WR Emmanuel Sanders - San Francisco 49ers

5-11, 180Born: 3-16-1987College: Southern MethodistDrafted: Round 3, pick 2010

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Dec 9): Sanders was healthy and gliding through the Saints defense in Week 14. He even threw a touchdown pass. Consider him a must start against Atlanta.

Week 15: vs Atlanta Falcons

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FBG says: Great matchup. For the most part, Jimmy Garoppolo is the relatively low-impact caretaker of a run-dominant Super Bowl contender. He's averaging a modest 250 yards a game, and much of his fantasy value has been dependent on a high touchdown rate. Still, he's shown the ability to keep pace in a few recent shootouts, posting lines of 317, 424, and 329 yards - and 4 scores in each game. Garoppolo doesn't boast special arm talent, and he's still not much of a downfield passer. But he's now armed with a handful of gifted playmaking talents that excel in the slots and seams. George Kittle continues to look like a Travis Kelce clone, winning on all levels of the field and extending plays with sheer strength and will. His game-turning, 39-yard catch late in last week's game was a perfect snapshot of that. He's flanked by a pair of dynamic wideouts in Emmanuel Sanders, who woke up last week for 157 yards and a wild touchdown, and explosive rookie Deebo Samuel. With his stout build and open-field abilities, Samuel is essentially a running back playing wideout, and he's now creating impact plays on a weekly basis. He's topped 75 yards in 3 of his last 5 games and has seemingly jumped Sanders, if only by a bit, atop the pecking order. All in all, this pass game is hard to trust for volume, and game flow sometimes robs them of fantasy opportunity. But there's individual upside all over this unit, and they could hardly ask for a better matchup than the slot-deficient Falcons. Kittle, Samuel, and Sanders are all set up for success against Atlanta's shallow secondary. The Falcons pass defense has taken small steps forward, but remains one of football's leakiest units. They're giving up a robust 7.9 yards per attempt and 271 a game, and 6 of their 13 opponents have topped 300. Some of those who fell short, like Russell Wilson and Kirk Cousins, simply didn't need to throw much in big victories. If nothing else, they've benefited of late from the midseason turnaround in top cornerback Desmond Trufant. He's been instrumental in limiting the likes of Michael Thomas (48 yards), Mike Evans (50), and Curtis Samuel (25). But while outside receivers have seen a dip, it's been open season against the rest of this secondary. Tight ends and slot receivers continue to feast in this matchup, as seen in recent matchups with Chris Godwin (7 for 184 and 2 touchdowns), Tyler Lockett (6 for 100), and Jared Cook (9 for 159 over 2 games). It makes for a great outlook for Jimmy Garoppolo, who leans heavily on the explosive George Kittle and his slot playmakers. That effectively works against the Falcons' only real point of strength - Trufant on the outside - and sets up Garoppolo for one of his best matchups of the season.

Recent Stats and Projections

11 vs ARI 36 0 0 0 5 3.0 33 0 0 3.3
12 vs GB 32 0 0 0 1 1.0 15 0 0 1.5
13 at BAL 56 0 0 0 6 4.0 41 0 0 4.1
14 at NO 63 0 0 0 9 7.0 157 1 0 27.45
15 vs ATL PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4.2 * * * *
15 vs ATL PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 2.7 * * * *
15 vs ATL PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 5.0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Emmanuel Sanders's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 14 vs NO (9 / 7 / 157 / 1 rec)

Sanders' first four touches made it clear that he was designed to be the early-down chain-mover in San Francisco's game plan: 19 yards on 1st-and-10, 31 yards on 1st-and-15, a 75-yard touchdown catch on 1st-and-10, and then a 35-yard touchdown pass on 1st-and-10. That's nearly 85 percent of all the yardage and scoring he was involved in ... 21 minutes of game time into the afternoon. It's worth noting that these exploits were facilitated by New Orleans playing a ton of zone in the first half, which allowed Sanders to get open on the middle-of-the-field routes he's wont to run (and excel at).

2019 Week 13 vs BAL (6 / 4 / 41 / 0 rec)

Whether because of the lingering effects of his rib injury or the generally superb coverage of Baltimore's cornerbacks, Sanders was more valuable in real football than fantasy football this week. That's because, although he didn't light up the scoreboard, two of Sanders' targets converted massive first downs for the 49ers: He made a diving catch on 3rd-and-3 and he drew a defensive pass interference on 4th-and-1. To boot, both conversions came on drives that ended in 10 of San Francisco's 17 points.

2019 Week 12 vs GB (1 / 1 / 15 / 0 rec)

Sanders faced a relatively even mix of defenders in coverage on his routes. The most frequent was cornerback Kevin King (8 routes), who was in coverage on Sanders' only reception (and target). On the play, he beat King to the inside on a 10-yard dig route and was immediately tackled by safety Adrian Amos.

2019 Week 11 vs ARI (5 / 3 / 33 / 0 rec)

Sanders couldn't make it through three quarters in his attempt to play through the rib injury he suffered last week. He was visibly affected by it while on the field, as several of his receptions were followed by Sanders wincing as he slowly got to his feet. Sanders' final play involved being the target of Jimmy Garoppolo's first red zone interception, and that route involved a quick twist back to the inside, which he did not execute quickly at all.

2019 Week 10 vs SEA (4 / 2 / 24 / 0 rec)

Sanders left the game midway through the second quarter with a non-contact rib injury he suffered while turning inside on a dig route. Prior to that, Sanders's two receptions came on identical slant routes, one against Shaquill Griffin and the other against Nick Thorpe.

2019 Week 9 vs ARI (9 / 7 / 112 / 1 rec)

Sanders gained 52 of his 112 yards on two plays in the same second quarter scoring drive, both against Patrick Peterson's man-to-man coverage. On the first, Sanders ran a 20-yard comeback route, and held onto the ball despite Peterson hitting him as the pass arrived. Two plays later, Sanders beat Peterson on a quick slant out of the right slot, and ran away from him for 24 yards after the catch. Sanders' most important play, however, was his 4th-and-1 touchdown to end the first half, which gave the 49ers a two-score lead they wouldn't relinquish. On that play, Sanders uncharacteristically lined up in the backfield, and ran a route into the right flat. Peterson didn't locate him until it was too late.

2019 Week 8 vs CAR (5 / 4 / 25 / 1 rec)

Even though Sanders didn't post a huge stat line in his first game with San Francisco, his likely usage going forward was apparent. Namely, he's taken over the Marquise Goodwin role, and will be relied upon in crucial situations. To wit, two of Sanders' four receptions came on third down, both of which he converted. The first was a 3rd-and-11 reception where he sat down in Carolina's deep middle zone and went to the ground to catch a low throw. The second was a 3rd-and-4 where he once again sat down in a zone, though this time it was short right. It should be noted that Sanders also had a near miss deep, when he beat cornerback Russ Cockrell on a 20-yard out route. Unfortunately, Jimmy Garoppolo was hit as he threw, so the pass sailed high and out of bounds.

2019 Week 6 vs TEN (3 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)

Sanders managed one catch on a bubble screen that was brought down at the line of scrimmage. He sat out the second half after apparently aggravating a knee injury that had slowed him some in practice this week.

2019 Week 5 vs LAC (1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)

Sanders showed us how low his floor can be in this offense with just one reception. He was a complete non-factor as Denver wisely dialed back Flacco's workload after the Broncos jumped out to an early lead. Sanders hauled in one out route for a 9 yard gain in the 3rd.

2019 Week 4 vs JAX (9 / 5 / 104 / 0 rec)

Sanders passed the 100 yard mark for the first time this season as he and Sutton both drew a team-high nine targets. Sutton found the end zone twice, but Sanders had the edge in yards. Sanders had a diving catch on an out route from Flacco on the first play of the game. Sanders nearly found the end zone when he broke loose on a long catch and run on a deep out route early in the 2nd quarter, but he was brought down inside the 10 yard line after a 39 yard gain. Flacco tried Sanders deep a couple more times in the first half, but couldn't connect on the long balls. Sanders picked up a big gain on a deep crossing route late in the 4th quarter. He grabbed his leg after going down on the play, but hopped up and broke another big gain on a deep post route two plays later in the drive. Though he didn't leave the game, he might be popping up on the injury report this week.

2019 Week 3 vs GB (4 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)

Sanders had a slow performance after a hot start in his first two games back from an Achilles injury. He caught a short out route in the 1st quarter, then curl out up the seam halfway through the 2nd quarter before disappearing for the rest of the contest. Sanders nearly saved his day with a touchdown as he was targeted in the end zone later in the 2nd quarter, but the ball careened off a defender's hands just before Sanders could secure it in the back left corner.

2019 Week 2 vs CHI (13 / 11 / 98 / 1 rec)

Sanders dominated targets with 13, ahead of Sutton, Lindsay, and Freeman who all drew 7 looks from Flacco. He got right to work hauling in a slant route from the right slot on the first offensive play of the game. Sanders shifted over to the left slot and caught a similar looking pass two plays later. Sanders made an amazing catch between four defenders on a 3rd quarter out route. He narrowly missed a touchdown when he was tackled at the two yard line late in the 4th on a shallow drag route. He was the intended target on Flacco's late 4th quarter interception, but the fault lies with the QB who just overthrew the ball. Sanders tied the game up with a breath-taking, toe-tapping catch over tough coverage from CB Fuller on a corner route in the back of the end zone. Sanders also caught the ensuing 2-point conversion with a short out route.

2019 Week 1 vs OAK (7 / 5 / 86 / 1 rec)

Sanders didn't get going until late in the 1st half, pulling in a slant route for a short gain from the slot on his first target. He turned up the heat in the 4th quarter with a 53 yard gain straight down the middle of the field on a bomb from Flacco. Sanders tiptoed down the sidelines and spun away from a tackle for a big run after the catch on the next drive, then capped it off with a touchdown on a back shoulder short out route from the Oakland two yard line with just over two minutes left. Sanders was second on the team in targets and looked to be behind Sutton as Flacco's number 2 option for most of the game.


Latest News

49ers | Emmanuel Sanders has himself a day (Sun Dec 8, 08:37 PM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Emmanuel Sanders caught seven passes for 157 yards and a touchdown on nine targets at the New Orleans Saints in Week 14 on Sunday, Dec. 8. He also threw for a 35-yard touchdown pass.

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49ers | Emmanuel Sanders not on injury report (Fri Dec 6, 04:46 PM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) fully participated in practice Friday, Dec. 6, and is not on the injury report for Week 14.

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49ers | Week 14 injury report for San Francisco (Fri Dec 6, 03:43 PM) - San Francisco 49ers S Jaquiski Tartt (ribs) and DT Jullian Taylor (elbow) were unable to practice all week and have been ruled out for Week 14 against the New Orleans Saints. WR Dante Pettis (knee), OT Joe Staley (finger) and WR Marquise Goodwin (knee, foot) were limited Friday, Dec. 6, and are listed as questionable. RB Matt Breida (ankle), DE Dee Ford (quad, hamstring), DL D.J. Jones (ankle), TE George Kittle (knee, ankle), WR Deebo Samuel (shoulder), WR Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) and CB Richard Sherman (knee) were able to practice in full Friday and have been removed from the injury report.

Our View: Staley's status is key for an offensive line that will need all hands on deck to slow down a hot Saints pass rush.
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49ers | Emmanuel Sanders on track to play (Thu Dec 5, 05:20 PM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Emmanuel Sanders (ribs) practiced in full for the second straight Thursday, Dec. 5.

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49ers | Emmanuel Sanders makes four grabs (Sun Dec 1, 09:54 PM) - San Francisco 49ers WR Emmanuel Sanders registered two receptions for 41 yards and a touchdown in Week 13 against the Baltimore Ravens.

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