29-Year-Old Defensive End – Dallas Cowboys
2013 Fantasy Football Outlook
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 ...
Anthony Spencer Contract Information:
Spencer signed his $10.63 million franchise tender in March of 2013.
The Cowboys placed Spencer (knee) on injured reserve Wednesday, ESPN Dallas reports.
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Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)The July surgery Spender underwent evidently couldn't fix the flaw in his right knee, and the much more serious microfracture surgery is the next measure in line. Hopefully he can avoid the surgery, though. It would be a very disappointing and concerning turn of events for Spencer, who wouldn't have a great long-term outlook with age 30 approaching in January. He was poised to be one of the better IDP options as an end in Dallas' 4-3, but if he does indeed undergo the surgery, George Selvie will take over opposite DeMarcus Ware. The good news for Dallas is Selvie might be a diamond in the rough, as he has two sacks in three games and had a very strong preseason.
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
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.