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WR Emmanuel Sanders - Denver Broncos

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

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Sanders will be part of punt returns according to coach Gary Kubiak.

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Recent Stats and Projections

2 at KC 68 1 0 0 14 8 87 2 0 20.7
3 at DET 63 0 0 0 9 6 87 0 0 8.7
4 vs MIN 52 0 0 0 6 3 68 0 0 6.8
5 at OAK 55 0 0 0 12 9 111 0 0 11.1
6 at CLE PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 6 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2015 Week 5 vs OAK (12 / 9 / 111 / 0 rec)

Emmanuel Sanders had a busy afternoon against the Raiders, leading the Broncos in targets, receptions, and offensive yards. Sanders caught 9 of his 11 targets, and one of the incompletions was nearly a highlight-reel catch as Sanders laid out for a deep bomb and had it glance off his hands. Oddly, after being the biggest piece of Denver's offense through the first three quarters, Sanders was not targeted in the fourth. Still, this seems to be an aberration and the lone blemish on an otherwise productive day.

2015 Week 4 vs MIN (6 / 3 / 68 / 0 rec)

In an uncommon turn of events, Denver's passing offense barely looked Emmanuel Sanders' way in the first half against the Vikings as he failed to gain a single yard. He got his hands on the ball just five times in the half-- three times fair-catching punts, once on a 3rd-and-4 conversion that was called back due to an illegal formation, and once on a deep pass that he couldn't come down with; at full extension, it would have been a difficult catch, but we've certainly seen him make tougher. Denver and Sanders seemed intent on remedying that lack quickly in the second half, as Sanders hauled in a deep pass down the left sideline and raced for 43 yards before getting dragged down, setting Denver up with first-and-goal. Other than yet another 3rd-down conversion, (this time an 8-yard gain on 3rd-and-2), that was pretty much Sanders' day. The lack of targets was likely just a fluke; bigger games remain clearly in his future.

2015 Week 3 vs DET (9 / 6 / 87 / 0 rec)

Emmanuel Sanders was once again Mr. Consistency for Peyton Manning and the Broncos against the Detroit Lions. He converted yet another third down for the team with a 16-yard grab on 3rd-and-13, and would have followed that shortly after with another 3rd-down conversion had another Denver receiver not stepped in front of him and impeded his path to the ball. Sanders also matched Thomas' phenomenal 4th-and-1 catch with a key grab of his own, stealing a 34-yard pass out of the hands of a waiting defender to put Denver in the red zone on their final drive as they tacked another touchdown onto their lead.

2015 Week 2 vs KC (14 / 8 / 87 / 2 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

For the second consecutive week, Emmanuel Sanders was the best offensive player on the field for the Denver Broncos. He continues to be a one-man drive-sustainer; Denver converted six 3rd-down attempts against Kansas City, and Sanders accounted for five of them, including both of his touchdowns. In fact, until a Demaryius Thomas catch with a minute and a half left, Sanders was the only Bronco to extend a drive on 3rd down. For the season, Denver has converted fifteen times on 3rd down, and Sanders has been responsible for eleven of them, (compared to three for Demaryius Thomas and one for C.J. Anderson). Whenever Manning has needed someone to make a play, he has looked Sanders' way. To his credit, Sanders has usually delivered; his numbers would look even better still were it not for several more overthrows on plays where Sanders had his man beat deep.

2015 Week 1 vs BAL (12 / 8 / 65 / 0 rec)

Emmanuel Sanders might have missed the preseason with a lingering hamstring injury, but he was perhaps the only offensive player for Denver who did not look rusty against the Ravens. Picking up where he left off after a phenomenal 2014, Sanders was virtually uncoverable and was clearly Manning's go-to in high leverage situation. For the game, Sanders was responsible for six of Denver's nine third-down conversions, (five via reception, one via defensive holding penalty). He could have had an even better game, as he had beat his defender and was open deep three times only to see Manning overthrow him.


Latest News

Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders breaks 100 yards (Sun Oct 11, 11:24 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders had nine catches for 111 yards in a 16-10 win over the Oakland Raiders in Week 5.

Our View: Sanders is getting open at will, but touchdowns are tougher to come by in the latter day Peyton Manning offenses. He's a borderline WR1 in PPR leagues and should come up big at Cleveland next week.
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Broncos | More touches for Emmanuel Sanders? (Sat Oct 10, 02:14 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders could be more involved in the offense moving forward. Head coach Gary Kubiak said it's important to get Sanders more involved, adding that he's a playmaker for the Broncos.

Our View: So much for a smaller role. Sanders said before the season started that his role would be smaller this year under Kubiak. Now, Sanders is on pace for 100 catches after having 101 catches last year. Fantasy owners need to have Sanders and Demaryius Thomas (and TE Owen Daniels) locked into the lineup in what should be a big day through the air against the Raiders in Week 5.
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Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders to be more involved (Thu Oct 8, 03:36 PM) - Denver Broncos head coach Gary Kubiak said the Broncos are looking to get WR Emmanuel Sanders more involved in the offense.

Our View: Sanders started off very involved, with one more target over Demaryius Thomas over the first two weeks (26-25) but has tailed off the last two weeks (just 15 minutes over that span compared to Thomas' 25) so we'd like to see an increase as well. The question is whether teams adjusted or if Peyton Manning just looked elsewhere - or a combination of both happened. We project a return to the high-target days of the first two weeks and be a borderline WR1/WR2 play.
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Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders has mediocre day (Sun Oct 4, 10:12 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders posted three receptions for 68 yards in the Week 4 game against the Minnesota Vikings. He was targeted six times.

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