WR Emmanuel Sanders - Denver Broncos
|5-11, 180||Born: 3-16-1987||College: Southern Methodist||Drafted: Round 3|
He is listed as questionable on this week's official injury report.
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 15): Sanders is still getting open downfield, but this version of the Broncos offense is just not suited for him to put up big numbers. He's gone from WR1 to more WR2/WR3/Flex in the last week of the fantasy season.
General News (Sat Dec 20): did not practice on Saturday and is questionable to play this week. Sanders was sent home with flu-like symptoms.
Week 16: at Cincinnati Bengals
Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Denver has clinched the AFC West division, but home field advantage throughout the tournament and a bye week are still to be determined, which means there is plenty for Denver to play for during Week 16. Cincinnati, of course, is locked in a tight battle for the North crown, which is still to be decided over the final two weeks of the season. No day off for Peyton Manning this week, friends. Manning has been mediocre over the past two weeks, looking frankly awful vs. Buffalo two games back (14/20 for 173 yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions thrown), and then so-so in San Diego last week (14/20 for 233 yards, one TD and zero interceptions thrown). His frustrated fantasy owners have watched Manning flame out just in time for the fantasy playoffs. Ouch! Last week, Demaryius Thomas got back into form (11 targets for 6/123/1 receiving at San Diego) after looking bad vs. Buffalo. Julius Thomas returned to action with two targets for 1/30/0 receiving - hopefully he'll get more work here in Week 16 now that he's getting back into 'game shape'. The Bengals' pass D feasted on a very unready Johnny Manziel last week, limiting the Browns' once-effective passing attack to 10/18 for 54 net yards passing, zero TDs and two interceptions thrown (three sacks taken for -26 yards). No money was made for fantasy owners who threw Manziel into their lineups last week! However, two weeks ago the Steelers ripped this unit apart (25/39 for 350 net yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions thrown). To date, Cincinnati is ranked 11th in the NFL averaging 233.6 net passing yards allowed per game, with 14 passing scores given out vs. 14 interceptions generated (11th in the NFL) and 18 sacks (31st in the NFL) put up. Manning is perhaps the exact opposite of Manziel, as a seasoned veteran quarterback, but he has not looked good of late, while Cincinnati has swung wildly in recent weeks - on balance this is a neutral matchup for the visiting Broncos.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 13 vs KC (11 / 6 / 73 / 0 rec)
Emmanuel Sanders may have had his least productive fantasy day in nearly half a season, but he still showed that even at his worst this new Denver version is still a pretty good receiver. Sanders had a pair of 3rd-down conversions as Denver was racing out to a 17-0 lead, but then the winds picked up and Sanders' production slipped off. Sanders was unable to get open deep as easily as he had against Miami, and Peyton Manning's pass attempts were frequently off target, which led to Sanders spending much of his evening playing defense, knocking down a pair of near-interceptions. Despite the highs, it was an up-and-down game for Sanders; only two of his seven second-half targets were completed, though one was a 23-yard gain on 3rd-and-7. Sanders was also responsible for a pair of illegal formation penalties, which certainly didn't help an offense gone cold after halftime.
2014 Week 14 vs BUF (6 / 4 / 56 / 0 rec, 1 / 13 / 0 rush)
Emmanuel Sanders had yet another stellar game against the Buffalo Bills. Sanders was targeted 7 times and caught four of them, including a deep grab over the middle to set Denver up in field goal range just before halftime. Of the three misses, two were badly overthrown passes that Sanders never had a chance at, and on the other Sanders was leveled before the ball arrived, earning Denver a defensive pass interference penalty. That play was one of several on the day where, due to an inaccurate Manning pass, Sanders was led directly into a waiting defender for a crushing hit. Sanders showed no hesitation on any of the passes, hauling them in wherever possible, and quickly getting back to his feet for some more. After one particularly crushing hit, Sanders lay on the field for a minute, and when he finally got back up he gave an exaggerated bow to the home crowd to let them know he was okay.
2014 Week 15 vs SD (3 / 3 / 53 / 0 rec)
With Denver's new run-heavy offense, targets were hard to come by for Emmanuel Sanders against the San Diego Chargers. Sanders did manage to secure all three of his three targets, each of which went for a new set of downs, two of which came on 3rd down, including a 33-yard gain to put Denver in field goal range as they took a two possession lead late. Sanders also continued to field punts for the Broncos, returning one for 11 yards.
Latest NewsBroncos | Emmanuel Sanders sent home (Sat Dec 20, 12:58 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (illness) is not participating in practice Saturday, Dec. 20, because he was sent home with flu-like symptoms. Our View: Broncos head coach John Fox expects Sanders to make the trip to Cincinnati for Monday Night Football. “Yes I do, but we’ll see what happens tomorrow. That’s when we leave.” Fox said in his Saturday press conference. Sanders is facing a tough Bengals secondary, and we've seen his role reduced in recent weeks as the Broncos have become a run-heavy team. Consider him more of a low-end WR2/flex play in Week 16.
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