Fantasy Football: Is Percy Harvin Ready to Start Right Away?

By Matthew Wood

All signs point to Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Percy Harvin making his season debut in Week 11 against the Minnesota Vikings, and fantasy owners who stuck with the talented WR as he labored through a hip injury all season long will finally be rewarded.

He will certainly draw a lot of attention as he plays his former team in the first game back on Sunday, but is he worth a fantasy start? Not just yet.

First of all, that’s not to say he shouldn’t be owned. He’s still available in almost a third of ESPN and Yahoo leagues, a number that will most definitely dwindle as the week rolls on. If he’s still available on your waiver wire, don’t hesitate to find a spot on your roster for the fifth-year Florida product.

But also don’t be afraid to leave him on the bench – for at least a week or two.

First of all, it’s being reported that he’ll return but in a limited capacity. Who knows what that means? Five snaps? Ten? Two? It’s just not something you want to risk a spot on before you have some sort of idea how much he’ll actually be on the field.

And really, you can’t see the Seahawks, who are 9-1 and have a comfortable lead on the NFC West, taking any risks that could jeopardize Harvin’s playoff production. If you look at the production they received in Sunday’s win over the Atlanta Falcons, it’s not like they’re struggling for options. Golden Tate put up another 100-yard game, and Doug Baldwin and Jermaine Kearse each topped 75 yards through the air with the latter finding the end zone.

They’ll be in no rush to make Harvin an integral part of the offense for at least a few weeks, and neither should you.

Matthew Wood is a fantasy football writer for Follow him on Twitter or add him to your network on Google.

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