Late Tuesday, Percy Harvin's hip officially met its fate. Straight from the horse's mouth, the Seattle wideout, arguably the most-prized wide receiver acquisition this past offseason, will indeed go under the knife to repair a hip flexor tear. According to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport, his timetable is slated for 3-4 months, placing his availability for the first-half of the fantasy regular season in serious jeopardy. His 62.9 average draft position will plummet accordingly.
It's been a rough couple days for wideouts in the Starbucks City. On top of the devastating Harvin setback, news leaked Tuesday secondary asset Sidney Rice is currently undergoing treatment in Switzerland for an undisclosed knee ailment. Pete Carroll is hopeful Rice will be active for Seattle's opener at Carolina, but his availability, at this point, is very suspect.
In light of Tuesday's revelations, Golden Tate shouldn't venture off the campsite anytime soon, no matter how enticing a late-night maple bar run sounds.
With a dark cloud fixed over Seattle, Russell Wilson, widely believed to be a top-10 QB lock, deserves a demotion. Though he finished 2012 on a high note – he was the No. 1 ranked fantasy passer from Week 8 on sans Harvin – it's hard to deem him trustworthy, at least in the early going. Yes, he's a highly accurate thrower blessed with supreme intelligence, leadership and opportunistic scrambling skills, but also down sure-handed tight end Zach Miller, who is slowly recovering from torn plantar fascia, his current arsenal is highly questionable. Still, if Wilson's price tag is slashed dramatically, to a QB2 level in 12-team leagues, he is must-grab material anytime after pick No. 100. Similar to last year, he could flourish down the homestretch.
Meanwhile, Tate's value instantly skyrockets. His versatility, decisive cuts and aggressive running style are ideal characteristics for underneath work, an area where Harvin was expected to shine. Recall last year his 6.1 yards after catch per reception ranked No. 15 among eligible wideouts. Expect his insanely cheap 154.7 ADP (WR58) to rise rapidly, especially if Rice's experimental treatment doesn't do wonders. Week 1 against Carolina, he should pay huge dividends.
Whether we're talking weather or football it seems Seattle, right now, just can't shake the gloom.
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