Percy Harvin: Fantasy Owners Shouldn't Trade WR Regardless of Injury Status

Tim Daniels@TimDanielsBRFeatured ColumnistNovember 5, 2012

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 16:  Percy Harvin #12 of the Minnesota Vikings runs with the ball during the NFL game against the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 16, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana.  (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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It was a long day at the office for Percy Harvin on Sunday.

The Minnesota Vikings wide receiver battled hamstring and ankle injuries, which he said will get evaluated on Monday, and also voiced his displeasure about the offense's plan of attack (per 1500ESPN.com's Tom Pelissero).

Still, fantasy owners should remain loyal to the dynamic playmaker.

Harvin had been one of the most reliable fantasy players in the league before his one-point performance against the Seattle Seahawks. He scored at least eight points in every other week, a rarity for wide receivers, and crossed the double-digit barrier six times.

Given his lackluster showing in Week 9, injury concerns that continue to mount, his sideline blowup and an upcoming bye week, owners might be looking to trade him. After all, that's a lot of things to worry about with the playoffs rapidly approaching.

But that would be a mistake.

Harvin presents far too much upside to consider moving him now. His ability to make plays in the passing game, running game and on special teams is unmatched, and filling the hole he leaves will be nearly impossible.

Even if it's determined after he gets checked out on Monday that the injuries are going to keep him out for a week, which is certainly possible with a bye week to follow for an additional week to heal, owners shouldn't even entertain the idea of trading him.

The best thing about Harvin is his ability to score points even when the Vikings are struggling like they have been in recent weeks. Since the offense revolves around Adrian Peterson and getting Harvin the ball, owners know he's going to get touches.

One bad week doesn't change that. If anything, it proves to the team that things only get worse when Harvin isn't fed the ball on a consistent basis. Few other receivers in the league carry the same level of burden from week to week.

From a fantasy perspective, that's a good thing and makes any trade carry a boatload of risk. The chances of it backfiring are high, especially when considering he's the type of player who can put a fantasy team on his back come playoff time.

So while owners have good reason to be frustrated after Sunday's injury, they shouldn't give up on Harvin regardless of the injury news that emerges on Monday. He's a game-changing fantasy player, and there are only select number of those in the NFL.

Stick with Harvin, and it'll pay off in the long run.