Pernell McPhee
Pernell McPhee
30-Year-Old LinebackerLB
Baltimore Ravens
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Pernell McPhee in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, $930,000 contract with the Ravens in May of 2019.
Returning to Baltimore
LBBaltimore Ravens
May 16, 2019
McPhee signed a one-year contract with the Ravens on Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
In doing so, the 2011 fifth-rounder is returning to the team that drafted him, for which McPhee should help beef up a linebacking corps that could use some pass-rushing depth. Since departing Baltimore after churning out his still-career-high 7.5 sacks in 2014, McPhee spent three years in Chicago before relocating to Washington in 2018. In neither locale was McPhee able to log a full 16-game season. At 30 years old, Baltimore likely isn't counting on him to handle a heavy workload.
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Measurables Review
How do Pernell McPhee's measurables compare to other linebackers?
This section compares his draft workout metrics with players at the same position. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that metric and it would be considered average.
6' 3"
265 lbs
40-Yard Dash
4.91 sec
Shuttle Time
4.59 sec
Cone Drill
7.13 sec
Vertical Jump
28.5 in
Broad Jump
107 in
Bench Press
20 reps
Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Pernell McPhee
Week 14: Gameday Injuries
Week 14: Gameday Injuries
December 10, 2017
December 10, 2017
A number of notable names at quarterback, running back and receiver have health-related question marks heading into Week 14. Juan Carlos Blanco gives you the latest on the status of key pieces to help you set your fantasy playoff lineups.
IDP Analysis: Week 14 Matchups
December 4, 2017
Jim Coventry sees plenty of opportunity for Ezekiel Ansah to thrive against a Tampa Bay offensive line that could be without two regular starters.
Gameday Injuries: Week 12
Gameday Injuries: Week 12
November 26, 2017
November 26, 2017
Injuries continue to mount as the season enters its stretch run, and Week 12 once again sees several notable names on the Sunday morning watch list. Juan Carlos Blanco breaks down the latest on who's likely to start or sit.
Streaming Defenses: Picking a Week 10 Team Defense
November 7, 2017
The Lions are the obvious preference for a matchup with Cleveland, but Detroit is already owned in a lot of leagues, while the Titans and Bears are still widely available.
IDP Analysis: Training Camp Watch List
July 24, 2017
Jim Coventry reviews the health of some of this year's key IDPs, including Houston's J.J. Watt, who is returning from a back injury.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
Health has long been the biggest issue for the 29-year-old McPhee, who had eight sacks in 22 games while filling a part-time role in Chicago last season. He was a three-down player at his peak, but Washington likely will restrict him to backup work behind starting outside linebackers Ryan Kerrigan and Preston Smith.
McPhee has struggled with injuries during his first two years with the Bears, appearing in 23 of 32 games while being limited in a number of games he played. Should he recover fully from the knee injury he suffered in 2016, he’ll be a player to consider in IDP leagues, as he’s posted 10 sacks over his past 23 games.
In his first year with the Bears, McPhee posted 53 tackles, which nearly doubled the total of any of his first four years in the league. In addition to his involvement as a run-stopper, he's now posted at least six sacks in three different seasons. With another year in defensive coordinator Vic Fangio's scheme, and along with an infusion of talent on the defensive side of the ball, McPhee will be in a great situation to build on his successful 2015 campaign.
Though his production was overshadowed by the lofty sack totals of teammates Elvis Dumervil and Terrell Suggs, McPhee might have been just as integral to the Ravens’ success in 2014 due to his versatility. McPhee’s ability to routinely cause disruption as a down lineman or edge rusher allowed him to grade out as Pro Football Focus’ second-best 3-4 outside linebacker last season, behind only the Chiefs’ Justin Houston. The Bears evidently took notice of McPhee’s impactful play, signing him to a five-year, $40 million contract in March. Defensive coordinator Vic Fangio plans to make McPhee a centerpiece for his 3-4 scheme, but the 26-year-old’s multi-positionality probably works against him in becoming a high-end IDP option. While McPhee could easily improve upon his total of 27 tackles and 7.5 sacks from 2014 now that he’s poised to see a significant uptick in snaps, he won’t be purely deployed as a rusher like Aldon Smith was under Fangio in San Francisco. Instead, McPhee projects to line up all over the field to exploit matchups and stymie the rhythm of offenses, a role that won’t yield overwhelming tackle or sack totals, but one that is extremely valuable from a real-life perspective.
McPhee is a versatile backup who has experience playing both outside linebacker and defensive end.
McPhee surprisingly notched six sacks as a rookie in 2011, but he followed that up with a disappointing 1.5-sack season in 2012. Now he's shifting from 3-4 defensive end to 3-4 outside linebacker, which isn't a transition that players are normally asked to make. McPhee may be on the roster bubble if he struggles with the adjustment.
McPhee is fighting with Art Jones for a starting defensive end spot in Baltimore. Jones is bigger, and probably a better run defender, while McPhee is considered the superior pass rusher. He managed to tally six sacks in limited playing time as a rookie, and could equal that total this year even if he doesn't start. However, there still isn't much IDP potential here since the scheme doesn't count on linemen to make tackles.
McPhee has outperformed his fifth-round selection in training camp, but would have to be absolutely spectacular to have any kind of IDP impact this season.
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Feeling healthy
LBWashington Redskins
April 27, 2018
McPhee (shoulder) has been involved in the Redskins' voluntary offseason workouts and claims he's feeling healthy, Kareem Copeland of the Washington Post reports.
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Signs with Redskins
LBWashington Redskins
March 26, 2018
McPhee (shoulder) signed a contract with the Redskins on Monday.
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Released by Chicago
LBFree Agent
February 26, 2018
The Bears released McPhee (shoulder) on Monday.
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Shuttered for season
LBChicago Bears
December 20, 2017
The Bears placed McPhee (shoulder) on injured reserve Wednesday.
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Doubtful to return
LBChicago Bears
December 16, 2017
McPhee (shoulder) is doubtful to return to Saturday's contest at Detroit.
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