Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin hinted at a holdout yesterday over unspecified issues. On Tuesday morning Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Percy Harvin made it clear that he was not happy with the organization and strongly hinted at the possibility of a holdout unless unspecified “issues” were resolved. Harvin who is entering his 4th year in the NFL, has two years left on his rookie contract and is coming off of his best season in the NFL.
Today according to ESPN.com News Services, Harvin has become ever more unsatisfied with Vikings management and has now officially requested a trade to another team from the Vikings.
Here is what Harvin had to say yesterday when he was asked by his unhappiness with the Vikings organization:
I just put it this way, there’s a lot of different things that have to be sorted out,” Harvin said Tuesday. “Just haven’t been really happy lately. We’ve got a couple of things to work on. I’m here in the classroom. We’ll go from there.
Although Harvin has stated there are few things that he is displeased with, it is obvious that he is not happy with his current contract, which he signed as a rookie and has two years left on it. He may also be unhappy that the team is coming off back-to-back losing season and looks to be a few years away from being a true contender in the NFC North.
Last season was Harvin’s best in the NFL, catching 87 passes for 967 yards and eight total touchdowns (two rushing). He also added 345 yards rushing on 52 carries, for a 6.6 yards per carry average.
Harvin also had by far his best season as a fantasy player, finishing eighth in point per reception formats with 261.5 points good enough for an average of 16.3 fantasy points per game.
The trade demand is not inviting news for the Vikings organization but it is also troubling for fantasy football owners, who will be beginning the draft process here in the next month or two. Harvin is projected to be on of the first 10-15 wide receivers to come off the board in fantasy drafts, especially in PPR leagues but the question has to be asked what does this mean for his fantasy value?
If the Vikings somehow work out some kind of solution with Harvin, either by new contract or an increase in salary for 2012, then fantasy owners should expect similar production from the former Gator in 2012. Yet, if he is traded then that is an entirely different story.
The truth is a trade away from the Vikings may actually increase Harvin’s value if he lands in the right spot. The bottom line is that the current Vikings coaching staff simply does not understand the best way to utilize the electrifying Harvin’s many unique talents.
Harvin caught over 72 percent of his targets last season but was targeted just 120 times. Wes Welker, a comparable slot receiver to Harvin was targeted 175 times and produced 122 catches with a 70 percent catch rate.
Harvin could easily equal the numbers put up by Welker if he was simply targeted more and made the focal point of the Vikings pass offense. However, the team did start gearing the offense more towards him near the end of the season and the results were impressive.
Over the last eight games of the regular season, Harvin caught 56 passes for 633 yards and hauled in six touchdown passes after catching none throughout the first eight games of the season.
So there may be hope for him in Minnesota if the Vikings can find a way to keep him happy but up to this point in his career, the Vikings have clearly lacked imagination when it comes to Harvin, which is a big reason why his production is not what it could have been.
Imagine for a second if Harvin had landed in New Orleans or New England. If he had we would probably be talking about him as a Top-5 fantasy option at wide receiver.
It will be interesting to see how this all plays out, so fantasy owners need to keep keep a close eye on the situation because if a trade is completed it could potentially help or hurt Harvin’s value. Therefore, check out FantasyPPR.com or follow us on twitter @ThePPEExperts for all the latest NFL News and Fantasy Football Info. Let us help you win your league.
This article was written by Cody Taylor and Chris Peterson