The name Jon Baldwin is not all too unfamiliar for fantasy football players. He was drafted in the first round by the Kansas City Chiefs back in 2011 out of Pittsburgh, and is entering his third year. He is 6-4, 230 lbs and can run fast. He’s got the measurable to make defenses scared but that’s about it. His first two seasons have been nothing spectacular and he made no gains in 2012 over his rookie campaign.
A lot of people had Baldwin on their sleeper lists going into last season, only to see his situation worsen at the quarterback position and for him to ultimately slip to the wayside. While he did not have the best quarterback last year, his numbers were just terrible.
[pullquote]”He’s young… But he sure has a nice skill level.” – Andy Reid[/pullquote]
Now enter new head coach Andy Reid who said this earlier today, “He’s young… But he sure has a nice skill level.” And a new starting quarterback Alex Smith. And the ballgame has changed for Baldwin. He has a real shot at becoming what everyone thought he could be back in 2011. He will have to battle newly signed veteran Donnie Avery though, who started opposite Dwayne Bowe on the first day of mini camps.
If, and that’s a big if, Baldwin can solidify his spot on the starting lineup, he does have the size and skills to be a dangerous weapon. In fact, the entire Chiefs offense looks downright scary at the moment. You have Alex Smith, who is their best QB option since Trent Green, Jamaal Charles, Dwayne Bowe, Dexter McCluster, Donnie Avery and Baldwin. Not a bad group for NFL and fantasy purposes.