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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 Oct 27): When Peyton Manning rains touchdowns down on his receivers, sometimes it pours. Sanders already an every week play on catches and yards, with the addition of a multi-TD upside each week, he's a fantasy WR1.

Week 9: at New England Patriots

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Peyton Manning: 10 TDs, zero interceptions, and 69/94 for 841 yards passing over the past three games (73.4% completion percentage during that time span). Any of his given receivers can go off for a giant game in any given week this season. It was Emmanuel Sanders turn last week vs. San Diego (nine targets for 9/120/3 receiving). It was Demaryius Thomas' turn vs. San Francisco two games back (nine targets for 8/171/2). Julius Thomas had multiple TDs vs. the Jets three weeks back (five for 4/51/2), while Demaryius Thomas threw down for 10/124/1 receiving out of 12 targets. Perhaps Wes Welker will be the apple of Manning's eye at New England? "It could be his [Welker's] day next Sunday against New England," Manning said after San Diego was blown out last week. Bottom line here is that Manning has to be in your starting lineup if you managed to land him for your fantasy team. The Patriots' pass D allowed 21/35 for 231 net yards, three TDs (and two two-point conversion passes) and one interception to Jay Cutler and Jimmy Clausen last week (with three sacks for -18 yards), and coughed up 20/34 for 205 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions thrown (with three sacks for -21 yards) to now-benched Geno Smith two games back. To date they are second in the NFL averaging 210.9 net passing yards allowed per game, with a hefty 14 passing scores allowed over eight games, vs. eight interceptions (tied for seventh in the NFL) and 21 sacks (tied for ninth) generated so far. However, Denver has allowed just eight sacks this season (tied for second-best in the NFL), and gave up zero to San Diego last week after allowing two sacks to San Francisco and the New York Jets during the previous two games. This is a tougher-than-usual matchup for Manning and company, but he's so automatic that you have to keep him in the saddle for this showdown against his rival for MVP most years (Tom Brady).

Recent Stats and Projections

5 vs ARI 2 8 0 9 7 101 0 0
6 at NYJ 0 0 0 6 3 38 0 0
7 vs SF 0 0 0 3 3 41 1 0
8 vs SD 1 6 0 9 9 120 3 0
9 at NE PROJ-Dodds 1 * * 6 * * *
9 at NE PROJ-Tremblay 1 * * 6 * * *
9 at NE PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs NYJ (6 / 3 / 38 / 0 rec)

Sanders had a quiet game by his standards, though he once again led all Denver receivers in snaps played. As a team, Denver had its lowest passing output of the season, and Sanders was held under 100 yards for the first time in four games. Sanders did little to distinguish himself on tape, but Denver hardly needed him to.

2014 Week 7 vs SF (3 / 3 / 41 / 1 rec)

In 2013, Denver frequently featured smaller, quicker receivers like Wes Welker in the red zone. In 2014, most of Denver's touchdowns had come on throws to large receivers outside of the numbers. In fact, coming into the game, no receiver in the NFL had more yards or targets without having scored a touchdown than Denver's Emmanuel Sanders. Against San Francisco, Sanders got his name off of that list with a dominant red-zone performance. Sanders got the scoring started early with a touchdown on 3rd-and-goal from the three on Denver's opening drive. According to the stat sheet, that was Sanders' only score of the day, but Emmanuel Sanders also twice drew pass interference calls in the end zone, setting Denver up with first-and-goal from the 1 and leading to two more easy touchdowns. In between, Sanders also gained 18 yards on 1st-and-10 and 20-yards on 3rd-and-7, finishing with a huge offensive impact on his five targets.

2014 Week 8 vs SD (9 / 9 / 120 / 3 rec, 1 / 6 / 0 rush)

After being held without a touchdown in his first five games, Emmanuel Sanders has been on quite the scoring tear in recent weeks. Sanders added three more touchdowns to his season total against San Diego, notching the first multi-touchdown day of his career. Unlike Demaryius Thomas, Sanders didn't just exploit a single matchup, as Denver moved him all over the field. Sanders caught passes against five different San Diego defenders in coverage, with no individual defender drawing more than three of Sanders' targets. Sanders also drew Manning's lone deep attempt of the game, a beautiful 31-yard touchdown that was dropped down right over the top of good coverage. Sanders caught everything that came in his direction, often with of acrobatic and improbable catches, and even received a carry for good measure. The lone flaw on an otherwise perfect performance was a fumble at the sidelines late in the game with Denver trying to run out the clock. Fortunately for Sanders, Denver was able to recover and retain possession.


Latest News

Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders scores three TDs (Fri Oct 24, 12:06 AM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders had nine catches on nine targets for a team-high 120 yards and three touchdowns in the team's Week 8 game Thursday, Oct. 23.

Our View: Sanders hadn't hit paydirt through the first five weeks, but we know that was just a temporary condition. He has the same low WR1/high WR2 value that Eric Decker had last year.
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