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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 - 26, 21, 21, 22, 23, 23, 23, 23, 24, 24, 24, 25, 25, 26, 27, 31, 32, 32, 32, 32, 32, 34, 36, 39, 40
Overall Redraft - 67, 49, 52, 53, 53, 54, 55, 55, 55, 55, 60
WR Redraft PPR - 29, 21, 22, 22, 22, 22, 22, 23, 23, 24, 25, 26, 26, 28, 29, 31, 32, 32, 32, 32, 34, 35, 36, 39, 41, 48
Overall Redraft PPR - 65, 48, 49, 50, 51, 53, 54, 55, 55, 59, 59, 60
WR Dynasty - 45, 32, 39, 47, 54, 56
Overall Dynasty - 84, 58

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 * * 67 * * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 16 0 * * 70 * * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 16 0 * * 76 * * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 16 1 * * 63 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 71
WR: 27
Overall-PPR: 70
WR-PPR: 28

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Latest News

Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders recovery (Tue Aug 26, 05:12 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (quadriceps) is still not at 100 percent in his recovery from an injured right quadriceps. Sanders takes breaks during practice to avoid aggravating the injury.

Our View: Sanders fragility has been an issue during his career at Pittsburgh, and it appears that it is already an issue in Denver. Second-round pick Cody Latimer is poised to take the field if Sanders or Welker go down. Make sure to stash him away in all but the shortest bench leagues.
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Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders to play Sat.? (Fri Aug 22, 11:16 AM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (quadriceps) had a full practice Thursday, Aug. 21, and he could play in the team's third preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23.

Our View: Sanders played in Week 1 of the preseason against the Seattle Seahawks. He didn't record a catch, and looking back on that decision it was probably a mistake. Sanders has WR2 upside, but his current ADP (WR30, 6.10) in 12-team PPR leagues make him a value pick.
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Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders getting close (Wed Aug 20, 10:29 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (quadriceps) was involved in practice Wednesday, Aug. 20, but he is not working in 'live' setting yet. Head coach John Fox would not rule out Sanders' return from a quadriceps injury in time for the preseason game Saturday, Aug. 23, against the Houston Texans.

Our View: Sanders not playing in the third preseason game should give us pause and perhaps wait on him a round or so more than we would if he was healthy. He will be solid WR2 when he is starting because of being in a Peyton Manning offense, but Sanders has struggled with durability throughout his career.
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Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders sits out preseason game (Sun Aug 17, 09:17 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (quadriceps) did not play in the second preseason game. Sanders missed some practice time this week, and the team wants to be cautious with Sanders.

Our View: Sanders has been a bit fragile over the course of his career, with multiple serious foot issues. Still, he is the right kind of talent to excel in the screen game and draw matchups against slower defensive backs who are overmatched by the Broncos pass offense. He's a value in the 7th or later on upside alone, but he has to stay healthy to capitalize on that promise.
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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