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WR SFO

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

Total Pts: 91
Avg Pts: 5.69
Rank: 31 WR

Free Agent

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 111Emmanuel Sanders 1 receiving TD (6 pts)
. . . Emmanuel Sanders 1 yd TD pass from Joe Flacco
Emmanuel Sanders 86 receiving yds (1 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 86 receiving yds (4 pts)
Week 213Emmanuel Sanders 1 receiving 2XP (2 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 1 receiving TD (6 pts)
. . . Emmanuel Sanders 7 yd TD pass from Joe Flacco
Emmanuel Sanders 98 receiving yds (1 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 98 receiving yds (4 pts)
Week 31Emmanuel Sanders 10 receiving yds (1 pts)
Week 4
Week 51Emmanuel Sanders 9 receiving yds (1 pts)
Week 60
Week 74Emmanuel Sanders 60 receiving yds (1 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 60 receiving yds (3 pts)
Week 88Emmanuel Sanders 1 receiving TD (6 pts)
. . . Emmanuel Sanders 4 yd TD pass from Jimmy Garoppolo
Emmanuel Sanders 25 receiving yds (1 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 25 receiving yds (1 pts)
Week 912Emmanuel Sanders 1 receiving TD (6 pts)
. . . Emmanuel Sanders 1 yd TD pass from Jimmy Garoppolo
Emmanuel Sanders 112 receiving yds (1 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 112 receiving yds (5 pts)
Week 102Emmanuel Sanders 24 receiving yds (1 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 24 receiving yds (1 pts)
Week 112Emmanuel Sanders 33 receiving yds (1 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 33 receiving yds (1 pts)
Week 121Emmanuel Sanders 15 receiving yds (1 pts)
Week 133Emmanuel Sanders 41 receiving yds (1 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 41 receiving yds (2 pts)
Playoff Week 120Emmanuel Sanders 1 receiving TD (6 pts)
. . . Emmanuel Sanders 75 yd TD pass from Jimmy Garoppolo
Emmanuel Sanders 157 receiving yds (1 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 157 receiving yds (7 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 1 passing TD (4 pts)
. . . Emmanuel Sanders 35 yd TD pass to Raheem Mostert
Emmanuel Sanders 35 passing yds (1 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 75 yd TD reception (1 pts)
Playoff Week 21Emmanuel Sanders 9 receiving yds (1 pts)
Playoff Week 34Emmanuel Sanders 61 receiving yds (1 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 61 receiving yds (3 pts)
Playoff Week 42Emmanuel Sanders 25 receiving yds (1 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 25 receiving yds (1 pts)
No Playoff Match Up
Playoff Week 62Emmanuel Sanders 33 receiving yds (1 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 33 receiving yds (1 pts)
Playoff Week 70
Playoff Week 82Emmanuel Sanders 38 receiving yds (1 pts)
Emmanuel Sanders 38 receiving yds (1 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

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)
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