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WR DEN

College: Southern Methodist | 9 years
Height: 5'11" | Weight: 180 lbs
Birth Date: 3/17/1987
2019 Bye Week: 10

Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 WR

2019 RTSports Outlook

Sanders suffered a torn Achilles' late in the season, missing the last four games. He was still 23rd overall in fantasy receiver scoring despite the missed time. He had three 100-yard games and at least four receptions every game. If he plays all 16 games, Sanders finishes with 95 receptions for 1,157 yards and five touchdowns. He is 32 years old and coming off a major injury, but Sanders should be the top target in this offense once again. He has 1,000-yard seasons three of his last five. A new quarterback could be a positive for Sanders this year after some erratic play at the poison last season. Sanders has top speed and can stretch the field in a hurry. He is a big-play threat in the passing game. Sanders also isn't a bad route runner, making his niche as a legit possession receiver with the Broncos. Fantasy Outlook: Sanders isn't an elite fantasy receiver but a good No. 2 for fantasy teams. He'll get his weekly receptions and yards. Just don't expect huge touchdown totals as he has 11 the past three years. He'll get around 80 receptions for 1,000 yard and six or so scores.

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RotoBaller's Outlook

Emmanuel Sandershas now had back-to-back seasons where he has missed time due to injury. While on the field, his numbers have fallen due to poor play from the quarterback position as well. The latest injury (Achilles) has long recovery time and is something that owners should factor in as they prepare for drafts. With Sanders not expected to be ready until July, he will ultimately start off the 2019 season slowly. With new QB Joe Flacco under center as well, he is missing out on quality snaps to develop a connection. Gone will be the days of Sanders as a starting caliber player in fantasy. With younger players on the roster inCourtland Sutton and Daesean Hamilton, facing the 21st ranked schedule, and on a team that will likely be more run-based, Sanders could be in store for a long year. His current ADP as WR37 is still a little high and should come down as the summer progresses. He should only be viewed as a matchup play type of fantasy asset in 2019.

This article first appeared on RotoBaller.com.

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Player Notes
Aug 20 3:00pm ET

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders returned to action on Monday night against the San Francisco 49ers, coming off an Achilles injury over the offseason. Sanders showed no signs of losing steps from his injury, as he hauled in one target for eight yards, as well as tallied 19 rushing yards on an end-around run that silenced any doubters of his week one outlook. The veteran wide receiver looks to solidify his spot as the Broncos WR1, as the two young bucks behind him on the roster are vying for his job.

From RotoBaller

Aug 20 12:33am ET

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (ankles) made his preseason debut against the San Francisco 49ers on Monday, Aug. 19, returning from double ankle surgery. He had a five-yard catch, a 19-yard run on a reverse and one long reception called back due to penalty.

Fantasy Spin: It was a successful return to game action for Sanders, and he looked good, particularly on the reverse which saw him juke his way to a solid gainer while putting stress on those ankles. He heads into 2019 as a low-end WR4 in most fantasy formats, and he'll be jockeying with emerging stud Courtland Sutton for the No. 1 job in the Mile High City.

From TheHuddle

Aug 19 1:13pm ET

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) will play Monday, Aug. 19, in his first game since tearing his Achilles' tendon last December.

Fantasy Spin: Sanders' ADP has dropped considerably from his usual career levels; he's going in the middle of the 10th round on average as a WR4. He still figures to be the Broncos' lead receiver in a group including sophomores Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton, and rookie Juwann Winfree. He could prove to be one of the best steals in 2019 drafts.

From TheHuddle

Aug 18 3:30pm ET

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders anticipates that he will be able to play week one, as the Broncos take on the Raiders in Oakland. Sanders season ended early last year due to an Achilles injury, but he has eased his way into practice this offseason and seems to be ready to go for 2019. The veteran receiver will have to be on his A-game to keep his role as the primary receiver in Denver, as the young guns alongside him fight for his job.

From RotoBaller

Aug 13 2:13pm ET

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) said Tuesday, Aug. 13, he doesn't believe he'll be on a snap-count limit come Week 1 of the regular season.

Fantasy Spin: Sanders has tumbled down the WR ranks due to last season's injury and age (32), but he continues to appear well ahead of schedule in training camp. It's a very real possibility that he winds up leading the Broncos in receiving and proves to be an extremely valuable late-draft fantasy pickup.

From TheHuddle

Aug 12 9:23pm ET

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles, ankle) said he underwent surgery on his right ankle during the offseason. Sanders said he dealt with problems with his ankle for the last two seasons.

Fantasy Spin: Sanders appears to be making good progress in his recovery and should be ready for the start of the regular season. He is on track to be the No. 1 receiver for the Broncos in 2019 and can be considered a No. 2 or No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues.

From TheHuddle

Aug 12 3:23pm ET

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) is expected to play at some point during the preseason, according to head coach Vic Fangio. Sanders was a full participant in 11-on-11 practice Monday, Aug. 12.

From TheHuddle

Aug 4 1:03pm ET

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) saw 'quite a bit' of playing time during the team's 11-on-11 drills Sunday, Aug. 4, at training camp.

Fantasy Spin: Sanders continues to be ahead of the timeline in his return from a ruptured Achilles and could prove to be a bargain at his current WR5 ADP.

From TheHuddle

Jul 29 8:03pm ET

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) participated in team drills during practice Monday, July 29.

Fantasy Spin: Sanders probably will not play in any preseason games but appears to be on track for the start of the regular season. He has a chance to be at least a No. 3 receiver in fantasy leagues if he is healthy.

From TheHuddle

Jul 24 8:53pm ET

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) participate in some snaps during seven-on-seven drills Wednesday, July 24. Head coach Vic Fangio said he hopes Sanders will be able to do more and more as camp goes on.

Fantasy Spin: Sanders appears to be making solid progress in his recovery but probably will not play in a game until the regular season. He will be the main target in the passing game if he is healthy and can be a No. 3 receiver in some fantasy leagues.

From TheHuddle

Jul 21 9:43pm ET

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) continues to participate in the early portions of practice with the team before leaving to work with trainers, head coach Vic Fangio said Sunday. July 21. 'It's a slow but sure process,' Fangio said. 'Everything is good so far. He's where we expected him to be and even a little bit more.'

Fantasy Spin: While Sanders continues to make progress, it seems unlikely he is going to be top form by Week 1. If you are willing to be patient, he could become a solid WR3 by the end of the year.

From TheHuddle

Jul 18 3:43pm ET

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) didn't participate in team periods at practice Thursday, July 18, but told NFL Network's James Palmer he could do them if he was allowed by the coaches and training staff. Sanders is expected to a 'full go' for practice in two to three weeks, according to Palmer.

Fantasy Spin: To be clear, clearance for full practice does not necessarily mean he is fully healthy. With that said, Sanders seems to be well ahead of schedule from the Achilles tear that ended his season just over eight months ago. At this point, the only question would appear to be if he'll see any action during preseason games; there seems to be no indication he's in any danger to miss Week 1. Nevertheless, owners should not expect him to begin this season at the same peak form he exhibited throughout most of 2018.

From TheHuddle

Jul 17 2:03pm ET

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles') will not open camp on the Physically Unable to Perform list, according to team president John Elway.

Fantasy Spin: Sanders is a tough decision later in drafts this year. He's aging, and he's coming off an Achilles' injury. He's a risky WR4 or a WR5 flyer.

From TheHuddle

Jul 16 11:20pm ET

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) said he's "definitely not going to be full-go from the jump" at the start of training camp. He will gradually work into full activities and wants "to be ready for Week 1." It's no lock that the 32-year-old will be ready for Week 1, so that definitely makes him a risky fantasy proposition going into the 2019 season. Sanders started his Denver tenure with three straight 1,000-yard seasons from 2014-16, but he's underwhelmed since. He bounced back some with 71 receptions for 868 yards and four touchdowns in only 12 games last season. Sanders hasn't played in a full season since 2016 and will obviously have injury concerns again this year.

From RotoBaller

Jul 16 3:33pm ET

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) told The Athletic's Nicki Jhabvala that he is 'definitely not going to be full-go from the jump' in training camp. He also said the plan is to gradually work him back to full practices.

Fantasy Spin: It goes without saying Sanders is a high-risk player for fantasy purposes this year, as Achilles tears are among the worst injuries for players who rely on making Quicken sharp cuts as much as receivers do. Sanders and fantasy owners alike should feel fortunate if he can regain his 2018 form at any point this season, making him more of a low-end WR4 option at best.

From TheHuddle

Jul 1 12:53pm ET

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles') feels Week 1 is a realistic return date, and that he can return to Pro Bowl form.

Fantasy Spin: Sanders is 32 and coming off one of the most debilitating injuries for an aging player. You can take a flyer as a PPR WR5, but there is very little upside.

From TheHuddle

Jun 7 8:20pm ET

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) was running full speed and was working on lateral movements last month, and he posted a video on his Instagram account on Friday showing him running routes and catching passes. Back in the lab running routes. Month and a half till training camp. Bout to turn up the heat, Sanders wrote. The 32-year-old has played in 12 games each of the last two seasons due to injuries, but he put up 71 catches for 868 yards and four touchdowns in 2018. He could be behind in training camp but should be able to be ready for Week 1, barring any setbacks. With Demaryius Thomas gone, Sanders should be quarterback Joe Flacco's No. 1 target in 2019 if he's fully healthy.

From RotoBaller

Jun 5 7:00pm ET

Denver Broncos head coach Vic Fangio said he thinks that wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) will be back before people think, but his hunch isn't based on anything medical. Sanders has been making progress this offseason, but he will be 32 years old this year and isn't a lock to play in the preseason or even in Week 1 yet. When healthy, he's expected to be Joe Flacco's No. 1 wideout, with second-year receiver Courtland Sutton emerging as another go-to target. Sanders had 71 catches for 868 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games last year, but he's a pretty big fantasy risk at his age coming off a serious ailment.

From RotoBaller

Jun 4 6:13pm ET

Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) could return sooner than people think, according to head coach Vic Fangio on Tuesday, June 4. Fangio said his prediction wasn't based on any medical update. The receiver played just the first 12 games of the 2018 season before being placed on injured reserve.

Fantasy Spin: Sanders totaled 868 yards and four touchdowns off of 71 catches. The 32-year-old will enter the 2019 campaign atop a depth chart including Courtland Sutton, DaeSean Hamilton, and Tim Patrick, and with new QB Joe Flacco. He's a fringe WR2.

From TheHuddle

May 9 12:10am ET

Denver Broncos wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders (Achilles) isn't putting a timetable on his return from a torn Achilles last year a few days after running at full speed. He said he's "still sore every now and then" but has "been feeling good." Sanders started to work on his lateral movement with trainers on Tuesday, but his straight-line speed has him encouraged. The veteran wideout tore his Achilles on Dec. 5 during a practice. The 32-year-old caught 71 passes for 868 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games this year and hasn't hit the 1,000-yard mark since 2016. While his fantasy value will be down going into 2019 drafts, he could be a potential value pick if he's ready to go in Week 1 as the team's No. 1 receiver.

From RotoBaller

Player Transactions
  • 04-Feb-2019: DEN - Off IR - torn Achilles
  • 05-Dec-2018: DEN - On IR - torn Achilles
  • 05-Dec-2018: DEN - On IR - left ankle
  • 07-Sep-2016: DEN - Re-signed - Three-year extension (through 2019)
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