After a week where a handful of fantasy football stars went down with significant injuries, fantasy owners could use some good news.
Where Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin is concerned, it appears they're about to get some.
As Clare Farnsworth of the team's official website reports, the fifth-year pro has been cleared to return to practice for the first time since a hip injury that required surgery back in August.
Harvin, who was acquired by the Seahawks in an offseason trade with the Minnesota Vikings, has yet to play a down with Seattle, but Dave Richard of CBS Sports passed along word that Harvin could make his season debut against the St. Louis Rams Monday night:
Also, @JasonLaCanfora on Percy Harvin: "Legitimate chance he plays next week."— Dave Richard (@daverichard) October 20, 2013
Even if Harvin does make his 2013 debut against the Rams, it's hard to see him as more than a risky WR3 in Week 8. As talented as Harvin may be, it's been nearly three months since he saw the practice field, and he's seen zero game action this year.
The talent, though, is what makes Harvin a potential late-season game changer in fantasy football.
|1||Victor Cruz, NYG||22.1|
|2||A,J. Green, CIN||21.53|
|3||Reggie Wayne, IND||20.93|
|4||Brandon Marshall, CHI||20.45|
|5||Percy Harvin, MIN||20.29|
In PPR leagues
Harvin was a top-five fantasy option at his position in points per game a season ago. Once he's 100 percent, Harvin's a threat to score every time he touches the ball. his game-breaking ability could help propel the Seahawks into the Super Bowl and fantasy owners into the playoffs.
If, by some small miracle, Harvin is still sitting on your league's waiver wire, go get him. Now.
It's far more likely that Harvin is owned. If it happens to be by you, the folks at Yahoo Sports! advise planting a "For Sale" sign in the front yard:
Another player to shop *right now* - Percy Harvin. Maybe he comes back soon, maybe he doesn't. Timing takes a while. Marked over-reacting.— Yahoo Fantasy Sports (@YahooFantasy) October 20, 2013
To an extent, that's sage advice. If you can get a great deal from a team enamored with Harvin's upside, or are sitting at 3-4 or 2-5 and need help now, then it's not a bad idea.
Having Harvin at full strength for Week 13 isn't much good to a 4-8 fantasy team.
What are you doing with Percy Harvin in Week 8?
Conversely, if the Harvin owner is in dire straits and you have some tradable assets squirreled away, now is the time to use them. Bench depth is a good thing given the six-team byes the next two weeks, but a 100 percent Harvin down the stretch and in the playoffs could be even better.
Essentially, the longer you wait to buy/sell Harvin right now, the higher his price is going to get. Barring a setback, his snaps (and fantasy production) are only going to increase.
If you own him, hold if you can at all afford to. If you're going to buy, now's the time to try, especially if the seller is motivated by other more pressing needs.
At any rate, it's refreshing after last week's carnage to talk about a player's return to action.
Especially when it's a player who could have the sort of huge impact on the fantasy playoff push that Percy Harvin is capable of having.