Percy Harvin has been among the most uniquely talented players in the NFL since entering the league in 2009, but injuries have kept him out of action at various times, thus limiting his impact and putting a cap on his value to fantasy football owners. He was putting up MVP-caliber numbers early in 2012, with 62 receptions for 677 yards and five total touchdowns (three receiving, one rushing, one kickoff return), but a left ankle injury sidelined him after just nine games.
Harvin will be surrounded by more talent in Seattle, most notably at quarterback by trading Christian Ponder for Russell Wilson. The Seahawks’ wide receiver group is also deeper than what surrounded Harvin in Minnesota, with Sidney Rice, Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin in place. Add in running back Marshawn Lynch, and Seattle has some budding offensive firepower.
The Seahawks had the most run-oriented offense in the NFL in 2012, with 536 total attempts. Wilson’s 94 carries skews that some, but the mobility he brings to the table is not going away and Seattle is unlikely to suddenly turn toward a pass-heavy offense.
It’s tough to project Harvin to play a full 16-game slate given his injury history, and I think he will be overvalued in a lot of fantasy drafts based purely on moving to what looks like a better situation. I have a hard time considering him more than a WR2 in standard leagues, but Harvin’s value and upside is much greater in PPR leagues and I think he can be considered a low-end WR1 in that format.
Brad Berreman is a contributing writer at Rant Sports.com. Follow him on Twitter @bradberreman24.