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Week 17 Outlook
Emmanuel Sanders leaves game with foot sprain in first quarter
Emmanuel Sanders' day was finished early, as he left the Broncos' Week 17 game with a foot sprain during their first offensive drive and did not return. He was not targeted in the game.
Sanders' injury does not sound like anything serious from a long term perspective, but with nothing on the line, there was no reason for the Broncos to try to get Sanders back on the field even if he might have been able to play. It was disappointing for anyone that was counting on him for fantasy purposes today, but that's the NFL for you. Sanders' and Demaryius Thomas' positions as the Broncos #1A and #1B WRs are secure for next year. That is certainly not the case for the rest of the Broncos' offensive personnel, however.
Emmanuel Sanders has just one catch against Chiefs
Emmanuel Sanders caught just one of three targets for 26 yards on Sunday against the Chiefs.
Like fellow wideout Demaryius Thomas, Sanders had his fewest catches and yards of the season on Sunday against the Chiefs. The game was simply a disaster for the Broncos offense, and Sanders was noticeably frustrated. Expect Sanders to bounce back in Week 17 against the Raiders, regardless of who is under center for the Broncos.
Emmanuel Sanders comes up small in Week 15
Emmanuel Sanders came down with 3-of-6 targets for 48 yards in the Broncos' loss to the Patriots. Sanders and the entire Broncos' offense were unable to find the end zone.
Sanders was coming off one of his best games of the season in Week 14, so this performance was a letdown for Sanders' fantasy owners. The Broncos' offense as a whole has been painful to watch lately. In spite of generally high target volume, Sanders has been inconsistent on a week-to-week basis lately. For owners lucky enough to have survived this poor outing, Sanders faces a Chiefs defense in Week 16 that he torched for 162 yards and a TD a few weeks ago. Benching Sanders is a tough proposition due to his upside and target volume, in spite of the fact that it is likely to be another ugly offensive game for the Broncos.
Emmanuel Sanders cashes in on 14 targets
Emmanuel Sanders hauled in 11 catches for an even 100 yards and a TD in the Broncos' Week 14 loss to the Titans. He received 14 targets in the game.
Believe it or not, Sanders 14 targets were second on the Broncos to Demaryius Thomas, who received 16 looks in the game. Sanders continues to be among the league leaders in targets, but has been inefficient with them at times. Thankfully for fantasy owners, that was not the case this week. The Titans' defense has been hemorrhaging yards to opposing WRs all season, so this type of performance can't necessarily be counted on every week. Nonetheless, the Broncos next two games against the Patriots and Chiefs should present ample opportunities for Sanders (and his fantasy owners in the playoffs) to capitalize on his massive target volume.
Emmanuel Sanders inefficient with target volume
Emmanuel Sanders hauled in three of nine targets for a total of 28 yards in the Broncos' Week 13 win over the Jaguars.
As usual, the Broncos top two WRs dominated targets, each getting at least nine. No other Broncos player received more than one. Unfortunately for Sanders, rookie QB Paxton Lynch was inefficient and was only able to throw for 104 yards in the game, which resulted in Sanders' worst fantasy outing of the season. Sanders continues to be among the top ten in the league in targets per game, but that hasn't always translated into fantasy points. Next week, Sanders faces a Tennessee defense that has been poor against the pass all season. Hopefully for Sanders' sake, Trevor Siemian will be back under center, but owners should probably keep Sanders in their lineups regardless.
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