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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 Nov 20): Sanders followed up one of his best games of the year with one of his worst. The Broncos are likely to make a quarterback change, which won't exactly help things. The matchup is good against the Raiders this week, but Sanders is more bench depth than a core part of our starting wide receiver groups.

General News (Wed Nov 22): did not practice on Wednesday.

Week 12: at Oakland Raiders

All WR vs OAK

FBG says: matchup.

Recent Stats and Projections

9 at PHI 29 0 0 0 5 1 30 0 0 3
10 vs NE 55 0 0 0 11 6 137 0 0 13.7
11 vs CIN 76 0 0 0 8 2 15 0 0 1.5
12 at OAK PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 4 * * * *
12 at OAK PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 4 * * * *
12 at OAK PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 11 vs CIN (8 / 2 / 15 / 0 rec)

Hauled in a short slant route on Denver's first offensive drive of the day. Osweiler found Sanders on an out route early in the 2nd for an 8 yard gain, then Sanders disappeared for the rest of the contest. Sanders had a step on his defender on a deep corner route late in the 4th, but Osweiler overthrew him badly. Sanders was targeted on the Broncos last offensive play of the game, a desperate 4th and short with less than a minute left in the game and a 3 point deficit. Osweiler threw the slant route low and a diving Sanders could not come up with it.

2017 Week 10 vs NE (11 / 6 / 137 / 0 rec)

Sanders appears to have returned to form after an ankle injury caused him to miss a few starts this season. In addition to creating space and getting open downfield, he did a fantastic job running the ball after the catch. Sanders broke quite a few tackles on his shorter receptions, racking up yards after the catch. He came out hot, amassing nearly 100 yards before the 1st quarter ended. He got open for a gain of 31 down the left sideline on Osweiler's first pass attempt of the day. He caught another deep curl down the right sideline and broke a tackle for a nice run after the catch later in the drive. Sanders converted 3rd and long later in the 1st with a 38 yard catch and run on a slant from the right slot. Sanders made a beautiful leaping catch over a defender midway through the 2nd quarter, and another toe-tapper on the sideline that same drive, putting him over the 100 yard mark before halftime. Sanders had a step on his defender in the end zone just before the half, but Osweiler put too much air under the ball, sailing it out the back of the end zone. Sanders converted another 3rd and long in the 3rd quarter by getting wide open on an out route, but cooled considerably in the 2nd half.

2017 Week 9 vs PHI (5 / 1 / 30 / 0 rec)

Sanders returned to the offense opposite Thomas, drawing a distant second in target totals(5) to Thomas(12). Sanders' defender drew a holding penalty on his first target of the day, an out route in the 1st quarter. Sanders' only catch of the day was a deep corner route in the 2nd quarter on a well-executed play action pass that picked up 30 yards.

2017 Week 6 vs NYG (8 / 5 / 76 / 0 rec)

Sanders was invisible the 1st half as Siemian showered Demaryius Thomas with passes. Sanders finally secured a target on Denver's opening drive of the 3rd quarter, a slant route for 11 yards. He pulled in two consecutive skinny posts later in the 3rd quarter, picking up 1st down yardage with both. Sanders picked up a 1st down with a diving sideline catch on an out route, and was targeted again by Siemian on a badly thrown crossing route. Landon Collins, diving for the errant pass from another direction, cut Sanders legs out from under him. Sanders left the game with a bad ankle sprain.

2017 Week 4 vs OAK (5 / 4 / 27 / 0 rec)

Sanders hauled in a short out route late in the 1st quarter, then had a beautiful toe-tapping catch on the left sideline the next play. Siemian hit Sanders on a slant inside the 5 yard line late in the 3rd quarter, and Sanders somehow recovered the ball on the next play when it was batted straight into the air at the LOS and covered by a pile of bodies. It was a slow day in the passing game as the Raiders pass rush left Siemian no time in the pocket, and Sanders finished with 4 catches for 27 yards on 5 targets.

2017 Week 3 vs BUF (15 / 7 / 75 / 0 rec)

Sanders drew 15 targets in the losing effort, outpacing Demaryius Thomas(9 targets). It just seemed like he was wide open almost every play, and Siemian/Sanders narrowly missed out on several more connections for big yardage. Sanders got wide open down the right sideline for a gain of 29 yards in the 1st quarter, his longest gain of the day. Sanders had an even bigger gain negated on a questionable ruling in the 2nd quarter. Sanders caught a deep pass on the run and took a couple of steps before falling to the ground and bobbling the ball briefly. It looked as though Sanders had completed the catch and taken a couple of steps before fumbling on the ground, but the official review stated otherwise. Siemian peppered him with targets in the short and intermediate game as well, connecting on several slants to help move the chains. It was a bit of a disappointing day Sanders was targeted 15 times, but he did manage to collect 75 yards on 7 receptions.

2017 Week 2 vs DAL (8 / 6 / 62 / 2 rec)

On Denver's first drive, two plays after Demaryius Thomas caught a quick slant and turned it into a big run up the sidelines, Sanders ran what looked like exactly the same play. He lined up wide right, caught a quick inward slant and then turned around to race up the right sideline for a gain of 28. Sanders capped the drive off with a short post route for a touchdown, catching the ball in a torrential downpour of rain. Sanders caught another touchdown to end the 2nd quarter, leaving his defender behind on a sharp out route and hauling the ball in just inside the pylon. Sanders was dead even with Thomas on targets(8) and catches(6). Thomas had a few more yards, but Sanders gathered the most fantasy points with the two touchdowns.

2017 Week 1 vs LAC (6 / 3 / 26 / 0 rec)

Sanders just narrowly missed a diving catch in the end zone on a deep corner route in the 1st quarter. The touchdown pass glanced off his fingertips. He hauled in a quick screen in the 3rd quarter for a 1st down. Sanders had an amazing catch and run midway through the 3rd quarter, catching a quick pass and bouncing the ball all the way across the field on his way to making most of the team miss. He secured a touchdown pass but landed out of bounds in the waning seconds of the 3rd quarter, ending the night with the 2nd most targets(6), 3 catches, and a paltry 26 yards.


Latest News

Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders leads the way (Mon Nov 13, 08:27 AM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders had six catches for a game-high 137 yards in the Week 10 loss to the New England Patriots.

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Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders set to play (Sun Nov 12, 12:45 AM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) is expected to play against the New England Patriots in Week 10, according to a source.

Our View: Sanders is still just a low WR3/Flex option because of his ankle injury and Brock Osweiler being in at quarterback despite the statistically good matchup against the Patriots pass defense. They improved in the two weeks going into the bye and might not be the creampuff we saw in the first part of the season.
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Broncos | Denver injury report for Friday (Fri Nov 10, 05:03 PM) - Denver Broncos OT Donald Stephenson (calf) was limited in practice, while LB Todd Davis (ankle) and WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) practiced in full on Friday, Nov. 10. All three are listed as questionable for Week 10 against the New England Patriots. RB C.J. Anderson (ankle, illness), RB Jamaal Charles (rest), WR Bennie Fowler (ankle), WR Cody Latimer (knee), OG Ronald Leary (elbow), LB Brandon M. Marshall (shoulder), C Matt Paradis (back), NT Domata Peko (rest), LB Shane Ray (wrist), S Darian Stewart (thigh), WR Demaryius Thomas (hamstring) and DE Derek Wolfe (neck) practiced in full and have been removed from the report.

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Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders still questionable (Fri Nov 10, 02:05 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) is listed as questionable on the injury report in advance of the team's game versus the New England Patriots in Week 10.

Our View: Sanders should play, but between Brock Osweiler and the evidence that he's not 100%, he's only a fringe WR3/Flex candidate this week.
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Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders logs full practice (Thu Nov 9, 07:16 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) practiced in full Thursday, Nov. 9, one day after he was a limited participant.

Our View: We will watch this on Friday to see if he gets a second full day in, but right now he's still a WR4.

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