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WR Emmanuel Sanders - Denver Broncos

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

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Summary

During OTAs earlier this year, Emmanuel Sanders proclaimed that the Mike McCoy offense was "wide receiver heaven." Fantasy owners could feel heavenly if Sanders can produce like he did a couple of years ago. Over the last three years, Sanders has seen his fantasy ranking drop in standard scoring leagues (7th, 18th, 22nd). The McCoy offense is certainly going to be a pass happy system, and the Broncos should feature plenty of shotgun formations as they move the ball down the field with the passing game. Last year the Broncos had more 3-and-outs than any other team. It's difficult to maintain production when you're sipping Gatorade more than breaking a sweat. This year, expect McCoy's offense to have an element of danger due to the passing game. One of their primary weapons will be Sanders, and he's got the potential to finish as a top-15 fantasy receiver again. He's a valuable addition you can get in the seventh round on average. (July 10)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 22, 14, 18, 19, 21, 21, 21, 22, 23, 23, 24, 25, 25, 26, 26, 27, 28, 30, 33
Overall Redraft - 54, 34, 37, 38, 46, 48, 49, 51, 52, 53, 54, 54, 56
WR Redraft PPR - 24, 18, 19, 20, 21, 23, 23, 24, 24, 24, 24, 25, 25, 25, 25, 26, 27, 28, 30, 32, 33
Overall Redraft PPR - 52, 35, 37, 38, 40, 43, 46, 47, 47, 48, 49, 51, 52, 54, 56, 57
WR Dynasty - 39, 27, 37, 40, 44, 45, 46
Overall Dynasty - 93, 61, 75

Stats and Projections

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2014 DEN 16 8 44 0 141 101 1404 9
2015 DEN 15 3 29 0 137 76 1135 6 2
2016 DEN 16 1 4 0 137 79 1032 5
2017 PROJ-Dodds 15 1 * * 72 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 16 1 * * 77 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 1 * * 75 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 0 * * 80 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 64
WR: 28
Overall-PPR: 66
WR-PPR: 31

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Latest News

Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders has QB timetable (Wed Jul 12, 08:40 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders said he would like to know the team's starting quarterback now if he was up to him but understands that the coaching staff will make the decision when they are ready. Sanders said it would be easier to build chemistry with the starting quarterback if he were able to practice with him all of the time.

Our View: Sanders is likely to prefer Paxton Lynch in this competition. Trevor Siemian was the starter last year but he was below average and was hurt throughout the season. Lynch wants to connect on the big play early and often -- something Sanders can help him out with. We'll see this battle shape up in training camp.
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Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders feels energized (Tue Jul 11, 04:46 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders has made some changes this offseason, including his diet. Sanders admitted that he was eating poorly but has been listening to his body more and physically feels like a rookie again.

Our View: Sanders has cut out fast food from his diet and feels incredible because of it. The veteran receiver acknowledges how the new offense under Mike McCoy is going to be pass-happy and he'll need the stamina to keep up. Many are concerned about the quarterback situation, but in this system we see value plays in Sanders (WR34) and Demaryius Thomas (WR14) in 2017.
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Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders happy with either QB (Mon Jul 10, 07:23 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders said he believes he can produce with either QB Trevor Siemian or QB Paxton Lynch as the starter because they throw catchable passes. 'Both of those guys throw catchable passes,' Sanders said. 'When it comes to the deep ball, Paxton loves to throw the deep ball. Big, strong arm. Trevor, he loves to throw the out routes, the in-routes. He's a checkdown, all-around type guy.'

Our View: Sanders is being a bit coy here and playing it friendly. Behind the scenes it would be easy to see a player like him preferring the guy that wants to go deep. Sanders himself is a deep threat who can thrive on big plays. The quarterback best fit for those type of passes is Lynch. It's an "open" competition in training camp but if the lightbulb comes on for Lynch then the 2016 first-round pick could be named the starter.
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2017 Schedule

1vs Los Angeles Chargers
2vs Dallas Cowboys
3@ Buffalo Bills
4vs Oakland Raiders
5--- BYE WEEK ---
6vs New York Giants
7@ Los Angeles Chargers
8@ Kansas City Chiefs
9@ Philadelphia Eagles
10vs New England Patriots
11vs Cincinnati Bengals
12@ Oakland Raiders
13@ Miami Dolphins
14vs New York Jets
15@ Indianapolis Colts
16@ Washington Redskins
17vs Kansas City Chiefs