Percy Harvin has been the best athlete in football for a decade. He was the best athlete in grade school, in high school and in college. He was recruited by everyone, everywhere.
When Harvin signed with the Seahawks, former teammate Adrian Peterson, a sure-fire first ballot Hall-of-Famer called Harvin "the best player I've ever played with."
A hip injury sidelined Harvin for most of last year. He caught exactly one pass in the regular season.
But then he came into the game for the Super Bowl and was electrifying, racking up over 100 total all-purpose yards, including a 87-yard kickoff return TD.
Harvin is a goddamn dynamo.
And, for the first time in a long long time, he's healthy.
So the NFL world waited with baited breath to see his opening game of the season. Fantasy football experts everywhere (I mean EVERYWHERE) said he was a borderline WR2WR3. (INSANITY)
The season opener against the Packers in Seattle shut up all Harvin's detractors. He was an absolute revelation, and played a huge part to push the Seahawks over the Pack. Even when he didn't get the ball, the Packer defense was so keyed on him that it opened up huge holes for Marshawn Lynch.
But I'm here to tell you Harvin wasn't that good.
In fact, he stumbled, slipped or fell down on HALF of his fourteen touches.
That's right, half of them.
Don't believe me? Let's call up the footage!
Even if I'm wrong about, say two of the stumbles, (on the nine yard out, for example, he could have been falling to avoid the hit or diving because he thought he was closer to the sticks) he still slipped & stumbled way too much.
So what is it? Does Percy need new shoes? Is he still getting used to his surgically-repaired hip? Are his legs moving faster than his brain or vice-versa?
Whatever it is, one can only shudder at the prospect of how amazing Harvin would have looked without stumbling at all. He looked unstoppable even with all the stumbles.
So how does this translate into fantasy production? It still depends whether or not you believe that Harvin is an elevated injury risk or not. If you do, then chances are that new shoes won't dissuade you.
But if you you're one of the fantasy football coaches who thinks he miiiiight just make it through the season? You might consider trading for him. When he gets his feet under him, Harvin may just have a better season than any of us dared to believe.