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Fantasy Team: 53 man roster cut down…a little late

This article should have been published a couple of weeks ago, but I have just been too busy to get around to finishing it, you will see that some of the decisions were made without seeing week one. The biggest being that I was thinking of trading Jamal Adams but decided to keep him to have more depth at Safety, only for him to get injured in week 1. Here is how I will look at my squad:

This will follow 4 phases:

  1. Retired
  2. IR / PUP
  3. Trades / Signings
  4. The team
  5. Practice Squad


WR Antonio Gandy-Golden for Washington retired from the NFL to go back to school after 2 years in the NFL. Having suffered through a couple of injuries and not seeing the field much early in his career he has decided to go back to school. Its a shame because i really liked him, very intelligent and athletic player, we wish him all the best.


DT Maurice Hurst – Torn Biceps – Out for the season

QB Matt Corral – Lisfranc Fracture – Out for the season

S Smoke Monday – Torn ACL – Out for the season

C Nick Harris – Knee Injury – Out for the season

LB Darrian Beavers – Torn ACL – Out for the season

TE Tyree Jackson – PUP

OT Matt Peart – Knee injury – PUP

Trades / Signings

OG Phil Haynes + DE Derrek Tuszka > CB Tariq Woolen

The Seahawks are lacking in depth at OL and have had some injuries at DE / OLB. While they also have some injuries at CB, they have more depth there to pick up the slack and projected starters coming back. This seems like a good deal all round and I get to pick up a player I narrowly missed out on in the draft.

WR Jarvis Landry

WR Gunner Olszewski

I need more danger from my receivers, and although I like what I have, last year showed me that depth is essential so I add two players who i think are reliable and can make plays. While “Juice” Landry is a big name who has proven himself and I’ve liked for a long time Olszewski is more of an underrated player who is similar to Hunter Renfrow that I drafted.

The Team

Offense (26)

QB Drew Lock, PJ Walker

Same as last year. While a lot of things point to Geno Smith being the QB in Seattle week 1, I really hope that Lock can be the guy longterm, because I just don’t think Geno is.

UPDATE: Geno had a great first half of the first week. The second half showed why I don’t believe he should be the long term starter.

RB Antonio Gibson, Zack Moss, Demetric Felton, JaMycal Hasty

I’m feeling good about this group which hasn’t changed much either. Moss is my thumper between the tackles, Gibson is a big dual threat. Felton is your ideal third down back who can flip out as a receiver and Hasty is an explosive guy who can do a bit of everything.

FB Ben Mason

He is only a PS player in real life, but I loved his attitude and believe that if nothing else he could be a special teams guy early on.

TE Tommy Tremble, Adam Trautman, Stephen Sullivan, Dalton Keene

Tremble and Trautman can both be the guy at TE. Tremble has more of a nasty side while Trautman has a bit more finesse. Sullivan can play as a big WR and Keene is a big mentality guy who I have liked since he came out of college. I hope he can stay healthy.

WR Hunter Renfrow, Allen Robinson, DeAndre Hopkins, Jarvis Landry, Gunnar Olszewski, James Proche, Shi Smith

I am very enthusiastic about my WR corps! Renfrow is developing more and more into the guy I thought he could be “3rd down renfrow” and the other two I drafted in Proche and Shi Smith are developing too in their respecive teams and moving up the depth chart. Adding to that I have depth with older experienced guys who in my opinion still have greatness, but would benefit from a deeper rotation (Robinson, Hopkins and Landry), as well as Olszewski who I believe is a really solid and underrated player. Last year my biggest downfall on offense was not enough receiving depth to get the yards on the field. That shouldnt be the case this year.

LT Dalton Risner, Bernhard Raimann

LG Joe Thuney, Dillon Radunz

C Tyler Linderbaum

RG Quinn Meinerz, Cesar Ruiz

RT Samuel Cosmi, Alex Taylor

My OL was a really solid unit last year and I haven’t changed much. Apart from the guys I have as starters, Ruiz is also a starter IRL which makes me confident about that unit. The main problem is my LT position, where I am having to line up Risner (who played the position a bit in College). The idea is for Raimann to move into that position as soon as possible. My rookie Linderbaum makes his debut at C straight away.

Defense (24)

DT Poona Ford, Trysten Hill, Khalen Saunders, Travis Jones

Ford is a continual mainstaz in my defensive interior with the other DTs rotating in and unfortunately Maurice hurt and out for the season. I still feel good about this group though.

DE/DT Carlos Dunlap, AJ Epenesa, Carlos Basham

No new faces here. Still happy with this group which continues to develop.

DE Brian Burns, Haason Reddick, Justin Hollins

No changes here either. Hoping to get a lot of sacks from these speedy guys.

WLB Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, Troy Dye

Still can’t believe this guy dropped so far in the draft IRL. part of my modern and fast flying defense. Troy Dye is getting better too and becoming a reliable backup.

MLB Zaven Collins, Nakobe Dean

This could become an exciting competition. I still really like the big guy Collins, but Dean has the potential to develop into a really special player and make the starting roster.

LCB JC Jackson, CJ Henderson, Benjamin St-Juste

I keep trying to find that lockdown corner for the left and I shoot my shot on another guy this year in Jackson. Henderson and St-Juste are 2 players who have starter level potential too in behind.

RCB Levi Wallace, Tariq Woolen

Wallace continues to be Mr Reliable on the right for me. I believe Tariq Woolen has the talent to develop into a really special player in the NFL.

Nickle Chauncey Gardner Johnson, Amik Robertson

CGJ is just a gritty an unpleasant opponent for any offensive player. I think any good defense needs that kinda guy on their team and he brings that in buckets.

S Jeremy Chinn, Jamal Adams

Chinn moves to Safety this year to match where he is playing in real life. Another leader of this defense. The problem is that I just can’t rely on the health of Adams, but he would be a great rotational player and a great situational passrusher from the second level.

UPDATE: before I got to post this Adams got injured. But he would have been in my team to start the season.

S Budda Baker

The first player I ever drafted and still a mainstay and leader in my team.

Practice Squad

Jaret Patterson RB

Jason Huntley RB

Nick Muse TE

Cade Johnson WR

Lynn Bowden Jr WR

Kellen Diesch OT

Kyle Hinton OG

Alec Lindstrom  C

Bradlee Anae DE

Nephi Sewell LB

Tanner Muse LB

Jeremiah Moon LB

Chazz Surratt LB

Tay Gowan CB

Vincent Gray CB

ArDarius Washington S

So that’s the composition of my team. Can’t wait to watch the season and see how the team does this year.

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