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WR Emmanuel Sanders - Denver Broncos

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

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Summary

The numbers for Emmanuel Sanders will be the most drastically altered in the Broncos new-look passing game. Last year, Sanders put up career-best numbers with 101 catches, 1,404 receiving yards and nine receiving touchdowns. Nearly every week he made big plays for the Broncos as a deep target, with his run-after-the-catch ability or with his toughness catching passes in the middle of the field. In fact, there was only one game last year (Week 6 vs New York Jets) where Sanders scored less than seven points in PPR formats. This year things will be different for a couple of reasons. First, the Broncos are going to emphasize using two tight end formations. Some of the receptions that went for Sanders last year may be going to the likes of Owen Daniels and Virgil Green. Second, the Broncos want to use second-year receiver Cody Latimer more this season. When Latimer is on the field, Sanders will move inside to his more natural position of slot receiver. Latimer is a good red-zone target because of his wingspan and leaping ability, and that could take some touchdown opportunities away from Sanders. Finally, second wide receivers under Gary Kubiak historically don't do that much. The most productive second wide receiver Kubiak had in Houston was Kevin Walter. His best season (2008) saw him catch 60 passes for 899 yards and nine touchdowns. Expect Sanders to catch around 80 passes for about 1,000 yards and five touchdowns in 2015. (May 17)

FBG Staff Rankings

WR Redraft - 13, 8, 9, 11, 11, 12, 12, 12, 12, 13, 13, 13, 14, 15, 15, 16, 17, 19, 19
Overall Redraft - 28, 18, 23, 26, 26, 27, 27, 29, 30, 32, 32, 33, 35, 43, 48, 51
WR Redraft PPR - 13, 7, 9, 10, 11, 11, 11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 13, 13, 14, 15, 16, 16, 17, 17, 17, 19
Overall Redraft PPR - 29, 13, 23, 23, 23, 26, 26, 27, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 33, 37, 38, 43
WR Dynasty - 22, 17, 19, 21, 22, 24, 29, 30
Overall Dynasty - 39, 31, 34, 37, 48, 57, 67

Stats and Projections

YEARGRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
2012 PIT 16 1 4 0 75 44 626 1
2013 PIT 16 1 25 0 112 67 740 6
2014 DEN 16 8 44 0 141 101 1404 9
2015 PROJ-Dodds 16 7 * * 90 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 16 6 * * 92 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 16 0 * * 90 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 16 9 * * 92 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 28
WR: 13
Overall-PPR: 28
WR-PPR: 13

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Footballguys Articles

Gut Checks: WR Cody Latimer
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2015 Schedule

1vs Baltimore Ravens
2@ Kansas City Chiefs
3@ Detroit Lions
4vs Minnesota Vikings
5@ Oakland Raiders
6@ Cleveland Browns
7--- BYE WEEK ---
8vs Green Bay Packers
9@ Indianapolis Colts
10vs Kansas City Chiefs
11@ Chicago Bears
12vs New England Patriots
13@ San Diego Chargers
14vs Oakland Raiders
15@ Pittsburgh Steelers
16vs Cincinnati Bengals
17vs San Diego Chargers