Percy Harvin
Percy Harvin
32-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
2020 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Percy Harvin in 2020. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year deal with the Bills in March of 2015.
Ready to play football again
WRFree Agent
April 22, 2020
Harvin said Wednesday that he plans to come out of retirement and attempt a return to the NFL, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.
Harvin initially decided to retire after the 2015 season but then played a couple of games for the Bills in November 2016. He's set to turn 32 in May, four years removed from his last NFL appearance and nine years removed from his career-best 2011 campaign with the Vikings. Harvin could draw some interest as a slot receiver and return specialist, but he'll need to battle for a spot on a 53-man roster if he ends up signing with an NFL franchise. His lengthy medical record is highlighted by chronic hip injuries and migraines, with Harvin playing only 30 games for four different teams between 2012 and 2016. He reportedly weighs 185 pounds, which is seven pounds below what he checked in at during the 2009 NFL Combine weight and about 15 pounds shy of his listed playing weight for most of his career.
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How do Percy Harvin's measurables compare to other wide receivers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
* The Vertical Jump, and Broad Jump metrics are from his Pro Day. All others are from the NFL Combine.
5' 11"
185 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.39 sec
Vertical Jump*
37.5 in
Broad Jump*
121 in
Bench Press
19 reps
Hand Length
9.38 in
Arm Length
31.63 in
Past Fantasy Outlooks
It was an odd year for Harvin, who went from being the No. 1 WR on the defending Super Bowl champs to the Jets and now to the Bills. One common thread is new Bills coach Rex Ryan, who brought him to New York and Buffalo, where Harvin's versatility as a runner, receiver and return man should be on display so long as he holds up. At 27, Harvin's still in his late prime, and there's little question about his physical skills. While he's only 5-11, 184, he's strong for his size and able to break tackles, and his 4.39 40 speed is augmented by elite quickness and good vision in the open field. Harvin's had some personality clashes in the past, both in Minnesota and more recently in Seattle, but Ryan apparently had no problems with him in New York, so he'll have a clean slate to start the year. Perhaps the bigger concern for Harvin is durability — he missed 22 games from 2012-13, and battled through an ankle sprain and a rib injury last year that cost him a game. Harvin's role is also unclear given the multitude of talented skill players on the Bills, including No. 1 receiver Sammy Watkins, tailback LeSean McCoy, newly acquired tight end Charles Clay and possession receiver Robert Woods. Throw in new offensive coordinator Greg Roman, who presided over the 49ers' run-heavy offense the last few years, and a quarterback battle between low-end options EJ Manuel and Matt Cassel, and it's a long shot Harvin's value approaches anything close to that of his peak seasons in Minnesota.
Hip surgery and a concussion ruined Harvin’s 2013 season, though last we saw him he was taking a kick to the house in the Super Bowl. Presumably healthy to start this season, the 25-year old Harvin is one of the most dynamic players in the game, and if the Super Bowl was any indication, the Seahawks won’t be afraid to use him in multiple ways. At 5-11, 184, Harvin runs a 4.39 40, is as quick as anyone in the league and does not go down easily on contact. While the Seahawks are a defensive-oriented, run-first team, we have to expect their historically good performance to regress, and tailback Marshawn Lynch has a lot of hard mileage under his belt. Moreover, Seattle let Golden Tate walk in free agency, so only Doug Baldwin, Jermaine Kearse and Sidney Rice qualify as competition for targets, none of whom possess anything close to Harvin’s skills. While his size will likely limit his red-zone use, he’s a good bet to add a couple scores on the ground and/or in the return game, as well as some rushing yards. The biggest issue for Harvin, as always, is health – he’s missed 22 games the last two years, and three during his first three seasons in the league.
Harvin, who is coming off hip surgery, will start the season on the Seahawks' PUP list. While the move does not come accompanied by a timetable for Harvin's return, the designation does leave open the possibility that Harvin could contribute to the Seattle offense at some point during the coming season. In any case, he is officially ruled out for the team's first six games.
Dogged by character concerns and migraine headaches in years past, Harvin turned in the best fantasy season of his career in 2011, playing all 16 games and amassing 967 receiving yards, 345 rushing yards and nine total touchdowns (if you include kick returns). In terms of efficiency, Harvin dropped to a career-low 7.9 YPT, but we wouldn’t make much of that as he was paired with a washed-up Donovan McNabb and rookie Christian Ponder. Ponder should improve with a full training camp as a starter, and Harvin returns as his clear No. 1 target in the passing game. In fact, coach Leslie Frazier wants to get Harvin on the field for more than the 59 percent of snaps he’s seen the last two years. But Harvin will have to prove he can stay healthy and focused with an increased workload. At 5-11, 195, Harvin’s not big, but he’s fast, extremely quick in open space and tough to bring down. Harvin’s also got great hands – just seven drops over the last two seasons combined. Harvin doesn’t run a lot of downfield routes – usually catching short balls and creating his own opportunities after the catch – and he doesn’t see a lot of work in the red zone (just nine targets). But that could change this year if Ponder takes the next step with Harvin as his lead dog in the receiving corps. Even if it doesn’t, don’t forget to give Harvin a nice boost on account of his rushing stats. Harvin had arthroscopic surgery in late April to repair damage to the AC joint in his shoulder, but is expected to be 100 percent healthy well before the start of training camp.
Were it not for the recurring migraine headaches, Harvin would profile as a top-15 receiver. Despite playing with a diminished Brett Favre, Tarvaris Jackson and Joe Webb, Harvin had 868 receiving yards and 107 yards on the ground. He scored six touchdowns from scrimmage and another on a kick return – all in 14 games. At 5-11, 195, Harvin isn't big, but he's a tremendous athlete, incredibly elusive in the open field, has great hands (only four drops) and is capable of breaking tackles. In fact, Harvin was second in the league with 459 yards after the catch on just 109 targets. With Sidney Rice and Tavaris Jackson off to Seattle, Harvin becomes the team's No. 1 wideout with Donovan McNabb as his new quarterback. Interestingly, Harvin catches mostly short balls and does most of the work on his own after the catch, which isn't exactly how McNabb likes to play. In addition, there's the issue of the migraines that cost him two games last year and constantly render him a game-time decision, something that's hard on fantasy owners from a planning standpoint. It's impossible to say whether the condition will improve or get worse, but it's plagued him for years – even in college – and is simply part of his risk profile.
Of all the Vikings receivers, Harvin is probably the least reliant on Brett Favre’s return to retain his 2009 value. Harvin had an outstanding rookie year, averaging 8.7 yards per target and hauling in 66 percent of the passes thrown his way. He also managed three receptions of 40-plus on just 91 targets and led all wide receivers with 25 broken tackles — (Wes Welker was a distant second with 16). At 5-11, 202 (after putting on some muscle this offseason), Harvin’s greatest assets are his electrifying quickness and deep speed. He’s incredibly elusive in the open field, and can change directions on a dime. While Brett Favre threw the ball to everyone in the red zone, Sidney Rice and Visante Shiancoe were his first looks there, so a more run-first offense around the goal line in Favre’s absence would hurt Harvin least. Moreover, Harvin can “create his own shot” so to speak, so his explosiveness doesn’t depend on a premier assist man. Harvin also adds value as a runner out of the backfield — last year he had 15 carries for 135 yards, a rare bonus from a wide-receiver. One concern is Harvin’s propensity to suffer severe migraine headaches. The migraines cost him one game last season, and despite working out and staying in great shape, they’ve been plaguing him this offseason as well.
Here's your Blue Plate Special boom-or-bust pick. For those willing to overlook his perceived character flaws and propensity to get dinged up, there's an exciting playmaker with game-breaking potential. If all goes well, the Vikings have added a player with a Steve Smith (CAR) ceiling, but it may be a while before that's something fantasy owners can count on, so draft him for his floor, which is more in line with Devin Hester, the receiver.
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Remains retired
WRFree Agent
August 26, 2019
Despite rumors that surfaced Monday that Harvin may consider un-retiring, there's been nothing to support that claim.
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Doesn't plan to keep playing
WRFree Agent
March 15, 2017
Harvin (head) plans to retire, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler reports.
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Season ended
WRBuffalo Bills
December 5, 2016
Harvin was placed on the Bills' reserve/non-football illness list Monday, ending his season.
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Ruled out for Week 13
WRBuffalo Bills
December 2, 2016
Harvin (migraine) has been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Raiders.
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Not present at Friday's practice
WRBuffalo Bills
December 2, 2016
Harvin (illness) was not spotted at Friday's practice, Mike Rodak of reports.
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