In the first major move of the offseason, the Seattle Seahawks and Minnesota Vikings have agreed to a trade that will send Percy Harvin to the Great Northwest. The move, which is pending a physical, has major implications in fantasy circles.
Harvin, who missed just about half of the 2012 campaign with an ankle ailment, is one of the better playmakers in the National Football League. In fact, he ranked among the 10-best wide receivers based on fantasy points in his last full season (2011). A potential draft bargain because of his lack of overall production last year — he finished outside of the top 40 players at his position — Harvin should be considered a No. 1 wideout in a Seahawks offense that is now absolutely loaded with weapons.
Sure, some would argue that Seattle is the place where good wideouts have gone to die — just look at the numbers of players like Deion Branch, Nate Burleson and T.J. Houshmandzadeh. But I’m hear to tell you, that’s well into the past now — this is a more explosive offense.
The addition of Harvin is great news for the value of Russell Wilson, who finished his rookie campaign as one of the hottest quarterbacks in fantasy football. He’s locked in as a top-10 option at the position and will no doubt be drafted within the first five rounds. This move isn’t as fruitful for the likes of Sidney Rice and Golden Tate, though, as their targets and opportunities are likely to see at least a slight decrease with Harvin in the mix. Neither should be considered more than a No. 4 or 5 fantasy wideout.
Overall, this is a great move for the Seahawks — both on the field and in fantasy land.
Switching gears to the Vikings, the loss of Harvin opens up cap room and should make it a lot easier for the team to go after a free-agent wide receiver like Mike Wallace or Greg Jennings. Their two starting wideouts as of right now are Jarius Wright and Greg Childs, so the Vikes will clearly be in the market for a top-notch wideout.
Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on NFL.com and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. Have a burning question on anything fantasy related? Tweet it to @Michael_Fabiano or send a question via Facebook!