Russell Wilson and Percy Harvin's Updated Fantasy Value After Sidney Rice Injury

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistOctober 29, 2013

Oct 28, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson (3) looks to pass against the St. Louis Rams during the first quarter at Edward Jones Dome. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Seahawks now more than ever provide little from a fantasy perspective outside of the running back position with Marshawn Lynch.

Quarterback Russell Wilson's fantasy forecast has been minimal all season as he plays second-fiddle to the NFL's No. 4 rushing attack, but things took another hit on Monday Night Football against the St. Louis Rams, as No. 1 receiver Sidney Rice went down with a knee injury and will miss the year with a torn ACL per ProFootballTalk:

Now more than ever, Wilson's fantasy value is intricately intertwined with the health of Percy Harvin.

Harvin has yet to play a game this season with his new team. In his place, Doug Baldwin and Golden Tate have combined to lead the team in receptions as little more than No. 3 fantasy options with Rice commanding coverage on the outside.

With Rice out of the picture, Wilson's forecast is even dimmer until Harvin's debut. Harvin is without a doubt a must-own player in all formats as a No. 1 receiver and will surely produce as such—he managed over 60 receptions in each of his four years in the NFL despite being saddled with a sometimes miserable quarterback situation in Minnesota.

May 20, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin (11) participates in organized team activities at the Virginia Mason Athletic Center Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Now having Wilson to throw the ball his way, Harvin's stock has never been higher. The same can be said for Wilson, who has never had a player of Harvin's caliber to throw to at the professional level.

As Mike Garafolo of Fox Sports reports, Harvin was due back against St. Louis before his injury flared back up:

In other words, Harvin's status currently sits in a fluid situation. As long as Harvin tallies a healthy week of practice, it sounds as if he will be on the field in Week 9 when Tampa Bay visits Seattle.

The loss of Rice is unfortunate as he's a reliable target to move the chains. But from a fantasy perspective little has changed—both Wilson and Harvin are No. 1 players at their respective positions regardless of the matchup, provided they are on the field together.


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