NFL.com has reported that the Broncos and free agent wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders are close to a deal that will bring Sanders to Denver to replace Eric Decker who opted for the green (literally and figuratively) by signing with the New York Jets earlier in the week. Sanders is said to be looking for a deal in the same ballpark as what Golden Tate received from Detroit, which was five years, $31.5 million.
Sanders had career highs with 67 catches, 740 yards, and six touchdowns for the Steelers in 2013.
Welcome to fantasy relevance, Mr. Sanders. Your hall of fame quarterback is waiting. OK, by the definition of the word, Sanders was "relevant" last season. However, he has now been added to fantasy players "to watch" lists across the nation. Nothing does more for a wide receiver's fantasy stock than signing with a team quarterbacked by Peyton Manning. We can only hope he's ready to up his work ethic, because odds are, Manning will be calling him to "hang out" before the ink dries on his contract.
In Denver's offense, it's possible that Sanders sees a 30% increase in his production. That translates into an extremely possible 85-90 catch, 950-1000 yard, 8-10 touchdown season. That would rank him around 15th in PPR leagues, or a high-end WR2.