Week 9: Game Time Decisions - Injury Updates
(Editor's note - since we posted this article, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll has said Harvin will not play in Week 9)
Following the loss of Sidney Rice to a season ending ACL injury, the Seahawks might decide that Week 9 is time for their prized offseason addition to make his debut. However, fantasy owners might have to wait at least one more week as Harvin is rumored to have suffered a minor setback following offseason hip surgery. He was unable practice Wednesday and will likely be a game time decision for the 4pm kickoff against Tampa Bay and Revis Island. The former Viking signed a six year $67 million contract this offseason and is a must add if he's still sitting on your waiver wire. In four seasons in Minnesota, Harvin missed 10 games but was a dynamic option when in uniform. In 2011, Harvin played a full 16 games (only time in his career) and hauled in 87 passes for 967 yards and six touchdowns. He also added 51 carries for 342 yards. He should provide solid borderline WR2 numbers (especially in PPR leagues), but the injury risk and fact that Seattle is one of the more run focused offenses in the league will limit Harvin's fantasy upside. Golden Tate is averaging just 55 yards per game, but is coming off his best game of the season in the Monday night win over St Louis -- Tate had five catches for 93 yards and two touchdowns He should remain a solid WR3 as the focal point of Russ Wilson's passes against a mediocre Tampa pass defense allowing the 19th most fantasy PPG to opposing wide receivers.
Roddy White is battling hamstring and ankle injuries that have kept him sidelined for the past two games (first time he's missed games during his nine year career). On the season, White has just 14 carries for 129 yards and has yet to score. He has topped 1,000 yards in each of the past six seasons, but that seems highly unlikely in 2013. With White and Julio Jones out of action, Harry Douglas has exploded onto the fantasy scene. Over the last two weeks, he has 19 catches for 270 yards with one touchdown on 25 targets (led the NFL in targets in Week 8). With Tony Gonzalez drawing most of the defensive attention, Douglas should continue to produce like a WR2 candidate as long as Roddy White remains in street clothes. If White is unable to play against Carolina, Drew Davis would draw the start opposite Douglas. The second year WR from Oregon has played 87% of the snaps over the past two weeks and had a solid performance in Week 8, hauling in five catches for 77 yards and a touchdown. The Carolina defense presents a difficult matchup as they are allowing the sixth fewest fantasy PPG to opposing wide receivers (allowed just two touchdowns to the WR position).