When the Seahawks traded 1st round and 3rd round picks to acquire Percy Harvin from the Vikings, Seattle was instantly a top pick to reach the Super Bowl this year. But their plans to unleash their new, dynamic playmaker were put on hold when Harvin underwent hip surgery on August 1st.
A little over two months removed from surgery, reports have been positive about the progress he has made. Harvin had been rehabbing his hip in New York prior to recently returning to Seattle. Reports have indicated that he’s looked great and that he just resumed running. Harvin is eligible to come off the PUP list in Week 7, although it appears more likely that he will return around Week 9 or Week 10. Regardless, Harvin possesses more than enough talent to propel fantasy teams to the promised land come December. While the window is closing on snatching up Harvin, now is your last chance to get a legitimate WR2 with back-end WR1 potential for free.
Harvin is currently owned in a mere 11% of ESPN leagues and is still only owned in 37% of Yahoo! leagues. Despite the prolonged absence, the Seahawks will be salivating to get one of the most dynamic players in the NFL back on the field.
In the wake of Steven Jackson’s departure from St. Louis, the Rams backfield has been a revolving door. But right now it’s a 5th round rookie out of Vanderbilt who is acting doorman. With a neck size second only to that of former Patriots linebacker, Ted Johnson, Zac Stacy is the St. Louis back you want to own. The RB position has predictably been thin this year, with supposed studs continuing to underperform. If you have moveable pieces on your roster, I would recommend stashing all the RBs you can get your hands on. With Stacy’s talent yet to be determined, his price tag is as cheap as they come for a starting RB in the NFL.
Recording an impressive 5.6 yard average in his first start last week vs. the lowly Jaguars, Stacy ripped off 78 yards on 14 carries. Head Coach Jeff Fisher endorsed Stacy as the featured back for this week’s matchup with the Texans. Owned in an inexplicable 3.6% of ESPN leagues and only 34% of Yahoo! leagues, Stacy should be considered a serviceable flex play moving forward.
San Diego Chargers RBs had quite the average disparity in fantasy drafts. Ryan Mathews was most frequently drafted between rounds 5-6, whereas newcomer Danny Woodhead went in the late rounds, or undrafted altogether. After the first four weeks, the production doesn’t justify the draft positions. Woodhead has hauled in 22 receptions for 162 yards and 2 TDs, while adding 90 yards on the ground. Mathews has run for 226 yards and has totaled 66 receiving yards and a TD on 7 receptions. In Mike McCoy’s offense, it’s no secret that Woodhead has a legitimate role.
With Philip Rivers revamping his career through McCoy’s uptempo offense, Woodhead has been a direct beneficiary. Coming over from New England, Woodhead is no stranger to tempo. His aptitude to pick up the fast-paced offense makes it an easy decision to keep him on the field during hurry-up situations. As San Diego’s primary pass-catching back, Woodhead’s snaps aren’t likely to come down in McCoy’s pass-heavy scheme.
In lieu of tonight’s Rams/49ers game, I had to dig into the crates for this classic exchange between former Quarterback, Jim “Chris” Everett, and talkshow host Jim Rome.
The Rams and 49ers met in the 1989 NFC Championship, a game where Everett was rattled by the 49ers pass rush. Everett took what was later deemed the “phantom sack” on a play where he fell to the ground in anticipation of the pass rush, but the 49ers had yet to get close to him.
In 1994, Everett appeared on Rome’s show “Talk2” on ESPN2. Rome wasted no time calling him Chris Everett, after the female tennis player. While many thought this was a staged exchange, Deadspin did an interview with Everett in 2012, that debunks that claim. Everett threw for 34,837 yards, 203 TDs, and 175 INTs in his 12-year career.
And now, the featured presentation:
If you believe Russell Wilson or Colin Kaepernick aren’t motivated enough by their pursuit of the Lombardi trophy, then go ahead and put your own fantasy spin on this, but I think I’ll stand pat.
Either way, it’s always interesting when two of the NFL’s brightest stars put a side wager on a game. It just so happens to be even more interesting when eyebrows are at stake. Kaepernick and Wilson shared their bet in a recent take of a Madden 25 commercial.
Both of these QBs have as good a chance as any to be representing the NFC in the Meadowlands on February 2nd in Super Bowl XLVIII.
Watch the bet below: