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Seahawks Release WR Doug Baldwin, S Kam Chancellor

NFL: Philadelphia Eagles at Seattle Seahawks

Image courtesy of Troy Wayrynen, USA Today Sports.

WR Doug Baldwin was unable to pass his physical and was released today by the Seattle Seahawks due to the cumulative effects of injuries suffered, including various knee, shoulder and groin injuries as well as recovery from a sports hernia surgery.

Signed as an undrafted free agent in 2011, Baldwin caught 493 passes for 6,563 yards and 49 TD during his tenure with Seattle. He also was part of the Super Bowl XLVIII-winning team that trounced the Broncos 43-8; Baldwin caught all 5 of his targets for 66 yards and a TD in an effort that saw the Seahawks dominate in all three phases of the game.

We here at Far From Fantasy wish Baldwin the best of luck in his future endeavors.

In other Seahawks news, the team has also released S Kam Chancellor as he also failed his physical. Two iconic players in the team’s franchise history are gone, just like that.

Chancellor was drafted in the 5th round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He was an integral part of the feared ‘Legion of Boom’; the legendary secondary consisting of Chancellor, free safety Earl Thomas III and cornerback Richard Sherman. Chancellor finishes his Seahawks’ tenure with 641 combined tackles (17 for loss), 9 forced fumbles, 3 fumble recoveries, 44 passes deflected, and 12 interceptions.

Due to the nature of both players’ injury histories, it’s unlikely either play in the NFL for another team. Far From Fantasy wishes Chancellor well in his life post-NFL.

 

 

Fantasy Sleepers, General

Patriots Sign Veteran TE Benjamin Watson

Detroit Lions v New Orleans Saints

Image courtesy of Chris Graythen, Getty Images.

 

After going from team to team, Watson’s career has come full-circle.

The veteran tight end has signed with the New England Patriots, the team he was drafted by in 2004 (32nd overall). The deal is for one-year, worth $3M.

Watson joins a tight end room that includes Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Matt LaCosse, Ryan Izzo, Stephen Anderson and undrafted rookie Andrew Beck. With the retirement of Rob Gronkowski, there will be a multitude of passes going the way of a few of the aforementioned guys in the 2019 NFL season.

Watson’s retirement was clearly a short-lived one. Heading into the 2019 season, Watson has 5,885 receiving yards and 44 TD receptions; 20 of them were with the Patriots from 2005-2009.

We’ll find out in short order which of these TEs makes the final roster. My prediction? ASJ, Watson, and LaCosse with a possible fourth being Beck.

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PSA: The New England Patriots Aren’t Done

Tom Brady defied Father Time yet again and helped lead the New England Patriots to their sixth Super Bowl championship. At age 41, Brady became the oldest starting quarterback to win a Super Bowl. The question on everyone’s mind now; when will the Patriots’ dynasty give way?

If you’re not a Patriots fan, I’ve got bad news for you: it’s not going to be the 2019 season. It might not even be the 2020 season either.

Tom Brady defies Father Time by getting the ball out of his hand so damn fast, reading pressure, picking apart defenses and taking advantage of key matchups in the secondary. He continues to work on improving despite storied success that has been unparalleled in the history of the NFL. In the words of many, including Shannon Sharpe, “You’re never going to see anything like this [Brady] again.” How right he is.

That being said, the Patriots’ window is surely closing – no doubt about that. Their long-term future obviously relies on the talent a successor to Tom Brady can bring to the team. They had plenty of talent in Jimmy Garoppolo before shipping him off to the San Francisco 49ers. New England should start getting serious about grooming a potential replacement in the event Brady gets injured in some way or his level of play falls tremendously.

The 2019 NFL Draft should be kind to the Patriots, who have 12 total picks including 5 in the first 100 (AND they have #101 overall). This gives them capital that could help land them a player like Antonio Brown, a star that clearly wants out of his situation in Pittsburgh with the Steelers – if they so choose. With Brady not getting any younger, the team could very well go into “win now” mode to maximize the remainder of his career. Acquiring Brown would do just that.

I think the Patriots need to prioritize signing DE Trey Flowers to a long-term deal. His versatility along the defensive line was a huge part of the defense’s 2019 success. Drafting another capable pass rusher to complement Flowers and the potential of Derek Rivers would be a great way to ensure a youthful defensive front for years to come.

New England has a bright future despite the sun setting on Brady’s career. If you’re hoping for a collapse sooner rather than later, you’re likely going to be disappointed.

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Jaguars Need To Trade For/Sign Nick Foles

Blake Bortles has never been and will never be the answer at the quarterback position in Jacksonville.

A solid defense led by a star cornerback in Jalen Ramsey needs to be complemented by a capable-enough offense. Bortles just can’t get the job done. Foles is a proven winner and would stand a much stronger chance of leading the Jaguars to a playoff berth of some kind. Assuming wide receiver Marqise Lee comes back healthy after missing all of last season, and the Jaguars possibly draft another receiver (or a tight end), this team could be one of the biggest sleepers of the 2019 NFL season.

If I were Shadid Khan, the owner of the Jaguars, I would be doing whatever I could (within reason) to acquire Nick Foles. Search for your next franchise quarterback in a future draft and pick up a proven winner now.

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Super Bowl LIII Single-Game Contests (FanDuel)

We’re talking FanDuel here, so five players instead of six on DraftKings, and you have a $60,000 salary cap.

Luckily the MVP isn’t worth 1.5x the money on FanDuel, otherwise you’d be paying far too much for a quality player in this slot.

Sony Michel

(Image courtesy of Pro Football Reference)

I have to go with Sony Michel for my MVP for the same reasons I talked about in my previous article; Michel is clearly the hot hand in the Patriots’ offense right now. Five rushing TDs in two playoff games? He’s going to see at least 20 carries in the Super Bowl, so no doubt Michel should get the nod. Despite being $14,500, he’s worth it.

The prices on FanDuel are jacked up a bit considering the extra $10,000 in salary cap.. like I said on my previous article, Tom Brady is worth $10,600 on DK but a whopping $15,500 on FD. I honestly think it’s a good idea to fade from Brady on FD – save your money, as I think Super Bowl LIII is going to be a running-heavy game. With Michel at MVP, stack him with Rex Burkhead for $10,000. Burkhead and Michel both rushed for paydirt twice against the Chiefs. Burkhead should see plenty of usage in order to give Michel and James White a breather.

Julian Edelman is Brady’s top option in the passing game and should be a core play at $14,000. He’s a quality option who should be moved around the field to make the most of his route-running prowess.

I’d round out the remaining $20,500 with Brandin Cooks ($11,500) and Greg Zuerlein ($10,000). Cooks will see plenty of targets against his former team. I like Zuerlein because the Patriots play great defense in the red zone. I see Zuerlein getting at least 2 opportunities to kick a field goal.. potentially more if some big plays occur.

Best of luck on Super Bowl Sunday!