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Thursday, August 2, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL STOCK WATCH: DOUG BALDWIN TO MISS PRESEASON, 2018 OUTLOOK GETTING DICEY

So we have an interesting juxtaposition brewing when it comes to ace Seattle Seahawks wideout Doug Baldwin.  One of the more underrated and at the same time dependable wideouts in the game, Baldwin has become a firm low-end WR 1 in yearly fantasy football leagues who has a knack for scoring touchdowns and staying on the field.  With that said, Baldwin has come down with a knee problem that threatens to keep him for most or all of the preseason and that alone has sent his fantasy football stock spiraling downward since potential owners never want to get involved with a player who is already hobbled.  On the flip side though, we have a situation where if Baldwin does make it back for Week 1, his sliding draft price could make him a terrific bargain as well.  It is this tightrope that those interested in owning Baldwin must navigate and it is what makes drafting for fantasy football so potentially risky.  Again, we always profess to avoid players with any sort of injury issue hanging over their heads going into the season but at the same time, be mindful of bargains such as what Baldwin is shaping up as given the fact he very well could be out there for Week 1.

Now in terms of what Baldwin is capable of producing on the field, he has hauled in a total of 29 touchdowns over the last three seasons which coincides with QB Russell Wilson seeing a vast uptick in overall production.  Still young at the age of 29, Baldwin has caught 78, 94, and 75 balls during that span as well.  So even though the Seahawks plan to run the ball more in 2018, Baldwin is their bellcow WR 1 who Wilson will always look toward near the end zone.  Count on this becoming even more of a pronounced connection due to the fact tight end Jimmy Graham departed for Green Bay.  So again while it is a bit disconcerting that Baldwin is already injured, the fact many reports say he will be ready for Week 1 could transform him into a swell pick after the second round.


1 comment:

  1. I'd check the new OC previous #1 WR track record...I recall reading it's attrocious.

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