Archive for the ‘Percy Harvin’ Category

Out since Week 9, it’s believed Harvin’s ankle injury is more serious than first diagnosed. The initial time table for his return was four to six weeks. We can now assume this will not be the case. Rotoworld reports the Gator alum may have suffered a ligament tear.

In Harvin’s absence TE Kyle Rudolph has thrived — Christian Ponder’s aversion to throwing at his Wide Receivers hit critical mass last Sunday. Rudolph has caught a touchdown in each game Harvin has missed.

If you’re a fantasy owner of St. Louis Rams WR Danny Amendola, you’ve been blessed (and cursed) with a combination of above-average production and game-time uncertainty. In seven games this season, Amendola has 50 receptions for 538 yards receiving and two touchdowns. That’s good for 77 yards per game and 10.8 yards per catch.

Not bad for a guy you probably plucked from the waiver wire after his week two break-out (15 grabs for 160 yards and a TD).

But…that’s right, there’s a but.

Amendola has been hampered by a myriad of injuries, including one (an injured right foot) he suffered during a week 11 game against the New York Jets. His wonky foot has kept him out of practice all week, and he’s been listed as “doubtful” for the Rams game against the Arizona Cardinals on Sunday.

In conclusion, start Amendola at your own risk. Seriously, you probably shouldn’t start him. Especially if you’re trying to make a late season charge into the playoffs, do not risk leaving points on the bench.

Look out, here comes more hurt…

On a selfish note this is good news for me–in AP we trust– but for those less jaded, Christian Ponder will be without a key contributor when the Vikings take on Detroit in a monumental clash in Minneapolis.

To date Harvin has 63 receptions for 677 yards and three touchdowns. Though the Vikings don’t have much depth at Wide Receiver, expect first round bust Michael Jenkins to get more looks than usual.

If you drafted Raiders’ running back Darren McFadden with an early pick in your fantasy draft this year, his nagging injuries and inconsistency have probably drove you to become an alcoholic. Well maybe you didn’t become a full blown alcoholic, but you’ve probably added booze-to-mouth more than you’d like to admit.

If this is the case, maybe you should stop reading this post…

McFadden missed practice today with a reported high ankle sprain, and if he truly has a high ankle sprain, there is no way he’s suiting up against the Ravens on Sunday. This is a great opportunity for back-up running back Marcel Reece, who is poised to get the majority of touches for as long as RUN DMC is glued to the pine.

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The damage report from yesterday continues to inflict its Monday burning wounds. Earlier we learned there’s a good chance Antonio Brown owners will need to use their waiver priority this week on Emmanuel Sanders, and slot him in as a WR2 against the Chiefs and their defense that isn’t coordinated by Romeo Crennel anymore, because Romeo Crennel fired Romeo Crennel. Yep.

And now the bad news we expected on Percy Harvin is about as bad as we expected.

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UPDATE: The Vikings have confirmed Harvin missed practice due to a family issue and not due to an injury. He is expected to play Sunday against the Seahawks.

It’s never a good sign when a player gets downgraded late on a Thursday, but this happens to be the case for Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin.

After practicing Wednesday, Harvin missed Thursday’s practice with what is thought to be a hamstring injury. it’s still early on ruling him out, but if he can’t go Sunday against the Seattle Seahawks, quarterback Christian Ponder will be the one to suffer the most.

Vikings wide outs not named Harvin have combined for 43 receptions on the season for 546 yards and two TDs. This in comparison to the numbers for Harvin (60 rec, 667 yards and three TDs) makes you worry about the offensive game-plan against a Seahawks defense that ranks fifth in the league in total defense, giving up only 312.0 yards per game.

Sure Adrian Peterson will get the ball more, but after looking at the numbers Ponder has posted the last two weeks, missing Harvin on offense will virtually take the passing game away from the Vikings, making them a one-dimensional offense. No Harvin is also a huge downgrade to their return game, as Harvin averages 35.7 yards per kick return.

Ponder’s numbers the last 2 weeks:

Week 7 vs Cardinals: 8-17, 47.1 completion percentage, 58 yards, TD, 2 INT

Week 8 vs Buccaneers: 19-35, 54.3 completion percentage, 251 yards, TD, INT

We’ve watched half a season of football, and so far we’ve learned that we were justified in our concern about Cam Newton’s fight against history, and we were probably searching for reasons to worry when we wondered if Victor Cruz’s home run hitting would be a problem. Meanwhile, the battle between DeMarco Murray and trust is one that will forever be etched in mythical folklore.

None of that is especially surprising. Instead, a group of players have supplied the surprise. Many of them are rookies, and many were either available on the waiver wire earlier in the year, or at a heavily discounted draft price. So join me for a listicle, and let’s recount the top five surprises of the season’s first eight games.

Say, how depressing is it that the season’s already halfway over, and the fantasy season is approaching stretch drive time? Happy thoughts in, evil out.

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