Percy Harvin: Fantasy Backup Plans in Case Vikings WR Doesn't Play in Week 10

Donald WoodFeatured ColumnistNovember 6, 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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While Minnesota Vikings fans and fantasy owners won’t like this news, star wide receiver Percy Harvin and his severely sprained ankle will likely not play in Week 10 against the Detroit Lions, though he has been officially listed as questionable.

With such a serious injury, fantasy owners should be looking for a backup plan in case the young star can’t go Sunday.

The Minneapolis Pioneer Press’s Vikings coverage team reported, via their official Twitter, about Harvin’s status for Week 10 straight from the WR’s mouth:

Percy Harvin on severely sprained ankle and Sunday's status:"We’ve got a lot of work to do. It’s a long shot but I’m not ruling myself out."

— Pioneer Press (@VikingsNow) November 5, 2012

Even if the Vikings give the Harvin the week to rest up and he is close to healthy, the likelihood that he will be able to play is too small to take a risk on. Fantasy owners must be smart and get him out of their lineup as soon as possible.

With a fantasy juggernaut out of your starting lineup, owners must look to their bench to find a viable replacement. If bye weeks or other injuries are hurting you, try picking up these waiver wire gems to hold you over for now.


The Short-Term Fix

T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts

Depending on how long you feel Harvin will miss time, the best short-term fix for one week (two at the most) would be Indianapolis Colts rookie wide receiver T.Y. Hilton. With an injury to veteran Donnie Avery in last week’s game, Hilton is in line to be the team’s No. 2 receiver.

With Reggie Wayne seeing a plethora of double coverage, rookie quarterback Andrew Luck will lean on the rookie more often if Avery is limited in Week 10. Six catches for 102 yards and a touchdown last week from Hilton should prove his fantasy worth.

Avery will eventually return—possibly even in a limited role this week—but Hilton has already proven himself to be too big of a threat to ignore. If fantasy owners need a short-term fix, look no further than Hilton.


The Long-Term Solution

Kenny Britt, WR, Tennessee Titans

Fantasy owners have been waiting for their chance to jump on Tennessee Titans star wide receiver Kenny Britt, but he has yet to play up to his abilities.

If you are a Harvin owner, you should be gambling that Britt will blossom starting this week.

With an injury to rookie Kendall Wright’s elbow, Britt has moved up the depth chart and will see more targets each week. If Harvin’s injury doesn’t get better over the next week, fantasy owners must consider picking up Britt as a calculated risk that could pay big dividends down the road.

While it is true that Britt has a bye in Week 11, if the star has the breakout game against the Miami Dolphins in Week 10, as many are calling for, you will have your long-term backup plan for Harvin and for all wide receivers on your team.


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