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Jon Baldwin moves to the #1 WR spot for Chiefs

Kansas City Chiefs, Jon Baldwin, WR, Fantasy FootballOn Saturday the Kansas City Chiefs announced that wide receiver Dwayne Bowe would be placed on season ending injured reserve. The Chiefs aren’t exactly lighting things up offensively, but this has some fantasy ramifications here at the tail end of the season. Jon Baldwin will now be the #1 receiver with a mix of Terrance Copper, Jamar Newsome, Dexter McCluster, and Steve Breaston filling out the rest of the relevant receiving options. Let’s take a quick look at Baldwin and the rest of the group in order of fantasy potential.

Jon Baldwin

Baldwin is stepping into the #1 spot with Bowe going out. He is a big athletic receiver with big game potential. The Chiefs offense has been unsteady all season which gives some insight as to why he has only managed 18 receptions thus far in 2012. Brady Quinn is averaging a meager 133.4 passing yards, so that doesn’t translate to much opportunity for receivers. However, Baldwin will be the primary target going forward.

In Week 15 Baldwin has a good matchup against an Oakland defense that is ranked 24th against opposing wide receivers. He’s going to see several targets, and his physicality should help him pull down some balls in traffic. The real question involves the quarterback situation and the proficiency of this Chiefs offense. If you’re hurting at the WR position he’s worth a shot.

Dexter McCluster

McCluster could also see increased targets with Bowe out. However, the majority of his work will be as a slot receiver and occasional runner out of the backfield. In Week 14 he had only 1 catch for 8 yards and a rush for no gain. This is yet another testament to the sad state of the Chiefs offense. McCluster is quick and has some big play potential, but at this point he’s a waste on a fantasy roster.

Terrance Copper

Copper now slides into the #2 receiver spot. In Week 14 he stepped in to tally 3 receptions for 32 yards. He has good ball skills, but on a weak offensive team he isn’t really fantasy relevant at this point.

Steve Breaston

Breaston is mysteriously in the doghouse in Kansas City. After having a decent 2011 season it seems he just isn’t a part of the plan going forward for this team. He has only had 7 receptions all season long.

Jamar Newsome

Newsome was signed off of the practice squad after Bowe was placed on IR. He could potentially move up the chart to supplant Copper, but at this point he’s yet another middle of the road receiver on a weak passing team. However, he’s worth watching to see if he proves to step up in the face of opportunity.

Fantasy Focus

The receiver options in Kansas City are pretty bad. As long as Brady Quinn is under center it likely won’t get much better. Baldwin is worth grabbing because he is the clear #1 and will get the targets. However, until something big happens with the offense he’s probably still nothing better than a fantasy WR4 at this point. McCluster also has some potential, but he isn’t worth the roster spot until he shows steady performance. The rest of the group isn’t fantasy relevant, and it’s just a wait-and-see situation from a fantasy perspective.



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Kelly Smelser is Owner/Senior Writer for Punch Drunk Wonderland and PDFantasy Sports. Architect of the PDW fantasy football world and general spinster of NFL and Fantasy Football news and analysis. Long walks on the beach, sunsets, and other such niceties are also fine...