Percy Harvin has been one of the most consistent wide receivers in fantasy football, so if he suits up for the Minnesota Vikings against the Detroit Lions this weekend, owners have little choice but to start him.
But you better have a backup plan. We still don't know if he'll definitely suit up, or will even be healthy enough to make an impact.
Earlier in the week, Harvin told reporters he thought it was a "long shot" he would play against the Lions with a sprained ankle. Of course, Lions coach Jim Schwartz expects he'll play (via Justin Rogers of MLive.com):
"That guy is a tough, tough, tough player. We're expecting to see him on the field on Sunday," Schwartz said. "Those superior players find a way to get out there on Sunday. We're going to be prepared for Percy Harvin."
Via that same article, Leslie Frazier has remained optimistic, saying, "He made a lot of progress (Tuesday) and we're hoping by the end of the week we'll get him out and able to get him to move around a little bit."
But fantasy owners should remain far less optimistic. If you own Harvin, you better be prepared to go in a different direction on Sunday.
Harvin has battled the concern of injuries and migraines in the past and he often suits up and manages to play, so there's a very good chance he'll do so again this week. That's good news for fantasy owners, as Harvin has failed to scored less than nine fantasy points just once this year.
But whom should you turn to if Harvin cannot go?
If your roster is thin on wideouts or you're getting hit on the bye this week and Harvin can't go, here are a few obscure options you might consider:
Donald Jones, Buffalo Bills: Owned in 1.2 percent of ESPN leagues, Jones has 10 catches for 112 yards and a touchdown in the past two games. He's fast becoming a more important part of the Bills offense.
Chris Givens, St. Louis Rams: Owned in just 2.5 percent of ESPN leagues, Givens has scored at least eight points in standard-scoring leagues in four straight games and at least five points in five straight.
Justin Blackmon, Jacksonville Jaguars: Owned in just 46.6 percent of ESPN leagues (I guess some folks have been wary of dropping him), Blackmon has nine receptions for 99 yards and a touchdown in the past two games and has started to flash his potential.
Fantasy football seasons are often decided by the moves you make as your team battles through injuries. Don't simply hope Harvin can perform this week. He might not even play.
Have a backup plan in place. Hopefully you won't have to use it, but you'll be glad it's there.
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