Per ESPN.com's Terry Blount, Seattle Seahawks turf-burning wide receiver Percy Harvin was listed as a full participant in the team's Wednesday practice and looks to be preparing for game action in this weekend's divisional playoff game at home against the New Orleans Saints.
Harvin has only played in one game this season, hauling in one reception for 17 yards in the Seahawks 11/17 home win against his former team, the Minnesota Vikings. Today was the first time he's been a full participant in practice this season, as he's tried to come back from a hip injury that had him on the Injured Reserve-Designated to Return list to start the season.
For fantasy players who are in redraft playoff leagues or for those playing in weekly leagues during the playoffs, Harvin may seem like a good "value" pick. He'll go late in standard drafts and he'll be cheap in salary cap leagues.
However, expectations should be tempered here. There is no doubting Harvin's talent. While with Minnesota, he had developed into a legitimate superstar. In 2011 (his last full season of action with the Vikings), Harvin had 87 receptions for just under 1000 yards and added almost 350 yards rushing. In 2012, prior to suffering his season-ending injury in week nine, he was in the midst of a true breakout season which saw him on pace for 110 receptions and right at 1200 yards.
Now, to the crux of the matter...He hasn't played a full regular season game since week 8 of 2012. That was with the Minnesota Vikings. He hasn't played enough with QB Russell Wilson to truly have his trust. The Saints give up the 4th fewest fantasy points to WR's on the year. Could he go out and have a huge game Saturday? Sure. The talent is there to do that. But, it's more likely that he sees limited snaps and doesn't get a ton of targets. The best you can hope for from Harvin would be 2-4 catches and that one of them is a bomb for a TD. Had Harvin played all year, he's got the talent to be a top 5 WR.
As it stands, we've got him ranked 15th among the WR's going this week.