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By Blaine Blontz, Broncos Correspondent, Wed, Jul 22nd 8:40am EDT

There's expectation that Denver Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders will receive fewer targets in new head coach Gary Kubiak's offensive system. (Source: DenverBroncos.com)

Fantasy Impact: Kubiak's Broncos are expected to rely more on the run, and the head coach will also likely get the tight ends more involved in the passing game. Sanders has already said that he expects to receive fewer targets, so fantasy owners should acknowledge and draft accordingly.


By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Jul 20th 10:50pm EDT

It will be interesting to see how Denver will feed the many mouths they have on offense this year. Indeed, it appears the Broncos will be a run-heavy offense under Gary Kubiak and with an aging Peyton Manning at QB. The team signed TEs Owen Daniels and Virgil Green to good-sized contracts in the offseason and could move to utilize both in two-TE sets. (Source: Denver Broncos)

Fantasy Impact: No doubt Sanders still has gas in the tank but tread lightly in drafts as there is no assurance he will be as productive as he has been throughout his career.


By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Wed, May 27th 11:26pm EDT

Gary Kubiak's run-oriented offense is certainly a concern for those that follow and/or own Emmanuel Sanders. He has several things working against a high expectation year for him. (Source: Denver Broncos)

Fantasy Impact: Most likely, he will be over-drafted this year. He may be good for 750 yards but any more than that is just pure speculation.


By Joseph Rysavy, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Mar 9th 8:31pm EDT

Peyton Manning announced Thursday that he will be returning to the Denver Broncos for the 2015 NFL season. Last season, Manning threw for 4,727 and 39 TDs, the second and third most respectively in his 17 year career. (Source: New York Times)

Fantasy Impact: This is great news for Emmanuel Sanders owners who do not want Brock Osweiler leading this offense just yet. Peyton Manning and Emmanuel Sanders showed great chemistry in 2014 when Sanders put up the best numbers of his career: 101 receptions, nine TDs, and 1,404 yards.


By Joseph Rysavy, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Mar 2nd 8:58pm EST

On March 2nd, the Denver Broncos placed a non-exclusive franchise tag on Broncos WR Demaryius Thomas. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: With the franchise tag placed on Demaryius Thomas, it is extremely likely that Demaryius will remain in Denver for the 2015 season; in addition, signs continue to point towards Peyton Manning returning in 2015. These off-season changes, coupled with Julius Thomas' likely departure, have helped keep Emmanuel Sanders' fantasy value relatively stable for the 2015 season. If Peyton comes back healthy, look for another big year out of Sanders.


By Joseph Rysavy, Broncos Correspondent, Tue, Jan 20th 11:17pm EST

Gary Kubiak, the Ravens offensive coordinator in 2014, is coming home to Denver after signing a four year contract on January 19th to be the Broncos head coach. After being drafted by the Broncos and playing nine years as a backup QB for John Elway, Kubiak was offensive coordinator and QB coach for the Denver Broncos for 11 years. Gary Kubiak then spent eight years in Houston as head coach and one year in Baltimore as the offensive coordinator. Kubiak was 61-64 in his tenure as head coach in Houston, winning two division championships. During this time, Gary Kubiak had David Carr and Matt Schaub at quarterback; yet Kubiak was able to maintain a record of just under .500 and a respectable passing game throughout his stay in Houston. Indeed, in 2009, Kubiak's offense (with Schaub) led the league in passing yards and was ranked in the top five for passing attempts and passing TDs. Rick Dennison and Gary Kubiak are both known for their play-action passing scheme. (Source: Denver Post)

Fantasy Impact: Of the off season changes that could occur, the hiring of Kubiak and Dennison may have the smallest impact on Sanders' fantasy value. Although Kubiak is known as a run-heavy coach, he still has led an effective passing offense throughout his career. Here are a few of the more pertinent fantasy relevant news that are still pending: Peyton Manning might retire; both Julius Thomas and Demaryius Thomas will be free agents (note: Demaryius Thomas is expected to receive the franchise tag if an agreement is not reached on time). Depending on how these elements play out, Emmanuel Sanders fantasy value may vary greatly as personnel decisions are made during the 2015 off season.


By Joseph Rysavy, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Jan 12th 9:34pm EST

Emmanuel Sanders was targeted 15 times on Sunday, but was only able to pull in seven receptions as the Denver Broncos lose to the Indianapolis Colts in the divisional round of the NFL playoffs.

Fantasy Impact: Emmanuel Sanders had a career year with nine touchdowns, 141 targets, 101 receptions, and 1,404 receiving yards. However, Sanders ended the year in a slump, not breaking 100 yards in a game since Week 12. A lot is up in the air for Emmanuel Sanders fantasy value next year: rumors are afloat that Peyton Manning might retire, the Broncos will be hiring a new coaching staff, and both Julius Thomas and Demaryius Thomas will be free agents. Depending on how these elements play out, Emmanuel Sanders fantasy value may vary greatly as personnel decisions are made during the off-season.


By Joseph Rysavy, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Dec 28th 9:14pm EST

Emmanuel Sanders saw nine targets in Sunday's win. Sanders ends his first regular season with the Broncos with 101 receptions, nine touchdowns, and over 1,400 yards.

Fantasy Impact: With the win, the Denver Broncos secured the AFC's second seed and a bye next week. Emmanuel Sanders remains a top tier fantasy WR during the NFL playoffs.


By Joseph Rysavy, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Dec 28th 3:47pm EST

Emmanuel Sanders will play today against the Oakland Raiders. (Source: Denver Broncos on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is great news for Emmanuel Sanders owners. Sanders remains a must start WR this week.


By Joseph Rysavy, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Dec 28th 1:23am EST

Despite being limited in practice all week, Emmanuel Sanders is expected to play Sunday against the Oakland Raiders. Sanders is officially listed as questionable on the injury report with a hip injury. (Source: Jeff Legwold on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: The Broncos need a win over the Raiders to secure the number two seed in the AFC, so expect Sanders to play. However, fantasy owners should have a backup plan ready to go in case this WR2 is inactive for the 4:25 ET kickoff.


By Joseph Rysavy, Broncos Correspondent, Thu, Dec 25th 9:47am EST

Emmanuel Sanders was listed on Wednesday's Week 17 injury report with a hip injury. The hip injury is new to Sanders who came into Monday's game questionable with flu-like symptoms and missed the team's final drive with back spasms. (Source: Denver Broncos Injury Report)

Fantasy Impact: This will be the Broncos 13th straight game after having an early bye in Week 4, and the injury report continues to grow. Emmanuel Sanders availability for Sunday's game against the Raiders is worth keeping an eye on. This is a big game for the Broncos who need the win to ensure a first round bye.


By Joseph Rysavy, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Dec 22nd 11:55pm EST

Emmanuel Sanders caught six of his seven targets on Monday night and had his third multi-touchdown week of the season, scoring his first two touchdowns since week 11 against the Rams.

Fantasy Impact: Emmanuel Sanders looked good on Monday after coming into the night listed as Questionable. Sanders had been dealing with flu-like symptoms over the weekend, but was able to suit up Monday night against the Bengals. Sanders will continue to be a solid WR2 as we head into week 17.


By Joseph Rysavy, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Dec 22nd 8:10pm EST

After not practicing on Saturday because of flu-like symptoms, Emmanuel Sanders said he is "feeling a lot better" today. Sanders got to the field early today for some extra reps. (Source: Denver Broncos on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Emmanuel Sanders should see a full workload tonight. Sanders was considered a WR2 in most leagues coming into this game. If you had the courage to keep him in your lineup despite his absence at practice on Saturday, you will hopefully be rewarded.


By Joseph Rysavy, Broncos Correspondent, Sat, Dec 20th 1:35pm EST

Emmanuel Sanders was sent home from practice today with flu-like symptoms. Sanders was not listed on the injury report Friday. Luckily, Sanders has until Monday to recover. (Source: Mike Klis on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This is not good news for fantasy owners who are depending on Emmanuel Sanders for the fantasy playoffs. If we are still uncertain of his status rolling into Sunday, fantasy owners will have a tough decision to make.


By Joseph Rysavy, Broncos Correspondent, Sat, Dec 20th 1:20pm EST

Emmanuel Sanders shared punt return duties with Wes Welker in week 15 and is prepared for a larger role this week against the Cincinnati Bengals. (Source: Denver Post)

Fantasy Impact: This is noteworthy to fantasy owners in leagues that award offensive players points for special team touchdowns and/or yardage. It doesn't boost Sanders' fantasy value significantly, but it will be interesting to see how this speedster can help the team as a punt returner, a job he has not held since 2013 with the Steelers.


By Joseph Rysavy, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Dec 15th 8:49pm EST

Sanders was targeted only three times in Sunday's game. Consistent with their game plan in week 14 against the Bills, the Broncos ran the ball 39 times and had just 22 pass attempts this week against the Chargers.

Fantasy Impact: Emmanuel Sanders has not caught a TD since week 11 against the Rams. Since week 12, Sanders has seen his targets, receptions, and yards go down each consecutive week. Fantasy owners should continue to start Sanders and hope that this trend turns around. Emmanuel Sanders remains a low end WR1.


By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Dec 7th 7:58pm EST

Sanders was laid out twice after catching 2 floaters from Manning and was lucky there was no injury. It was a low production day for the Manning pass attack but the Broncos should rekindle that attack against the Chargers next week.

Fantasy Impact: While owners are lamenting this stat line they should just chalk it up to the game plan. No need to panic and Sanders should pick it up again next week.


By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Dec 1st 12:51am EST

Targeted 11 times, Sanders proves week in and week out why he is a must start in fantasy leagues. Although held without a score, he remains one of Manning's primary weapons.

Fantasy Impact: Sanders is on pace for over 1,500 yards and nine touchdowns, with enough fuel left in the tank to fill the stockings of owners for the fantasy playoffs.


By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Nov 23rd 8:09pm EST

Thankfully, the concussion is a thing of the past and Sanders had another stellar day. Although held scoreless, he amassed 128 total yards. 125 through the air and 3 on the ground.

Fantasy Impact: Sanders is a key player in the Manning offense and unless hurt, is a weekly start in all formats. To do this well against a tough Miami defense just proves his status as a WR1.


By Tom, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Nov 23rd 3:37pm EST

Emmanuel Sanders cleared the league concussion protocol on friday and will start against Miami.

Fantasy Impact: This is welcome news to Sanders owners. He comes into this week's matchup averaging over 100 yards per game over the last four contests. He also has a TD in three of the last four games.


By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Fri, Nov 21st 6:10pm EST

Sanders has cleared the concussion protocol and is set to suit up Sunday against Miami. (Source: Troy Renck)

Fantasy Impact: Latimer and Caldwell can now be safely dropped. If Julius Thomas sits out we could see more targets for Sanders. Start him with confidence.


By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Thu, Nov 20th 1:52pm EST

Sanders is a more problematic concern for Denver than Thomas is. And the Broncos are sure to exercise caution with him, having experience with Wes Welker. (Source: Mike Klis)

Fantasy Impact: Owners will have to check in daily for updates, it is possible that Sanders plays on Sunday, but it seems unlikely, less than 50/50. This could be the week that Cody Latimer, a promising prospect from this year's draft, gets the reps that people have been looking for all season.


By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Wed, Nov 19th 2:20pm EST

Sanders was at least present in sweats. He is in the concussion protocol and updates will be given daily. (Source: Jeff Legwold)

Fantasy Impact: Owners should be making other plans this week as Sanders seems very uncertain. As for Denver, they may look to Cody Latimer to get more reps as he is a well deserving prospect with excellent physical skills.


By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Nov 16th 3:32pm EST

Sanders was on his way to having another great outing when he was crumpled by a Rodney McLeod hit on a pass play. He will now go through the concussion protocol before returning to active participation. His stat line for the day was 5 receptions for 102 yards and 1 TD.

Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners will have to follow this storyline and may have to make adjustments going forward. Sanders will be a WR1 upon his return, hopefully sooner rather than later. This might lead the Broncos to use Cody Latimer, a rookie with great promise who seems ready to contribute.


By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Nov 9th 9:37pm EST

Sanders exhibited his athletic ability late in the first half when Peyton Manning tossed the ball down the right sideline and he completely laid out for the ball and earned the TD. Sanders is having a career year, with a 62-852-6 line with 7 games left to play.

Fantasy Impact: Start him every week because he is a reliable WR in a prolific offense. Next week against the Rams will just add to the stats. He is a beneficiary of Peyton Manning and will not disappoint.


By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Nov 2nd 9:35pm EST

Sanders has had a fantastic year, with this being his fifth 100-yard game of the season. The ex-Steeler is on track for 1,570 receiving yards this year.

Fantasy Impact: Obviously, Sanders enjoys being Peyton's #2 receiver and fantasy owners can relax and just plug n' play each week. He is a legit WR1.


By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Fri, Oct 24th 12:12am EDT

Sanders is now the second receiver in the NFL to have a 3 TD game this season. In one score he toasted Richard Marshall, in another it was a simple slant route, and the other was a precision route in the end zone.

Fantasy Impact: Sanders has quickly become a favorite of Manning. The TD total is welcomed by his owners as he only had one TD going into the game. Now with 4, and proving his worth to Manning, he is a legit WR1 going into the next game against the Patriots.


By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Oct 20th 12:03am EDT

The stats don't reveal he should have had 1-2 more scores but penalties got in the way of those.

Fantasy Impact: Sanders is a reliable fantasy receiver suitable for all lineups. His production today was marred by penalties and the results don't clearly reflect that value.


By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Oct 12th 6:32pm EDT

The news is that the Broncos were just not in a good rhythm in their visit to New York. Perhaps it was the memory of last year's loss to Seattle in the Super Bowl.

Fantasy Impact: Owners should not worry one bit. Just a bad day at the office for the Broncos. Sanders will remain a WR1/2 on a weekly basis this year and will provide good results on the year.


By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Oct 5th 11:30pm EDT

Emmanuel Sanders had 7 receptions for 101 yards in the contest with the Cardinals. Targeted 9 times, Sanders once again proved his worth in a game that saw Peyton Manning pass for 479 yards and 4 Touchdowns.

Fantasy Impact: Clearly, Sanders has established himself with Manning and can be relied on to provide steady results for owners. He may not be a home-run hitter like his teammate Demaryius Thomas but he is startable on a week-in week-out basis.


By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sun, Sep 21st 8:40pm EDT

Sanders had 15 targets and was the featured player in the Broncos offense on Sunday against the Seahawks. He frustrated Seattle's vaunted defense by finding holes in zone coverage and building separation in man coverage.

Fantasy Impact: With Welker coming back and all the other targets that Peyton has, Sanders will likely see a decrease in targets. But he has built a great relationship with Manning and remains locked in as an every week WR2.


By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Sep 15th 12:23am EDT

Emmanuel Sanders led all Bronco receivers with 13 targets in a solid performance against the Chiefs. He finished the day with 8 receptions and 108 yards.

Fantasy Impact: Sanders is doing very well without Wes Welker in the mix. He is and will remain a solid WR2 for fantasy players even after Welker's return. He's an every down player that is going to produce solid numbers. He takes on the Seattle secondary next week.


By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Sep 8th 12:08pm EDT

Emmanuel Sanders had 6 receptions for 77 yards in the win against the Colts. All but 1 reception came in the first half as the Colts minimized the Broncos offense in the second. He started opposite Demaryius Thomas and moved to the slot in three-wide sets.

Fantasy Impact: Sanders was mostly featured in short yardage passes although he had the biggest gain of the night - a forty yard pass play. He remains a high-upside WR2 for the time being, until Wes Welker returns.


By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Fri, Sep 5th 9:58pm EDT

Sanders (thigh) has been on the injury list all week but is scheduled to play against Colts and is officially probable.

Fantasy Impact: His status was never in doubt. He will line up in the slot on three wide sets and opposite Demaryius Thomas at other times. He is a top 20 WR this week.


By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Thu, Sep 4th 9:32am EDT

Emmanuel Sanders is projected to have 5 receptions along with 72 yards in the week one game against the Colts. (Source: FantasyPros)

Fantasy Impact: Sanders was injured the first part of camp with a quad issue but roared back with an outstanding performance in the 3rd preseason tilt against Houston when he had 5 receptions for 128 yards. He is a must start for all formats in a prolific offense led by Peyton Manning.


By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sat, Aug 23rd 11:46pm EDT

Emmanuel Sanders had an outstanding game against the Texans, having 5 catches for 128 yards and two TD's.

Fantasy Impact: Sanders was a bit of a question mark coming into the game as people wondered about his quad injury and the lack of practice time he has had in camp. Worry no more as Sanders made a strong statement with his level of play. Fantasy players can now grab him when they can and be assured that Sanders is ready to be a large part of this massive offensive machine.


By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Sat, Aug 23rd 2:23pm EDT

Emmanuel Sanders will play tonight against the Houston Texans in Denver. (Source: Predominately Orange on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Sanders has had a rather unproductive camp due to a quad injury. This third game will go a long way in telling us if he is ready for the season. Sanders has the ability to excel but has experienced injuries in his past that have limited his fantasy upside.


By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Thu, Aug 21st 2:36pm EDT

WR Emmanuel Sanders (Quad) returned to practice today with the Broncos. (Source: Lindsey Jones on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: This potentially has him in line to play in Saturday Night's preseason game against the Texans. This will be a very important step for him in preparation for the regular season as he has not been healthy enough to show much thus far. He is being pushed by Cody Latimer for snaps and Latimer has had a terrific camp up to this point.


By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Mon, Aug 18th 3:58pm EDT

Emmanuel Sanders sat out the preseason game with the 49er's due to a sore quad.

Fantasy Impact: Sanders has had injury issues throughout his career but the Broncos are hoping for a big year from the talented star. He is a value pick from the 7th on, but he has to stay healthy to capitalize in Peyton Manning's offense. Cody Latimer is pressing for time and may get it if Sanders remains too fragile to play.


By Steve Painter, Broncos Correspondent, Tue, Aug 5th 5:03pm EDT

Emmanuel Sanders was held out of Tuesday's workout and is doubtful for the Thursday night preseason game with Seattle. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: While not considered serious, it does make his plans for Thursday night doubtful as the Broncos want to be cautious with him. Sanders tweaked the quad during Monday's workout. This provides Cody Latimer with another opportunity to show his intent of being an important part of the impressive Manning offense.

FFLockerRoom | Aug 1st
Sanders quietly had an excellent season last year. A restructuring of the offense means Sanders could potentially see a regression in his stats. As a WR2 I still believe he is a very safe play.
RotoBaller | Jul 31st
See: Demaryius Thomas
The NY Times | Jul 31st
Numbers likely to regress in new offense as Denver goes more run-first. Don't get caught up in last season's stats.
Breaking Football | Jul 30th
Sanders says the new system will have his numbers drop and he's probably right. Draft accordingly.
WalterFootball | Jul 29th
Sanders himself says he'll be lucky to hit 1k yards in the Broncos new run-oriented offense, but this is still Peyton Manning we are talking about and no Julius Thomas or Wes Welker. Sanders showed more than just being a body that Manning could throw to, he played extremely well and should continue to do so with a few less opportunities.
RotoBaller | Jul 29th
Don’t expect Emmanuel Sanders to have a repeat performance in 2015 despite his highly enjoyable career year last season. Sanders racked up over 100 receptions (5th in NFL) for 1,404 yards (5th in NFL) and nine touchdowns, all career highs. Those touchdowns came in bunches which would be a difficult feat to repeat. In a five-week span, Sanders... Read More
Fantasy Football Maniax | Jul 15th
Sanders was impressive with 101 receptions for 1,404 yards and 9 receiving touchdowns, but with 39-year old Manning's arm strength in question, I think Sanders is the player that will have the steepest decline if the Manning we saw at the end of the season is leading Denver's offense in 2015.