There were legitimate concerns about Percy Harvin’s health coming into the 2014 season for both the Seattle Seahawks and fantasy football players, but he provided some early answers in Thursday’s game against the Green Bay Packers.
Harvin already had seven touches late in the second quarter and mixed in a 31-yard kick return, which is helpful for those in leagues that count return yards.
Gregg Bell of The News Tribune had more on Harvin after the game:
Gregg Bell @gbellseattle
Pete Carroll on Percy Harvin after he does it all in #Seahawks 36-16 opening win over GB: "he's so capable. He makes everything look good"2014-9-5 04:11:41
Harvin tallied 22 rushing yards on his first two carries and 48 receiving yards on his first five catches. Perhaps more importantly for fantasy owners is the fact that he had five of Russell Wilson’s first 10 targets, which means he was seeing as many throws as the rest of the receiving corps combined.
Harvin also looked fast in the open field, as ESPN’s Myron Medcalf noted:
Myron Medcalf @MedcalfByESPN
Percy Harvin has Neo Geo speed in a Nintendo world.2014-9-5 01:42:49
It was clear from the opening kickoff that Harvin was going to be a major part of Seattle’s offense on reverses, bubble screens, kick returns and even throws up the seam. That should have fantasy owners salivating with an entire season on the horizon.
Harvin continued to produce throughout the game after his impressive start. He ended up with four carries for 41 yards, seven catches for 59 yards and three kick returns for 60 yards. Fantasy owners would certainly like to see him reach the end zone in the future, but picking up more than 150 all-purpose yards is a great way to start the season.