Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN 3 months ago

Sanders nabbed 76 passes for 1,135 yards and six touchdowns on 137 targets in 2015. He led Denver with 16 catches off of 24 targets for 230 yards in the playoffs.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Sanders' numbers fell off from 2014 to 2015, a product of a drop in quarterback play and an increased reliance on the running game in Denver. It is telling, however, that it was Sanders - not Demaryius Thomas, who was Denver's go-to target in the playoffs. Picking up on that clutch play in 2016 will likely lead to a big payday for Sanders next offseason. Sanders' ability to remain consistently dangerous whether it is Peyton Manning or Brock Osweiler quarterbacking should help toward that goal. Sanders averaged 71 yards per game in Manning's nine starts and 70.8 in seven starts with likely 2016 starter Osweiler. Thomas saw a much greater difference, averaging 90.7 yards per game with Manning, but just 69.7 yards per game with Osweiler.

Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN 4 months ago

Sanders secured six of eight targets for 83 yards in Sunday's 24-10 Super Bowl victory over the Panthers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 28-year-old led Denver in targets and receptions, taking advantage of the fact that Josh Norman's attention was focused primarily on Demaryius Thomas. Sanders made several key receptions throughout the game, and was Denver's leading receiver in the postseason with 16 receptions on 24 targets for 230 yards. With Thomas struggling late in the regular season and postseason, Sanders was arguably the more effective of the two over the second half of the 2015 campaign. Coming off a second consecutive 1,000-yard season, he figures to once again serve as a centerpiece of Denver's offensive attack next season.

Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN 4 months ago

Sanders caught five of eight targets for 62 yards in Sunday's win over the Patriots.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The Denver offense struggled to generate big plays Sunday, but Sanders was able to shake loose for a 34-yard gain, helping pad his totals. Sanders continues to see his share of looks each game, but with the Broncos content to play defense and pound the ball, he hasn't been able to come through with an impact performance thus far in the postseason. Nevertheless, Sanders should be among Denver's leaders in targets in next month's Super Bowl.

Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN 4 months ago

Sanders caught five of eight targets for 85 yards in Sunday's win over the Steelers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

The 28-year-old led Denver in targets, catches and yards Sunday, although the didn't post monster numbers do to the unfavorably windy conditions. Sanders remains a favorite target of Peyton Manning's, and he should be even more productive if the Broncos find themselves in a game in which they can't fully rely on the defense and running game. This could be the case next week, when the Patriots come to town with the right to play in the Super Bowl on the line.

Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN 5 months ago

Sanders (ankle) caught five of eight targets for 99 yards Sunday against the Chargers, though he also lost a fumble.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Sanders' touchdown streak failed to reach three games, but he was still a very active part of the passing game, both when Brock Osweiler was under center and then later when Peyton Manning took over. Sanders has had solid games with both quarterbacks, so while it's still up in the air who will start in the playoffs, Sanders' fantasy value doesn't change much.

Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN 5 months ago

Sanders caught four passes (on five targets) for 67 yards and a touchdown in Monday night's overtime win against the Bengals.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Sanders scored on an eight-yard pass during the third quarter, giving him a touchdown in back-to-back games. While his 67 yards Monday paled in comparison to last week's 181, Sanders' second straight strong performance should still please fantasy owners heading into Sunday's season finale versus the Chargers.

Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN 5 months ago

Sanders had 10 catches on 16 targets for a career-high 181 yards and a touchdown Sunday against the Steelers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Sanders came into Sunday off back-to-back games with fewer than 20 yards, but he exploded thanks to the extra attention from quarterback Brock Osweiler, who threw his way a season-high 16 times. Sanders continues to have excellent upside, though the inconsistency makes him tough to rely upon. Up next is a Week 16 home game against the Bengals, and it remains unclear if Osweiler will keep the starting job after Peyton Manning recovers from his foot injury, which could be very soon.

Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN 5 months ago1 Comment

Sanders recorded two catches off of six targets for 17 yards in Sunday's loss to Oakland, his muffed punt contributing to the defeat.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Sanders missed Brock Osweiler's first start with an injury, but stepped up for a season high 113 yards against the Patriots. In the two games since, he has combined for five catches and 36 yards. The electric deepman has not been on the same page as his young quarterback over the past two weeks, particularly on long bombs. Sunday's game against a Pittsburgh team giving up the seventh most yards per attempt in the league may be just the cure.

Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN 6 months ago

Sanders (ankle) caught three of eight targets for 19 yards Sunday against the Chargers.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Quarterback Brock Osweiler had 10 incompletions Sunday, half of which were passes thrown to Sanders. It was quite a dramatic fall for Sanders, who had six catches on nine targets for 113 yards in Week 12 against the Patriots, but at least he's still getting plenty of balls thrown his way. He'll look to get back on track in Week 14 against the Raiders, with Osweiler still expected to be under center.

Emmanuel Sanders WR DEN 6 months ago5 Comments

Sanders (ankle) caught six passes for 113 yards on nine targets in Sunday's 30-24 loss to the Patriots.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Sanders appeared to be back at full health, overcoming a tough matchup against Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler, who he burned for a 39-yard gain to set up the go-ahead touchdown inside of the two-minute warning. Demariyus Thomas, meanwhile, managed just one catch for 36 yards on a team-high 13 targets, once again struggling with drops. Even with the Broncos now running the ball effectively, Thomas and Sanders should get plenty of targets.