By Eric Schmidt

The Minnesota Vikings jettisoned a headache (pardon the pun) and the Seattle Seahawks added an offensive play maker this afternoon with the trade of WR Percy Harvin. Although the trade has not been made official yet with a pending physical and a new contract for Harvin, fantasy football owners can look forward to see what impact this move will have on the Seattle Seahawks and Harvin for the 2013 season.

QB Russell Wilson- The addition of Harvin opens up lanes for Wilson while adding a player that can take a six yard slant pass 80 yards for a score at any time. Harvin’s speed helps to clear out space underneath in routes and creates even more running lanes for Wilson if he feels so inclined. Even before this move today, I had Wilson ranked in the top-10 of quarterbacks in fantasy leagues for 2013, this solidifies my thought.

RB Marshawn Lynch- Lynch is coming into his prime and should be considered a top-five running back once again next season while Robert Turbin should be considered a mandatory handcuff. Harvin’s speed helps clear out the box and Lynch could be a 1,800 total yard back with 13-15 scores next season.

WR Percy Harvin- While I love the move by the Seahawks, I am not really significantly upgrading his status above a top 15 receiver next season. I need to see a complete season out of Harvin. Yes, we are all aware of his potential and he’s been stuck behind Christian Ponder the last two seasons, but he has just one 16-game season in his career. If the Seahawks ink Harvin to a $10-12 million dollar multi-year deal, don’t expect to see him returning kicks, his total yards should decrease while his receiving yards will rise, perhaps crossing the 1,000-yard threshold for the first time in his career.

WR Sidney Rice- I have never been a fan of Rice in fantasy circles. Just like Harvin, Rice has just one complete 16 game season in his career, while playing six seasons. Rice hauled in 50 receptions in 2012 for 748 yards and seven scores. I think fantasy owners should expect about the same or perhaps even a little less from Rice in 2013.

Seattle is a team on the cusp of making a serious push deep towards the Super Bowl based on their performance on the field in 2012. With the addition of Harvin, a solid free agent and draft class, the Seahawks are going to be a formidable opponent next year.

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