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College: Southern Methodist | 11 years
Height: 5'11" | Weight: 180 lbs
Birth Date: 3/17/1987
2020 Bye Week: 6

Total Pts: 190.65
Avg Pts: 11.92
Rank: 30 WR

Numbers

2020 RTSports Outlook

Sanders was dealt to the 49ers during the season last year. He saw a bit of a surge in production with his new team but finished with similar numbers in the end for both teams. He had 30 receptions for 367 yards and two scores with the Broncos while having 36 receptions for 502 yards and three scores with the 49ers. Sanders was 32nd overall in fantasy receiver scoring. Sanders has fewer than 870 yards three straight seasons after having 1,000-plus yards three straight years. He is 33 years old, so his best years probably are behind him. He can still help as a starter, though, and gets that chance this year with the Saints. He will be the No. 2 receiver behind Michael Thomas. Sanders has good 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 later in his career. Fantasy Outlook: Sanders is trending the wrong way for fantasy owners but a move to New Orleans is a good one for him. He might rebound some from the past few years. He can help as a No. 3 fantasy receiver. He will get consistent catches and yards but nothing off the charts. Expect around 80 receptions for 900 yards with a few scores.

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RotoBaller's Outlook

Sanders has been declining in appeal and production over the last three seasons, as he has dealt with missed time and he changed uniforms during the 2020 season. The Broncos shipped Sanders to the 49ers after seven games, and it is often not easy for a wideout to adjust to a new team during the season. That theory was reflected in Sanders production for the 49ers, as he caught 36 passes for 502 yards and three TDs. He scored double figure fantasy PPR points in just one game from Weeks 10 through 17. Sanders is now heading into his age 33 season. The age and recent downturns in production have transformed Sanders into an later-round afterthought heading into the 2020 season. His ADP is 124. The RotoBaller staff ranks him 44th at WR. But there is some promise for Sanders to outperform those markers based on his new landing spot. Sanders signed a two-year deal with the Saints in the offseason, and can fill a longtime hole at the WR2 spot for New Orleans. The 49ers had the lowest pass/run ratio in the NFC at 49.0%, while the Saints threw the ball 58.9% of the time. Sanders has a starting opportunity with a star QB and could regain consideration as a fantasy starter. It would not be surprising to see Sanders catch 75 balls and approach the 1,000 yard mark again. Take this late flier based on a promising move into a better passing offense.

This article first appeared on RotoBaller.com.

Fantasy Week
Pts
Scoring
Week 119.60Emmanuel Sanders 86 receiving yds (8.60 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 5 receptions (5.00 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 1 receiving TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Emmanuel Sanders 1 yd TD pass from Joe Flacco
Week 228.80Emmanuel Sanders 98 receiving yds (9.80 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 11 receptions (11.00 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 1 receiving TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Emmanuel Sanders 7 yd TD pass from Joe Flacco
Emmanuel Sanders 1 receiving 2XP (2.00 pts)
Week 33.00Emmanuel Sanders 10 receiving yds (1.00 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 2 receptions (2.00 pts)
Week 4
Week 51.90Emmanuel Sanders 9 receiving yds (0.90 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 1 reception (1.00 pts)
Week 61.00Emmanuel Sanders 1 reception (1.00 pts)
Week 711.00Emmanuel Sanders 60 receiving yds (6.00 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 5 receptions (5.00 pts)
Week 812.50Emmanuel Sanders 25 receiving yds (2.50 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 4 receptions (4.00 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 1 receiving TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Emmanuel Sanders 4 yd TD pass from Jimmy Garoppolo
Week 924.20Emmanuel Sanders 112 receiving yds (11.20 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 7 receptions (7.00 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 1 receiving TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Emmanuel Sanders 1 yd TD pass from Jimmy Garoppolo
Week 104.40Emmanuel Sanders 24 receiving yds (2.40 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 2 receptions (2.00 pts)
Week 116.30Emmanuel Sanders 33 receiving yds (3.30 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 3 receptions (3.00 pts)
Week 122.50Emmanuel Sanders 15 receiving yds (1.50 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 1 reception (1.00 pts)
Week 138.10Emmanuel Sanders 41 receiving yds (4.10 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 4 receptions (4.00 pts)
Playoff Week 134.45Emmanuel Sanders 157 receiving yds (15.70 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 7 receptions (7.00 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 1 receiving TD (6.00 pts)
. . . Emmanuel Sanders 75 yd TD pass from Jimmy Garoppolo
Emmanuel Sanders 35 passing yds (1.75 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 1 passing TD (4.00 pts)
. . . Emmanuel Sanders 35 yd TD pass to Raheem Mostert
Playoff Week 22.90Emmanuel Sanders 9 receiving yds (0.90 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 2 receptions (2.00 pts)
Playoff Week 39.10Emmanuel Sanders 61 receiving yds (6.10 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 3 receptions (3.00 pts)
Player Notes
Jun 23 9:13pm ET

New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees and WR Emmanuel Sanders posted a short video clip on social media of the two players working out together on a Colorado high school football field Tuesday, June 23.

From TheHuddle

Jun 3 12:50pm ET

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said on NFL Network's Total Access on Tuesday that playing with quarterback Drew Brees will be similar to his days with Peyton Manning in Denver. "Like I said in '14, that's wide receiver heaven. To be back in the situation with another Hall of Fame quarterback and trying to do something special and win a Super Bowl, I'm all in. Truthfully, I'm blessed to be in this position that I'm in right now," Sanders said. He had 101 catches for 1,404 yards and nine touchdowns in his first year with Manning in Denver, and he had over 1,000 yards in each of his first three seasons with the Broncos. He might not return to those glory days, but Sanders can be a reliable and cheap WR3 for fantasy owners in the Big Easy if he can stay healthy.

From RotoBaller

Jun 1 11:40pm ET

New Orleans Saints wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders posted a plus-7.2 percent catch-rate difference last year with the Broncos and 49ers and broke 850 receiving yards while fighting through press coverage on almost 30 percent of all routes run. He was also targeted in a tight window 20.6 percent of the time while covering an average of 23.5 yards per route run. In total, the veteran ran 481 routes and covered 11,303.5 yards while catching passes from Joe Flacco and Jimmy Garoppolo. The 33-year-old is getting up there in age, but he remains incredible efficient and has a great opportunity in New Orleans with Drew Brees now throwing him passes. Even though he doesn't score often, Sanders is an undervalued pass-catcher that could put up WR3 numbers in his new home.

From RotoBaller

Apr 29 1:43am ET

New Orleans Saints WR Emmanuel Sanders will be the team's No. 2 wide receiver in 2020 and adds a big boost to the offense, which was lacking dependable production out of receivers not named Michael Thomas last year. After Thomas' 1,725 receiving yards, the next-best receiving output came from Ted Ginn Jr., who had just 421 yards receiving.

Fantasy Spin: Sanders, at worst, should be a WR3 in PPR formats in the New Orleans offense.

From TheHuddle

Apr 29 1:33am ET

Updating previous reports, New Orleans Saints WR Emmanuel Sanders will make $10 million guaranteed with his new squad. He'll have a $2 million base salary this year, which is fully guaranteed, and he received a $2 million signing bonus. His 2020 cap hit will be $4 million. In 2021, Sanders has a $6 million base salary, with a $2 million signing bonus, $2 million roster bonus and $10 million salary cap hit. There are an additional $1.5 million in incentives tied to receptions for both seasons. His deal also includes a 2022 season, but the deal voids, as reported, the last day of the 2021 NFL league year.

From TheHuddle

Apr 6 6:03pm ET

Updating a previous report, free-agent WR Emmanuel Sanders (49ers) officially signed with the New Orleans Saints Monday, April 6. Official terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Fantasy Spin: Sanders is joining one of the top offenses in the NFL and should see a solid amount of targets in 2020. He can be a No. 3 or No. 4 receiver in fantasy leagues.

From TheHuddle

Mar 29 12:13am ET

New Orleans Saints WR Emmanuel Sanders' ability to find openings in zone coverage makes him a good fit for head coach Sean Payton's system, according to Matt Bowen of ESPN.com.

Fantasy Spin: With Michael Thomas drawing plenty of attention from opposing defenses, Sanders could shine as a dependable secondary option for Drew Brees. He's at least worth grabbing as a WR4.

From TheHuddle

Mar 20 11:00pm ET

The New Orleans Saints agreed to a two-year, $16 million deal with wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders on Friday. The deal can be worth up to $19 million with incentives. Sanders spoke with the Cowboys and the Packers, but preferred the Saints with quarterback Drew Brees giving it one more run at a Super Bowl in 2020. The 33-year-old caught 36 passes for 502 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games with the Niners after a trade from the Broncos and was coming off a ruptured Achilles in 2018. He's lost a step but lands in a fine environment where he could be the team's No. 2 wideout behind stud Michael Thomas. Sanders could be a nice low-cost value pick later in drafts, especially in PPR formats.

From RotoBaller

Mar 20 10:33pm ET

Free-agent WR Emmanuel Sanders (49ers) said he intends to sign with the New Orleans Saints, according to a source.

Fantasy Spin: The Saints have been searching for a reliable No. 2 option across from Michael Thomas, and Sanders could fill that void. Drew Brees has been known to spread the wealth when he has the weapons, and Sanders should be worth a look as a WR4.

From TheHuddle

Mar 20 10:03pm ET

Free-agent WR Emmanuel Sanders does no appear to be drawing interest from the Dallas Cowboys, according to Todd Archer of ESPN.com, and Archer said he would 'be stunned' if Sanders ends up a Cowboy.

From TheHuddle

Mar 20 5:10pm ET

The Dallas Cowboys are unlikely to sign free-agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders unless he takes substantially less than what everyone thinks he'll get paid, according to Cowboys officials. With Randall Cobb signing with the Texans, Devin Smith is currently Dallas' No. 3 wideout behind Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. Sanders would be a nice No. 3 as a veteran presence, but it looks like Dallas won't give Sanders the money he's looking for. The 33-year-old returned from a ruptured Achilles in 2019 and played in seven games with Denver before being traded to the 49ers, where he caught 36 passes for 502 yards and three touchdowns in 10 regular season games. He might not have much left in the tank and probably won't be a consistent fantasy producer in 2020, depending on where he lands.

From RotoBaller

Mar 18 12:10pm ET

The Dallas Cowboys have shown interest in two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders, according to a source. Sanders went to college in Texas and trains in Dallas in the offseason, so it would be a homecoming for him. The 33-year-old was traded from the Broncos to the 49ers at midseason last year and finished with 36 catches for 502 yards and three touchdowns in 10 games with San Francisco in the regular season. He did very little in the Super Bowl run behind Deebo Samuel and George Kittle, and he'd merely be the third wideout in Dallas behind Amari Cooper and Michael Gallup. Sanders would be replacing Randall Cobb, who signed with the Texans.

From RotoBaller

Mar 10 1:30pm ET

San Francisco 49ers impending free-agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders said that he hasn't engaged the team in contract talks, which suggests that the Niners will let him test the open market next week. Sanders had two big games with San Fran after he was acquired from the Broncos last year, but he tailed off down the stretch and made little impact in the postseason. The 32-year-old (33 next week) finished 2019 with 36 catches for 502 yards and three touchdowns in his 10 regular season games with the 49ers. Trent Taylor, Jalen Hurd and Dante Pettis will all be looking to grab playing time next year, so it would make sense for the 49ers to move on from Sanders. He could still put up some numbers in the right situation, but his days of being a strong WR2/3 for fantasy owners are probably over.

From RotoBaller

Mar 10 12:53am ET

San Francisco 49ers pending free-agent WR Emmanuel Sanders said Monday, March 9, that he has yet to engage in contract talks with the team, which suggests the team might let him test the free-agent waters.

From TheHuddle

Feb 27 12:33pm ET

San Francisco 49ers WR Emmanuel Sanders, a pending free agent, would like to re-sign with the team if the 49ers can find enough room under the cap to offer him a competitive deal. Sanders reportedly endeared himself to his teammates and the organization after being acquired in a trade last fall.

Fantasy Spin: Sanders turns 33 on St. Patrick's Day and reeled in 36-of-53 targets for 502 yards and three TDs in 10 regular-season games with the Niners, who obviously liked the veteran presence he brought to the young WR corps. Another team likely will be able to offer Sanders more money, and we'll see how much the Niners value Sanders if they can come close to matching the deal.

From TheHuddle

Feb 6 9:33pm ET

San Francisco 49ers impending free-agent WR Emmanuel Sanders said he hasn't thought much about next season yet but enjoyed his time with the team in 2019. 'I love the Niners organization, so we're going to see what's to happen,' Sanders said.

Fantasy Spin: Sanders had a a couple of big performances after joining the 49ers, but he was held below 50 yards in seven of his 10 games with the team, recording 25 yards or less five times. If he does return, he would be a matchup-based flex option in San Francisco's run-heavy attack.

From TheHuddle

Feb 3 12:40pm ET

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders caught three of five targets for 38 yards in the Super Bowl loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Sanders made his typical occasional chain-moving impact throughout the game, but nearly missed playing the hero. With the game on the line in the closing minutes, Sanders had the Chiefs secondary beat for a long potential touchdown but quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo airmailed him. Sanders concludes a solid tenth season in the NFL with 869 receiving yards and five touchdowns playing for both the Niners and Denver Broncos. As an unrestricted free agent, hell surely get an opportunity in his 33-year-old season and will likely be on the WR3 radar depending on his team environment entering fantasy drafts.

From RotoBaller

Feb 2 10:23pm ET

San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo completed 20 of his 31 passes for 219 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in a 31-20 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs in Super Bowl LIV Sunday, Feb. 2. RB Raheem Mostert rushed 12 times for 58 yards and a touchdown and caught one pass for two yards, and RB Tevin Coleman rushed five times for 28 yards and caught one pass for three yards. WR Deebo Samuel caught five passes for 39 yards and rushed three times for 53 yards, WR Emmanuel Sanders caught three of his five targets for 38 yards, and TE George Kittle hauled in four passes for 36 yards. FB Kyle Juszczyk caught three passes for 39 yards and a touchdown. SS Jimmie Ward notched a game-high 11 tackles, DE Nick Bosa recorded a sack, and DL DeForest Buckner logged 1.5 sacks.

From TheHuddle

Jan 20 10:40pm ET

San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders failed to record a catch in the NFC Championship blowout win against the Green Bay Packers. With quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo attempting just eight passes, Sanders saw only a single target. The clear third option in a low-volume passing game behind standout rookie wideout Deebo Samuel and tight end George Kittle, Sanders has just two catches in the playoffs. Hell likely be tasked with more work in the Super Bowl against the Kansas City Chiefs.

From RotoBaller

Jan 19 10:23pm ET

San Francisco 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo completed six of his eight passes for 77 yards in a 37-20 win over the Green Bay Packers in the NFC Championship Game Sunday, Jan. 19. RB Raheem Mostert rushed 29 times for 220 yards and four touchdowns and caught two passes for six yards, and RB Tevin Coleman rushed six times for 21 yards. WR Deebo Samuel caught two passes for 46 yards and rushed twice for 43 yards, TE George Kittle caught his only target for 19 yards, and WR Emmanuel Sanders was held without a catch on one target. DE Joey Bosa and DL Arik Armstead both recorded a sack.

From TheHuddle

Player Transactions
  • 21-Mar-2020: NOR - Signed, Unrestricted FA - Two-year contract (through 2021)
  • 18-Mar-2020: SFO - Declared Free Agent
  • 22-Oct-2019: SFO - Traded - w/ pick for two 2020 draft picks
  • 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)
NFL Week
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Week 2@CIN28.80119811300000
Week 3PIT3.002100500000
Week 4bye
Week 5CLE1.90190100000
Week 6@LAR1.00100300000
Week 7@WAS11.005600600000
Week 8CAR12.504251500000
Week 9@ARI24.2071121900000
Week 10SEA4.402240400000
Week 11ARI6.303330500000
Week 12GNB2.501150100000
Week 13@BAL8.104410600000
Week 14@NOR34.4571571900000
Week 15ATL2.90290400000
Week 16LAR9.103610600000
Week 17@SEA5.503250400000
DivisionalMIN5.302330200000
ChampionshipGNB0.00000100000
Superbowl@KAN6.803380500000