Fantasy Football 2014: Injured NFL Players Worth Gambling on Early

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Fantasy Football 2014: Injured NFL Players Worth Gambling on Early
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You love the Seattle Seahawks' Percy Harvin. I don't. You are reading this slideshow. I am writing it (much to your dismay, perhaps).

Before outlining the injury-prone players we believe are worth gambling on early in fantasy football drafts this summer, we start with a quick discussion of a popular one we had the guts to omit: Harvin (hip and concussions among myriad ailments).

This is a talented slot receiver, sure. The Super Bowl proved that, and it proved Harvin can be healthy—albeit briefly. Harvin has also proved incapable of staying healthy in his five-year career.

He has just one 16-game season to date, which equals the number of regular-season receptions he had a year ago. Harvin has not had a 90-catch season yet. He hasn't reached 1,000 yards. And forget about him cracking 10 touchdowns.

You need those types of numbers from a wide receiver you select in the first five rounds of fantasy—not just once or potentially for this season, but year in year out.

The fantasy-wide love for Harvin's potential might not allow him to slip out of Round 4. He is slotted as the last pick of that round in a standard, 12-team league, according to the consensus rankings. Yours truly ranks him No. 65, roughly a sixth-round pick.

If you like to gamble with your most valuable fantasy resources—early-round picks—go ahead and select Harvin. But enough about a player too risky to select in the early rounds, which we are considering the first five rounds. We will take the guys who actually play in games and put up numbers.

Here are the injured NFL players worth gambling on early this summer.

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