Emmanuel Sanders Fantasy News

Markus Wheaton likely to start
Saturday, April 12, 2014, 8:55pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Pittsburgh beat writer Scott Brown believes that Markus Wheaton starts for the Steelers in 2014:

The Steelers return every offensive starter from 2013 except for wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders but I think you'll see second-year man Markus Wheaton emerge this season opposite Antonio Brown.

Fantasy Impact:

Wheaton will be fantasy relevant with a big jump in snaps and targets and a solid QB throwing him the ball.

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Steelers sign Lance Moore to a two-year deal
Friday, March 21, 2014, 8:40pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

The Pittsburgh Steelers quickly filled the void left by Jerricho Cotchery's departure, signing former New Orleans Saints wide receiver Lance Moore to a two-year contract Friday.

Moore visited the Steelers earlier this week, and signing him became a priority after the Carolina Panthers lured Cotchery away with a two-year, $5 million contract.

Fantasy Impact:

Along with Markus Wheaton, Moore will replace Emmanuel Sanders and Jerricho Cotchery. He may be fantasy relevant, though he's not likely to see enough targets to be a full time fantasy starter.

Broncos exercise option on Wes Welker
Monday, March 17, 2014, 10:16am

SI - [Full Article]

Denver has exercised its 2014 option on Wes Welker, who will make $8 million (including bonuses) at age 33 this fall, and then become a free agent for what might be one final (minor) payday in 2015.

How the Broncos likely will line their receivers up in 2014: Julius Thomas tight to the formation, either left or right; Demaryius Thomas split wide, either left or right; Welker most often in the slot; and Emmanuel Sanders mostly opposite Demaryius Thomas. But here’s the changeup: Sanders started in the slot 11 times for Pittsburgh in 2012 before moving mostly outside in 2013. One of the things offensive coordinator Adam Gase likes to do is move Welker around so he doesn’t get beat up too much in the slot, so don’t be surprised to see Sanders learning all the spots.

Fantasy Impact:

Welker should post similar numbers in 2014 if he can stay healthy. He was #20 in standard formats and #21 in PPR. On a per game basis, he was #16 and #17, respectively.

Broncos expected to sign Emmanuel Sanders
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 10:18pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Neither team nor player's agent will confirm, but Broncos are expected to sign former Steelers WR Emmanuel Sanders, per league sources.

Fantasy Impact:

Sanders will likely replace Eric Decker in Denver's three-WR set, so Andre Caldwell probably sees spot duty as the team's WR4. Sanders was #35 in standard and #32 in PPR, and we'd expect that to be his floor playing with Peyton Manning in the Broncos' potent offense.

Emmanuel Sanders has not yet signed due to injury concerns
Saturday, March 15, 2014, 10:11am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Emmanuel Sanders has been crisscrossing the country visiting teams this week, but the former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver might not get the kind of contract he covets because of medical concerns, a source told ESPN.com.

Sanders has a screw in each foot, stemming from injuries he sustained in the Super Bowl following the 2010 season, and teams might be leery of signing the four-year veteran to a long-term deal.

Fantasy Impact:

Sanders hasn't missed a game in the last two seasons, but teams are understandably concerned about the screws in his feet.

Steelers unlikely to re-sign Emmanuel Sanders
Thursday, February 13, 2014, 10:47am

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - [Full Article]

Steelers beat writer Gerry Dulac on the possibility that WR Emmanuel Sanders leaves via free agency:

"I think they will stick with what they have, plus draft a tall receiver in the first or second round. I think they will let Sanders leave in free agency for a number of reasons and are perfectly comfortable thinking Markus Wheaton will not only replace him, but also be a much better receiver. Their intent is to take a tall receiver early -- they have already indicated that to Ben Roethlisberger -- another indication that Sanders will be gone."

Fantasy Impact:

If the Steelers do replAce Sanders with an early round draft pick, Wheaton will likely take over in the slot but may not be on the field in two-WR sets.

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Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 12:05pm

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Steelers wide receiver Markus Wheaton, who played for Emmanuel Sanders in the second half at Green Bay, broke a finger against the Packers but will try to play through the injury with a splint. The rookie will also tape the ailing digit to another finger.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013, 12:04pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Steelers wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders may play Sunday despite sustaining a knee injury.

Sanders did not play in the second half after scoring a touchdown and setting up a field goal with a 47-yard kick return. An MRI did not reveal any serious damage to Sanders' knee. He was injured while running a pattern on the muddy playing surface at Lambeau Field. Sanders sprained his lateral meniscus.

Fantasy Impact:

If Sanders can play, he'll likely be out there in a must-win game for the Steelers against the Browns. He may be a little limited however so it's worth watching his status over the next few days.

Monday, December 23, 2013, 8:31am

SteelerDepot.com - [Full Article]

The Steelers lost WR Emmanuel Sanders with a knee injury.

Fantasy Impact:

The pieced pointed out that it could be Sanders' last game with the team if they don't advance to the playoffs. And if he misses Week 17, rookie Markus Wheaton would get the start.

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