Emmanuel Sanders | Pittsburgh Steelers | WR
2013 Experience: 4th Season
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Fantasy Football Outlook: With the departure of Mike Wallace, the Steelers had a tough decision to make on Emmanuel Sanders when the Patriots made him an offer. In un-Steeler like fashion, the franchise should indecisiveness on what to do with Sanders but ultimately decided to keep him.
Perhaps it was not only the loss of Wallace but that tight end Health Miller is coming back from a knee injury he suffered late in the season. No surprise, Ben Roethlisberger didn’t want to see another skill player go away, and it’s probably for the best that Sanders is back for 2013.
While I expect Markus Wheaton to win a starting job when Sanders leave for free agency, it’s Sanders job right now, and he has enough upside in this offense to warrant fantasy consideration on draft day. I wouldn’t take the cheese if people start pumping Sanders up as a WR3 option, but if you can get him as a WR4 in standard leagues that would probably be fair value.
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2013 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: ADP's | Rankings | Mocks | Cheat Sheets + Auctions
To help you get ready for draft day you will notice articles for ADP advice, cheat sheets, mock drafts and projected stats for Emmanuel Sanders here. During the season, you can also find regular weekly ranking articles at this section as well.
Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projection
When your Head Coach wonders out loud about your future health concerns, it’s a problem. Emmanuel Sanders has the talent to be a WR3 or WR4 even as the third receiver in the Steelers offense, but he’s had problems staying on the field.
Pittsburgh is likely to install a heavy passing offense this year with Rashard Mendenhall likely to miss time recovering from a torn ACL injury. Opportunity should be there for Sanders to hold fantasy value, but he may start out on waiver wires to begin the year.
August 4th Update - Sanders is earning valuable time in the first-team offense with Mike Wallace in a holdout and should have an expanded role. The main problem for Sanders is health, but if Wallace should hold out deep into August, we will need to view Sanders as a sleeper candidate and a late round addition.
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