Emmanuel Sanders, WR, Broncos
|WR - #16||59.87||DEN||Active||5 years||27||5'11||180||@E_Sanders88|
2014 Outlook: Sleeper (undervalued)Last updated on Jul-15-2014 by Rusty Reeves
Look up the phrase "fantasy sleeper" and you're likely to see Sanders' picture next to it. Sanders figures to step into the hole left by Eric Decker's departure. Decker put up a receiving line of 87/1,288/11 last season. If Sanders can produce at a clip that averages between his production last season in Pittsburgh (67/740/6) and Decker's, that would put him near a line of 75/1,000/8. A lot of that possibility depends on the chemistry he develops with QB Peyton Manning heading into the season. He'll figure to be the fourth option in the passing game (behind the Thomas tandem and Welker), but will have every opportunity to excel. With all those options, there will be games where someone else shines, but his turn will come and it'll result in double-digit receptions and the potential for multiple scores. There is little downside and high upside for Sanders in Denver. He's a solid WR3 with the very real potential to be a top-20 WR, should Welker miss more time than desired.
Here's an absolute stunner out of Denver today: Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker has been suspended four games for violating the league's performance-enhancing drugs policy. Sources have told ESPN's Adam Schefter, who broke the news, Welker was suspended for using amphetamines.
Welker had been recovering from a preseason concussion he suffered a couple of weeks ago. He had been going through practice but hadn't yet been cleared for contact.
The suspension means Welker has lost his appeal. He will miss games against the Colts, Chiefs, Seahawks and Cardinals before returning Oct. 12 versus the Jets. That's Week 6. The Broncos have their bye in Week 4
I don't see a reason to downgrade Peyton Manning, but no Welker is going to mean more playing time and/or targets for Emmanuel Sanders, Andre Caldwell and rookie Cody Latimer. Sanders is now a must-start WR2. Caldwell and Latimer will fight for touches, but the rookie obviously has more upside. He needs to be at least owned in 12-team leagues.
FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors9/2 - Broncos WR Wes Welker suspended 4 games for PED violation
8/27 - Broncos WR Wes Welker in 'exercise mode right now,' according to HC John Fox
8/25 - Broncos WR Wes Welker is not considering retirement
8/24 - Broncos WR Wes Welker suffers concussion
Latest References to Emmanuel Sanders on FFToolbox:
- 2014 Fantasy Breakout No. 2 Wide Receivers
- 2014 Fantasy Football Breakout Sleepers
- 2014 Team Outlook: Denver Broncos
2014 Mock Draft Results
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
|6.12||Gridiron Irishmen - Love him at this spot, should be GREAT # 4 WR in the Manning led offense|
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
|6.04||#5 World Ranked - Sanders isn't as good as Decker, but Manning does a great job of getting the most out of his WR's. Sanders has the potential to finish as a low end WR2 with Manning throwing the ball all over the field.|
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