Doug Baldwin still has the chance to be a No. 1 Fantasy receiver this year, but a sore knee at the start of training camp is something to keep an eye on. He could be sidelined for as long as three weeks, although the initial reports are that it's just maintenance. If he's fine for Week 1, then Baldwin has the ability to be a No. 1 Fantasy receiver, and he's worth drafting as early as Round 3 in the majority of leagues. He finished 2017 as the No. 13 Fantasy receiver in standard leagues, and it was his third year in a row with at least 75 catches, 990 yards and seven touchdowns. He's been a top 13 Fantasy receiver each season over that span, and he could see a boost in value this year with Jimmy Graham and Paul Richardson gone because they accounted for 16 touchdowns in 2017. Clearly, other receivers in Seattle will benefit as well, but Baldwin is Russell Wilson's favorite target. Now, if Baldwin is going to miss time with this knee issue, his value will clearly drop, and he could fall to Round 4 or later. Keep an eye on his health prior to Draft Day, and hopefully he's 100 percent for the start of the 2018 season.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll reiterated Tuesday that he expects Baldwin (knee) to be ready for Week 1 against Denver, Brady Henderson of ESPN.com reports. Baldwin aggravated a sore knee at the beginning of training camp and now seems destined to miss the rest of camp and probably all of the preseason. The Seahawks have declined to elaborate on the exact nature of his injury, but they have been adamant about Baldwin making it back in time for Week 1. Despite the optimism coming out of Seattle, this situation will need to be carefully monitored throughout August and into September. Tyler Lockett and Jaron Brown are the leading candidates to take on more targets if Baldwin ends up missing time during the regular season or simply isn't the best version of himself.
Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said Friday that he no concern about Baldwin (knee) missing the start of the regular season, John Boyle of the Seahawks' official site reports. After fighting through some knee soreness at the beginning of training camp, Baldwin is now being held out of practice and may end up missing the entire preseason. The situation will require careful monitoring in the coming weeks, even though Carroll seems confident that Baldwin's knee will heal with rest. The Seahawks will be in serious trouble if the injury lingers, as Tyler Lockett is the only other player on the roster who reached 500 receiving yards last year.
Baldwin (knee) is in danger of missing the entire preseason, but his doctors are confident he will be ready for the start of the regular season, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Seahawks head coach Pete Carroll hasn't provided any details about the injury, merely referring to Baldwin's condition as knee soreness. Baldwin noticed the issue prior to training camp and his knee apparently didn't respond the way he had hoped after a few days of practice. He has been held off the field this week, though he did watch Tuesday's practice from the sideline with a protective sleeve over his left leg. While the missed time during training camp and preseason isn't a major concern for a player with Baldwin's level of experience, it is somewhat worrisome that the Seahawks are already thinking about holding him out for most of August, betting that rest will be enough to fix his knee. The 29-year-old wide receiver has missed just two games in seven NFL seasons, including an ongoing streak of 88 consecutive starts.
Baldwin is recovering from knee soreness and is expected to miss a couple more weeks of practice, Gregg Bell of The Tacoma News Tribune reports. Baldwin watched Tuesday's practice from the sideline and tossed a football around with coach Pete Carroll, but despite most signs pointing to a relatively minor injury, the veteran wideout is now slated to miss most of training camp and at least a portion of the preseason. Carroll declined to comment on the exact nature of the injury, though he did say that it's been bothering Baldwin since he first reported to training camp last week. While the situation needs to be watched carefully, it's a bit early to move Baldwin down draft boards more than a spot or two.
Baldwin (leg) isn't practicing Tuesday. While he isn't working with his teammates, Baldwin did come out on the field to watch practice and tossed a ball around with coach Pete Carroll. The veteran wideout still has a wrap over his left leg, but there hasn't been any suggestion of a significant injury. Baldwin is locked in as the No. 1 target in an offense that lost Jimmy Graham and Paul Richardson during the offseason.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|5||10/07||Los Angeles Rams||11||18.47|
|9||11/04||Los Angeles Chargers||7||17.00|
|10||11/11||@Los Angeles Rams||11||18.47|
|11||11/16||Green Bay Packers||32||24.13|
|13||12/03||San Francisco 49ers||23||20.38|
|15||12/16||@San Francisco 49ers||23||20.38|
|16||12/24||Kansas City Chiefs||30||23.35|
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