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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 - 31, 19, 22, 24, 25, 25, 28, 28, 29, 30, 33, 35, 39, 44, 46, 48, 58
Overall Redraft - 72, 45, 52, 55
WR Redraft PPR - 32, 18, 22, 23, 23, 24, 28, 29, 30, 31, 33, 33, 35, 46, 48, 52, 56
Overall Redraft PPR - 71, 40, 46, 47, 57
WR Dynasty - 46, 32, 38, 40, 41, 56, 59, 66
Overall Dynasty - 98, 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 * * 65 * * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 16 0 * * 80 * * *
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.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
Preseason Watch List: AFC West
  Jason Wood - July 21
Keeper Leagues: Looking For Future Free Agents
  Jeff Tefertiller - July 16
How to Attack Your Small-League PPR Draft
  Jeff Tefertiller - July 15
The Gut Check No.302: PPR Tiers
  Matt Waldman - July 14
Player Spotlight: Wes Welker
  Mark Wimer - July 9

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Latest News

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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Broncos | Wide open behind Top 3 receivers (Wed Jul 16, 11:31 PM) - Denver Broncos WRs Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Emmanuel Sanders will be the top three wide receivers, with WRs Andre Caldwell and Cody Latimer also in the plans. Undrafted WR Isaiah Burse has potential but will have to show some significant pop in the preseason games to earn a potential job as return man and possible sixth receiver.

Our View: Latimer is the player to watch here. He's likely to be a starter in 2015 on the outside with Sanders moving into the slot next year. For this season, don't go overboard on Latimer but know the team may mix him in when they get near the red zone because of his size and wingspan. Latimer is a talented player who could have been a first-round pick.
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Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders excited (Wed Jul 9, 09:32 AM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders said it feels like he landed in 'wide receiver heaven' when he signed with the team. 'The thing that I like about the Broncos is there is really no No. 1 guy,' Sanders said. 'Peyton always goes with the favorable matchup and that's what I'm really liking about this offense. Any guy could go off for 180 yards or 100 yards with 10 catches any week, week in and week out, just based off of matchups.'

Our View: Sanders fantasy stock continues to pick up steam. You probably have to take him in the sixth round at the latest, but he is going as early as the fourth. If he can stay healthy, there's no reason he won't be at least a solid WR2, and he might approach Eric Decker's WR1 numbers. Consider Sanders a steal until he gets into the top 20 receivers going off of the board.
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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