2012 Fantasy Football Preview: Minnesota Vikings' Percy Harvin

Jamal Collier@@JCollierDAnalyst IIIAugust 8, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 4:  Percy Harvin #12 of the Minnesota Vikings beats Andre' Goodman #21 of the Denver Broncos for a touchdown at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on December 4, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Adam Bettcher /Getty Images)
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Percy Harvin will be a top-10 fantasy wide receiver this season.

The Minnesota Vikings’ do-it-all playmaker was already the eighth-highest scoring wideout in fantasy last season, despite waiting until Week 11 to score his first receiving touchdown.

He rushed for a score in Week 8, which is one of his desirable qualities.

With Adrian Peterson’s 2012 status in doubt after his ACL tear, the Vikings could lean more on Harvin, who has proven an ability to make plays over a sustained period in the NFL.

From Week 11 to Week 17 last year, Harvin amassed 50 receptions, 581 yards and six receiving touchdowns in addition to 29 rushes for 142 yards and another score.

Projecting those seven games over a full 16-game slate (Harvin played 16 games last year), he would have had 114 catches, over 1600 total yards and 16 total touchdowns.

That puts him in Calvin Johnson territory.

Harvin’s upside is even more intriguing when you consider that he has backed away from his trade request and views this season as a contract year (from ProFootballTalk):

While it’s still not clear what made Harvin unhappy and what transpired to turn him around again, a source with knowledge of the 2009 NFL offensive rookie of the year’s mindset tells PFT that Harvin now regards his fourth season as a contract year — even though he still has two years left on his contract.

Financial motivation certainly doesn’t detract from a fantasy player’s attractiveness.

Harvin would be a tremendous addition to fantasy teams in both PPR leagues and standard formats. On average, he’s getting picked up at the end of the sixth round in 10-team leagues on ESPN.com. If you grab him in the fifth, you’re acquiring great value.

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