Fantasy Football Focus: Michael Crabtree and Percy Harvin


Michael Crabtree and Percy Harvin are the hot topics of the fantasy football world, and columnist Jon Sousa breaks down whether or not it is worth giving them a spot on your bench,

Michael Crabtree and Percy Harvin are two dynamic playmakers that can provide a vital boost for you fantasy team down the stretch. Crabtree is coming off of an Achilles injury that had kept him out until last week’s game against the St. Louis Rams. Crabtree was mostly invisible for two quarters, however he had a nice catch and run for a 60-yard gain towards the end of the third. He finished with two receptions for 68 yards, and was on the field for the second most snaps amongst the 49ers wideouts, second to only Anquan Boldin. Down the stretch, Crabtree faces the Seahawks and the Falcons at home (Week 14 and 16 respectively) and Tampa Bay and Arizona on the road (Week 15 and 17 respectively). While the matchup with the Seahawks is a tough one, Crabtree faces teams that are ranked 18th, 16th, and 20th against the pass. Not stellar, but not awful either.  As stated before, Crabtree has big play ability and is a threat to score every time he is on the field. If he is still on the wavier wire in your league (owned in 22 percent of ESPN Standard Leagues, just as a guideline), Crabtree is definitely worth adding in all formats.

Percy Harvin had only played in one game this season (1 catch for 17 yards Week 11 against the Minnestoa Vikings), but the former Florida Gator has a track record of coming up with big plays. Harvin has played a key role in every offense that he has been a part of, whether it be running routes as a receiver, playing as the pitch back for the option, or being electrifying in the return game. A hip injury has kept Harvin out of commission for most of this year, and the wide receiver hasn’t even been cleared to play yet in Week 14. He is owned in only 47 percent of ESPN Standard Leagues, but in my opinion, that is way too high. Harvin, while a huge threat for big plays, has never really been able to stay healthy throughout his career. Thus, he becomes more of a liability than an asset when he’s on the field. As the playoffs start, owners should be looking for consistency, and Harvin is anything but that. Add him if you wish, but do not be surprised if Harvin comes up short for you if you decide to take the gamble. Harvin’s schedule as the year closes out includes (rank in fantasy points given up for opposing WR’s):

Week 14: at San Francisco (6th least)

Week 15: at New York Giants (11th least)

Week 16: vs. Arizona (5th least)

Week 17: vs. St. Louis (16th least)

Will you be adding Crabtree or Harvin to your team? Let us know in the comments below!

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