It has been widely speculated over the past few months that Baldwin could retire due to a plethora of health problems he has faced over the past year. Since the end of the 2018 season, he has gone in for three separate surgeries, the latest being a sports hernia operation that will continue to sideline him for the next few months. Currently ranked as DLF’s WR57, his ranking should fall a bit more, and is a wait-and-see situation for dynasty owners until he confirms or denies his intention to step away from the game we love.
The departure of Baldwin creates the opportunity for substantial snaps for any of Seattle’s 2019 rookie wide receiver class, as they battle incumbents Tyler Lockett (DLF WR41) and David Moore (DLF WR 115) for positioning on the depth chart. D.K. Metcalf (5th rookie overall) may not change his rookie ranking given how high it had already climbed, but has gained value regardless of change in draft position. Gary Jennings (40th rookie overall) should see a substantial boost in his rookie rankings, while John Ursua (previously unranked) should at least be someone to heavily monitor if he goes undrafted in your league.
Tyler Lockett (DLF WR41) gets a substantial boost as the presumed de-facto number one receiver, and David Moore (DLF WR 115) has a great opportunity to build off a quality sophomore season where he posted a 26/445/5 line with 17.1 yards/reception. The long term outlook of Russell Wilson (DLF QB7) should largely remain unchanged due to the aggressive acquisition of receivers by the Seahawks in the 2019 draft, while the Seattle backfield will likely gain a small amount of value due to additional short term opportunity afforded by a developing receiving corps..