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|As an undrafted free agent out of Stanford, Baldwin wasnít on anybodyís fantasy roster entering 2011. There probably werenít many people that even expected him to be on Seattleís roster on opening day. However, he ended up being the teamís main receiving weapon out of the slot early in the season and by seasonís end, he was their main receiving weapon Ė period. Baldwin caught 51 of his 85 targets, a solid 60% completion to target percentage considering the teamís quarterback play, for 788 yards and four touchdowns. Baldwin contributed several big plays, finishing the year averaging 15.5 yards per catch. While Baldwin was a solid contributor last season, there is a reasonable case that his production was mainly due to opportunity and not his talent level. Baldwin isnít very big and although he is reasonably shifty, he isnít anywhere near a burner. The Seahawks would much rather have Golden Tate, Deon Butler or Kris Durham in the starting lineup and may even prefer having Tate out operate out of the sot. Monitor Baldwinís usage in the preseason and draft accordingly. Keep in mind that his production from last season may be his upper limit, leaving little room for upside.
|WR Sidney Rice retires from NFL -- Wed Jul 23 4:11 pm --|
Injuries the main reason for Rice's retirement
|Sidney Rice walked away from what has been his life and into a new chapter of his life on Wednesday. "Iíve hit the ground a number of times. I have quite a few injuries. Itís something Iíve always battled through and came back from. But I just figure at this point I have the rest of my life ahead of me and I want to be able to function and do things later down the road." (Seahawks.com)|
FF Today's Take: Rice battled a number of ailments including concussions and knee injuries during his brief career. His best season was in 2009 when he caught 83 passes for 1312 yards and 8 touchdowns as a member of the Vikings. The Seahawks will move forward with Percy Harvin and Doug Baldwin as their top two wideouts. Jermaine Kearse should see an increase in opportunities as a result of Rice's retirement.
|Doug Baldwin expected to start opposite Harvin -- Thu Jun 5 5:00 pm --|
Expected to fill void left behind by Golden Tate
|Seahawks OC Darrell Bevell, asked who will replace WR Golden Tate, said Doug Baldwin will move to the ďXĒ or split end position this year, while also still playing some inside. Percy Harvin will play primarily the "Z", or flanker, spot. He also said of Sidney Rice that they ďreally like what heís looking likeĒ and that he will also play outside. (Seattle Times)|
FF Today's Take: Tate caught 64 passes for 898 yards and five scores last year, which is roughly the ceiling for just about any receiver in the run-heavy Seahawks' offense. Baldwin has recorded at least 50 receptions in two of his three seasons despite being the third option in the passing game at times, so he clearly has a rapport with QB Russell Wilson. He should be considered a decent, but low-upside WR4 in fantasy.