|ADP:||Round: 9, Pick: 2|
|Team:||New Orleans Saints|
|Ht / Wt:||5'11" / 180 lb.|
|Born:||March 17, 1987|
|Drafted:||2010 / Rd. 3 (82)|
The Saints and Sanders agreed to a two-year contract Friday, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Sanders has fallen off since his three-year peak (2014-2016), when he accrued 1,000 receiving yards each time while hauling in 256 passes overall. Last season, he split time with Denver and San Francisco, reaching the Super Bowl with the latter and combining for a 66-869-5 line on 97 targets. On a positive note, Sanders will be operating with Drew Brees and opposite Michael Thomas, so the 33-year-old does have a relatively safe floor.
Sanders, an impending free agent, hasn't discussed a new contract with the 49ers, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Sanders mentioned after the Super Bowl that he enjoyed playing for the 49ers, but he wasn't ready to speculate on his future at that time. The lack of negotiations so far isn't necessarily a deal breaker, considering most teams have taken a slow approach while the owners and NFLPA work on a new collective bargaining agreement. Sanders will turn 33 next Tuesday, one day before he's scheduled to become an unrestricted free agent. He refuted a recent rumor that suggested the 49ers had sent him a lowball offer.
Sanders hasn't yet turned his focus to free agency, but he did mention that he enjoyed the 2019 season and loves playing for the 49ers, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Acquired in an October trade with Denver, the soon-to-be 33-year-old wideout had a couple huge performances in games the 49ers won by a small margin -- Week 9 at Arizona and Week 14 at New Orleans. While his presence may have been the difference between a No. 3 seed and the No. 1 seed, Sanders otherwise served in a complementary capacity, often playing third fiddle in the passing game behind George Kittle and Deebo Samuel. The 49ers likely will have some level of interesting bringing Sanders back, but it won't come as any surprise if he gets a better offer from another team. The Niners don't have a ton of cap space, and they have two other starters -- DE Arik Armstead and S Jimmie Ward -- scheduled to become unrestricted free agents this offseason.
Sanders caught three of five targets for 38 yards in a 31-20 Super Bowl loss to the Chiefs.
Analysis: Sanders nearly made the biggest play of the game when he ran past a pair of defenders on a 3rd-and-10 with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. Unfortunately for the 49ers, Jimmy Garoppolo overthrew the veteran wideout and then took a sack on the next play, giving the ball back to Kansas City for a game-clinching, 38-yard touchdown from Damien Williams. It was otherwise a quiet night for Sanders, who drew fewer targets than both Deebo Samuel (nine) and George Kittle (seven). Sanders can become an unrestricted free agent at the beginning of the 2020 league year March 18, one day after his 33rd birthday.
Sanders finished with one target and no receptions in Sunday's 37-20 win over Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game.
Analysis: Sanders played 75 percent of offensive snaps, but Jimmy Garoppolo attempted just eight passes in a game where the 49ers entered halftime leading by 27 points. It did mark a third straight game in which Sanders had fewer yards than Deebo Samuel, who caught two of three targets for 46 yards and added another 43 yards on two carries. The rookie has mostly outperformed the veteran over the past three months, but there hasn't been much of a difference in terms of target volume. Both wide receivers should see more opportunities in a Super Bowl matchup with Kansas City on Feb. 2.
Sanders had three catches (four targets) for 25 yards in Sunday's 26-21 win over Seattle.
Analysis: Sanders had a quiet cap to the 2019 regular season, finishing with 25 receiving yards or less for the fifth time in 10 starts with his new squad. The veteran's receptions had a much larger impact on the actual team, as he quickly became a third-down security blanket for Jimmy Garoppolo. Sanders finishes with 66 receptions for 869 yards and five touchdowns across 17 games with both Denver and San Francisco. The 32-year-old is set to hit unrestricted free agency this upcoming offseason, and his eventual landing spot will help determine what kind of fantasy value we can expect from the wideout in 2020. For now, Sanders will look to help his current club on a quest for a Super Bowl.
Sanders secured three of six targets for 61 yards in the 49ers' 34-31 win over the Rams on Saturday.
Analysis: Sanders entered the 49ers' final drive of the night with just a pair of grabs totaling 15 yards, but his 46-yard reception during what would turn out to be the game-winning march positioned San Francisco deep in Rams territory. The speedy veteran's production has been hard to trust from game to game since joining the team via trade just prior to Week 9, but he does have a pair of 100-yard efforts and Saturday's 61-yard tally, which counts as his third highest with the Niners. Sanders will look to make an even bigger impact in a pivotal Week 17 showdown against the Seahawks.
Sanders caught two passes (four targets) for nine yards in Sunday's 29-22 loss to Atlanta.
Analysis: The 49ers had a clear gameplan to use tight end George Kittle (17 targets) to attack Atlanta's defense, leaving all of the team's wideouts with poor fantasy lines. Sanders still led the group in targets (four), so he remains the lead dog amongst a group of youngsters, but fantasy owners have to be wary of a changing offensive gameplan under coach Kyle Shanahan. The veteran wideout has put up some huge lines with his new team, but a lot of lackluster ones are scattered about as well. Sanders could be primed for a solid game against a Rams defense on Saturday that was just torn apart by the Dallas Cowboys.
Sanders (ribs) had seven catches (nine targets) for 157 yards and a touchdown, also adding a 35-yard touchdown throw in Sunday's 48-46 win over the Saints.
Analysis: Sanders not only turned in his best receiving performance as a member of the 49ers this season, but he also threw for his second career touchdown pass on a trick play in the second quarter. The veteran is the team's top option at wide receiver, so it was a bit surprising to see the Saints line up No. 2 corner, Eli Apple, against him while leaving the superior Marshon Lattimore on rookie Deebo Samuel in most passing situations Sunday. Jimmy Garoppolo and Sanders took full advantage of this defensive mismatch, resulting in monstrous fantasy lines for both players in a crucial NFC showdown. Big games like Sunday's have been few and far between, as Sanders' last four games resulted in a 28.3 receiving yard average. The 32-year-old was also dealing with banged up ribs during that span, and he appeared to be back at full strength. Barring an unforeseen setback, Sanders should be a full go against the Falcons on Sunday.
Sanders (ribs) caught four of six targets for 41 yards in Sunday's 20-17 loss to Baltimore.
Analysis: Sanders led the team in targets and catches, as quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo only threw for 165 yards. Kendrick Bourne led the team with 42 receiving yards, with Sanders and Deebo Samuel both one yard short of that total, but it was Samuel who scored the team's lone receiving touchdown. Sanders has failed to eclipse 50 yards in a game since Week 9, but he'll likely see his number called more frequently out of the slot against the Saints in Week 14.
Sanders (ribs) will play in Sunday's game against the Ravens Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: A rib cartilage injury restricted Sanders to limited practice participation throughout the week, but his availability for Sunday was never in any doubt. He played through the same ailment in a Week 12 blowout win over the Packers, catching one pass for 15 yards while playing 67 percent of offensive snaps. A matchup with the Ravens' excellent cornerbacks entails a higher level of difficulty, but the nature of the game should encourage more passing volume from Jimmy Garoppolo, who threw the ball just 20 times last week.
Sanders (ribs) was limited at practice Thursday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: The same applies to fellow receiver Deebo Samuel (shoulder), which bodes well for the 49ers' chances of having both players available for Sunday's game against the Ravens. Friday's injury report will reveal if either (or both) head into the weekend listed as questionable or free from a Week 13 injury designation.
Sanders (ribs) will be limited at practice Wednesday, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Sanders played through a rib cartilage injury this past Sunday against the Packers, ranking second among 49ers wide receivers in offensive snap share (67 percent) but hauling in his only target for 15 yards. As he gets healthier, his production is bound to bounce back, but he nonetheless will kick off Week 13 prep with a cap on his reps.
Sanders (ribs) caught his lone target for 15 yards in Sunday's 37-8 victory over the Packers.
Analysis: It was George Kittle's (knee/ankle) night to shine, leaving little scraps to be had for the rest of the receiving corps (no wide receiver with more than two targets). Sanders has been dealing with his own nagging injury, and that may have factored in his lack of usage for the second straight week since returning to action. When healthy, the veteran wideout is the top receiver and second option behind Kittle, but fantasy owners may want to wait until he is fully cleared of the rib issues that have limited him in practice over the past few weeks.
Sanders (ribs) is active for Sunday's game against the Packers.
Analysis: Sanders hasn't practiced much since picking up a rib cartilage injury Week 10 versus the Seahawks, taking the field Thursday and Friday in a no-contact jersey that eventually led to limited participation. Still, he suited up last Sunday against the Cardinals and played 44 percent of the offensive snaps on his way to three catches (on five targets) for 33 yards. The 49ers wide receiver group also will include rookie Deebo Samuel (shoulder), who has turned 21 targets into a 16-246-0 stat line the last two games. That run coincides with George Kittle's absence due to knee and ankle injuries, but the skilled tight end is gutting them out Sunday, too, which could impact the target volume of both Sanders and Samuel.
Sanders (ribs) anticipates playing in Sunday night's game against the Packers, noting that his pain level has gone done considerably the past few days, Kimberley A. Martin of Yahoo Sports reports.
Analysis: Sanders played through the rib cartilage injury last week but was limited to 44 percent of offensive snaps in a 36-26 win over the Cardinals. He sat out practice Wednesday before returning as a limited participant Thursday and Friday, sporting a no-contact jersey to avoid any aggravation of the ailment. Coach Kyle Shanahan said he views Sanders, Deebo Samuel (shoulder) and George Kittle (knee/ankle) as game-time decisions for Sunday's 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff, but it sounds like the 32-year-old wideout is confident he'll be able to play. It's a bit less clear where Samuel and Kittle stand, though Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area expects both pass catchers to play.
Sanders (ribs) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Packers, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: Sanders, Deebo Samuel (shoulder) and George Kittle (knee/ankle) all followed the same routine, sitting out practice Wednesday before logging limited sessions Thursday and Friday. Each of the three was spotted in a no-contact jersey Friday afternoon, after coach Kyle Shanahan suggested Thursday that they'll all be game-time decisions. The 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff presents an issue for fantasy managers, limiting the quantity and quality of replacement options if some combination of Sanders, Samuel and/or Kittle ultimately lands on the inactive list.
Sanders (ribs) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Despite going through stretches but not much more during the part of Thursday's session open to the media, Sanders took a step in the right direction with some activity on the field after no drills Wednesday. Per Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area, the 49ers expect Sanders to play through a rib cartilage injury again Sunday against the Packers, but it seems likely he enters the weekend with a designation.
Coach Kyle Shanahan said Sanders (ribs) won't practice Wednesday, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: Playing through a rib cartilage injury this past Sunday versus the Cardinals, Sanders required a number of sideline visits to get through the contest en route to seeing 44 percent of the offensive snaps. He didn't practice at all prior to that game, so his lack of reps Wednesday can't be cause for concern just yet. Still, Sanders' status is one to watch as the week goes on to get a sense of his odds to play Sunday night against the Packers.
Coach Kyle Shanahan stated that Sanders (ribs) may not be ready to participate in practice Wednesday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Sanders suited up against the Cardinals despite dealing with injured ribs and was forced to retreat to the sidelines on multiple occasions before finishing with a three-catch, 33-yard stat line. Unsurprisingly, the veteran wideout's status for Wednesday's practice -- and ultimately Sunday's showdown with Green Bay -- is up in the air. A late start time could create complications for Sanders' fantasy owners, so they will hope to see the wideout take part in practice this week in order to improve his chances to suit up against the Packers.
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