WR Emmanuel Sanders - Denver Broncos
|5-11, 180||Born: 3-16-1987||College: Southern Methodist||Drafted: Round 3|
News you need to know
From Mark Wimer's Monday injury report (Mon Nov 17): Sanders was concussed in the game on Sunday - he'll have to undergo the NFL's concussion protocols before resuming football activities.
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 17): Sanders took a massive hit from Rodney McLeod and suffered a concussion, which is too bad considering that he was on his way to another huge game. Even if he misses Week 12 because of his injury, Sanders should be back in Week 13 at the latest, and he looks like the kind of player that could win leagues for you with defenses focused on Demaryius and Julius Thomas.
General News (Thu Nov 20): did not practice on Thursday. Sanders, however, is able to exercise as part of his concussion protocol. He'll be evaluated further Friday.
General News (Wed Nov 19): did not practice on Wednesday.
General News (Tue Nov 18): suffered a concussion in the third quarter of the Week 11 game against the St. Louis Rams, but he appeared to be alert in the postgame locker room. He needs to go through the NFL protocol before he is cleared to return.
Week 12: vs Miami Dolphins
Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Peyton Manning had a misfire against the Rams, throwing more interceptions (two) than TDs (one) for the first time this season, while posting 34/54 for 389 yards passing. It was also his first game this season with only one passing score - he's had at least two in all of his other games, and averages three per contest (30 TDs over 10 games played). This off game has the clear look of an aberration, folks - this is not the start of a trend. Julius Thomas exited the St. Louis game early due to a sprained ankle that looks fairly minor as of mid-week, so it looks like Thomas dodged the injury bug despite having a mere 2/3/0 receiving during the loss in St. Louis. Demaryius Thomas (10 targets for 7/103/0 receiving) and Emmanuel Sanders (eight for 5/102/1) still posted respectable games despite the struggles of Manning. Don't panic Manning owners/Denver fans - it's time to R-E-L-A-X, as Aaron Rodgers might say. The Miami pass D ranks second in the NFL averaging 208.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with 14 TDs given up vs. 10 interceptions and 30 sacks generated so far (tenth- and third-ranked, respectively). Last week, Buffalo was held without a TD in either phase of the game (Kyle Orton posted 22/39 for 183 net yards, zero TDs or interceptions, with two sacks taken for -10 yards), while Matthew Stafford and company managed 27/42 for 288 net yards, two TDs and one interception thrown, with three sacks taken for -19 yards vs. Miami two games back. Manning and company face a tougher-than-usual matchup this week, but he remains an elite fantasy option no matter who Denver faces. David Dodds projects Manning to be the third-best fantasy quarterback in the land during Week 12.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2014 Week 9 vs NE (16 / 10 / 151 / 0 rec)
Emmanuel Sanders spent a bit of time with Darrelle Revis in coverage, but had most of his receptions and yards against New England's third cornerback, Malcolm Butler. Sanders continued to show that he is Denver's most versatile receiver as he gained yards on an array of short, intermediate, and deep passes. Aside from a few successful crossing patterns, Sanders was unable to get many yards after the catch, but his quickness helped him repeatedly get open for a team-best 7 first downs. Denver even put him back to return kicks in an effort to get some kind of spark. Unfortunately for Sanders, his last two targets of the day were two of his rare failures, with a four-yard gain on 4th-and-5 and an incompletion on 4th-and-1 dimming whatever slim hopes Denver had of an unlikely comeback. 4th-down struggles aside, Sanders was the brightest spot on an otherwise shaky offense.
2014 Week 10 vs OAK (8 / 5 / 67 / 2 rec, 1 / 5 / 0 rush)
Emmanuel Sanders remains one of Peyton Manning's favorite targets and put up his second multi-touchdown game of the last three weeks despite never having had one in his career before. Sanders' first touchdown was on what is quickly becoming one of Manning's favorite plays; Sanders used his quickness to get behind his defender on the outside and Manning dropped a fade pass over the top deep down field. It was the third touchdown of the season for Sanders on that very play. His second touchdown came on a crossing pattern in the red zone that Manning squeezed in between two defenders. While there were a few opportunities to make a highlight play that Sanders failed to capitalize on, he continued to secure nearly every catchable pass that came near him, showing why he has earned so much trust from Manning in his first season with the team.
2014 Week 11 vs STL (8 / 5 / 102 / 1 rec)
Emmanuel Sanders' dream season continued early against the St. Louis Rams, with 89 yards and a touchdown in the first half of play. His touchdown looked like many of his so far this year, with Sanders using his quickness off the line to get immediately behind the defense and his long speed to increase the advantage from there; Sanders caught the ball 30+ yards downfield with no defenders anywhere near him and walked into the end zone from there. Unfortunately, Sanders was the subject of a bone-crunching hit shortly after halftime that ended his day early. Sanders extended out for a deep pass that he just missed, and while he was still defenseless in the air a St. Louis defender slammed into him at full speed. The hit was shoulder-to-shoulder, but the impact was jarring enough to whip Sanders' head and still leave him with a concussion, leaving him out for the rest of the game.
Latest NewsBroncos | Emmanuel Sanders will play against Miami (Fri Nov 21, 01:43 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (concussion) practiced in full Friday, Nov. 21, and is probable for Week 12 against the Miami Dolphins, according to head coach John Fox. link to story Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders practicing (Fri Nov 21, 01:11 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (concussion) is participating in practice Friday, Nov. 21. link to story Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders to be evaluated (Thu Nov 20, 07:40 PM) - Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (concussion) has done conditioning work and will be evaluated again Friday, Nov. 21. Our View: We've got fingers crossed. If he plays, he's a great WR2 against Miami this weekend.
link to story Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders able to exercise (Thu Nov 20, 02:58 PM) - Updating a previous report, Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (concussion) is able to exercise as part of his concussion protocol. Our View: Great news for the Broncos and Sanders owners, who can expect WR2 numbers from him this week. Sanders has had more than 100 yards three out of the last four weeks. Ditto for games with a touchdown. There will be more of the same against Miami--if he's cleared from his concussion.
link to story Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders not on field (Thu Nov 20, 01:11 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (concussion) is not participating in practice Thursday, Nov. 20. Our View: We have to keep an eye on his concussion, but if he does play, we see him as a very good WR2 this week against Miami. The Dolphins are solid on defense, but Peyton Manning and his receivers should be successful.
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