The 49ers on Tuesday acquired WR Emmanuel Sanders from the Broncos. ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that San Francisco sent 3rd- and 4th-round picks in 2020 to Denver for Sanders and a 5th-round pick. Sanders should immediately become the top wideout for a Niners team that has stunk at that position all year. The Broncos, meanwhile, figure to elevate DaeSean Hamilton to the #2 WR role. He currently ranks just 6th on the team in targets, behind Courtland Sutton, Sanders, the 2 RBs and TE Noah Fant. Hamilton has a shot at WR4 value in fantasy but not much upside beyond that in Denver's current offense. Sanders' outlook shouldn't change all that much. He goes from a run-leaning offense where he ranked 2nd in targets to the league's most run-heavy offense with TE George Kittle as its top target. The trade certainly can't hurt the shaky fantasy floor of 49ers QB Jimmy Garoppolo.
Broncos WR DaeSean Hamilton (hamstring) returned to practice on Sunday. He ends up missing about a week and a half. Barring a setback, Hamilton is still in line to open the season as a top-3 WR for Denver.
Broncos WR DaeSean Hamilton injured his hamstring on Wednesday and isn't practicing on Thursday, according to insider Mike Klis. We'll see how long this injury keeps him sidelined, but Hamilton's fantasy stock was already trending down with WR Emmanuel Sanders seemingly on track to be ready for Week 1.
The Broncos have hired Rich Scangarello as OC. He's bounced around to multiple college programs over the past 2 decades and also spent time with the Raiders, Falcons and 49ers. Scangarello worked under Kyle Shanahan in those last 2 stops, which is promising. He's never called plays at the NFL level, though, making this a tough hire to decipher for fantasy purposes.
The Broncos are set to hire Vic Fangio as their HC, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. Fangio has 14 seasons of experience as an NFL defensive coordinator but has never been a HC at any level. We'll see who he tabs to run his offense.
Update: Denver has named Gary Kubiak its new OC. Kubiak has 22 seasons of experience as an NFL HC or OC, including 13 with the Broncos. He's landed an impressive 19 units inside the top 16 in total yards and 11 in the top 5.
The Broncos have placed WR Emmanuel Sanders on IR after an MRI confirmed a torn left Achilles. It's a massive loss for a team with playoff aspirations. Sanders leads Denver in all major receiving categories, accounting for 23.7% of the team's targets, 27.5% of the catches, 29.0% of the receiving yards and 26.7% of the receiving TDs. Sanders' target share rose to 28.6% without Demaryius Thomas over the past 4 games. So there's a lot of meat on the bone for WRs Courtland Sutton, DaeSean Hamilton and Tim Patrick to pick. Sutton is easily the best target bet going forward and looks like a weekly WR3 with upside the rest of the way. Hamilton is worth adding in deeper leagues -- although it's getting late in the season to be rolling the dice on a guy like him.
Broncos WR Emmanuel Sanders injured his left leg in Wednesday's practice. "Not putting any weight on his left leg. Not good," The Athletic's Nicki Jhabvala tweeted. We'll update Sanders' status when we learn more, but he obviously appears to be in danger of missing this weekend's game against the 49ers. His absence would leave Courtland Sutton as Denver's #1 WR, with DaeSean Hamilton and Tim Patrick behind him on the depth chart.
Update: ESPN's Adam Schefter reports that the team believes Sanders tore his Achilles. That'd be a season-ending injury. We'll look for confirmation.
The Broncos have cut WR Carlos Henderson. That move shouldn't affect anyone's redraft roster for 2018, but it's noteworthy because Henderson arrived as a 3rd-round pick just last year. A thumb injury delayed the start to his rookie season, but Henderson let himself down with a poor offseason and camp. Denver, meanwhile, sports arguably 1 of the league's deepest WR groups after adding Courtland Sutton and DaeSean Hamilton in this year's draft. Dynasty owners who had been waiting on Henderson can go ahead and dump him.
The Broncos selected Penn State WR DaeSean Hamilton in the 4th round of the 2018 NFL Draft. Hamilton turned in an uber-impressive freshman season back in 2014, leading his squad with 82 catches and 899 yards. He didn’t reach either of those marks over the last 3 years, though, falling behind Chris Godwin and Mike Gesicki in the pecking order. Hamilton played primarily from the slot at Penn State and figures to do the same as a pro. He goes 6’1, 203 pounds with a 63rd percentile SPARQ score. Scouts consider Hamilton 1 of the best route runners in this WR class, and he’s also strong in contested situations. Denver has now added WRs Hamilton, Courtland Sutton and Carlos Henderson over the past 2 drafts. Demaryius Thomas and Emmanuel Sanders are both cuttable next offseason.
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