Emmanuel Sanders Fantasy Football Outlook & Value 2019

Emmanuel Sanders was heading for another strong season, but Week 13 came and he tore his Achilles. He made the best of a very mediocre passing game with the Denver Broncos. Sanders is heading into an age 32 season coming off an Achilles tear. The odds of him posting similar numbers is rather low, especially in a passing game that was in the bottom half last season. Adding Joe Flacco and Drew Lock isn’t screaming confidence either. Sanders days of being a relevant WR2 are behind him, but if healthy he could sneak into WR3 potential. The upside is a bit capped, so we will see if there is any value.

2018 Fantasy Recap

Tier FPTS 2018 Rating GP SNPS/G TGT REC TGT/G YDS 100+ YDS YDS/REC TD Yahoo PTS/G
4 127.2 91 12 54.8 98 71 8.2 868 3 12.2 4 13.6

Up until the injury, Emmanuel Sanders was headed for a top 20 WR finish in terms of fantasy. His catch rate was over 70%, and his yards per target were the second highest in his career. Sanders was a safe wideout in 2018 and the injury concerns are now piling up, as he missed a part of 2017 too. Coming off an Achilles injury is tough for any athlete, and the chance of returning to full strength is slim to none. That leaves us in doubt of seeing 2018 type production if he comes back in 2019. Talking everything but the injury, Sanders was rock solid again.

2019 Fantasy Outlook

Position Ranking ADP Auction Value Bye Week Receptions Receiving Yards Touchdowns
WR43 10.12 $12 10 66.3 817.2 4.4

Heading into 2019, the tweet below showcases Sanders Achilles looking just fine, but how it holds up over the first few weeks and playing normal game speed is the concern. With Noah Fant and Courtland Sutton stepping more into a larger role, the targets won’t be a given for Sanders anymore. Depending on his landing spot in drafts, Sanders comes with some risk. There is a very good chance his floor is outside the top 50 and the ceiling isn’t the same as some names around him.

Given the unappealing quarterback play and a likely commitment to running the football, it is tough to get excited about Sanders in 2019. Courtland Sutton is the better wideout pick for fantasy, who finished with a 42-704-4 line last season. We should be more intrigued with the breakout potential of Sutton. While Sanders finished WR25 despite playing 12 games, even if he is limited to start the year, it is hard to see him reaching this production.

Draft & Auction Value

The ADP is slipping more even passed these numbers, and overall Sanders should be nothing but a last two round dart throw. In auction leagues he is a $1-2 tossup and you are just expecting WR3 type production. There are higher upside wideouts to go after late compared to a Sanders in subpar Denver offense. Despite Sanders going later than usual compared to his ADP history, there is a reason why he is going this late. For the most part, I see myself passing on Sanders and going in other directions. You will have to pay a few rounds higher, but Sutton is the guy here.

  
Jason Guilbault has been writing and podcasting in the fantasy sports world for over five years. You can find his work at Daily Fantasy Cafe. He is an avid Tottenham fan, and follows the Boston sports teams. When he isn’t diving into stats, he is enjoying the outdoors or down at the local brewery.

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