Percy Harvin Questionable: Greg Camarillo's Fantasy Impact vs. Miami Dolphins

Tony TuckerCorrespondent ISeptember 18, 2010

NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Percy Harvin #12 of the Minnesota Vikings returns a punt against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisiana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Saints won 31-28 in overtime. (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)
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Week 2 of the NFL season has brought more concern to the Minnesota Vikings organization and their fans with another injury to the wide receiver position.  No. 2 receiver Percy Harvin was limited in practice on Wednesday and sat out of practice on Thursday with a hip injury.

This is the second hip injury the Vikings receivers have suffered with Sidney Rice having surgery on his hip right before the season started.

Harvin has had his troubles with migraines, but this is a problem that he says is resolved with the use of an oxygen pump to help with sleep apnea.

Harvin already appeared to be out of sync in the offense by running the wrong pattern at least twice and managed to only catch one ball for 12 yards in the first game of the season.

Minnesota reporter Judd Zulgad expects Harvin to be on the field for Sunday's action against the Miami Dolphins.  The question is how effective will he be with limited practice, possible migraines, and a bum hip?

More important to some is how it will affect fantasy football.

In no way am I telling you to drop Harvin from your roster or even trade him while his value is relatively low, but if you are searching for a replacement, look no further than his backup Greg Camarillo, who was involved in the preseason deal that sent Vikings corner Benny Sapp to the Dolphins.

Why is this important? He has experience of how the defense operates after practicing against them for the past three years.

You may be weary when looking into Camarillo and noticing that he only had one catch for 29 yards against the New Orleans Saints. This really shouldn't worry you because no one on the offense played outstanding and that will be an occasion, not a trend for this offense.

Something to build your confidence and possibly give him a roster spot on your team would be his first preseason game, when he caught four balls for 47 yards in limited time with the first team.

Also, last Friday head coach Brad Childress said he would become a bigger part of the offense.

The Vikings need other options than Adrian Peterson and Visanthe Shiancoe to convert third downs and Camarillo has made a career of doing so. I know you don't get points for first downs, but Brett Favre tends to reward guys in the red zone who helped him get there.

I'm not saying that I like Camarillo as a every week starter. I'm not saying that I think he is a better option than Rice, a healthy Harvin, or even trading for Vincent Jackson.

What I am saying is that Camarillo against Miami is a good matchup, with questions surrounding Harvin's health, playing a former team, good signs of preseason chemistry, and the head coach saying he'll get an increased role.


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