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WR Emmanuel Sanders - Denver Broncos

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

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 19): Not only did Sanders not feast on the poor Colts secondary while his running mate Demaryius Thomas was hobbled with a hip injury, he appeared to be off with starting quarterback Trevor Siemian at times in a change from Week 1. He's only a low ceiling WR3/Flex heading into a matchup with Cincinnati.

Week 3: at Cincinnati Bengals

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Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Trevor Siemian did throw an interception last week (22/33 for 266 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception with one sack taken for zero yards), but his defense took two turnovers to the house and boosted the Broncos to a convincing 34-20 win over the Colts despite the mistake. Siemian relied on starting wide receivers Demaryius Thomas (seven targets for 5/90/0 receiving) and Emmanuel Sanders (eight for 3/36/0) while also finding starting tight end Virgil Green three times for 3/46/0. Unfortunately, Green suffered a strained right calf during the contest, and was in a walking boot after the contest. Stay tuned to his practice participation (or lack thereof) later on this week if you are invested in the Broncos' passing attack. The Bengals' pass defense is currently ranked 11th in the NFL averaging 219.0 net passing yards allowed per game, but they have coughed up five passing scores so far vs. three interceptions and just two sacks generated. Over the first two weeks of the season, Cincinnati has averaged 21.2 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (15th in the NFL); and 20.1 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (11th-least in the NFL); with 9.0 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (11th-most in the NFL). If Green can go this looks like a good matchup for him, but overall we rank this neutral for the Broncos' so-so passing attack. Also, C.J. Anderson has a great matchup in the rushing phase of the game, which likely minimizes the need for Siemian to pass the ball during this contest.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumLPts
1 vs CAR 50 0 0 0 8 5 49 0 0 4.9
2 vs IND 60 0 0 0 8 3 39 0 0 3.9
3 at CIN PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4 * * * *
3 at CIN PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 5 * * * *
3 at CIN PROJ-Bloom * 1 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 2 vs IND (8 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)

Sanders hauled in consecutive passes on Denver's first offensive drive of the game, the first on an out route to the right sideline, and the second a crossing route on the left side of the field. Sanders started the next drive out with a nice reception down the left hash on a play action pass. He was targeted in the back corner of the end zone at the end of the same drive, but Siemian overthrew him. Sanders had a step on his defender on a deep post route late in the 2nd quarter, but Siemian overthrew him again. Sanders was targeted on a play-action wheel route when Trevor Siemian threw his only interception of the day. With Sanders swinging out to the left behind the line of scrimmage, cornerback Darius Butler sniffed the play out and ran in to cut the pass off. Sanders drew a pass interference call in the 3rd quarter on a 3rd down target, extending the drive. Sanders led the team in targets(8) for the second week in a row, but finished well behind Demaryius Thomas in receiving yardage.

2016 Week 1 vs CAR (8 / 5 / 49 / 0 rec)

Sanders and Thomas were constants in all of Denver's offensive formations, along with tight end Virgil Green. Denver alternated between Norwood and Latimer as a third receiver and Janovich in the backfield as a lead blocker for Anderson. Sanders lined up outside in the two-receiver sets and saw some work from the slot when more wide receivers were brought in. Siemian looked Sanders' way early and often, overthrowing him on an out route during the first drive, then completing a similar pass to Sanders later in the same drive for a short gain. Sanders made a beautiful toe-tapping grab on the sideline during Denver's second offensive drive for a gain of 15, his longest of the night. He had another fantastic catch on a slant route in the third quarter where the defender held him badly enough to draw a flag. Sanders had a critical catch on the Broncos final scoring drive in the 4th quarter that put them within 2 yards of the end zone. Sanders led the team with 8 targets, and could see an increase if Demaryius Thomas misses any time with a reported hip injury.

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Latest News

Broncos | Denver receivers face tough test (Mon Sep 19, 04:07 PM) - Denver Broncos WRs Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders face a stingy Cincinnati Bengals pass defense in Week 3. The Bengals have allowed a combined nine catches for 108 yards to New York Jets WRs Brandon Marshall and Eric Decker and Pittsburgh Steelers WR Antonio Brown through the first two weeks of the season.

Our View: Not only do the Broncos WRs face a tough test, but QB Trevor Siemian also faces a tough defense. We've seen Siemian check down multiple passes as the Broncos starter over two games. That may not work against a swarming Bengals defense who is playing at home.

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Schedule

3@ Cincinnati Bengals
4@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
5vs Atlanta Falcons
6@ San Diego Chargers
7vs Houston Texans
8vs San Diego Chargers
9@ Oakland Raiders
10@ New Orleans Saints
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12vs Kansas City Chiefs
13@ Jacksonville Jaguars
14@ Tennessee Titans
15vs New England Patriots
16@ Kansas City Chiefs
17vs Oakland Raiders