Week 14 Start Em Sit Em: Percy Harvin and the Best Late-Season Fantasy Stars

Eric Ball@@BigLeagueEballFeatured ColumnistDecember 7, 2011

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 4:  Percy Harvin #12 of the Minnesota Vikings beats Andre' Goodman #21 of the Denver Broncos for a touchdown at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on December 4, 2011 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Adam Bettcher /Getty Images)
Adam Bettcher/Getty Images

Better late than never, Percy!

The Minnesota Vikings offense was straddled with a washed-up Donovan McNabb for the first part of the season before transitioning to a rookie QB in Christian Ponder.

That change has transformed Harvin into an absolute fantasy stud. The third-year pro was banged up for the beginning of the Ponder era, but has made up for lost time. In his last three games, he has registered 324 receiving yards and four TDs with an additional 51 yards rushing.

He’s clearly the main target for Ponder now that Michael Jenkins is on IR, and the Vikings will only continue to throw the ball while Adrian Peterson continues to deal with his ankle injury and Ponder continues to learn how to be a successful pro quarterback. Expect more fireworks this week against a reeling Lions team that doesn’t have much of a pass rush anymore.

Harvin is now a top-10 receiver just in time for the playoffs. Hope you were patient with him.

Here are two other players that have emerged as fantasy all-stars in recent weeks that are poised to finish strong:

Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks

Nothing motivates like money, and Lynch is a man on a mission. His contract is up at the end of the season, and he is looking to cash in big.

Considering his worst week in the last five has been 88 yards and a TD, it’s safe to say “Beast Mode” is back. Since Week 9 (five games), Lynch has piled up 591 yards and five TDs.

Those sort of numbers have vaulted him to must start every week status with no questions asked, especially with the Rams on deck and the Cardinals still on the slate.

Reggie Bush, RB, Miami Dolphins

Remember that Pizza Hut commercial at the beginning of the year that featured a guy with Bush on his fantasy team? At the time, all true fantasy freaks laughed at the thought of having him on your team, let alone starting him.

After the first seven weeks of the season, he had a grand total of one touchdown and looked completely washed up.

Ever since his secret meeting with Kim Kardashian, Bush has been a man on a mission. In his last six games, he has recorded five TDs with three games of rushing for 92 yards or more. Bush has five carries inside the opponent's 5-yard line in the past four weeks, three converted for touchdowns.

With the Dolphins suddenly resurgent offense, Bush is now a deadly weapon, and you can bet he’ll keep it up against a Eagles defense that has already thrown in the towel.

Maybe he stopped eating Pizza Hut. 

Follow BigLeagueEball on Twitter