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Deion Branch. Nate Burleson. T.J. Houshmandzadeh. Sidney Rice. Now we can add Percy Harvin to the list of big-name wide receivers who have been injured or suffered statistical declines after joining the Seattle Seahawks. I guess you can call it the “Great Northwest hex.”
when everything is goin good sometimes life throw u a curve ball… sorry to half to report that my injury will require surgery…
— Percy Harvin (@Percy_Harvin) July 30, 2013
Harvin tweeted Tuesday that his injured hip will require a surgical procedure to repair, meaning that he’s also in serious danger of missing the entire 2013 season – his first in Seattle.
NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport reports that the estimated timetable for Harvin’s recovery is three to four months, which would put him on track for a possible return in the beginning of November – at the earliest. In fantasy land, though, this ailment makes Harvin all but undraftable.
A potential breakout candidate, Harvin had top-10 potential at his position based on fantasy points. In his absence, Sidney Rice and Golden Tate will see the biggest uptick in fantasy value. Rice isn’t without his own injury concerns, though, as he left training camp to go to Switzerland to have a non-surgical procedure on his knee. Barring any setbacks, both Rice and Tate – who is now a starter for coach Pete Carroll – will have middle- to late-round value.
Harvin’s absence also means that the Seahawks will remain a run-first team (if there was any previous doubt), so Marshawn Lynch will once again be the bell cow and a fantasy star. This news lowers the ceiling for quarterback Russell Wilson, however. He’ll remain a No. 1 fantasy quarterback, but it’s tough to see him posting much greater numbers than he did as a rookie.
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 question on anything fantasy related? Tweet it to @Michael_Fabiano or send a question via Facebook!