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WR Emmanuel Sanders - Denver Broncos

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

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Week 8: vs San Diego Chargers

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. This is a crucial AFC West showdown between two of the hottest offenses in the NFL - it should be an exciting, fast-paced game under the Thursday Night lights in Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium tomorrow. An aside - according to Demaryius Thomas, Peyton Manning himself planned the 'keep away' prank after Manning broke the NFL career-TD mark with 509 TDs during the destruction of San Francisco last week. In true Manning fashion, he reportedly had his receivers practice it during the week, too. Manning plans all aspects of his offensive performance each week, friends. He is a model of preparation and hard work. The Broncos have benefited from Manning's hard work this year, currently sitting at 5-1 after destroying the 49ers 42-17 last week. Manning threw 22/26 for 318 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions before taking the fourth quarter off and letting Brock Osweiler get some regular-season snaps under his belt (Osweiler mostly handed the ball off, with just one passing attempt for zero yards). Demaryius Thomas continued on his insane tear through the league with nine targets for 8/171/2 receiving, catching TD 509 from Manning, while Emmanuel Sanders (three for 3/41/1) and Wes Welker (three for 3/50/1) both also found pay dirt. Only favorite tight end Julius Thomas (six targets for 4/27/0) missed out on the TD catch party last weekend. It's all good for the Broncos' passing attack, friends. The Chargers' pass D is ranked third in the NFL allowing an average of 209.6 net yards per game, with 11 passing scores given up vs. four interceptions (tied-18th in the NFL) and 15 sacks (tied for 16th in the NFL) generated to date. The Chargers coughed up a modest 19/28 for 211 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions to Alex Smith last week (three sacks taken for -11 yards), but were bombed for four TDs by Derek Carr two weeks ago (18/34 for 282 net yards, with one interception thrown and zero sacks taken). It's fair to say this secondary has been up and down over the recent past. Denver has home field advantage, but San Diego isn't a pushover in this phase of the game - we see this as a neutral matchup with neither side holding a huge edge, but Peyton Manning is so hot right now you shouldn't let a neutral matchup scare you off of him as your starting quarterback.

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 PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 6 * * *
8 vs SD PROJ-Tremblay 1 * * 5 * * *
8 vs SD PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 5 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs ARI (9 / 7 / 101 / 0 rec, 2 / 8 / 0 rush)

As a sign of the respect that Emmanuel Sanders has quickly come to command during his short time in Denver, the Arizona Cardinals assigned their top cornerback, Patrick Peterson, to cover Sanders on Sunday. As a sign of how effective Sanders has been, Peyton Manning didn't avoid the matchup, and Sanders finished with 4 catches for 55 yards on 6 targets with Peterson in coverage. Sanders twice beat Peterson on third down. On one of those plays, Sanders was so open that he was initially able to get up after catching the ball and run 77 yards for the touchdown, although upon review the officials ruled that Peterson barely managed to touch Sanders before his knee came off the ground, leaving Sanders with a 30-yard gain.

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.


Latest News

Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders looking for first TD (Sat Oct 11, 01:25 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders leads the team in receptions and receiving yards but has yet to score through four games. Sanders and the Broncos face a New York Jets defense that has allowed six touchdowns to wide receivers.

Our View: Sanders has been outstanding this season and even if Demaryius Thomas continues to play as well as he did last week (though we stop short of predicting another 226 yard day), he should continue to put up great numbers. In fact, we have both as WR1 options this week, though Thomas is rated higher than Sanders.

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Overall Dynasty - 97, 75

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