Emmanuel Sanders

Buffalo Bills
Wide Receiver #10
Buffalo Bills
Wide Receiver #10
Photo: Icon Sportswire


Age 35
Birthdate March 17, 1987
Height 5'11"
Weight 180 lb


College SMU
Year 2010
Pick Round: 3, Overall: 82
Team PIT

Fantasy Value

Emmanuel Sanders's fantasy value is measured by the players he could be traded for. Our trade analzyer estimates his value at 0 points.

Emmanuel Sanders is projected for 0.0 fantasy points in PPR scoring this week as he faces the Seattle Seahawks.

Week 1 Projections
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Player News RotoWire

Emmanuel Sanders: Disappears from game plan Sunday

Sanders hauled in his lone target for a 16-yard gain Sunday in the Bills' 42-36 overtime loss to the Chiefs in the divisional round.

Analysis: Even with quarterback Josh Allen dropping back 39 times on the day in a back-and-forth affair between two potent offenses, Sanders wasn't able to make much of an imprint on the box score. In fact, the 34-year-old was just about phased out of the game plan, as his 27-percent snap share on offense was his lowest mark of the season. The Bills filtered most of Sanders' snaps to Gabriel Davis, who broke through with eight receptions for 201 yards and four touchdowns to dim just about any quiet buzz he might have had as a middle- or late-round sleeper heading into 2022 fantasy drafts. Davis' landmark performance presumably cements him into a regular starting role alongside Stefon Diggs and slot specialist Cole Beasley next season, increasing the likelihood that Sanders looks to find work elsewhere in free agency this offseason. The soon-to-be 35-year-old recorded 45 receptions for 678 yards and five touchdowns across his 14 regular-season and two playoff games with Buffalo.

Jan. 25, 2022 12:54 PM EST

Player Stats

YEAR TM GM Receiving Rushing
2010 PIT 16 28 50 56.0 376 2 13.4 0 0 0 0 1
2011 PIT 16 22 43 51.2 288 2 13.1 0 0 0 0 0
2012 PIT 16 44 74 59.5 626 1 14.2 1 4 4.0 0 2
2013 PIT 16 67 112 59.8 740 6 11.0 1 25 25.0 0 0
2014 DEN 16 101 141 71.6 1,404 9 13.9 8 44 5.5 0 0
2015 DEN 16 76 137 55.5 1,135 6 14.9 3 29 9.7 0 2
2016 DEN 16 79 137 57.7 1,032 5 13.1 1 4 4.0 0 0
2017 DEN 16 47 92 51.1 555 2 11.8 0 0 0 0 0
2018 DEN 12 71 98 72.4 868 4 12.2 4 53 13.2 1 0
2019 2TM 17 66 97 68.0 869 5 13.2 0 0 0 0 0
2020 NO 16 61 82 74.4 726 5 11.9 1 12 12.0 0 0

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Emmanuel Sanders Biography

Emmanuel Sanders is an NFL receiver for the Denver Broncos. Sanders, 29, has played seven professional seasons and has developed a reputation for being a gritty, shifty receiver who can make catches with heavy defensive pressure.

Childhood and high school

Sanders grew up in a small Texas town called Bellville, that is situated about halfway between Houston and Austin. At Bellville High School, has a star in football, basketball, baseball and track. On the gridiron, he played wide receiver, running back and safety. As as senior, he merited team MVP and Tri-County Offensive Player of the Year.

A class of 2005 recruit, Sanders was ranked a two-star prospect by 247 Sports. He committed on Feb. 2 to play football at Southern Methodist University.


At SMU, Sanders was a highly valuable receiving target all four years. He caught nine touchdown passes in each of his first three seasons and seven as a senior. He gradually neared the 1,000-yard mark his first three seasons with the Mustangs before going for 1,339 receiving yards—a Conference USA record—on 98 receptions.

Sanders was named All-Conference USA as a junior and senior.

In 2009, Sanders led SMU to an eight-win season and a win over Nevada in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl. He had seven catches for 124 yards and a touchdown in that game.

Emmanuel Sanders college highlights

NFL Draft

The play-making ability of Sanders was on full display in his SMU film, but NFL scouts knew the undersized receiver would be a risk. They wondered whether Sanders had the height and strength to make plays in the middle of NFL defenses. In the NFL Draft Combine, he put up a 39.5 inch vertical and ran a 4.41 40 time.

The Pittsburgh Steelers selected Sanders with the 82nd overall pick in the third round of the 2010 NFL Draft. He was the seventh wide receiver selected.

2015 NFL Season

Leading up to 2015, Sanders had gone from a rookie season and second year that weren't predictive of the future success that he would have. A couple of better years with Pittsburgh led to his breakout season of 1,404 receiving yards and nine touchdowns with Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos in 2014. 

He backed that up by reeling in 76 receptions for 1,135 yards and six touchdowns in 2015. Sanders had four games with 100-plus receiving yards and another with 99. Denver won 11 regular season games and went on to win the Super Bowl 24-10, with Sanders catching six passes for 83 yards against the NFC champion Carolina Panthers.

Emmanuel Sanders 2015 NFL Highlights

2016 NFL Season

At the beginning of 2016, Sanders signed a three-year contract extension with the Broncos and will make an $11 million salary each year. He backed it up with his third-straight 1,000-yard season, as he pulled in 79 receptions for 1,032 yards and five touchdowns—primarily from quarterback Trevor Siemian. Sanders led Denver in receiving yards in six games.

The Broncos failed to make the playoffs, but Sanders made his second career Pro Bowl team.

Personal Life

Sanders' wife Gabriella filed for divorce just weeks before the couple's second child was born on Dec. 13, 2016. However, the divorce has not been reported as finalized and Sanders was present with his wife for the birth. Most of the things coming from his Twitter handle, @ESanders_10, are retweets.