Golden Tate and Doug Baldwin's Updated Fantasy Value After Sidney Rice Injury

Chris RolingFeatured ColumnistOctober 28, 2013

Oct 17, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Golden Tate (81) during the first half against the Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports

The Seattle Seahawks wide receiver situation continues to confuse fantasy owners everywhere as they await the much-anticipated return of Percy Harvin.

In the meantime, owners have found uses for names such as Sidney Rice and Golden Tate, but the former succumbed to a knee injury on Monday Night Football against the St. Louis Rams and will miss the remainder of the season with a torn ACL as reported by ProFootballTalk:

As the NFL's No. 1 rushing team, Seattle has been hit-or-miss as far as its receivers go, but the injury to Rice removes 15 receptions, 231 yards and three touchdowns from the equation.

Tate, already the team's leading receiver with over 300 yards and three touchdowns, receives an obvious boost in value. He has a clear rapport with quarterback Russell Wilson and will continue to serve as a low-end No. 2 fantasy receiver with potential for a boost or drop, based on the matchup.

That boost for Tate was evident after Rice left, as he ended the game with 93 yards and two touchdowns on five receptions.

The biggest benefactor here is slot receiver Doug Baldwin, Seattle's second-leading receiver with over 360 yards and a touchdown of his own. Baldwin was set to hit the pine whenever Harvin made his return, but that changes with Rice out of the picture.

Baldwin is likely available in the majority of leagues and becomes worth an add with his boost up the depth chart. Seattle practices a spread-the-wealth system through the air, but when Harvin returns and demands coverage, Baldwin has the potential of a No. 3 fantasy wideout.

Much of the value for both Tate and Baldwin hinge on the return date of Harvin, but so far the Seahawks have approached the situation with caution. Until further notice, Tate and Baldwin are worth an add in all formats.

Upon Harvin's return, he immediately becomes a No. 1 fantasy wideout, especially with Rice out of the picture.


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