Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Date of Birth:  03/17/1987
Age:  31
Height  5'11"
Weight:   180
College:  Southern Methodist
Drafted:  2010 | Round 3 | Pick 82
Depth Chart:  Starter

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Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

The Broncos announced Emmanuel Sanders has suffered a torn Achilles.

This was the fear, and the team just announced that he has been placed on injured reserve. It's a tough and abrupt end to the season for the veteran receiver, who ends his 2018 campaign with 71 receptions for 868 yards and four touchdowns in 12 games. Sanders will turn 32 in the offseason, but he played well this season after he was said to have extra focus and motivation heading into the year. Expect him to be a mid-late round selection in 2019 fantasy drafts. The future of Denver's receiving group led by Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton must step up over the final four games of the season as the team looks to make the postseason.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

The Broncos fear a torn Achilles for Emmanuel Sanders, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.

This is just terrible news for the veteran receiver, especially with Denver climbing back to 6-6 and in a pretty good position in the AFC playoff picture. We just have to hope the initial fear is inaccurate and that Sanders' injury isn't as bad as a torn Achilles, but it looks like rookie receivers Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton will really have to step up in Denver's offense over the final four games of the regular season. More information on Sanders' injury should become available later today or tomorrow.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders reportedly left practice with a leg injury.

Multiple Broncos reporters are the open part of practice say Sanders slipped and appeared to injure his ankle area. He was then reportedly taken off the field without putting any pressure on his leg. This could just be something that Sanders is making look more serious than it actually is or perhaps caution is being exercised, so we'll update you when more information becomes available. Hopefully it's not anything serious.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders catches four passes in Week 13.

Sanders gained just 19 yards on his four receptions, as the Bengals did a good job of limiting him throughout the game. The veteran receiver will look to bounce back next week against the Niners, but he doesn't look like he'll be the high-end WR2 option he was for much of the season, with under six fantasy points (standard scoring) in five of the last six games.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders scores against the Steelers.

Sanders was targeted 12 times in the Broncos' Week 12 victory, catching seven passes for 86 yards and a touchdown against his former team. Sanders got open deep for a long reception of 38 yards down the right sideline, and he followed it up with a nice catch from an on-the-run Case Keenum to cap the drive. This was Sanders' first touchdown since Week 7, and he'll look to keep it going next week in a very favorable matchup with Cincinnati.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders caught four passes for 56 yards in Sunday's win over the Chargers.

Sanders also rushed once for six yards. The Broncos spread the ball around (no one had more than six targets, which Sanders tied Courtland Sutton with to lead the team), but Sanders caught a huge 38-yard pass on the game's final drive to help Denver improve to 4-6. The veteran gets another tough matchup next week against his former team, as Pittsburgh will probably put Joe Haden or slot corner Mike Hilton on Sanders for the most part, so he remains more of a FLEX than WR2.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders caught six passes for 47 yards in Sunday's loss to the Texans.

Sanders saw a healthy nine targets, but Houston did a nice job containing him. While the veteran receiver has a 56/707/3 line heading into the bye, he will likely be more of a FLEX option than WR2 for a matchup with Casey Hayward and the Chargers next time out.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders gets five touches against the Chiefs.

Sanders caught four passes (on four targets) for 57 yards and had one carry for -6 yards in the Broncos' Week 8 loss. The veteran receiver started the game hot with an early 49-yard reception, but he couldn't get much going after that. He'll look to have a bigger performance when Denver faces Houston in Week 9.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders throws a touchdown and catches a touchdown in Broncos' win.

It was a great night for the Broncos, and Sanders headlined things on offense in their blowout victory over the Cardinals. First, Sanders threw a 28-yard touchdown pass to a wide-open Courtland Sutton on a trick play, and then he caught a 64-yard touchdown by getting wide-open himself deep down the field on a busted coverage. Overall, Sanders was 1/1 for 28 yards and one passing touchdown with six receptions for 102 yards and one receiving touchdowns. Sanders continues his season-long streak of at least five catches in every game, and he'll offer a solid floor next week against the Chiefs.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders goes for 7/115/1 in 23-20 loss to the Rams.

Sanders saw a team-high ten targets and scored on a 22-yard reception in the second half. However, he also had a 44-yard touchdown catch overturned after a review marked him down short of the goal line, and a stupid taunting penalty forced the ball back to the 15-yard line, causing Denver to settle for a field goal instead of going up 7-6 in the first quarter. Fantasy owners will take the production, though, and Sanders will look to stay hot against the Cardinals on Thursday Night Football. Consider him a low-end WR2/FLEX option.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders gets 14 targets in Broncos' loss.

Sanders' 14 targets were a team-high, and he caught nine passes for 72 yards in the Week 5 loss to the Jets. Sanders mostly worked as an underneath target for Case Keenum, and his long reception of the day was for 13 yards. Next week, Sanders is in the FLEX conversation against the Rams.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders contained in Week 4 loss.

Sanders caught five passes for 45 yards and rushed once for 18 yards in a 27-23 defeat. The veteran seemed frustrated due to the lack of success in the passing game against Kansas City, but he is still on pace for a 96/1,256/4 line at the quarter mark of the season. We'll see if he can get loose against the Jets next week, but he's better viewed as a FLEX than WR2 option.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders scores in Week 3.

Sanders took an end around for a 35-yard touchdown in the first quarter for Denver, and he also had five receptions for 38 yards. Overall, the rushing score made it a productive day for Sanders, who had a difficult matchup against Baltimore's defense. Sanders and the Broncos face the Chiefs next Monday night.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders nears 100 yards in Week 2.

Sanders was targeted just four times in the Broncos win, but he made the most of them by catching all four and gaining 96 yards in the game. Sanders is picking up chunk yardage to start this season, and he’s a FLEX option for Week 3 versus the Ravens.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders has huge Week 1 in Broncos' win.

Sanders had an excellent game to open the season against Seattle, catching 10-of-11 targets for 135 yards and one touchdown, with the score coming on a 43-yard catch and run on a deep in-breaking route that Sanders took to the opposite sideline and to the end zone. There was talk of Sanders being motivated after the team added rookie receivers Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton in the draft, and he looked as good as ever to start the year. Consider Sanders a solid FLEX option for Week 2 against the Raiders.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) is out for Week 17.

The injury-riddled 2017 season has come to an end for Sanders, who didn't reach 1,000 yards for the first time in his four years with Denver. Sanders appeared in 12 games this season, catching 47 passes for 555 yards and two touchdowns. Surprisingly, Sanders will turn 31 this March, but he should still have some left in the tank if he comes back healthy next season. We'll see how the receiving corps of the Broncos is changed, if at all, this offseason, but Sanders should be a FLEX option to start 2018.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) misses Thursday's practice.

Sanders is still battling the ankle injury that's been bothering him for several weeks, and there is not much optimism surrounding his status for the regular season finale. Maybe he'll surprise, but don't expect Sanders to be out there for Week 17 against Kansas City.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) did not practice today.

Sanders is said to be "sore," and it doesn't look like he'll play in Week 17 against the Chiefs. Even if he is active for the season finale, it'd be difficult to trust Sanders in fantasy lineups.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) is out for Week 16.

Sanders didn't make the trip to Washington with the team, and he's been ruled out for tomorrow's game against the Redskins. Sanders has been dealing with his ankle issue for a few weeks and appeared to tweak it a bit a couple Thursdays ago against the Colts, but this is still a bit of a surprise. Demaryius Thomas should see a good amount of targets on Christmas Eve.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) has been ruled out against the Colts.

Sanders' ankle that's been giving him trouble since Week 6 has him out for the rest of tonight's game. Sanders is on the sideline and it doesn't appear to be too bad, but he really hasn't been himself this season since the injury first occurred. Before leaving, Sanders was having his best game in weeks, catching seven passes for 68 yards. Ideally, you won't need Sanders in your fantasy lineup, but he'll have about ten days to get ready for Week 16.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders held to one reception in Week 14 win.

It went for 16 yards. Sanders has been held out of the end zone since Week 2 and hasn't been over 16 yards in any of the past four games. He should be closer to the waiver wire than fantasy lineups at this point. The Broncos take on the Colts this Thursday night.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) is questionable for Week 14.

While he's officially questionable for the game, we fully expect him to be out there against the Jets. Sanders has been battling through the ankle injury for a few weeks, so this Sunday should be no different. The Broncos do play in the late-afternoon games this week, though, so you'll have to have a backup plan in case Sanders ends up being inactive.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders contained in Week 13 loss.

Sanders caught two passes for 11 yards, as he and Demaryius Thomas were held without a reception for most of the day. He should be better against the Jets next Sunday, but it's difficult to trust Sanders on such a bad offense (and team in general), especially with the fantasy playoffs set to begin.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders gets six targets versus the Raiders.

Oakland typically does a good job on both Sanders and Demaryius Thomas, and this game was no different. Sanders caught three passes for 12 yards in the Week 12 loss, and he has only 27 yards over the last two weeks. Next week versus Miami is a better matchup for Sanders, but he's only a FLEX option for Week 13.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) is active against the Raiders.

Sanders was listed as questionable coming in, but he'll be out there for the Week 12 game. However, Paxton Lynch is making his first start of the season and Sanders hasn't had a ton of success against Oakland over his last few games, so he doesn't have a very high floor in fantasy lineups for this matchup.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday.

Sanders was limited in practice this week, but he's expected to be out there against the Raiders. The Broncos do play in the late-afternoon games on Sunday, which creates a bit of a predicament if you don't have any other great options in the later games in case Sanders doesn't play. But he's likely to be out there versus Oakland.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders held in check as Broncos fall to 3-7.

Sanders caught two passes for 15 yards in a difficult matchup. Demaryius Thomas was the only wide receiver to catch more than two passes, but Sanders should have the upper hand matchup wise in Week 12 against Oakland's bigger cornerbacks. Still, he's just a decent FLEX option.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders looks healthy in loss to the Patriots.

Sanders caught six passes for 137 yards, as he took advantage of cornerback Malcolm Butler for chunk yardage early on. The production is a great sign for fantasy owners, as Sanders looks ready to contribute down the stretch. Consider him a FLEX option for Week 11 against Cincinnati.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) is officially active for Week 10.

Sanders was listed as questionable for tonight against the Patriots, but there wasn't much doubt he'd be out there after he played last week without suffering any setbacks. Consider Sanders a FLEX option tonight—he's gone over 100 yards in two of the last four games versus New England.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) is listed as questionable for Sunday night.

Sanders practiced fully yesterday and today, so there's little doubt about his status against the Patriots. But still, be sure to check back in on Sunday at 7:00 PM ET to be sure he's active. Sanders will be a FLEX option, assuming he is active for the game.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) was a full participant in practice.

It appears Sanders' ankle is progressing very well, and he'll be ready to go on Sunday night against the Patriots. Sanders still might not be 100%, but he's definitely a FLEX option in a game the Broncos might need to score a lot in to keep up with New England.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) was limited in practice.

Sanders was obviously not 100% a few days ago against the Eagles, but he's expected to keep battling through the ankle sprain to play. Demariyus Thomas (hamstring) is also banged up, but he's expected to be fine. Check back in tomorrow for Sanders' Thursday practice status.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders battles ankle injury in Broncos' loss.

Sanders reportedly said he was about 85% entering the game after missing Denver's last two, and he caught one of five targets for 30 yards against the Eagles. Late in the game with the Broncos down big, Sanders basically sat out with to avoid further injury with the game in hand. He probably won't be at 100%, but Sanders should be out there in Week 10 against the Patriots. Sanders will be just a FLEX option in that game, with risk because of the ankle issue.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders (anke) is officially active versus Philadelphia.

This was expected, but now it's official. In a good matchup against an Eagles team that's been thrown on a lot this season, Sanders is immediately a WR2/FLEX option. He's out 24th ranked receiver in his first game back after missing the last two games.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders (hamstring) is questionable for Week 9.

Sanders is fully expected to play, but he's not at 100%; thus, the questionable designation. The Broncos play in the early games on Sunday, so we'll know for sure by 11:30 AM ET if he'll be active. In a good matchup with the Eagles with six teams on a bye this week, Sanders would be a good option even at less than full strength.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) was limited in practice.

Both the team and Sanders expect him to play this Sunday against the Eagles, and he'll be out there barring a setback. We'll see how Sanders is listed when the official injury report is released tomorrow, but it's possible he's off it entirely.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) was limited in today's practice.

Sanders expects to be ready for Sunday against the Eagles, and this is a good start to the week. We'll monitor Sanders' practice status throughout the week.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) won't play tonight.

Sanders says he's a week away and thinks he'll play this Sunday against the Eagles for Week 9. The Broncos receiver says he can run full speed but has trouble stopping and cutting, so he'll officially be inactive in an hour from now. Expect Demaryius Thomas to get a ton of targets with Sanders out again, and the Broncos will likely put Thomas on the left side away from Chiefs' top corner Marcus Peters.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) is questionable for Monday Night Football.

We were waiting for the Broncos to release their injury report to make it official, but head coach Vance McDonald said Sanders is questionable against the Chiefs. Maybe he'll tough it out and play, but we'd expect him to miss another game. If you want to insert Sanders into your lineup, just be sure to have someone else you can put in if Sanders is inactive.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) is day-to-day.

He was previously week-to-week, and there's a chance he returns next Monday night against the Chiefs. However, because the Broncos don't play until the last game of Week 8, there's a chance we don't get clarity on Sanders' game status until just ahead of the Monday night kickoff. His status will be one of the ones to closely monitor this week.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders (ankle) is out for Week 7.

According to multiple reports, Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said on the team’s radio that Sanders has an ankle sprain and won’t play against the Chargers on Sunday. This sounds like it’s something that’ll be week-to-week, so Sanders might not be back out there for some time. Demaryius Thomas should be a big-time target hog in his absence, though Denver should also rely on the running game more than they did last night against the Giants.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders limps off with lower right leg injury in Sunday night’s game.

Sanders was hit low on a crossing route by safety Landon Collins (though it wasn’t a dirty play), and his ankle/foot got turned pretty badly. He limped off the field with assistance and then took a cart to the locker room. Hopefully it just looked worse than it is, but we’d be surprised if Sanders returned to the game. The Broncos play the Chargers in Week 7.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders caught four passes for 27 yards in Sunday's win over Oakland.

Sanders and fellow receiver Demaryius Thomas were both held in check, but the Broncos are now 3-1 heading into their bye week. Sanders is on pace for 80 catches for 760 yards and eight touchdowns through four games. He'll be a decent FLEX option in Week 6 against the Giants.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders leads team in targets as Broncos lose 26-16 to Buffalo.

Sanders had a whopping 15 targets, but could only bring in seven of them for 75 yards. The Broncos threw to ball 40 times on Sunday, and it's obviously a great sign for Sanders that he received a huge 37.5% target share. Demaryius Thomas had more success on fewer looks, but Sanders has always seemed like Trevor Siemian's favorite receiver. Still, Thomas will be the better fantasy play next week against Oakland.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders scores twice in convincing win.

Sanders caught six passes for 62 yards and two touchdowns. The first was a cross from 10 yards out, and the second was a zig route from six yards away in which he got himself wide open. Sanders and quarterback Trevor Siemian have shown strong chemistry over the past two years, and they'll look to keep it up against the Bills next week. Sanders is a quality FLEX option.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Samders caught three passes for 26 yards in Monday night's win over the Chargers.

Sanders narrowly missed a diving touchdown grab in the first half, and it was a catch he usually comes down with. His six targets were second to Demaryius Thomas (eight) on the team. Sanders will be a decent FLEX option for Week 2 against the Cowboys.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders caught two passes for 25 yards on Saturday night.

He also made an impressive tackle to save a pick-six. Sanders has at least 1,000 receiving yards in each of the past three seasons, but his number have declined each year. He's shown good chemistry with Trevor Siemian, but there are probably better targets in the middle rounds of fantasy drafts.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders is back practicing for the Broncos.

Sanders missed a couple practices and last Saturday's preseason game with a shoulder injury, but he's 100%. Though Sanders has dealt with shoulder injuries in the past, this wasn't a serious issue. He'll probably be out there for the important third preseason game this Saturday against the Packers.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders left practice after falling on his shoulder.

Broncos head coach Vance Joseph said the team is being smart (Sanders stopped practicing), and James Palmer of NFL Network says Joseph "didn't sound worried." It sounds like this could be just a minor injury, though Sanders did deal with shoulder injuries last season. It's something to think about when making decisions during your fantasy draft. Still, hopefully Sanders is OK and can get back out there soon. He might be held out of Saturday's preseason game as a precaution.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders catches one pass for five yards in preseason game.

Sanders and Demaryius Thomas didn't play too long in the first game of the preseason for Denver. He's looking for his fourth straight 1,000-yard season.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders cut fast food out of his diet, according to 9News.

Sanders has cut out fast food after relying on it as a go-to when he was hungry. Mike Klis writes that Sanders "said he feels better now as he’s 30 years old... than he did coming out of SMU as a rookie in 2010." Top-level athletes can get away with eating fast food and still be productive, but cutting it out will help them achieve higher levels of performance. This has to be seen as a great sign for Sanders, who is looking for his fourth straight 1,000-yard season in 2017. Sanders' average draft position is currently in the seventh round, which is likely around where he'll be late this summer when most people draft.

Emmanuel Sanders (foot) out for game against the Raiders.

It brings an end to Sanders' season. He went over 75 catches and 1,000 yards for the third straight season, and it will be interesting to see who the next Broncos' coach is, assuming Gary Kubiak does retire as has been speculated. Regardless, Sanders will be a WR2/FLEX in 2017 fantasy drafts.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders held to just one catch on Christmas Night.

Sanders caught one-of-three targets for 26 yards as the Broncos season ended with a 33-10 loss to the Chiefs. Sanders' performance was the complete opposite of the last time these two teams met and the receiver could not be guarded. He'll be a decent FLEX for the season finale next week against Oakland.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders caught three passes for 48 yards in Sunday's loss to the Pats.

Sanders was targeted six times and was often matched up with Malcolm Butler. He should be better next week against the Chiefs, who he roasted for 162 yards in their previous Sunday Night Football matchup. They will face off again on SNF, but this time on Christmas Night.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders caught 11 passes for 110 yards and one touchdown in Denver's loss to the Titans.

Sanders and the offense got it going in the second half, as they scored all their points in the 4th quarter. Trevor Siemian back at quarterback was a big boost for the offense, and Sanders is a usable WR2/FLEX with Siemian healthy. Denver hosts the Patriots in Week 15.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Sanders has quiet day with Paxton Lynch under center.

He caught just three-of-nine targets for 28 yards. Sanders has shown good chemistry with Trevor Siemian this season, but had none with Lynch on Sunday. If Siemian is back for Week 14, Sanders will be back as a usable low-end WR2 or FLEX.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Sanders had 98 yards on one drive in loss to KC.

He had all the Broncos’ yards on a drive that resulted in a touchdown for Sanders. He ended up with seven catches for 162 yards. It was Sanders’ first time scoring since Week 4. He may keep it going next week against the Jags, but don’t expect this again. Sanders is a good WR2/FLEX option.

Emmanuel Sanders | Broncos WR

Emmanuel Sanders caught five passes for 54 yards in Sunday's win over the Saints.

Sanders took a backseat to Demaryius Thomas, who caught eight balls for 87 yards and a score. He will probably never be the fantasy asset he was with Peyton Manning under center, as the Broncos have gone to a run-heavy approach with Trevor Siemian at quarterback. Sanders will be a low-end WR2/FLEX play after Denver's Week 11 bye.

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