Percy Harvin: WR's Injury Makes Adrian Peterson Better Fantasy Play

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer INovember 7, 2012

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - OCTOBER 21: Percy Harvin #12 of the Minnesota Vikings looks on during the game against the Arizona Cardinals on October 21, 2012 at Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)
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Minnesota Vikings receiver Percy Harvin is currently listed as "day-to-day" after spraining his ankle against the Seattle Seahawks in Week 9, according to

After Harvin sat out practice on Wednesday, you have to think the Vikings will use running back Adrian Peterson extensively against the Detroit Lions on Sunday, even if the hobbled wideout plays.

The Lions are allowing 4.3 yards per carry this season, 20th in the NFL. They allowed Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch to rush for 105 yards and a touchdown in Week 8.

Peterson just rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns on 17 carries against the Seahawks. He's posted the third-most fantasy points (139) among running backs this season (ESPN standard leagues), including 31 points last week.

If the Vikings know what's good for them, they will try to win the game with their running game and their defense.

Second-year quarterback Christian Ponder has completed just 54 percent of his passes while averaging 6.4 yards per pass attempt this season. He's tossed as many interceptions as touchdowns (13). If he's done this with a healthy Harvin, just imagine how he'll fare with a banged-up Harvin, if the receiver even plays.

The fact of the matter is there is no one beyond Harvin who scares defenses. The second-leading receiver for the Vikings is 30-year-old Michael Jenkins, who has posted 26 catches for 295 yards and one touchdown.

Beyond that, Peterson is reportedly fully recovered from an ankle injury he's been battling the past few weeks, per If he's done all this with a bum ankle, I can't even imagine what he's going to look like at 100 percent.

Long story short, don't start anyone involved with the Vikings' passing game (including Harvin if he plays), but make sure Peterson is in your lineup. He should have a fantastic game against the Lions.


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