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Emmanuel Sanders
BUF

WR BUF

#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

Weekly Outlook

3d Projection

Low Floor

4.8

DS Projection

7.9

Consensus

38 other sites
9

Med Ceiling

11.5

Rest of
Season

8.2

Week 6 Projections
Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
4 55 0.4 7.9
Weekly Writeup
Sanders has already tallied a pair of 2-TD games. He’s acting as the #2 target in the passing game alongside a red hot Josh Allen. The 1st-year Bill remains a WR3.

Rest Of Way Outlook

Rec Rec Yds Rec TDs Fantasy Pts
4.3 58 0.4 8.2
Week 5
Sanders caught 3 of 5 targets for 54 yards and 2 TDs in the Bills' Week 5 win over the Chiefs.
Sanders has now had a couple games with multiple TDs and is emerging as the Bills 2nd option behind stud WR Stefon Diggs.
Josh Allen is playing at an MVP level, which is keeping Sanders in the mix as a WR3/WR4. The Bills have a great matchup in Week 6 on the road against the Titans.
Week 4
In a game in which Josh Allen threw just 29 passes in a blowout win, and Stefon Diggs and Dawson Knox saw 18 of those targets, Sanders was 3rd on the team with 6 targets, which is the same number he’s seen in each of the last 3 games. Although he didn’t find the end zone, he continued to be a reliable option for Allen in the intermediate area of the field, and his 74 yards continued his season-long streak of posting at least 48 yards in each game.

It’s clear that when the Bills’ organization said Sanders was their main target in the offseason, they had his current role in mind. Knowing that Josh Allen works best in the intermediate area of the field, Sanders will remain a perfect complement to that strength. And also knowing that the Bills are prone to throw the ball often, Sanders should maintain a strong weekly scoring floor. He’s now been targeted at least 6 times in each game, and he can safely be started each week as a WR3 with a solid floor.
Week 3
Sanders was a fantasy monster against Washington. He caught 5 of his 6 targets for 94 yards and 2 TDs. This production shouldn't come as a shock to those paying attention. Sanders has seen 6+ targets in each of Buffalo’s first 3 games.

This kind of volume in a passing offense many were excited about coming into the season is a great sign going forward. While Stefon Diggs is the featured WR, the opportunity on the other side of the field is there. Many thought Gabriel Davis might take this role heading into year 2, but Sanders has locked it up.

Will Sanders have more 2-TD performances the rest of the season? Not likely, but he should be a compelling flex play most weeks, especially when the matchup is right.

Basic Stats Preseason Player Analysis

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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