WR Percy Harvin - Buffalo Bills
|5-11, 192||Born: 5-28-1988||College: Florida||Drafted: Round 1, pick 22|
Week 12: at Kansas City Chiefs
Mark and Joe say: Bad matchup. Tyrod Taylor banged up his shoulder during the loss in New England, so be watching his practice participation later in the week - it's possible we might see E.J. Manuel in this contest due to Taylor's injury. Taylor (20/36 for 233 yards passing, with zero interceptions or TDs, and 4/1/0 rushing) wasn't very effective after his shoulder was injured - this situation looks like it is in flux as of mid-week. Chris Hogan (seven targets for 6/95/0 receiving), Sammy Watkins (six for 3/39/0 receiving) and Robert Woods (nine for 4/44/0) were heavily targeted from the wide receiver position last week, as was LeSean McCoy (10 for 6/41/0) - Charles Clay disappointed fantasy owners again with three for just 1/14/0 receiving. The Chiefs' pass D is ranked 14th in the NFL averaging 234.8 net yards allowed per game, with 17 passing scores given out vs. 14 interceptions (tied for second-most in the NFL) and 29 sacks (tied for sixth in the NFL) generated to date. They crushed San Diego 33-3 last week, holding Philip Rivers to 19/30 for 149 net yards passing, zero TDs and one interception thrown with three sacks for -29 yards generated. Over the past four weeks (three games), this team is the most stingy team in the NFL with fantasy points allowed to opposing quarterbacks (10.8 on average); second-least in fantasy points allowed to opposing tight ends (2.7); and is 12th-least in the league for fantasy points given out to opposing wide receivers (18.9). This is a bad matchup for either the banged-up Taylor or his backup Manuel.
Recent Game Summaries
2015 Week 5 vs TEN (4 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec, 1 / -1 / 0 rush)
Harvin received the most targets on the team (with four) but did not manage to haul any of them in. However, this was not for lack of trying. Harvin was open three times, once for a deep ball and twice for short routes, but bad Taylor passes and an offensive penalty prevented any chance of a completion. Harvin also received a carry that went nowhere.
2015 Week 4 vs NYG (8 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)
Bequeathed eight targets, Harvin ended the game with only three receptions. However, Harvin played well on two plays that won't show up on the stat sheet. On one deep route, Harvin beat his defender and was away clean but for a badly thrown ball by Tyrod Taylor. Earlier in the game on another deep route, Harvin adjusted to woefully under-thrown ball. The Giants were called for defensive pass interference, something that would not have happened if Harvin hadn't been aware of the ball's location.
2015 Week 3 vs MIA (8 / 7 / 66 / 0 rec, 2 / 16 / 0 rush)
Rex Ryan sure knows how he wants to use Harvin. The majority of Harvin's targets were within 10 yards of the line of scrimmage, taking place in the flat. He did run a deep route well and beat the defender but Taylor overthrew the ball. Harvin was also used for two end-arounds. In an offense that seems destined to rely on short passes and running in space, Harvin is a good fit.
2015 Week 2 vs NE (5 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec, 1 / 7 / 0 rush)
Harvin has really been living up to his reputation in his time with the Bills. He used his top-end speed to beat Patriot defenders, drawing a DPI that lead to a Bills TD the next play. Harvin was also utilized in short routes and end-arounds that give him the ball in space. Sometimes it even worked. Harvin did fumble once but a combination of the awareness of Sammy Watkins and the out-of-bounds chalk kept the ball with the Bills.
2015 Week 1 vs IND (5 / 5 / 79 / 1 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)
Harvin did Harvin things. The Bills ran a reverse with him, he caught passes in the flat, and his TD was one of those traditional "run fast and straight" routes that Harvin is so fond of running. With Taylor's big arm and lack of many other receiving weapons, Harvin could be seeing a lot of touches in this upgraded Bills offense.
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