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Emmanuel Sanders


#64 Wide Receiver

94 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 7
Experience: 11 Yr(s)
Age: 34
Height: 5'11"
Weight: 180
40 Time: 4.40

Injury Predictor Injury Predictor

High Risk

Chance of Injury in 2021


% chance misses at least 2 quarters

Chance of Injury per Game


1- 17√1-% Inj/Season

Projected Games Missed 2021




Ability to produce despire relatively minor injuries. 5 being most durable

Injury analysis powered by Draft Sharks Injury Index, formerly SIP Logo

Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Dec 6, 2011 NFL Pedal Foot Sanders missed 3 games with inflammation in his surgically repaired right foot.
Oct 30, 2011 NFL Knee Meniscus Tear Sanders needed arthroscopic surgery to repair his left meniscus. He missed 2 games and then returned after the Week 11 bye.
Aug 1, 2011 NFL Pedal Foot Sanders had bone marrow and calcium injected into his previously repaired left foot to promote healing. He missed the 1st 3 preseason games.
Sep 15, 2010 NFL Leg Quad Bruise Sanders lost 3 games to a quad injury that he admitted was worse than he initially believed. He returned after the Week 5 bye.
Dec 16, 2012 NFL Chest Rib Fracture Sanders cracked a rib in Week 15 and left the game in the 3rd quarter. He did not miss the following week's game, though.
Nov 16, 2014 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Sanders got a concussion after he took a huge hit in Week 11. He was able to make it back the following week.
Aug 6, 2015 NFL Thigh Hamstring Strain Grade 2 Sanders pulled his right hamstring and sat out the entire preseason. He returned for Week 1.
Feb 6, 2011 NFL Pedal Foot Fracture Sanders broke a bone in his right foot in the 2nd quarter of the Super Bowl loss to the Packers and required surgery.
Dec 22, 2013 NFL Knee Patella Sprain Sanders left the Week 16 matchup at halftime with a patella sprain and missed the remainder of the game but was able to return to practice.
Nov 2, 2014 NFL Chest Rib Bruise Sanders was taken out of the game after taking a big hit. He was examined and diagnosed with a bruised rib then returned to the game.
Oct 18, 2015 NFL Shoulder A/C Joint Sprain Sanders sprained the A/C joint in his left shoulder but was able to play through the injury.
Nov 8, 2015 NFL Pedal Ankle (high) Sprain Grade 3 Sanders sprained his left ankle against the Colts. He played on it in Week 10 but left that game early -- with other issues -- and then sat out Week 11. He later revealed it was a high-ankle sprain.
Nov 15, 2015 NFL Hand Finger Sprain/Pull Unspecified Sanders sprained a finger and missed the next game, though the high ankle sprain might have caused that.
Aug 4, 2014 NFL Thigh Hamstring Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Sanders sustained a "slight" right thigh strain and missed some preseason time.
Dec 14, 2017 NFL Pedal Ankle Bruise Sanders suffered a bone bruise in his right ankle against the Colts in Week 15 and missed the final 2 games.
Oct 15, 2017 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain Grade 2 Sanders sprained his right ankle in the 3rd quarter of Week 6 and missed the following 2 games.
Apr 4, 2011 NFL Pedal Foot Fracture Sanders had surgery in April after developing a stress fracture in his left foot.
Dec 5, 2018 NFL Pedal Achilles Tear Grade 3 Sanders ruptured his right Achilles' tendon in a Wednesday practice, had surgery the following day and missed the rest of the season.

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What You Need to Know:

  • Sanders, 34, underwhelmed in his lone season with New Orleans. Even with Michael Thomas appearing in only 7 games, Sanders tallied 61-726-5.
  • The former Saint tallied just 11.9 YPC — below his pre-2020 career average of 13.3.
  • Per Pro Football Focus, Sanders forced only 3 missed tackles.
  • He lacked a ceiling with only 4 outings of 15+ PPR points — each without Thomas.
  • Sanders missed 2 games while on the COVID-19 list.
  • Sanders signed a 1-year deal worth $6 million early in free agency.
  • Buffalo remains stacked at WR after losing John Brown. Sanders joins Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley and promising 2nd-year man Gabriel Davis.
  • The Bills used 4-WR sets on 15% of their plays last year — 2nd most league-wide. Still, that represented only 186 total snaps (11.6 per game).
  • Sanders does figure to benefit from Josh Allen’s aggressive play style. Last year, Drew Brees’ average depth of target (aDOT) was a silly-low 6.6. Sanders’ tally was 9.5 — 54th among 77 WRs with at least a 50% snap share.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Sanders, now on his 4th team since 2018, is clearly nearing the end of his career. The 34-year-old is coming off his 2nd lowest yardage total since 2012. His 2.7 YAC per reception marked the worst tally of his career.

A relatively healthy 2020, a pass-first Buffalo offense and a match with uber-aggressive Josh Allen supply the upside. Yet in an offense with Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis, there’s simply not a huge piece of the target pie for the taking. While spot start value is reasonable, don’t expect a major resurgence this fall.


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Bills WR Emmanuel Sanders (foot) is active for today’s game against the Steelers. He was limited in practice all week, although we never heard any concern that Sanders wouldn’t be ready for the opener. Still, he comes with elevated risk in fantasy lineups.

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Bills WR Emmanuel Sanders (foot) is expected to play against the Steelers today, per NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. The veteran was limited in practice all week, and it's unclear if the foot will be a factor today. The uncertainty means Sanders is better off on fantasy benches for Week 1.

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Bills WR Emmanuel Sanders (foot) is listed as questionable for Sunday's opener against the Steelers after a limited week of practice. A fringy fantasy option to begin with, Sanders shouldn't be in lineups at less than 100%. His absence would turn WR Gabriel Davis into a near every-down player -- and a viable Week 1 fantasy play.

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Bills WR Emmanuel Sanders (foot) remained limited in Thursday's practice. We haven't seen anything to suggest the foot will be an issue this weekend -- but it'd be nice to see him get in a full practice on Friday.

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Bills WR Emmanuel Sanders (foot) was limited in Wednesday's practice. The veteran missed a few days of practice in early August with this foot issue, but it shouldn't impact his status for this weekend's opener vs. the Steelers.

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