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WR Emmanuel Sanders - Denver Broncos

5-11, 180Born: 3-16-1987College: Southern MethodistDrafted: Round 3, pick 2010

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 15): Sanders had a nice game against the Rams and he should dodge Patrick Peterson in Week 7, making him a good WR2/WR3/Flex play on Thursday night.

Week 7: at Arizona Cardinals

All WR vs ARI

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

3 at BAL 60 1 35 1 9 5 38 0 0 13.3
4 vs KC 54 1 18 0 7 5 45 0 0 6.3
5 at NYJ 73 0 0 0 14 9 72 0 0 7.2
6 vs LAR 56 0 0 0 10 7 115 1 0 17.5
7 at ARI PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 5 * * * *
7 at ARI PROJ-Tremblay * 0 * * 5 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Emmanuel Sanders's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 6 vs LAR (10 / 7 / 115 / 1 rec)

Sanders and Lindsay were the only receivers that Keenum could get anything going with for most of week 6. Sanders led the team with 10 targets. He started his day with a shallow crossing route in the 1st quarter that failed to convert 3rd down. He made a nice run after the catch on a WR screen later in the 1st. Sanders appeared to score on a beautiful deep ball down the left sideline at the end of the 1st quarter, but he was ruled down at the 1 yard line and drew a taunting penalty that backed the offense up 15 yards to the Rams' 16. Denver eventually settled for a field goal. Sanders kept the momentum going in the second quarter, hauling in another quick pass at the line of scrimmage and picking up good yardage with the run after the catch. Sanders scored in the 3rd quarter, lining up in the slot with two other receivers on the right side of the formation and beating his man with a nifty double move. Sanders made a great effort to extend the ball into the end zone for the score after being hit on the 3 yard line. Sanders drew a facemark penalty at the end of the 4th quarter, extending a late Broncos scoring drive. Sanders topped 100 yards and scored his first receiving touchdown(he had a 35 yard TD rush in week 3) since week 1. The 43 yard reception is tied for his longest of the year.

2018 Week 5 vs NYJ (14 / 9 / 72 / 0 rec)

Sanders drew a team high 14 targets, considerably more than Thomas, Sutton, and Booker, who all tied for the second most with 6. Sanders did most of his work in the 4th quarter. He caught his first target halfway through the 1st quarter on a WR bubble screen, bouncing off a couple of tackles for a nice gain. Keenum hit him for a big gain on a skinny post early in the 4th quarter. Sanders hauled in a quick screen two plays later. Keenum hit him again with a bubble screen from the Jets 10 yard line, but Sanders was dropped at the line of scrimmage. Sanders was the target of a desperate Keenum heave on 4th and 3 from the Jets 5 late in the 4th quarter, but he couldn't secure the bad pass with a diving effort. Sanders racked up several more targets on the final drive of the game, hauling in a short slant pass early in the drive, then a skinny post inside the Jets 10 yard line near the end of the drive. Keenum hit him again on an out route following the skinny post, and Sanders took the ball down inside the 5 yard line, nearly finding paydirt. The drive was unfortunately ended when Sutton let a Keenum pass bounce off his hands to a defender.

2018 Week 4 vs KC (7 / 5 / 45 / 0 rec, 1 / 18 / 0 rush)

Sanders, Thomas, and Heuerman all drew a team-high 7 targets. Sanders caught a WR screen for a short gain late in the 1st quarter on his first target. He was mostly quiet for the 1st half but heated up in the last 2 minutes, catching consecutive passes for first downs as Keenum led the two minute spread offense. Sanders faked the end around often on plays, helping with misdirection in the backfield. He did carry the ball in the 3rd quarter for an 18 yard gain, following a great lead block by Janovich downfield. Sanders made an amazing sideline catch at the end of the 4th quarter, keeping the final drive alive by converting 4th and 11.

2018 Week 3 vs BAL (9 / 5 / 38 / 0 rec, 1 / 35 / 1 rush)

Sanders led the receiving core in targets with 8, but couldn't get any big plays going in the passing game as Keenum struggled to push the ball deep. Sanders lined up wide right and scored on an end-around rush in the 1st quarter, following excellent downfield blocks by Sutton and fullback Janovich. Sanders caught his first target on a shallow crossing route in the 2nd quarter. Sanders hauled in another short gain on a similar play later in the 2nd quarter. Sanders had a bad drop on a wide-open slant route late in the 3rd quarter, but made up for it with nice diving effort the following play. He converted 3rd and 6 later in the same drive with another tough, diving catch on a curl route.

2018 Week 2 vs OAK (4 / 4 / 96 / 0 rec)

Sanders was quiet for the first half as QB Keenum struggled to get anything going in the passing game, but Sanders was a perfect 4 of 4 on his limited targets after half time. Courtland Sutton caught a curl route and successfully pitched the ball to Sanders on a hook and ladder play at the end of the first half, but Sanders was brought down without scoring as time expired. Keenum hit Sanders up the seam for a nice gain on the first play of the 3rd quarter. Later in the 3rd, Sanders lined up in the slot on the right side of the formation and got wide open up the seam again for another big gain. Sanders got close to the end zone in the 4th quarter, catching a slant route before going down inside the Raiders' 5 yard line. Sanders had another clutch catch for a 20 yard gain and a first down as the Broncos drove down the field for their game winning two-minute drill.

2018 Week 1 vs SEA (11 / 10 / 135 / 1 rec)

Sanders clearly has the best chemistry with Keenum of all the receivers at this point. He led the target share with 11 targets to Thomas's 10, and he was much more efficient with his looks, hauling in 10 total. Sanders got hot early, clearing 115 yards and 7 receptions in the first half alone. He snagged his first target of the day, a toe-tapping 15 yard gain that converted 3rd and long on Denver's opening offensive drive. Sanders got wide open and showed off his speed on a deep crossing route in the second quarter, hauling in the pass from Keenum then turning it up the sideline for a 43 yard touchdown. Sanders had a beautiful diving catch down the left sideline late in the second quarter for another big gain. Sanders tacked on a few more catches in the second half, with DT taking over more in the last half of the game.


Latest News

Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders posts 115 yards, score (Sun Oct 14, 11:42 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders posted seven catches for 115 yards and a touchdown on 10 targets in Week 6 against the Los Angeles Rams.

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Broncos | Nine grabs for Emmanuel Sanders (Sun Oct 7, 07:19 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders posted nine catches for 72 yards on 14 targets in Week 5 against the New York Jets.

Our View: Sanders broke into the box score mostly late during garbage time. He could be in danger of a value hit if Case Keenum is benched because he has been Keenum's favorite receiver. He'll be a WR3/Flex play against the Rams next week.
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