Baldwin caught six passes for 75 yards and a touchdown at home on Sunday against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
He showed up big on the "clutch meter," as his touchdown tied the game at 24 with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter, sending the game into overtime, as noted by 710 ESPN Seattle:
TOUCHDOWN SEAHAWKS!!! Russell Wilson to Doug Baldwin and we've for a tie ball game #Clutch— 710 ESPN Seattle (@710ESPNSeattle) November 3, 2013
Since coming into the NFL as an undrafted rookie out of Stanford in 2011, Baldwin has proven himself to be a capable and talented receiver.
However, he's rarely a featured player for the Seahawks.
Since earning his spot on Seattle's roster, he's caught 109 passes for 1,601 yards and eight touchdowns in 39 games. On average, Baldwin is good for 2.8 catches and 41 yards per game, with a touchdown sprinkled in every five games or so.
This season, Seattle has been exceptionally conservative on offense, running the ball more often than throwing it. As such, the Seahawks entered Week 9 with the NFL's No. 28-ranked passing offense, averaging just 199 yards per game through the air.
Seattle's reasoning for doing so is easy to understand; the Seahawks feature one of the NFL's most dominant defenses and one of its most imposing and physical running offenses. Furthermore, the Seahawks don't exactly feature a jaw-dropping receiving corps right now.
But honestly, Seattle doesn't need a strong passing attack in most games.
Even more damaging to Baldwin's fantasy status is the fact that when the Seahawks do need to throw the ball, Russell Wilson consistently hits whichever receiver is open. Heading into Sunday's game, six players had caught at least 10 passes from Wilson this year.
It is for these reasons that Baldwin is owned by just six percent of ESPN.com fantasy owners.
Seattle's run-first offense _____ the team's Super Bowl chances.
If you're looking to upgrade your receiving corps and don't have any other options, then by all means pick him up off the waiver wire. However, you'd be smart to keep your expectations at a minimum.
If you currently have Baldwin on your team and are looking to trade him, you'd be smart to do it if you can find a trade partner. His value isn't high—nor will it likely ever be, as long as Seattle's defense and running game performs well—but some are tempted by the flavor of the week.
If you're looking to trade for Baldwin, you'd be smart to simply look to the waiver wire instead, unless you're in an extremely deep league and he's your best option.
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