The fantasy football playoffs are approaching as Week 13's NFL action concludes, which means it's time for owners to look for an extra edge to claim glory in their respective leagues.
Seattle Seahawks wide receiver Doug Baldwin is emerging as a playmaker who could produce at a high enough and consistent level to be a viable WR2 option, or at least a flex play in the fantasy postseason.
Now, there is reason for uncertainty here. The Seahawks aren't quite the juggernaut they are in the friendly confines of CenturyLink Field, and the role that Percy Harvin plays for the rest of 2013 is a big mystery at the moment.
But Baldwin has picked up his play over the past month enough to continue on as a go-to target for his quarterback Russell Wilson.
There are few receivers who are as on the same page with Wilson as Baldwin, which was evident on Monday night against the New Orleans Saints on multiple occasions.
The Saints sent an all-out blitz in the second quarter on third down, and Wilson put the precise touch necessary to hit Baldwin over the top for a 52-yard gain.
Then, toward the end of the first half, Baldwin kept himself alive as Wilson rolled to the right, sneaked away from the New Orleans defense before catching a wide-open four-yard touchdown.
Despite the rather diminutive size Baldwin sports at 5'10" and 189 pounds, he makes up for it with solid hands and route running, while also being a serviceable deep threat.
Baldwin was targeted just twice against the Minnesota Vikings last week but caught both balls for 62 yards and a 10-yard scoring pass—also near the end of the first half.
In the two games before then, Baldwin got 10 targets in the former one and eight targets in the latter.
With four catches, 77 yards and a trip to paydirt on Monday against the Saints' No. 3 pass defense, look for Baldwin as a fixture in the fantasy football playoffs as a No. 2 wideout or flex play.
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