Three Takeaways From Thursday

It was a dominant and efficient performance by the Seattle Seahawks in the opener.

Percy Harvin was explosive and versatile… he looked like Percy Harvin. His projected fantasy numbers going forward will be inflated. Seattle is too efficient and diverse on offense for Harvin to consistenly put up great fantasy numbers. The Seattle defense also hurts his value due to the fact that the Hawks will rarely trail in the fourth quarter. I’m still taking Emmanuel Sanders over Harvin as wide outs that were taken in the WR2/WR3 portion of drafts.

The Green Bay defense isn’t awful. Julius Peppers was a top 20 defensive end last year according to all the advanced stats. Clay Matthews looks healthy and the Green Bay D will perform better than last year- 25th in yards allowed, 24th in points against. They have the Jets at home next week and that should be a great stream opportunity.

Russell Wilson finished 2013 as the 8th best fantasy quarterback despite throwing the 22nd most passing attempts among all NFL QBs. He does get it done with his legs but it is surprising that he was the 14th QB on average taken off the board in drafts.

Kyle Rudolph Is Surging

Kyle Rudolph caught 5 balls on 9 targets for 55 yards and 1 touchdown Sunday against the Chicago Bears.

Analysis: Kyle Rudolph has had at least 55 yards, 5 receptions, 9 targets and 1 touchdown in each of his last two games. It does help that Percy Harvin is out with an ankle injury but Rudolph has an impressive 7 touchdowns this year.

Even if Harvin plays next week the Vikings will have to rely heavily on their passing game. The Vikes have Green Bay twice, Chicago again and Houston on their upcoming schedule. These are not games they can simply get by letting Adrian Peterson pound the rock. Keep in mind that Rudolph does have more touchdown receptions this year than Heath Miller, Owen Daniels, Vernon Davis, Jason Witten and Antonio Gates. Rudolph may not be lighting it up in PPR leagues and is benefiting from Harvin’s absence but he does score touchdowns which cannot be ignored. He’s available in half of leagues and it makes more sense to start him over Antonio Gates and own him over Dennis Pitta(how is he still owned).

NFL- Fantasy Value Up

Major moves with the Vikings and Titans have made their impact felt on the fantasy world.

Analysis: With Donovan McNabb coming to Minnesota and wide out Sidney Rice leaving, Percy Harvin’s fantasy value has risen considerably. Harvin now becomes the Vikes’ go-to-guy and a borderline WR2/WR3 in standard and PPR leagues. Harvin’s ADP in mock drafts has been in the 65-70 range but now you should not hesitate to pick up the burner before Michael Crabtree at pick sixty. If Percy can stay healthy he may be looking at his first 1,000 yard season.

As Matt Hasselbeck signed with the Titans no man on the squad could more happy with the move than Kenny Britt. Obviously Britt may be disciplined for his arrest during the lockout but it is unlikely that he will and if he isn’t his fantasy value just got a huge boost. Britt caught nine touchdowns in just twelve games last year and while he isn’t a PPR league beast his standard league numbers will be more than solid. Expect double digit touchdowns and around 1,000 yards from Britt in 2011. He is certainly one of the biggest winners in these first few post lockout days.