Rookie Watch: Harvin not yet worthy of fantasy starting spot
Football fans like to refer to guys who can go the distance on any down as home run hitters. In that case, call Percy Harvin the sultan of such players. Harvin proved at the University of Florida that he can be effective in any formation, and he makes his teammates better simply because defenses must account for where Harvin is at all times. And Harvin's 4.41 40-yard time at the combine does not do justice to how quick and elusive he can be with a full set of pads on. A reported positive marijuana test turned off a few NFL teams at April's NFL Draft, but Minnesota, in need of weapons to complement all-world running back Adrian Peterson, snagged Harvin with the 22nd pick of round one.
Both are explosive players capable of beating teams via the run or the pass. Though limited to just six games last season, Jones averaged 8.9 yards per carry. He was a clear difference maker in the games he did play, and was missed in the second half of the season when the wheels fell off in Big D. There is a good chance Harvin will bring the same type of feel to the Vikings offense, used efficiently on select plays and game situations.
Fantasy owners may see a few big games from Harvin in 2009, either as a receiver or rusher, and his stock should only climb in future years as Minnesota's coaching staff continues to find ways to use him to the fullest in the offense.