| Wide Receiver, Buffalo Bills
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|Draft: 2009 Round 1 (22)
Ht: 5’11” Wt: 184 DOB: 1988-05-28 Age: 27
|It was a tale of two seasons for Harvin in 2011, as he entered his 3rd year in the league. Expected to be a major component of the Vikings offense, the 2009 first round pick was marginally productive but hardly the explosive player that Minnesota needed him to be early in the season. Over his first seven games, Harvin accumulated 442 total yards (a respectable 63.1 per game) but failed to find the end zone. Afterwards, Harvin turned on the jets, finding the end zone eight times over the Vikings final nine games and notching 867 total yards, while averaging a nifty 15.0 FPts/G. What happened? Well, this one’s not rocket science, folks. Adrian Peterson missed four of the Vikings final nine games and part of another one, allowing Harvin to become the focal point of the team’s offense. Peterson returns from a torn ACL suffered in Week 16 and that will likely result in plenty of touches for Harvin, especially early in 2012. Will he get enough touches to top the 1,312 total yards and eight touchdowns he put up in 2011? Ask the Vikings. While they added little to one of the league’s worst group of wide receivers in the off-season, they also had Harvin sitting on the bench plenty in 2011 in an attempt to keep him fresh for returning kicks. We’ll take the gamble. Expect Harvin to be a mid-tier WR1 in 2012.
|Percy Harvin placed on Injured Reserve -- Sat Nov 7 9:45 am --|
Season over for Bills wideout
|The Bills officially placed Percy Harvin on Injured Reserve, ending his season with them. They activate Leodis McKelvin. (Ian Rapoport on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Harvin has been battling knee and hip injuries and reportedly was away from the team for personal reasons. The Bills will reportedly owe him the balance of his $6 million salary, which includes a $3 million signing bonus.
| Watkins appears to be on track for Week 9 -- Thu Nov 5 6:25 pm --|
No timetable for Harvin
|Percy Harvin may be in the building but he's not on the practice field yet for the Buffalo Bills. Listed officially with a knee injury, he hasn't been on the sideline let alone the field yet. Earlier this week, HC Rex Ryan said the receiver "desperately" wants to play but conversations apparently continue between Harvin, the training staff and the team on his short- and long-term future.
On the bright side for Buffalo, Sammy Watkins (ankle) continues to practice and get a lot of work in with Tyrod Taylor during the segment of practice open to reporters. (Buffalo News)|
FF Today's Take: Regarding Harvin, there is no guarantee he'll see the field again this season. As far as Buffalo's offense is concerned, however, the returns of Watkins and Taylor are a much bigger deal. Last year's No. 4 overall pick has endured an injury-plagued second season, but he can still be a game-changing force if he is back for good. With Harvin out, Watkins could see the 10 targets per game he asked for publicly a few weeks ago.
| Karlos Williams, Harvin don't travel to London -- Wed Oct 21 9:15 am --|
Expected to miss Week 7
|Not making the trip overseas for the Buffalo Bills this week were running back Karlos Williams (concussion), right tackle Seantrel Henderson (concussion), defensive tackle Kyle Williams (knee) and the final player Rex Ryan mentioned raised eyebrows in this greenhouse of a media room here at the team's United Kingdom practice facility.
"Percy Harvin has a non-injury related (issue)," Ryan said. "He's excused for personal reasons. But all those players we don't anticipate being available for this week." (Buffalo News)|
FF Today's Take: The Bills will be without Williams, Harvin and likely Sammy Watkins who is nursing an ankle injury. Chris Hogan and Robert Woods will likely be starting at wide receiver when the Bills take on the Jags in London in Week 7. Both are uninspiring fantasy options.
| Sammy Watkins not likely to play Week 7 -- Mon Oct 19 10:00 am --|
|Source confirms that Kyle Williams will not play Sunday. And, also, Sammy Watkins is "doubtful" to play this Sunday against the Jags. Bills (Joe Buscaglia on Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Watkins caught a second quarter touchdown then had to be assisted off the field. He's missed the last two weeks with a calf injury and seems unlikely to play this week in London against the Jaguars. With Percy Harvin (hip) likely out as well, The passing game should continue to funnel through TE Charles Clay.
| Karlos Williams in concussion protocol -- Tue Oct 6 9:02 am --|
Bills RB is questionable for Week 5
|Karlos Williams sustained a concussion during the Week 4 game against the Giants, but was not diagnosed until Monday night. (Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: It's possible to pass through the protocol in less than a week, but Williams should be considered questionable for Week 5. With LeSean McCoy (hamstring) out at least another couple weeks, the Bills would turn to Boobie Dixon, Cierre Wood and likely another live body if Williams can't go. It's also not outside the realm of possibility that the Bills put some running plays in for Percy Harvin.
| McCoy, Watkins likely out for Bills in Week 4 -- Thu Oct 1 7:15 pm --|
RB could rest until hamstring is 100 percent
|The Bills won’t officially rule out either player, but there appears to be little chance that running back LeSean McCoy or wide receiver Sammy Watkins is in the lineup against the Giants this weekend. McCoy has been dealing with a hamstring injury for several weeks and said earlier this week that he thought there would be some benefit to sitting out this week’s game in hopes of getting himself closer to 100 percent for Week Five and beyond. Watkins suffered a calf injury last Sunday and, like McCoy, hasn’t practiced this week.
“We won’t say out. But yeah, you guys can figure it out,” Ryan said, via Joe Buscaglia of WKBW. (Pro Football Talk)|
FF Today's Take: The Bills are taking the approach with McCoy they probably should have used in Week 1, but at least they sound committed to getting "Shady" healthy. Karlos Williams should be considered a must-start, even against a Giants' defense that has been pretty stout so far. Robert Woods and Percy Harvin should see extensive action in Watkins' absence, although Charles Clay is likely to be the best fantasy play of the pass-catching options.
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