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WR Emmanuel Sanders - Denver Broncos

5-11, 180Born: 3-16-1987College: Southern MethodistDrafted: Round 3

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Week 8: vs San Diego Chargers

All WR vs SD

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Denver lost to San Diego in San Diego two weeks ago 13-21 - Trevor Siemian heaved the football an astonishing 50 times in that game, with 30/50 for 230 yards passing, but only one TD and zero interceptions thrown (he had two sacks taken for -10 yards). Bennie Fowler (seven targets for 3/22/1) hauled in the lone TD pass, while Emmanuel Sanders led the team in receiving with six targets for 4/40/0 receiving - all told, Siemian hit nine different targets that day. Since then, Siemian engineered a win over Houston with a modest 14/25 for 157 yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions or sacks taken. Emmanuel Sanders was once again the leading receiver on the team (eight targets for 4/86/0 receiving), followed by Demaryius Thomas (10 for 6/40/1). Nobody else on the team had over 13 yards receiving last week as the Broncos emphasized the run (35 rushes vs. 25 passing attempts). The Chargers' defense handled Atlanta's high octane offense last weekend, and managed to slow down Matt Ryan a tad, allowing 22/34 for 256 net yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, with three sacks generated for -17 yards. To date, San Diego is 24th in the NFL averaging 276.3 net passing yards allowed per game, with 11 passing scores given out vs. eight interceptions and 17 sacks generated (fourth- and ninth-ranked in the NFL, respectively). From Week Five to Week Seven of the 2016 season (over the last three weeks), San Diego has averaged 19.1 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (12-least in the NFL); and 24.4 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (14th-most); with 4.5 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (ninth-least). This is a neutral matchup for Siemian and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

4 at TB 62 0 0 0 13 8 88 1 0 14.8
5 vs ATL 68 0 0 0 9 7 80 0 0 7
6 at SD 45 0 0 0 6 4 40 0 0 4
7 vs HOU 0 0 0 0 8 4 86 0 0 8.6
8 vs SD PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 5 * * * *
8 vs SD PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 5 * * * *
8 vs SD PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 7 vs HOU (8 / 4 / 86 / 0 rec)

Sanders(8) was slightly outpaced by Demaryius Thomas(10) for targets, but he got more deep-ball looks than Thomas and more than doubled his yardage. It was Thomas who found the end zone, however. Siemian looked deep down the right sideline for Sanders during the Broncos' 2nd offensive drive of the game, but he narrowly missed his connection with the well-covered receiver. Sanders finally got rolling in the 2nd quarter with a big gain on a slant route. Siemian looked deep for Sanders again in the 2nd quarter on a free play where the defense had jumped offsides, but Sanders was blanketed by coverage downfield. Sanders caught a short out route and turned it up the sideline for a big gain on a late 2nd quarter drive. He was targeted in the end zone on the next play, but couldn't haul in the pass against tough coverage from Kareem Jackson. Sanders and Siemian finally got on the same page in the deep passing game late in the 3rd quarter. Sanders split out wide left and ran a streak route down the sideline, where Siemian found him just with a back shoulder throw just short of the end zone for a gain of 31. Sanders finished with just 4 catches for a significantly higher per-carry average than Thomas.

2016 Week 6 vs SD (6 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)

Sanders caught an out route for a short gain to start the offense's day off. Sanders got open deep down the left sideline later in that first drive, but Siemian overthrew him badly. Sanders narrowly missed another big gain in the 2nd quarter on a deep post route, but Siemian's pass was again off target and Sanders could not secure the diving catch. Sanders was quiet in the middle of the game but showed back up on the 4th quarter with a nice catch on a slant to pick up 6 yards and a 1st down, and a gain of 20 yards down the numbers later in the same drive. The 20 passing yards were the longest offensive play of the day for the Broncos and the only pass completion that Siemian threw more than 10 yards downfield. Sanders took a big hit at the end of the long reception and had to leave for the remainder of the game with a hip injury that is not thought to be serious.

2016 Week 5 vs ATL (9 / 7 / 80 / 0 rec)

Sanders continued his trend of leading the team in targets with 9, but the totals for him and Demaryius Thomas(7 targets) were much closer than they had been in past weeks. Sanders made beautiful leaping grab on a deep out route to secure Lynch's first pass attempt of the day. Sanders had another highlight reel-worthy catch at the end of the 1st, tapping his toes while securing a pass and falling out of bounds. Sanders was targeted on a deep ball in the end zone in the 2nd quarter, but Lynch overthrew him, ending the drive in a field goal. Sanders opened up the 2nd half with the Broncos biggest offensive play of the day, a nice reception on a deep crossing route for a gain of 26. Sanders had another beautiful toe-tapping catch on the sideline late in the 4th, helping to extend Denver's only touchdown drive of the day.

2016 Week 4 vs TB (13 / 8 / 88 / 1 rec)

Sanders led the team in targets for the 4th week in a row, drawing 13 looks from Siemian/Lynch and nearly doubling Demaryius Thomas's target total of 7. Rookie QB Lynch especially seemed to lean on Sanders. Sanders was targeted 4 times during Lynch's first drive. He hauled in a big reception at the end of the 2nd quarter to put the Broncos in field goal range before halftime, then another quick 10 yard gain to shorten the distance even more. Lynch looked for him in heavy coverage in the red zone, but Sanders was unable to secure the catch with 2 defenders draped over him. Sanders reeled in 3 receptions on the next drive. Lynch looked Sanders' way on a big shot down the right sideline later in the 3rd, but failed to connect on what could have been a home run ball. Sanders was wide open on his touchdown reception in the 4th quarter, lining up tight in a goal line formation and running an out route to the right while QB Lynch faked a handoff and rolled out right, hitting the receiver for the easy score.

2016 Week 3 vs CIN (13 / 9 / 117 / 2 rec)

Sanders was targeted early and often, and drew the most targets on the day- nearly doubling the next closest receiver (Thomas-7) with 13 looks in the passing game. He was targeted multiple times on the Broncos' opening drive, hauling in his first catch for a short gain on a quick slant. Sanders drew a defensive holding flag later in the 1st quarter. Sanders caught his first deep ball late in the 1st quarter for a gain of 20 down the seam, and took a big shot on the following play while trying to reel in a short curl route. Later in the same drive, Sanders was targeted on one of the WR quick screens that Thomas often runs. Sanders made the catch and had a nice run afterwards to pick up 10 yards and the 1st down. Sanders was targeted on an out route in the end zone on Denver's first scoring drive, but he could not secure the catch on a badly thrown out route. Sanders burned Adam Jones down the left sideline for his first touchdown of the day, hauling in a beautiful pass from Siemian. It was Sanders' first deep route of the day. Sanders mixed it up for his 2nd touchdown of the day, plucking a sharply thrown out route from Siemian for the score, one play after extending the drive with a big 3rd down conversion on a similar route. Sanders sniffed the end zone again late in the 4th, catching a quick pass from Siemian and racing down the right sideline to the 3 yard line. The big gain set up the eventual touchdown pass to John Phillips for Denver's third TD of the day.

2016 Week 2 vs IND (8 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)

Sanders hauled in consecutive passes on Denver's first offensive drive of the game, the first on an out route to the right sideline, and the second a crossing route on the left side of the field. Sanders started the next drive out with a nice reception down the left hash on a play action pass. He was targeted in the back corner of the end zone at the end of the same drive, but Siemian overthrew him. Sanders had a step on his defender on a deep post route late in the 2nd quarter, but Siemian overthrew him again. Sanders was targeted on a play-action wheel route when Trevor Siemian threw his only interception of the day. With Sanders swinging out to the left behind the line of scrimmage, cornerback Darius Butler sniffed the play out and ran in to cut the pass off. Sanders drew a pass interference call in the 3rd quarter on a 3rd down target, extending the drive. Sanders led the team in targets(8) for the second week in a row, but finished well behind Demaryius Thomas in receiving yardage.

2016 Week 1 vs CAR (8 / 5 / 49 / 0 rec)

Sanders and Thomas were constants in all of Denver's offensive formations, along with tight end Virgil Green. Denver alternated between Norwood and Latimer as a third receiver and Janovich in the backfield as a lead blocker for Anderson. Sanders lined up outside in the two-receiver sets and saw some work from the slot when more wide receivers were brought in. Siemian looked Sanders' way early and often, overthrowing him on an out route during the first drive, then completing a similar pass to Sanders later in the same drive for a short gain. Sanders made a beautiful toe-tapping grab on the sideline during Denver's second offensive drive for a gain of 15, his longest of the night. He had another fantastic catch on a slant route in the third quarter where the defender held him badly enough to draw a flag. Sanders had a critical catch on the Broncos final scoring drive in the 4th quarter that put them within 2 yards of the end zone. Sanders led the team with 8 targets, and could see an increase if Demaryius Thomas misses any time with a reported hip injury.


Latest News

Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders posts 86 yards (Tue Oct 25, 12:33 AM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (hip) pulled down four balls for 86 yards on eight targets in the Week 7 game against the Houston Texans Monday, Oct. 24.

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Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders should play (Sat Oct 22, 04:53 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (hip) fully participated in practice Saturday, Oct. 22, and is not on the injury report for Week 7.

Our View: Sanders has shown no ill effects of this hip injury during the week of practice. Against the Texans on Monday night, Sanders should put up WR2 numbers for fantasy owners.

Broncos | Full practice for Emmanuel Sanders (Fri Oct 21, 09:36 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (hip) was a full participant in practice Friday, Oct. 21.

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Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders expected to be OK (Fri Oct 14, 02:55 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (hip) missed the final few plays of his team's Week 6 loss to the San Diego Chargers on Thursday, Oct. 13, but he is reportedly dealing with only a bruise and expected to be 'fine' moving forward.

Our View: Sanders will get extra rest before the Week 7 game before Houston. He appears to be the team's #1 receiver in terms of targets and he is arguably worth as much as Demaryius Thomas, if not more.
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Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders injures hip (Thu Oct 13, 11:16 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (hip) exited against the San Diego Chargers Thursday, Oct. 13, and is questionable to return with a hip injury.

Our View: As with the entire offense, Sanders was off Thursday night and caught just four passes for 40 yards. He should bounce back next week against the Houston Texans, but we'll watch and see if the hip is a long term thing.
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