticipation of this news, I'd still wait until after the bye to play him. There is no telling what kind of snap count the coaching staff has in mind for Harvin, so while he has some intriguing upside, he could just as well post a dud. Get a sense of how he is used in Week 11, monitor his status through the bye, and then you can hopefully plug him into your lineup for Week 13 and the fantasy playoffs.
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