William Percival Harvin III’s ability to deliver big plays compelled the Seahawks to trade three draft picks in exchange for his services. And it has created increasing anticipation within the fantasy community to see the explosive fifth-year wideout perform with his new team. His widely discussed torn labrum required surgery and a subsequent recovery period. But what was originally characterized as a process that could take six to eight months appears to be nearing a conclusion. Harvin is currently well ahead of schedule, and it appears that Seattle is poised to activate him from the physically unable to perform list. In fact, that could still occur prior to kickoff of the Seahawks’ Monday Night encounter with the Rams, although the team still has a three week window in which to execute that maneuver. But nobody who is associated with the team has ruled out that possibility. And if Harvin is able to demonstrate that his timing and health have both been regained, then he could be on the field very soon.
Which is incredible news for all fantasy owners who decided to stash him at some point during the draft process, or within the initial seven weeks of the regular season. It is best to temper expectations for Harvin’s debut whenever it does occur, as the Seahawks have the luxury of blending him into their mix of weapons, without the risk of pushing him back too quickly. Also, there is certainly no need to rush him back for this week’s matchup, as Seattle should handle business in St. Louis. Because the 6-1 Seahawks are clearly formidable with the roster as it currently exists.
Which is why it is also important to maintain a semblance of perspective when envisioning the degree to which Seattle will utilize Harvin. The current blueprint for their offensive strategy – habitually feeding the ball to Marshawn Lynch and applying the duel threat capabilities of Russell Wilson – has propelled the Seahawks into the top 10 in total offense. That said, Harvin is undisputedly a dynamic talent, and the franchise did not relinquish multiple picks in order to use him sparingly.
Where does this leave his owners? In a very favorable spot. Although if you are among those who secured him for your roster, it is best to exercise continued patience just a little longer. He could still play this week, although a decision to activate him could come on game day. And since Seattle will perform on Monday Night, it severely complicates any decision to start him. Plus, the likelihood that he would be deployed with a limited snap count is high enough that you should plan on utilizing alternative options. But whenever he does join the lineup, his role should steadily increase. And he should reward all who choose to utilize him as a high end WR2.