Seahawks fans certainly aren’t the only ones who have long been awaiting
Harvin has always been considered a No. 1 Fantasy wide receiver in the past, and his anticipated return comes at a critical time in the Fantasy season. Fantasy owners everywhere are making their pushes to land a playoff spot in their leagues. And it’s clear that Harvin could be back in full form by the time many Fantasy postseason tournaments begin in a few weeks.
Many smart Fantasy players drafted Harvin late or added him as a free agent earlier this season in anticipation of this time of year, when he could instantly boost the point potential of any lineup. The opportunity to play with
Harvin will have a bye to get some more rest next week, so it may be important to work him in before the off period. The Seahawks will likely want to have him get a feel for working with his new teammates in game situations. His presence is also another reason to consider Russell Wilson a must-start this week.
The Vikings allow the second-most points to opposing Fantasy quarterbacks on NFL.com, and Harvin gives Wilson the ultimate deep threat to round out his receiving crew. Even if Wilson doesn’t connect with Harvin on a big downfield strike in their first game together, his very presence should put an extra burden on the opposing secondary. Wilson should be able to spread the ball around with ease this week, and you can expect a very strong Fantasy performance as he throws for at least two TD passes.
Fantasy owners of Wilson can be further assured of success because of the expected returns of three key offensive linemen as well.
The Harvin return also nearly overtakes the other major Fantasy headliners here. Sunday’s game will feature two elite superstar Fantasy running backs on the same field.
The Vikings allow the seventh-most Fantasy points to opposing RBs in standard scoring on NFL.com, and with his top blockers expected to be back in action, Lynch is sure to deliver another big Fantasy day. No defense can fully contain Peterson, and he represents a moral dilemma for some Seahawks fans. If you own Peterson, do you want to see him roll up numbers against your favorite team?
The answer is, you never base your Fantasy lineup moves on allegiances. Rooting against Peterson will not stop him from getting good numbers. The savvy Fantasy owner who also is a dedicated fan knows that you should expect the other team to sometimes do some damage even when your favorite team wins. So root for and expect the Seattle victory while conceding some numbers that should also raise your Fantasy totals. You’ll enjoy the best of both worlds.
In other games, the Eagles-Redskins tilt should produce high-quality quarterback points on both sides. Lock Robert Griffin III and Nick Foles into lineups this week. Do not expect Tom Brady to back down against the Panthers, he’ll at least produce solid numbers now that he has an optimum receiving crew to work with. Case Keenum has quickly become a very viable Fantasy starter and is a very strong option as he faces Oakland.
Riley Cooper has exploded since Foles took over as the starter in Philadelphia, and he is a Top 10 choice at wide receiver this week. Victor Cruz should get back into a groove against the Packers, and Josh Gordon will make some big plays against the Bengals, who have lost some key parts on defense. Emmanuel Sanders and Rueben Randle are great bye-week pluggers if you are without Dez Bryant or Terrance Williams.
Charles Clay and Tim Wright can also fill in for Jason Witten at TE this week. Keep your eye on the rising Tyler Eifert in Cincinnati. The Jets defense is a top play this week against an injury-depleted Bills offense, and the Saints may hold the 49ers down as well.
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