31-Year-Old Defensive End – Free Agent
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
Between 2009 and 2011, Spencer averaged 65 tackles and and nearly six sacks per season. In 2012, the former first-round draft pick took his production to another level under then-Cowboys' defensive co...
2015 ADP: –
Anthony Spencer Contract Information:
Released by the Saints in October of 2015.
Spencer (undisclosed) will be placed on injured reserve, the Katherine Terrell of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
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Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Spencer had a down season for the Cowboys in 2014, after missing nearly all of 2013 to undergo microfracture knee surgery. The former first-round draft pick is still only 31 years old, and he should provide the Saints with some added depth, at the very least. If he can somehow get back to his top form from his 2012 breakout season, Spencer could be one of the biggest steals of the free-agency period. He doesn't yet warrant IDP consideration.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Spencer logged limited practices Wednesday and Thursday, but he sat out Friday, making his Sunday situation unclear.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Microfracture surgery eventually scuttled Spencer's 2013 season, and he wasn't able to build on his breakout performance from 2012 (95 tackles, 11 sacks). If he's able to return to health he'll have a key role on the Cowboys' defensive line, but Spencer has a lot to prove before he'll be back in the starting lineup.
Either Spencer was seeing dollar signs as he played on the franchise tag in 2012, or he turned a corner in his development. The former first-round pick was always adequate as an outside linebacker in the 3-4, but never an impact player. That changed last year, when Spencer went off for 95 tackles – a very high total for a 3-4 outside linebacker – as well as 11 sacks in just 14 games. Even assuming his production spike was due in part to being in a contract year, as of press time Dallas had him on the franchise tag once again for 2013. His tackle count will almost certainly drop now that he’s playing end in a 4-3 alignment, but Spencer is still a good bet to surpass 60 tackles and double-digit sacks.
Drafted to be a pass-rushing complement to DeMarcus Ware, Spencer has instead developed into a very steady every-down OLB whose worth doesn't show up in his IDP numbers. If the revamped secondary buys the pass rush another second or two Spencer could be one of the big beneficiaries, but otherwise expect another 60+ tackles and mid-single digit sack total.
After looking like he could be a pass-rushing force at the end of 2009, Spencer turned in a thoroughly lackluster '10 season with only five sacks. The Cowboys need more QB pressure from his position to take some heat off DeMarcus Ware, and if Spencer's development continues to stall don't be surprised if Dallas looks elsewhere to get it.
Spencer emerged as more than just DeMarcus Ware's sidekick at the end of 2009, racking up four sacks in the Cowboys' final three regular season games and adding two more in two playoff games. A healthy Ware will draw plenty of attention away from Spencer, and could leave the door open for his first career double-digit sack season.
With Greg Ellis' departure, Spencer will inherit a starting role opposite DeMarcus Ware, and the Cowboys are counting on him to easily top his previous career high of three sacks.
Picked up three sacks and 36 tackles backing up Greg Ellis and DeMarcus Ware at OLB, but Spencer's role likely won't increase unless Ellis breaks down.
First-round pick will try to make the same adjustment DeMarcus Ware and Greg Ellis have made the last couple of seasons, from DE to OLB. Spencer's duties will likely be limited to rushing the passer, however, and with Ware drawing double-teams on the other side of the formation Spencer could have surprisingly good IDP value.