29-Year-Old Linebacker – New Orleans Saints
2015 Fantasy Football Outlook
Ellerbe parlayed an impressive 2012 season with the Super Bowl champion Ravens into a big free agent contract with the Dolphins the following offseason. The Dolphins moved Ellerbe to the "Mike" middle...
Dannell Ellerbe Contract Information:
Agreed to a five-year, $35 million contract with the Dolphins in March of 2013.
Ellerbe (hip) was traded along with a third-round draft pick to the Saints in exchange for wide receiver Kenny Stills.
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Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Ellerbe injured his hip early in the Dolphins' Week 1 win over the Patriots and will now be sidelined for the remainder of the season. After recording 101 tackles in his debut season in Miami last year, he entered this term as the team's starting weakside linebacker. As a result of Ellerbe landing on IR, the Dolphins will sign veteran Kelvin Sheppard.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Ellerbe recorded 101 tackles and two picks last season, which gave him IDP utility in deeper formats. With Koa Misi in line to move to the middle, Ellerbe is a candidate to man the Dolphins' strong side LB position.
Ellerbe had trouble in coverage for the Ravens and likely would have been no more than a part-time player if injuries hadn't struck, but he emerged as an impact run defender and blitzer once he made his way onto the field. Considering the Dolphins are paying him $7 million per year, it would seem as if Miami plans to make a three-down player out of Ellerbe in 2013, which will make him a well-known IDP commodity. He had 89 tackles and 4.5 sacks while playing just 651 defensive snaps for the Ravens in last year's regular season, so as long as Ellerbe keeps Koa Misi and Dion Jordan from stealing nickel snaps, Ellerbe should establish himself as at least an LB2 option.
Ellerbe provides depth at middle linebacker and plays on special teams.
Ellerbe is still in the mix at inside linebacker, though Jameel McClain is once again the de facto favorite to take over the starting spot next to Ray Lewis.
Ellerbe took over the starting inside linebacker spot next to Ray Lewis with three games left in the regular season when Tavares Gooden struggled with injuries. Despite going undrafted last year Ellerbe performed well, recording 21 tackles and an interception in the Ravens' final five games. He'll battle Gooden again for the starting spot, and may even be considered the favorite to win.