Fantasy Football Talk: Vikings to Feature Percy Harvin More Heavily

Mar 22, 2011


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Leslie Frazier has indicated that he would like to utilize Percy Harvin more in the offensive game plan next year. Frazier told Judd Zulgad  of the Star Tribune ““I still think there are more things that can be done with Percy [Harvin],” Frazier said. “We did some things toward the end of the year where we definitely tried to isolate him, and that’s one of the reasons I pulled him off kickoff at times. I wanted to feature him more than we were. I wanted him to be a featured part of our offense.
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That sound you’re hearing is a million Viking fans applauding this plan. For the life of me I couldn’t understand why such a valuable player that was dealing with injuries and migraines was even featured in the return game. I understand he is explosive and you want to get the ball in his hands, but to me he was always better served to focus solely on offense. I understand how Devin Hester and Reggie Bush can provide explosive plays returning the ball, but neither are as effective on offense as Percy.
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I thought the whole point of drafting Percy Harvin was to utilize his versatility on offense. He can be used as a receiver and as a running back. Harvin only had 15 rushing attempts as a rookie and 18 last year. That’s a little over one carry per game. With Adrian Peterson commanding so much attention, Harvin should be able to exploit defenses running the football.
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Of course Brad Childress would have had to show some creativity. Thankfully for Harvin’s sake, Leslie Frazier seems to realize that it’s OK to think outside the box every once in a while.
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From a fantasy perspective, it would seem that Percy Harvin will be a more reliable fantasy play, assuming the injuries and migraines can be avoided. With his explosive ability and commitment to utilize him to his maximum potential, Harvin makes for a solid WR2 next year.
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This article is also featured at NFLTouchdown.com, where I am the Vikings Fan Voice writer.

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  1. I Swear I’m Not a Homer | NFL Touchdown
    May 25th, 2011 at 10:31 am #

    [...] the sixth round I went with Percy Harvin. The Vikings have already said they want to get Percy  more involved in the offense next year. As long as he can overcome [...]

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