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WR Emmanuel Sanders - Denver Broncos

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

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Week 3: at Seattle Seahawks

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Super Bowl Rematch! Peyton Manning had a nightmare from the very first snap of the Super Bowl on February 2, 2014 - he eventually posted 34/49 for 280 yards passing, one TD and two interceptions, with one sack taken for -1 yards, but the final score was 8-43 in favor of Seattle. One of the interceptions that Manning threw was returned for a pick-six TD. Manning is the fifth-ranked fantasy quarterback through two games, but is tied for the league lead with six passing scores - he's thrown 43/62 for for 511 yards, six TDs and zero interceptions so far this year (with 5/-4/0 rushing in typical Peyton Manning fashion). Five of Manning's six TDs have gone to tight ends this year, with 13 targets for 11/143/4 flowing to Julius Thomas and one for 1/4/1 landing in Jacob Tamme's arms. Demaryius Thomas has seen 18 targets for 9/110/1 receiving, tied with Emmanuel Sanders at 18 targets (for 14/185/0 receiving) to lead the team in targets so far this season. Manning has a wealth of receivers to choose from, and it looks like Wes Welker will be back in action during Week 3, unless there is a hang-up with the new NFL-NFLPA drug testing agreement. Seattle was exposed by the Chargers on Sunday - San Diego piled up 28/37 for 276 yards passing, three TDs and zero interceptions, while Philip Rivers was sacked just once for -8 yards. Antonio Gates snaffled up all three TDs with seven targets for 7/96/3 receiving - Seattle trailed the final three quarters of the game. To date, Seattle ranks 18th in the NFL averaging 225.5 net passing yards allowed per game, with four passing scores given up vs. one interception generated. There are some lessons for the Broncos to learn from last week's game. Manning was frustrated by the Seahawks seven months ago - he has a tough neutral matchup ahead in the Seahawks' vociferous house this week. The rushing matchup is bad for the Broncos, so if they are to be competitive in this game it will be up to Manning and his passing arm.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 vs IND 1 11 0 9 6 77 0 0
2 vs KC 1 -2 0 9 8 108 0 0
3 at SEA PROJ-Dodds 1 * * 4 * * *
3 at SEA PROJ-Tremblay 1 * * 4 * * *
3 at SEA PROJ-Bloom 1 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 1 vs IND (9 / 6 / 77 / 0 rec, 1 / 11 / 0 rush)

Emmanuel Sanders started his Denver Broncos career with a bang, catching the ball on each of Denver's first three offensive plays and finishing as the team's second-leading receiver. With Welker out, Sanders spent time both outside and in the slot, catching short targets in the middle and drawing a pair of deep targets down the field. One of his deep targets was well off the mark, but the other resulted in a spectacular 40-yard gain after Sanders simply outran the coverage to get open. Sanders also showed off another aspect his speed can add to the offense, as Manning faked an inside handoff to the left only to pitch it to Sanders on the end-around to the right, resulting in an easy first down. All told, few Broncos were a larger part of the game plan against Indianapolis than Sanders.

2014 Week 2 vs KC (9 / 8 / 108 / 0 rec, 1 / -2 / 0 rush)

For the second consecutive week, Denver's game plan called upon going to new receiver Emmanuel Sanders early to set the tone, and Sanders responded with his first 100-yard receiving game for the Broncos. On the very first pass of the afternoon, Sanders easily outran the coverage to get huge separation on a 48-yard reception. After that one deep throw, Sanders mostly lined up outside and ran short sideline routes. Sanders saw no involvement on 3rd downs except for his final target of the day, a 4-yard gain on 3rd-and-6 where Sanders was met by two defenders and had no chance to convert. Sanders was also involved in a very bizarre play near the end of the first half, as Sanders went to his knees to catch a low pass at the line of scrimmage, then inexplicably just dropped the football untouched as a defender approached. Sanders was bailed out by the officials, who ruled the play incomplete on the field and did not see enough evidence on review to overturn that initial call.


Latest News

Broncos | Wes Welker to return to slot (Wed Sep 17, 04:31 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Wes Welker will return to the slot receiver position in Week 3 against the Seattle Seahawks, moving WR Emmanuel Sanders back outside opposite WR Demaryius Thomas. WR Andre Caldwell will return to the No. 4 receiver role.

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Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders reaches century mark (Mon Sep 15, 12:39 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders led the team with eight catches for 108 yards in Week 2 against the Kansas City Chiefs. It was the first 100-yard game of his career.

Our View: Sanders called Denver "wide receiver heaven" for a reason. He's clearly a major part of the passing game, and we don't expect his target total to dip that much upon the return of Wes Welker. Sanders is the replacement for Eric Decker, and he doesn't run the same routes as Welker does...even though he can play the slot if necessary.
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Broncos | Andre Caldwell starting Week 1 (Sun Sep 7, 06:51 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Andre Caldwell is listed as a starter for Week 1 against the Indianapolis Colts Sunday, Sept. 7, in place of the suspended WR Wes Welker. The team is expected to use a combination of WRs Emmanuel Sanders, Demaryius Thomas and even their running backs in the slot for Week 1. The team might also use two tight ends while using flex TE Jacob Tamme in the slot.

Our View: Caldwell is looking like the safer PPR play, while Cody Latimer's rumored red zone involvement makes him the upside play in nonPPR leagues. Both are worth consideration as flex material simply by being one of Peyton Manning's targets tonight against a weak defense.
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Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders expected to play (Fri Sep 5, 04:23 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (thigh) practiced in full Friday, Sept. 5, and is probable for Week 1 against the Indianapolis Colts.

Our View: Don't hesitate to play Sanders against the Colts. He had five catches for 128 and two scores in a half in the third preseason game.
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