Russell Wilson is surrounded with all the weapons in the world. There’s legitimately threatening deep burner in Sydney Rice, savvy receiving tight end in Zach Miller, bruising rock-toter in Marshawn Lynch, receiving tailback in Robert Turbin and a versatile YAC monster in Golden Tate — except now defenders have to also deal with a rich man’s Golden Tate in Percy Harvin.
The trade that brought Harvin may have cost a heavy draft-pick price, but rings of genius if Harvin can stay healthy, as he forced more missed tackles than any NFL receiver in 2012 despite playing his last game in Week 9. The last sentence captures both the allure and risk of Harvin, the incredibly dangerous but often injured elite slot receiver.
However, if you’re willing to bank on Harvin playing more than three quarters of the regular season, then the Seattle Seahawks‘ QB-receiver duo of Wilson-to-Harvin could realistically give you the ultimate pass-catcher pairing in this year’s fantasy draft. Some places in Vegas may be giving Harvin a season catches line of about 74.5, but his 62 catches on 81 targets in nine games — from Christian Ponder for crying out loud — extrapolate as Megatron-esque fantasy numbers when factoring in run stats and Wilson’s arm.
Harvin seems a perfect fit for the Seahawks’ offense as well, which can get Wilson and Harvin simultaneously on the move in many creative ways that can create space for the electric receiver. Harvin should also create the perfect wrinkle in some of the read-option concepts that offensive Darrell Bevell began implementing down the stretch in 2012, and seems likely to reprise in 2013.