WR Emmanuel Sanders, Denver Broncos
HT: 5-11, WT: 180, Born: 3-16-1987, College: Southern Methodist, Drafted: Round 3
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Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full ADP list]Overall: J Maclin (69), R Griffin III (70), Emmanuel Sanders (71), M Colston (72), M Wallace (73)
Position: J Edelman (68-WR25), J Maclin (69-WR26), Emmanuel Sanders (71 - WR27), M Colston (72-WR28), M Wallace (73-WR29)
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PPR Average draft position
Current as of August 25th. [Full PPR ADP list]Overall: K Wright (68), J Maclin (69), Emmanuel Sanders (70), M Colston (71), M Wallace (72)
Position: K Wright (68-WR26), J Maclin (69-WR27), Emmanuel Sanders (70 - WR28), M Colston (71-WR29), M Wallace (72-WR30)
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Talk about an upgrade! Emmanuel Sanders was one of the splashiest moves the Broncos made in free agency this offseason. Heíll take the place of departed free agent Eric Decker as the teamís 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 heís stayed healthy for the last two years after foot problems plagued him in 2010 and 2011. Now itís 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.
Latest NewsBills | Emmanuel Sanders attending OTAs (Tue Jun 1, 06:03 PM) - Buffalo Bills WR Emmanuel Sanders is at the team facility for organized team activities Tuesday, June 1. Our View: Sanders has bounced around the last few years (Broncos, 49ers, Saints) but has the consistency to be a valuable target for QB Josh Allen. He'll start on the outside opposite of Stefon Diggs with Cole Beasley working the slot. The presence of Sanders does limit the snap potential for Gabriel Davis, but we still appreciate him in dynasty formats.
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2013 Game Summaries
Week 1 - Sanders saw the first target of the game on the very first play. He allowed the ball to go through his hands as the defender hit him from behind. McCourty played the receiver well, but Sanders should have come up with the reception. A few plays later, the Steelers faked a screen before trying to hit a wide open Sanders at the first down marker. Roethlisberger overthrew him however. Sanders finally got his reception later on the same drive as he kept working in his route to catch an eight yard pass for a first down. Roethlisberger almost overthrew Sanders again to start the offense's second drive, but the receiver adjusted well for an eight yard gain. A screen play resulted in no gain as Roethlisberger again threw a high pass to Sanders that forced him to extend. The receiver dropped his first target of the second half as he couldn't control a tough pass as he fell out of bounds. Sanders caught a 20 yard pass to start the fourth quarter when he was wide open on a crossing route. A screen pass for eight yards started a drive for the Steelers in the fourth quarter. Roethlisberger went straight back to Sanders deep down the sideine, but he couldn't make a tough reception with a defender all over him. It was too little, too late, but Sanders made an outstanding reception late in the fourth quarter for a first down.
Week 2 - Roethlisberger's first pass went deep down the field for Sanders. Sanders was working in single coverage against Adam Jones, but Roethlisberger overthrew him. Sanders' first receptionc ame in the second quarter as he caught a curl route just in front of Leon Hall for nine yards. On third and eight in the second quarter, Sanders ran a deep in route for the first down. Sanders did well to absorb a hit as the ball arrived. Roethlisberger went straight back to Sanders, as he caught a quick slant route before running past a defender in the open field to get to the goalline. Sanders' next reception came midway through the third quarter, as he caught a quick screen when he was immediately tackled for no gain. Roethlisberger tried to hit Sanders down the sideline, but Sanders was well covered by Newman and the ball came down at the sideline. He caught it, but couldn't keep his feet inbounds. The Bengals sent a blitz on second and 10, which forced Roethlisberger to adjust at the snap. He found Sanders on a quick slant route for an eight yard gain over the middle.
Week 3 - Sanders beat Charles Tillman deep down the sideline and would have been in for a long touchdown, but just like in Week 2, his quarterback overthrew him. Sanders second catch came behind the line of scrimmage, as Tillman came up and tackled him immediately. Sanders caught a deep pass after Roethlisberger extended the play when he settled down in zone over the deep middle of the field. Sanders caught a bubble screen in the third quarter for a 10 yard gain. Sanders caught a 10 yard pass on the sideline underneath against prevent defense late in the fourth quarter.
Week 4 - Sanders was quiet initially, but he caught a huge pass down the sideline with a defender tight on his back. Sanders didn't see another target until midway through the second quarter. Roethlisberger slightly overthrew him in the flat, but the receiver was able to pull the ball down with his arms extended. Sanders caught Roethlisberger's first pass of the second half on a curl route for a first down. Roethlisberger threw an interception when trying to find Sanders in the third quarter. Sanders faked to go in one direction after the play was extended past his route, but he only fooled his quarterback who threw the ball straight to a defender. Sanders caught a quick pass with a defender in his face for a first down late in the third quarter.
Week 6 - Sanders first target came on the Steelers second drive, but he slipped coming out of his break on an out route. Sanders' first reception came on a quick slant in the second quarter when he broke a tackle to get down the field for a first down. On third and 2, the Steelers ran play-action and Sanders came free wide open down the field. While the play-action was effective on the defense, it wasn't the reason that Sanders came free as he beat Antonio Cromartie with his route. Roethlisberger looked for Sanders deep down the sideline on the next drive, but he slightly overthrew him against tight coverage. In the fourth quarter, Sanders caught a screen pass before breaking a few tackles. He fumbled the ball after a few yards, but was able to recover it.
Week 7 - Sanders wasn't targeted until late in the second quarter. He ran a curl route against single coverage for an eight yard gain on first down.
Week 8 - Sanders' first reception came early in the first quarter, but he was tackled for a loss on a well defended bubble screen. Sanders caught a quick slant on third and six for four yards soon after. In the third quarter, Sanders converted a third and 17 on a deep out route. In the fourth quarter, Sanders caught an easy touchdown from Roethlisberger when he was wide open underneath at the goal line. On the next drive, Sanders caught an eight yard curl route. Sanders caught a 20 yard pass down the seam late in the fourth quarter. Sanders caught a 30+ yard pass when there was no time left on the clock.
Week 9 - Sanders reversed the field on a blown bubble screen for his first reception. He turned a short loss into an eight yard gain with his speed. Sanders then came free down the left sideline when he cleanly beat a defensive back for a big gain. In the fourth quarter, Sanders made an excellent diving reception deep down the field on a post route. A few plays later, he caught an out route underneath for six yards. Late in the fourth quarter, Sanders did well to catch a low pass on an in route for a first down. On the final drive of the game, Sanders caught an in route for seven yards.
Week 10 - Sanders first reception was a screen pass when he did well to get his hands underneath a very low pass from his quarterback. That low pass caused a three yard loss on the play. Sanders' second reception came soon after, but it was a short gain on third and four. Despite his early struggles as a receiver, Sanders created a big play with his elusiveness and speed on an end-around. Sanders adjusted well to a pass that was behind him when he was running a quick out. He caught the ball falling to the ground which took away any of his YAC potential. In the fourth quarter, Sanders ran a shallow crossing route for a first down.
Week 11 - Sanders' first reception went for just two yards as the Lions defended a screen pass well. Sanders dropped his next target on the next drive, as Roethlisberger threw him a very low pass on a curl route. Sanders left the game with a foot injury very early in the second quarter.
Week 12 - Sanders caught a quick pass in the flat on the very first play of the game before shaking a defender and sprinting down the sideline for a first down. Sanders caught a seven yard curl route on first and 10 in the second quarter. Sanders caught a bubble screen late in the second quarter for nine yards. In the two minute drill to close out the second half, Sanders had caught a seven yard curl route towards the beginning of the drive. Another seven yard curl route came in the third quarter, but went for a first down. Sanders caught a slant route for a touchdown in the third quarter after Jason Campbell's fumble set them up in the red zone. Sanders caught an in route for a first down in the fourth quarter.
Week 13 - Sanders caught a bubble screen for his first reception, but he was stopped almost immediately as the Ravens flew to the football. Sanders came free down the sideline, but couldn't make a diving reception and pulled up injured after the play. Sanders returned to the game and adjusted well to a tipped pass underneath for a five yard reception. Sanders converted a third and long as he kept working in his route after Roethlisberger extended the play. Sanders caught a crossing route on third down that was stopped just short of the first down marker. After LeVeon Bell brought the Steelers down the field in the third quarter, Sanders kept working late in a passing play for the Steelers' first touchdown. Sanders converted a third and three with a seven yard curl route for a first down against tight coverage.
Week 14 - Sanders' first target came on the second drive in the end zone. He ran a curl route at the goal line and Roethlisberger found him with an accurate pass. Sanders caught a bubble screen for a first down late in the third quarter. Early in the fourth quarter, Sanders caught a first down pass on third and eight.
Week 15 - Sanders' first reception didn't come until early in the second quarter. He hadn't been targeted, but just like his teammates he fit perfectly in the gameplan. Sanders caught a bubble screen before breaking a tackle and escaping down the sideline for a big play. On the following play, Sanders bobbled the ball when thrown to in the flat so he was stopped for a loss. Although there didn't appear to be a specific reason why, Sanders caught a third pass in succession as he ran a curl route for a first down. A low throw from Roethlisberger on a screen pass in the second quarter gave Sanders another bubble screen that went for a loss. Although he was somewhat on the peripheral of this game, Sanders made a decisive play in the fourth quarter when he escaped three defenders for a first down that allowed the Steelers to extend a time-killing drive.
Week 16 - After two false start penalties on his teammates, Sanders was sought out by Roethlisberger on third and 14. He settled for a nine yard gain as the Packers defense crowded around him. The Steelers offense typically focuses on Antonio Brown and LeVeon Bell and it continued to early in this game. However, it was Sanders who caught their first touchdown. After Roethlisberger extended the play at the goal line, Sanders kept working in his route to come free in the end zone for an easy score.
Week 17 - Sanders had one target in the first quarter, but he was well covered in the end zone so Ben Roethlisberger couldn't fit the ball into him. He continued to be on the periphery of the game into the secnod quarter, before his first catch went for nine yards and a first down. Sanders caught another deep curl route for a first down with less than a minute left in the first half. He wasn't targeted again during the game before being taken out in the fourth quarter with the other starters. If this was Sanders' final performance in a Steelers' jersey, it was a forgettable one.