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WR Emmanuel Sanders - Denver Broncos

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

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Talk about an upgrade! Emmanuel Sanders was one of the splashiest moves the Broncos made in free agency this offseason. He'll take the place of departed free agent Eric Decker as the team's number two receiver starting opposite Demaryius Thomas. Sanders has speed that Decker did not. His run-after-the-catch ability is also an improvement over what Decker offered. Simply put, Sanders is more naturally talented than Decker even though his career numbers are inferior. The Broncos get an upgrade in talent with Sanders in and Decker out. Sanders gets an upgrade in situation. Going from a boring, predictable Todd Haley offense to the wide open offense that Adam Gase runs is like going from driving a broken down soapbox car to a Lamborghini. No offense to Ben Roethlisberger, but catching passes from Peyton Manning is an upgrade as well. This season is setting up to be a career year for Sanders, and fantasy owners need to take note. Sanders has always had the talent, and he's stayed healthy for the last two years after foot problems plagued him in 2010 and 2011. Now it's time to put it all together for his new team. Amazingly, Sanders has never had a 100-yard receiving game in his four-year career. That could change in Week 1 for the Broncos. Sanders has 11 career receiving touchdowns while the guy he replaced (Decker) had a total of 11 in one season last year. With the speed to take the top off the defense, the Broncos can get creative with the way they use Sanders. With so many weapons on this offense, Sanders should regularly draw one-on-one coverage. Expect Gase and Manning to exploit this time and time again. Sanders has the upside to be a great WR3 for your fantasy team. When all is said and done, he could put up top-25 numbers in 2014. (June 5)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 32, 22, 23, 23, 24, 25, 25, 27, 28, 29, 32, 32, 33, 34, 36, 39, 44, 46, 48, 50, 57
Overall Redraft - 74, 52, 53, 53, 55
WR Redraft PPR - 33, 22, 22, 22, 23, 25, 27, 27, 28, 31, 31, 32, 33, 34, 36, 36, 46, 48, 50, 56, 57
Overall Redraft PPR - 75, 46, 47, 53, 53
WR Dynasty - 47, 32, 40, 41, 56, 56, 66
Overall Dynasty - 96, 67

Stats and Projections

2011 PIT 11 0 0 0 51 22 288 2
2012 PIT 16 1 4 0 75 44 626 1
2013 PIT 16 1 25 0 112 67 740 6
2014 PROJ-Dodds 15 2 * * 62 * * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 16 0 * * 68 * * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 16 0 * * 77 * * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 16 1 * * 62 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 76
WR: 29
Overall-PPR: 73
WR-PPR: 30

Denver Broncos Team Links

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Footballguys Articles

AFC Roster Check Pre-Free Agency
  Jeff Tefertiller - March 3
The Gut Check No.305: Non-PPR Tiers and Strategy
  Matt Waldman - July 29
The Gut Check No.301: Gut Checks Part II
  Matt Waldman - July 10
The Gut Check No.300: Gut Checks Part I
  Matt Waldman - July 7
Player Spotlight: Emmanuel Sanders
  Jason Wood - July 2
The Gut Check No.297: Make or Break Questions
  Matt Waldman - June 16
How to Attack Your Large-League PPR Draft
  Jeff Tefertiller - July 24
How to Attack Your Small-League Draft
  Jeff Tefertiller - July 23
Preseason Watch List: AFC North
  Jason Wood - July 22
Preseason Watch List: AFC West
  Jason Wood - July 21

Articles from around the web

WR Primer: To the point, PPR leagues changing fantasy draft mentality
  Brad Evans - July 22
Emmanuel Sanders: Broncos offense fits 'my style'
  Alex Kelhar - July 16
Grasp These 5 Trends Before Drafting Your Fantasy Receivers
  Ken Pomponio - July 28
30 Fantasy Questions Heading into NFL Training Camps
  John Paulsen - July 21
2014 Punt & Kick Return Studs, Depth Charts
  Brandon Niles - July 16
Why Julius Thomas Isn't Worth a Premium Pick in Your Fantasy Football Draft
  Leo Howell - July 14
Fantasy Notebook: AFC North Preview; Coach, Coordinator Changes Add to Intrigue
  Bob Harris - July 12
Understanding Wide Receiver Bust Rates in Fantasy Football
  J.J. Zachariason - July 9
Silva's July Rankings, 101-200
  Evan Silva - July 5
Is This the End for Wes Welker?
  Brandon Gdula - July 2

Latest News

Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders compares QBs (Mon Jul 28, 08:11 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders said QB Peyton Manning is a 'better leader' than Pittsburgh Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger. 'This is the first time that I had a quarterback that stays every single day after practice, no matter what his accolades,' Sanders said. 'From NFL MVP, Super Bowl rings. He keeps guys like me and (Cody) Latimer after practice and we're out there 15, 20 minutes. And he's not one of those guys you gotta go chase down, he's gonna be right at the same spot ready to work, every single day.'

Our View: It's a good comparison to have, but Manning obviously has the upper hand. There's a reason why Sanders called Denver "wide receiver heaven" when he signed with the team earlier this year. Sanders is going to be a big part of the offense, and he could be a nice value at his current ADP. He's coming off the board at WR28 (6.05) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders unlikely to be returner (Thu Jul 17, 02:15 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders likely will not be used as a returner this upcoming season, because he is expected to have a significant role on offense.

Our View: Sanders has a current ADP of WR27 (6.06) in 12-team PPR leagues. Grab him at a value price while you can.
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2014 Schedule

1vs Indianapolis Colts
2vs Kansas City Chiefs
3@ Seattle Seahawks
4--- BYE WEEK ---
5vs Arizona Cardinals
6@ New York Jets
7vs San Francisco 49ers
8vs San Diego Chargers
9@ New England Patriots
10@ Oakland Raiders
11@ St. Louis Rams
12vs Miami Dolphins
13@ Kansas City Chiefs
14vs Buffalo Bills
15@ San Diego Chargers
16@ Cincinnati Bengals
17vs Oakland Raiders