Constructing the Ultimate 53 Man Roster via SN

In honor of the start of fantasy football I decided to take things one step further and see how hard it was to build a 53 man “fantasy” roster using actual cap charges and salary cap limits. I cant make things so easy as to stock up on draft picks, so I have rules that limit how I can use the 2012 through 2015 drafts to construct the team as well to best reflect the way teams rise and fall each season and land in different “draft zones”.  Maybe Ill chat with Nick and see if we can build a tool here for people to try their hand at this, but if you want to take the time to give it a shot by hand feel free to post your team in the comments. You can also comment on any of my selections if you want more explanation on the roster.

Jason’s Ultimate 53 Man Roster 

  • Wade8813

    QB
    Russell Wilson
    $7,054,868.00

    QB
    Tarvaris Jackson
    $1,500,000.00

    RB
    Jeremy Hill
    $853,091.00

    RB
    Justin Forsett
    $1,600,000.00

    RB
    CJ Anderson
    $589,168.00

    FB
    Derrick Coleman
    $585,000.00

    WR
    Martavis Bryant
    $619,805.00

    WR
    Donte Moncrief
    $660,880.00

    WR
    Ty Montgomery
    $586,636.00

    WR
    Jacoby Jones
    $1,700,000.00

    WR
    Ricardo Lockette
    $660,000.00

    TE
    Rob Gronkowski
    $10,650,000.00

    TE
    Jimmy Graham
    $8,000,000.00

    TE
    Travis Kelce
    $853,826.00

    TE
    Zach Ertz
    $1,467,054.00

    C
    Corey Linsley
    $556,250.00

    LT
    Kelvin Beachum
    $1,553,474.00

    RT
    Demar Dotson
    $2,500,000.00

    RG
    Evan Mathis
    $2,921,875.00

    LG
    Seantrel Henderson
    $522,720.00

    C
    Drew Nowack
    $435,000.00

    T
    Ryan Schraeder
    $585,668.00

    OL
    Mark Glowinski
    $521,422.00

    OL
    Gary Gilliam
    $514,000.00

    OL
    La’el Collins
    $422,000.00

    DE
    Michael Bennett
    $8,000,000.00

    DE
    JJ Watt
    $13,969,000.00

    DT
    Brandon Mebane
    $5,700,000.00

    DT
    Ahtyba Rubin
    $2,600,000.00

    DE
    Frank Clark
    $678,586.00

    DE
    Alex Okafor
    $703,607.00

    DT
    Tony McDaniel
    $1,500,000.00

    DT
    Jordan Hill
    $731,035.00

    DT
    Dwan Edwards
    $1,750,000.00

    OLB
    KJ Wright
    $4,750,000.00

    OLB
    Bruce Irvin
    $2,895,542.00

    MLB
    Bobby Wagner
    $2,970,663.00

    OLB
    Mike Morgan
    $1,000,000.00

    OLB
    Jason Trusnik
    $665,000.00

    MLB
    Brock Coyle
    $511,000.00

    CB
    Tharold Simon
    $636,725.00

    CB
    Richard Sherman
    $12,200,000.00

    NCB
    Chris Harris
    $3,000,000.00

    CB
    Tye Smith
    $476,563.00

    CB
    Kelcie McCray
    $610,000.00

    NCB
    Marcus Burley
    $510,000.00

    SS
    Kam Chancellor
    $5,825,000.00

    FS
    Earl Thomas
    $7,400,000.00

    SS
    Dion Bailey
    $435,000.00

    FS
    Ha Ha Clinton-Dix
    $1,895,114.00

    LS
    Clint Gresham
    $845,000.00

    P
    Jon Ryan
    $1,500,000.00

    K
    Cody Parkey
    $510,000.00

    $132,080,572.00

    NOTES: I’m only somewhat familiar with different schemes, systems, and roles, so I may have a few players who don’t quite fit right.

    I’m a Seahawks fan, so my roster skews towards them a bit because they’re who I’m most familiar with, and there’s some amount of bias. I honestly feel that Russ is a better QB than Luck, given the schedules they face, the players they have helping them, and Luck’s frequent struggles against better defenses. I also went with the theory that when I ran out of ideas of who to use in the defensive backfield, players liked and being coached up by a guy who may be the best DB coach in the NFL was a reasonable bet.

    My team is about $400K under the limit. Next year, I have 37 players signed for just under $137M, and will be set at most starting positions (barring injury or retirement). Kelvin Beachum was a 7th round comp pick, and I figured it’s reasonable to allow that. Alex Okafor is a 3-4 OLB who I will convert back to a DE.

    I obviously invested heavily in TEs. I like the idea of being able to have up to 5 receiving options where the shortest one is Martavis Bryant at 6’4″. Very few teams in this format would be built to handle that many tall receivers. I also like the idea of running a 3 TE set, and the opponent having no idea if I’m going use them as run blockers or if they’re all going to run routes.

    • Wade8813

      That didn’t format quite the way I expected. Oh well…

  • GeorgeOfClarence

    Jason,
    Your team would be in a horrendous cap situation in 2016. Suh jumps to a 28 million dollar cap number and Luck jumps to 16 million. Hope this isn’t a keepers league…
    Edit: I see you acknowledged your 2016 cap difficulties in the article. I’d also note Chris Harris will jump to 9 million next year. I’m not sure why you would go with Suh over McCoy other than for short-term Dolphins-esque gain. McCoy has a cap number of 13 million in 2016 and other than a slight reprieve in 2017, Suh’s contract doesn’t get cap friendly for the duration of the deal.