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When it comes to Percy Harvin, the two most common words used to shit on his fantasy value are “snap count.” Everyone is up in arms over the fact that he’s spending more time than he should on the sideline, which would make sense if homeboy wasn’t averaging over seven touches a game.
That’s right, a WR who has the ball in his hands 7.25 times a game is apparently not involved enough to make a fantasy impact... except that he is. Harvin is averaging 78.25 yards per game. That’s more than Roddy White, Rob Gronkowski, Jordy Nelson, Reggie Wayne, and countless other players who are widely considered more valuable than Harvin.
Yes Harvin isn’t on the field for every offensive play, but the team has gone to great lengths to feature him in a number of different packages as a receiver and runner. The Vikings understand they need to get the ball in his hands, but with his migraine and injury history, who can blame them for not putting him on the field for every single play? Now it’s true that Harvin has yet to score this year (outside of a kickoff return TD) and the team hasn’t been using him much in the red zone, which is disappointing. Still, it’s clear that he’s the second best offensive threat on the team behind Adrian Peterson and the opportunities will be there for him to do work.
The point is, fantasy value ultimately comes down to touches and what you do with those touches. Not only is Harvin getting his hands on the ball, but the team has specific plays mapped out where he’s the featured weapon and tries to get him out in the open field. That sounds pretty damn good for his fantasy value if you ask me.
Snap count? More like “awwww snap he’s a great buy-low target!”
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