Fantasy owners are tying themselves in knots this morning.  At least those who own Doug Baldwin are.  


Baldwin (hip) is a game-time decision - for the Monday night game -- in the first weekend of fantasy playoffs. You see the problem, right?

Baldwin has been banged up for a lot of the season, averaging 5 targets and 3.7 receptions in the 10 games in which he has appeared.  He's averaging just 8.6 points per game in PPR league and is performing at flex-level, at best.  If you haven't adjusted your roster for the underperforming Baldwin yet, maybe you deserve to lose in Week 14.


But, 8.6 points is better than zero points.  Even if Baldwin was putting up 18.6 ppg, I would tell you to sit him unless somehow you had an extra Monday night flex option on your bench. If you can still pick up a player to stream into Baldwin's spot, look for Jamison Crowder or Tre'Quan Smith.

The Baldwin injury does highlight the need for Fantasy Football Reform. You should be able to select a player from your bench whose stats would count IF Baldwin doesn't play tomorrow night.  If Baldwin plays, even one snap, you'd get his stats, but for a later kickoff or a Monday night game, no team should ever have to accept a zero -- particularly during the fantasy playoffs.

But you've been supporting Doug Baldwin all year, so you're already in some degree of pain. I'd sit him and start anyone else tomorrow night.  His zero would likely send your team home for the winter and nobody deserves to lose that way.