An important part of fantasy football is the ability to anticipate things before they happen. Being the owner that can see talent and understand when to strike on the next big thing can make all of the difference. We will look at one player who possess tremendous size and talent and may see all of the pieces fall into play in 2013.
If the Kansas City Chiefs are going to compete in 2013 then a lot will depend on third-year wide receiver, Jonathan Baldwin. At six-foot-four, Baldwin has all of the natural talent you could ask for in a top receiver. Experts would unanimously agree that Baldwin’s first two seasons were a disappointment after being selected with the 27th overall pick in the 2011 draft. Battling several injuries along the way, Baldwin has managed only 41 receptions, 579 yards and two touchdowns over his first 25 games. However, the situation in Kansas City may be become much more favorable for Baldwin in 2013.
Baldwin will be a third-year receiver which is synonymous with fantasy football rising stars. 2012 was a big year for third-year receivers as Danario Alexander, Dez Bryant, Eric Decker, Brandon LaFell, Andre Roberts, Golden Tate, Demaryius Thomas and Mike Williams all had their best seasons. Several of the players from that list emerged from unknowns to become top fantasy receivers.
If I were to compare Baldwin to any of the receivers mentioned it would have to be Alexander. Both have tremendous height and were regarded as top receivers in college. In addition to physical and talent comparisons, both players had their contributions capped by injuries. Alexander finally emerged in 2012 when he was able to stay healthy and was paired with a good quarterback.
As I mentioned, the situation may be looking up for Baldwin due to impending changes in Kansas City. Next season, Dwayne Bowe is a lock to be playing elsewhere and all indications are pointing to Geno Smith quarterbacking the Chiefs in 2013. Smith has an above average arm which could help emphasize Baldwin’s height, his 42” vertical leap, and his big play ability.
The Chiefs’ offense will assuredly have a completely different look in 2013. If history and the state of affairs in Kansas City are any indication, than Baldwin and his star potential could shine bright for the Chiefs and for fantasy owners.