Player Points - Percy Harvin
By Chase Stuart
June 11th, 2010

Percy Harvin led all rookie receivers last season in both fantasy points and fantasy points per game. How often is it that the top rookie fantasy receiver ends up being the best fantasy receiver from his class? It's difficult to grade more recent classes, of course, but there is only one receiver from 1988 to 2009 who is a lock to end up as the best receiver from his class. And although it's a Viking, it's not Harvin. The table below shows the top rookie wide receivers from each of the last 21 years, along with their fantasy points and fantasy points per game totals from their rookie seasons. Next to that, I've listed the top receiver from that class based on points of career VBD:

2009
Receiver
FPs
FP/G
Receiver
CarVBD
Percy Harvin
159
10.6
Percy Harvin
32
Hakeem Nicks
139
10.0
Austin Collie
13
Austin Collie
140
8.7
Hakeem Nicks
12
Mike Wallace
136
8.5
Mike Wallace
9
Jeremy Maclin
127
8.5
Jeremy Maclin
0
Michael Crabtree
99
8.2
Johnny Knox
105
7.0
Kenny Britt
109
6.8
Mohamed Massaquoi
97
6.1
Louis Murphy
96
6.0
2008
Receiver
FPs
FP/G
Receiver
CarVBD
Eddie Royal
184
12.3
DeSean Jackson
113
DeSean Jackson
148
9.2
Eddie Royal
55
Donnie Avery
125
8.3
Mario Manningham
14
Davone Bess
90
5.6
Josh Morgan
60
5.0
Jordy Nelson
65
4.1
Harry Douglas
62
3.9
Chaz Schilens
42
2.6
Steve Johnson
28
2.5
Keenan Burton
31
2.3
2007
Receiver
FPs
FP/G
Receiver
CarVBD
Dwayne Bowe
165
10.3
Calvin Johnson
157
Calvin Johnson
135
9.0
Sidney Rice
94
Anthony Gonzalez
94
7.2
Steve Smith
91
Sidney Rice
84
6.4
Dwayne Bowe
86
James Jones
103
6.4
Mike Sims-Walker
34
Laurent Robinson
68
4.5
Robert Meachem
30
Ted Ginn Jr.
71
4.5
Steve Breaston
28
John Broussard
21
2.6
Ted Ginn Jr.
9
Craig Davis
36
2.6
Jacoby Jones
22
1.6
2006
Receiver
FPs
FP/G
Receiver
CarVBD
Marques Colston
187
13.3
Brandon Marshall
279
Santonio Holmes
120
7.5
Marques Colston
225
Greg Jennings
104
7.4
Greg Jennings
192
Hank Baskett
67
4.2
Miles Austin
111
Demetrius Williams
63
3.9
Santonio Holmes
111
Brandon Marshall
54
3.6
Lance Moore
61
Chad Jackson
42
3.5
Derek Hagan
39
2.4
Michael Robinson
33
2.1
Jason Avant
16
2.0
2005
Receiver
FPs
FP/G
Receiver
CarVBD
Braylon Edwards
85
8.5
Roddy White
254
Chris Henry
94
6.7
Braylon Edwards
157
Mark Clayton
90
6.5
Vincent Jackson
138
Reggie Brown
103
6.4
Reggie Brown
30
Matt Jones
97
6.1
Mark Clayton
24
Brandon Jones
54
5.4
Chris Henry
2
Roydell Williams
52
5.2
Roddy White
78
4.9
Troy Williamson
64
4.6
Mike Williams
56
4.0
2004
Receiver
FPs
FP/G
Receiver
CarVBD
Michael Clayton
204
12.8
Larry Fitzgerald
537
Roy E. Williams
157
11.2
Wes Welker
249
Lee Evans
171
10.7
Lee Evans
165
Larry Fitzgerald
156
9.8
Roy E. Williams
122
Keary Colbert
129
8.6
Jerricho Cotchery
110
Clarence Moore
65
4.4
Bernard Berrian
69
Darius Watts
63
4.0
Michael Clayton
67
Patrick Crayton
26
3.3
Reggie Williams
7
Ernest Wilford
49
3.2
Patrick Crayton
1
Reggie Williams
46
2.9
2003
Receiver
FPs
FP/G
Receiver
CarVBD
Anquan Boldin
238
14.9
Anquan Boldin
456
Andre Johnson
154
9.6
Andre Johnson
442
Justin Gage
54
5.4
Nate Burleson
73
Tyrone Calico
63
4.5
Kevin Curtis
71
Nate Burleson
72
4.5
Kevin Walter
44
Bryant Johnson
67
4.5
Shaun McDonald
34
Kelley Washington
65
4.1
Kassim Osgood
46
2.9
Bethel Johnson
40
2.6
Brandon Lloyd
40
2.5
2002
Receiver
FPs
FP/G
Receiver
CarVBD
Donte Stallworth
129
9.9
Javon Walker
214
Antonio Bryant
135
8.5
Antonio Bryant
110
Deion Branch
82
6.3
Donte Stallworth
43
Antwaan Randle El
100
6.3
Ashley Lelie
41
Marc Boerigter
100
6.3
Deion Branch
38
Jason McAddley
55
6.1
Reche Caldwell
0
Andre' Davis
97
6.1
Ashley Lelie
86
5.4
Jabar Gaffney
82
5.1
Josh Reed
81
5.1
2001
Receiver
FPs
FP/G
Receiver
CarVBD
Chris Chambers
153
9.6
Chad Johnson
638
Rod Gardner
123
7.7
Reggie Wayne
566
Snoop Minnis
74
5.7
Steve Smith
514
David Terrell
83
5.2
T.J. Houshmandzadeh
323
Koren Robinson
80
5.0
Santana Moss
291
Quincy Morgan
73
4.6
Chris Chambers
239
Chad Johnson
53
4.4
Drew Bennett
101
Reggie Wayne
48
3.7
Koren Robinson
77
Scotty Anderson
33
3.7
Rod Gardner
47
Drew Bennett
51
3.6
Quincy Morgan
26
2000
Receiver
FPs
FP/G
Receiver
CarVBD
Peter Warrick
136
8.5
Plaxico Burress
320
Darrell Jackson
134
8.4
Laveranues Coles
293
Sylvester Morris
111
7.4
Darrell Jackson
258
Travis Taylor
61
6.7
Jerry Porter
86
Dennis Northcutt
65
4.3
Mike Furrey
63
Laveranues Coles
56
4.3
Peter Warrick
56
Larry Foster
35
3.5
Travis Taylor
22
Plaxico Burress
38
3.2
Todd Pinkston
9
Danny Farmer
36
2.8
R. Jay Soward
31
2.4
1999
Receiver
FPs
FP/G
Receiver
CarVBD
Kevin Johnson
179
11.2
Torry Holt
808
Torry Holt
143
9.0
Donald Driver
414
Troy Edwards
132
8.2
David Boston
225
Terrence Wilkins
102
6.4
Marty Booker
154
Darrin Chiaverini
95
5.9
Peerless Price
121
Marty Booker
50
5.6
Kevin Johnson
107
David Boston
79
5.0
Brandon Stokley
65
Peerless Price
72
4.5
Brian Finneran
6
Na Brown
34
2.8
Darnell McDonald
20
2.2
1998
Receiver
FPs
FP/G
Receiver
CarVBD
Randy Moss
268
16.8
Randy Moss      
1253
Oronde Gadsden
137
8.6
Hines Ward
572
Tony Simmons
77
7.0
Germane Crowell
80
Germane Crowell
80
5.7
Joe Jurevicius
26
Az-Zahir Hakim
50
5.5
Kevin Dyson
14
Jerome Pathon
82
5.1
Donald Hayes
13
Mikhael Ricks
72
4.5
Oronde Gadsden
12
Kevin Dyson
49
3.8
Jacquez Green
45
3.8
Damon Gibson
54
3.4
1997
Receiver
FPs
FP/G
Receiver
CarVBD
Rae Carruth
103
6.9
Derrick Mason
475
Reidel Anthony
95
5.9
Marcus Robinson
97
Dedric Ward
39
3.5
Albert Connell
47
David Patten
41
2.6
Ike Hilliard
41
Will Blackwell
30
2.2
James Thrash
40
Derrick Mason
25
1.6
David Patten
15
Joey Kent
15
1.2
Reidel Anthony
2
Tommie Boyd
19
1.2
Brett Bech
7
0.7
Kevin Lockett
4
0.4
1996
Receiver
FPs
FP/G
Receiver
CarVBD
Terry Glenn
198
13.2
Marvin Harrison
1129
Keyshawn Johnson
164
11.7
Terrell Owens  
1083
Eddie Kennison
173
11.6
Joe Horn
447
Marvin Harrison
165
10.3
Keyshawn Johnson
407
Charlie Jones
97
6.9
Eric Moulds
372
Muhsin Muhammad
59
6.6
Muhsin Muhammad
369
Terrell Owens
94
5.8
Amani Toomer
295
Bobby Engram
91
5.7
Terry Glenn
254
Eric Moulds
54
3.4
Eddie Kennison
164
Karl Williams
35
2.2
Bobby Engram
105
1995
Receiver
FPs
FP/G
Receiver
CarVBD
Joey Galloway
201
12.6
Rod Smith
638
Chris Sanders
152
9.5
Joey Galloway
461
Michael Westbrook
93
8.4
Antonio Freeman
365
Wayne Chrebet
130
8.1
Wayne Chrebet
116
Frank Sanders
126
7.9
Frank Sanders
79
J.J. Stokes
95
7.9
Michael Westbrook
69
Will Moore
78
5.6
Chris Sanders
22
Justin Armour
61
4.0
J.J. Stokes
16
Hason Graham
33
3.3
Chris T. Jones
12
Tamarick Vanover
44
2.9
1994
Receiver
FPs
FP/G
Receiver
CarVBD
Darnay Scott
153
9.6
Isaac Bruce
745
Derrick Alexander
123
8.8
Derrick Alexander
234
Lake Dawson
87
7.2
Johnnie Morton
156
Bert Emanuel
110
6.9
Bert Emanuel
124
Charles Johnson
95
5.9
Darnay Scott
97
Isaac Bruce
56
4.7
Bill Schroeder
94
Tydus Winans
56
3.8
Willie Jackson
38
Bryan Reeves
33
2.4
Charles Johnson
30
Ryan Yarborough
13
1.0
Leslie Shepherd
15
David Palmer
12
0.9
1993
Receiver
FPs
FP/G
Receiver
CarVBD
Horace Copeland
106
7.6
Curtis Conway
228
James Jett
112
7.0
O.J. McDuffie
131
Vincent Brisby
97
6.1
Troy Brown
121
Victor Bailey
81
5.1
Qadry Ismail
88
Sean Dawkins
62
3.9
James Jett
52
Kevin Williams
52
3.2
Vincent Brisby
45
Curtis Conway
49
3.1
Sean Dawkins
40
Ray Crittenden
43
2.7
Andre Hastings
14
Qadry Ismail
38
2.5
Mark Seay
6
Lamar Thomas
35
2.5
1992
Receiver
FPs
FP/G
Receiver
CarVBD
Arthur Marshall
83
5.2
Jimmy Smith
648
Torrance Small
57
4.4
Carl Pickens
371
Cedric Tillman
33
3.7
Robert Brooks
197
Courtney Hawkins
56
3.5
Courtney Hawkins
33
Carl Pickens
52
3.2
Torrance Small
3
Robert Brooks
26
1.6
Charles Davenport
18
1.2
Rico Smith
9
0.9
Milt Stegall
11
0.7
Desmond Howard
5
0.3
1991
Receiver
FPs
FP/G
Receiver
CarVBD
Lawrence Dawsey
134
8.4
Herman Moore
577
Tim Barnett
107
6.7
Keenan McCardell
381
Mike Pritchard
99
6.2
Jake Reed
263
Randal Hill
77
4.8
Ed McCaffrey
203
Derek Russell
48
3.7
Michael Jackson
193
Alvin Harper
49
3.2
Yancey Thigpen
166
Anthony Morgan
41
3.0
Rocket Ismail
111
Michael Jackson
47
3.0
Jeff Graham
107
Wesley Carroll
33
2.8
Mike Pritchard
73
Shawn Jefferson
27
1.7
Willie Davis
52
1990
Receiver
FPs
FP/G
Receiver
CarVBD
Fred Barnett
139
8.7
Terance Mathis
343
Rob Moore
127
8.5
Rob Moore
289
Calvin Williams
135
8.4
Fred Barnett
163
Ricky Proehl
133
8.3
Ricky Proehl
77
Tony Jones
92
6.1
Calvin Williams
64
Nate Lewis
41
3.4
Chris Calloway
40
Jeff Campbell
45
2.8
Willie Green
18
Greg McMurtry
35
2.7
Terance Mathis
35
2.2
Mike Farr
23
1.9
1989
Receiver
FPs
FP/G
Receiver
CarVBD
Hart Lee Dykes
134
8.4
Andre Rison
573
Andre Rison
134
8.4
Tony Martin
308
Shawn Collins
133
8.3
Floyd Turner
52
Andre Brown
83
5.2
Michael Timpson
27
James Dixon
75
4.7
Hart Lee Dykes
12
Wayne Walker
58
4.5
Shawn Collins
11
Derek Hill
66
4.1
Tom Waddle
1
Don Beebe
52
3.7
Jeff Query
59
3.7
Floyd Turner
46
3.5
1988
Receiver
FPs
FP/G
Receiver
CarVBD
Ray Alexander
142
8.9
Tim Brown
807
Brian Blades
139
8.7
Sterling Sharpe
667
Tim Brown
135
8.4
Michael Irvin
641
Michael Irvin
112
8.0
Anthony Miller
433
Sterling Sharpe
112
7.0
Brian Blades
224
Aaron Cox
103
6.4
Brett Perriman
212
Anthony Miller
93
5.8
Michael Haynes
198
Quinn Early
82
5.1
Quinn Early
123
Ernie Jones
79
4.9
Flipper Anderson
117
Michael Haynes
54
3.6
Wendell Davis
43

The ten classes from '88 to '97 can safely be graded, and none of the top rookie receivers ended up being the most productive member from that class. The same can be said for the '99, '00 and '01 classes. The '02 class is up in the air, although I doubt Stallworth ends up with the most VBD. Boldin was a legitimate star, but he landed in the same class as Andre Johnson: before their careers end, I suspect that Johnson will easily surpass Boldin and be labeled the top fantasy receiver from the 2003 class.

It doesn't take Nostradamus to put Larry Fitzgerald ahead of Michael Clayton when looking at the 2004 draft; the '05 to '08 classes are all likely to change over the years, but the top rookie receiver from each of those seasons has already been surpassed by at least one other guy. Harvin faces heavy competition from Crabtree, Nicks, Wallace, Maclin, Collie and probably a couple of players who didn't do much as rookie last year. If he bucks the trend and comes out as the best receiver from his class, he'll have earned it.

Questions, suggestions and comments are always welcome to stuart@footballguys.com.