27-Year-Old Wide Receiver – Denver Broncos
2014 Fantasy Football Outlook
Sanders enters a crowded situation in Denver with Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker and Julius Thomas the favorites to see most of Peyton Manning’s targets. But last year there was plenty of room for those...
Emmanuel Sanders Contract Information:
Signed a three-year, $15-million deal with the Broncos in March 2014.
Sanders (quad) returned to practice Thursday, Mike Klis of the Denver Post reports.
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Emmanuel Sanders: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)On the plus side, Sanders, who has not practiced since last Thursday and didn't play Sunday against the 49ers, was able to do some work with the team's strength and conditioning coaches off to the side on Wednesday. "We're just getting that quad back to 100 percent," coach John Fox noted. The wideout's status for Saturday's game against the Texans is thus cloudy, though there is nothing to indicate that Sanders' injury will linger into the regular season.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Sanders missed Friday's practice with a thigh ailment, which comes after he sat out a few practices at the beginning of this week with a quadriceps injury. Following last week's zero target debut with the Broncos, Sunday represented a fresh opportunity for Sanders to improve his rapport with quarterback Peyton Manning in a game setting. Now, with Sanders ruled out, he'll have to wait another week to make his first catch as a Bronco.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Sanders missed the past couple of practices to rest his quad and also attend to a personal matter. According to Tuesday's report, it appears the wideout has put both issues behind him. In advance of Sunday's second preseason game, expect Sanders to build on his understanding of the Broncos' offense, which could result in more playing time, especially after he wasn't targeted in Denver's exhibition opener.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)After one preseason outing, Sanders hasn't been targeted yet by Peyton Manning, but as the replacement for Eric Decker, Sanders should have little issue acclimating to his new climes. However, he may be limited in the short term with the aforementioned ailment.
Exclusive Fantasy Analysis (FREE PREVIEW)Sanders visited and came close to signing with several suitors, but Denver will be his eventual landing spot. He'll join a loaded receiving corps that already includes Demaryius Thomas, Wes Welker, and Andre Caldwell, and will likely fill the void left by Eric Decker, when he departed via free agency. Despite the competition for targets, Sanders should remain a quality fantasy option, as Peyton Manning has a knack for getting everyone involved. Sanders is coming off his best NFL season, where he produced career-highs in receptions (67), yards (740) and touchdowns (6).
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
With the departure of Mike Wallace, Sanders stands to inherit the Antonio Brown role. The problem is Brown is still around, and no one on the team is Wallace. At 5-11, 180, Sanders along with Brown are likely to form the smallest tandem of receivers in the league. Sanders runs a 4.4 40, and he’s got good quickness, so like Brown he's dangerous in the open field. But neither is suited to red-zone work, and with tight end Heath Miller still recovering from a major late-season knee injury, we'd have to think other receivers will be involved when the team gets near the goal line. Of course, third-round draft pick, Markus Wheaton, is yet another small, quick wideout in the Brown/Sanders mold, so maybe the Steelers are bucking the big-receiver trend on purpose.
A foot injury cost Sanders five games last year, but by that point he had already been supplanted by Antonio Brown as Ben Roethlisberger’s co-favorite receiver (along with Mike Wallace). At 5-11, 180, Sanders is small, but he’s got excellent speed, running a 4.4 40 at the NFL Combine a couple years ago and good quickness. With Hines Ward retiring and Wallace unhappy, Sanders could have an opening to take on a more significant role. But chances are he opens the year as the team’s No. 3 receiver.
Taken in the third round last year, Sanders progressed as the season went on, emerging as the team's third receiver behind Hines Ward and Mike Wallace. At 5-11, 180, Sanders has plenty of speed, but his lack of size limits his red-zone upside, and Wallace is the team's first option for stretching the field. Sanders broke his foot in the Super Bowl but is expected to be healthy for the start of training camp.
The speedy Sanders was taken in the third round of the 2010 draft. Considering the depth the organization has at the receiver position, he'll at best battle Atwaan Randle El for the third receiver spot. The number three spot served Mike Wallace well in 2009 (756 yards, 6 touchdowns), but with the team expected to run the ball a bit more this year, odds are whoever wins the day for the third receiver role will not match Wallace's output from last year.