WR Emmanuel Sanders - Denver Broncos
|5-11, 180||Born: 3-16-1987||College: Southern Methodist||Drafted: Round 3, pick 2010|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 14): Sanders got banged up and had to leave the game with the Titans. There is hope that he'll be ready for Thursday to face the Chiefs, but his health makes him a very risky play despite the good matchup.
General News (Wed Oct 16): practiced fully on Wednesday and is not on the team's injury report. He will be available to play this week.
General News (Tue Oct 15): practiced fully on Tuesday.
General News (Tue Oct 15): was able to practice Tuesday, Oct. 15, and there is optimism he will be able to play in Week 7 versus the Kansas City Chiefs.
General News (Mon Oct 14): was unable to finish the team's Week 6 game due to a knee injury. His status for Week 7 is unclear at this time.
Week 7: vs Kansas City Chiefs
FBG says: Neutral matchup. Joe Flacco has been far from spectacular this season, and he is coming off a couple of lackluster games with fewer than 190 passing yards and two interceptions to just one touchdown. Flacco has now thrown an interception in five straight games and has just one multi-touchdown game this season. With backup Drew Lock still sidelined, Flacco is all this passing offense has and will continue to lead the Broncos for the foreseeable future. His favorite and most consistent target continues to be Courtland Sutton. Sutton has led the team in targets for four straight weeks and has finished with over 60 receiving yards in all but one game this season. He has averaged over 20 yards per reception over the course of his last two games as Sutton has been getting open downfield and making some great catches. Emmanuel Sanders had been playing through a knee injury that limited him in the past two games, and while it appeared he suffered a setback last week, he has been a full participant in practice and should be ready for Thursday. Both Royce Freeman and Phillip Lindsay offer viable check-down options from the backfield, but the passing workload between them has been evenly split (26 targets each) and rather unpredictable so far this season. The Chiefs passing defense continues to play decent football considering how terrible they are playing against the run. Last week, they forced two interceptions for the second time this season while limiting Deshaun Watson to just one passing touchdown. They have allowed multiple passing touchdowns in just two of six games this season, however, last week was the first high-quality passing offense they had played thus far. Charvarius Ward has been their best cornerback in coverage while Bashaud Breeland has struggled on the other side. This duo did have success in limiting both T.Y. Hilton and DeAndre Hopkins to disappointing stat lines in the past two weeks, but they by no means are capable of consistently shutting down opposing WR1's. Both Courtland Sutton and Emmanuel Sanders should still have an advantage in this one, especially considering the lack of pressure a banged-up Chiefs defensive line is generating right now. It is also worth noting that this defense has given up the second-most receiving yards (72) and receptions (8) per game to the tight end position. While they have limited any one tight end from having a particularly massive game, they have consistently been allowing production to that position which could bode well for Noah Fant to have somewhat of a breakout game this week.
Recent Stats and Projections
Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36
Emmanuel Sanders's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.
Recent Game Summaries
2019 Week 6 vs TEN (3 / 1 / 0 / 0 rec)
Sanders managed one catch on a bubble screen that was brought down at the line of scrimmage. He sat out the second half after apparently aggravating a knee injury that had slowed him some in practice this week.
2019 Week 5 vs LAC (1 / 1 / 9 / 0 rec)
Sanders showed us how low his floor can be in this offense with just one reception. He was a complete non-factor as Denver wisely dialed back Flacco's workload after the Broncos jumped out to an early lead. Sanders hauled in one out route for a 9 yard gain in the 3rd.
2019 Week 4 vs JAX (9 / 5 / 104 / 0 rec)
Sanders passed the 100 yard mark for the first time this season as he and Sutton both drew a team-high nine targets. Sutton found the end zone twice, but Sanders had the edge in yards. Sanders had a diving catch on an out route from Flacco on the first play of the game. Sanders nearly found the end zone when he broke loose on a long catch and run on a deep out route early in the 2nd quarter, but he was brought down inside the 10 yard line after a 39 yard gain. Flacco tried Sanders deep a couple more times in the first half, but couldn't connect on the long balls. Sanders picked up a big gain on a deep crossing route late in the 4th quarter. He grabbed his leg after going down on the play, but hopped up and broke another big gain on a deep post route two plays later in the drive. Though he didn't leave the game, he might be popping up on the injury report this week.
2019 Week 3 vs GB (4 / 2 / 10 / 0 rec)
Sanders had a slow performance after a hot start in his first two games back from an Achilles injury. He caught a short out route in the 1st quarter, then curl out up the seam halfway through the 2nd quarter before disappearing for the rest of the contest. Sanders nearly saved his day with a touchdown as he was targeted in the end zone later in the 2nd quarter, but the ball careened off a defender's hands just before Sanders could secure it in the back left corner.
2019 Week 2 vs CHI (13 / 11 / 98 / 1 rec)
Sanders dominated targets with 13, ahead of Sutton, Lindsay, and Freeman who all drew 7 looks from Flacco. He got right to work hauling in a slant route from the right slot on the first offensive play of the game. Sanders shifted over to the left slot and caught a similar looking pass two plays later. Sanders made an amazing catch between four defenders on a 3rd quarter out route. He narrowly missed a touchdown when he was tackled at the two yard line late in the 4th on a shallow drag route. He was the intended target on Flacco's late 4th quarter interception, but the fault lies with the QB who just overthrew the ball. Sanders tied the game up with a breath-taking, toe-tapping catch over tough coverage from CB Fuller on a corner route in the back of the end zone. Sanders also caught the ensuing 2-point conversion with a short out route.
2019 Week 1 vs OAK (7 / 5 / 86 / 1 rec)
Sanders didn't get going until late in the 1st half, pulling in a slant route for a short gain from the slot on his first target. He turned up the heat in the 4th quarter with a 53 yard gain straight down the middle of the field on a bomb from Flacco. Sanders tiptoed down the sidelines and spun away from a tackle for a big run after the catch on the next drive, then capped it off with a touchdown on a back shoulder short out route from the Oakland two yard line with just over two minutes left. Sanders was second on the team in targets and looked to be behind Sutton as Flacco's number 2 option for most of the game.
Latest NewsBroncos | Emmanuel Sanders practices in full (Wed Oct 16, 03:37 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee) was a full participant in practice Wednesday, Oct. 16. Our View: Sanders knee was bothering him last week before the Titans game. It flared up during the game and held him to just 25 snaps. The team needs him to be at his best against the Chiefs. Sanders is more of a 'what the heck' flex on Thursday night due to this knee problem.
link to story Broncos | Denver's Tuesday practice report (Tue Oct 15, 05:51 PM) - Denver Broncos CB Bryce Callahan (foot) was listed as a non-participant in practice Tuesday, Oct. 15, while CB Duke Dawson (foot), OT Ja'Wuan James (knee) and DE Derek Wolfe (hip) were limited. DE Shelby Harris (ribs), OG Ronald Leary (shoulder), NT Mike Purcell (knee), WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee) and S Will Parks (wrist) were listed as full participants. All of Tuesday's listings were estimates, as Denver held a walk-through as opposed to a formal practice. Our View: Sanders was out there with no brace on his knee. It looks like he's going to be able to play on Thursday night against the Chiefs. Sanders is a 'what the heck' flex for Fantasy GMs this week if he plays.
link to story Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders practices Tuesday (Tue Oct 15, 02:13 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee) was able to practice Tuesday, Oct. 15, and there is optimism he will be able to play in Week 7 versus the Kansas City Chiefs. Our View: Sanders has had a knee injury that has limited him over the last two weeks. The Broncos have a short week as they play the Chiefs in Week 7 on Thursday night. If Sanders plays, consider him more of a 'what the heck' flex with the team moving to a run-heavy mode against a Chiefs defense that struggles to stop the run.
link to story Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders listed as limited (Mon Oct 14, 05:40 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee) was limited during practice Monday, Oct. 14. The Broncos did not hold a practice Monday, so this is an estimation. Our View: The word out of Denver is that Sanders knee injury is minor. We'll see if he can practice later in the week. The team needs him as they don't have much behind Courtland Sutton in the WR corps.
link to story Broncos | Emmanuel Sanders suffers knee injury (Sun Oct 13, 06:32 PM) - Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (knee) suffered a knee injury during the Week 6 game and will not return. Our View: Courtland Sutton is the clear #1 receiver now. Sanders is unlikely to be ready for the Thursday night game against the Chiefs. Rookie Juwann Winfree should be active for the game in his stead.
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