|ADP:||Round: 13, Pick: 5|
|Team:||New Orleans Saints|
|Ht / Wt:||5'11" / 180 lb.|
|Born:||March 17, 1987|
|Drafted:||2010 / Rd. 3 (82)|
Sanders hauled in six of nine targets for 48 yards in the Saints' 30-20 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Analysis: The veteran led the team in targets and receptions, but his short-yardage gains led to little production in the loss. After a mildly-productive first season in New Orleans, Sanders is set to return for at least one more year, where he should be a primary weapon in the passing game, no matter who is under center throwing him passes.
Sanders caught two of three targets for three yards in the Saints' 21-9 win over the Bears on Sunday.
Analysis: The veteran wideout entered the game riding a steak of four games with at least 60 receiving yards or a touchdown, but he fell completely flat in this one, ceding work to the two recently-activated receivers, Deonte Harris and Michael Thomas. Sanders' production will likely be hit-or-miss with those two players back in the fold, but a friendly matchup with Tampa Bay in the NFC divisional round presents a bounce-back opportunity for Sanders.
Sanders caught nine of 13 targets for 63 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 33-7 win over the Saints.
Analysis: Sanders led the team in all major receiving categories and, despite averaging just 7.0 yards per catch, made a nice fantasy impact thanks to an eight-yard touchdown grab in the second quarter. The veteran has stepped up in a big way over the last three games, averaging 5.7 receptions and 74 yards per contest. Sanders finishes the regular season with respectable totals of 61 receptions, 726 yards and five touchdowns. Assuming Michael Thomas returns for the Wild Card matchup with the Bears, Sanders will step back into a secondary role.
Sanders secured four of five targets for 83 yards and rushed once for 12 yards in the Saints' 52-33 win over the Vikings on Friday.
Analysis: The veteran was due for a bigger role with both Michael Thomas and Tre'Quan Smith on injured reserve with ankle sprains, and he indeed led the Saints in receptions, receiving yards and targets. However, with Alvin Kamara's 155-yard, six-touchdown effort spearheading a 264-yard rushing day for New Orleans, Sanders generated solid but not spectacular numbers. The 33-year-old has now upped his yardage total over that of the prior game in four consecutive contests, however, and he'll look to finish off the regular season strong against the Panthers in a Week 17 road battle.
Sanders caught four of five targets for 76 yards in Sunday's 32-29 loss to Kansas City.
Analysis: With Michael Thomas (ankle) out, Sanders led the Saints in catches and receiving yards -- although Alvin Kamara saw one more target -- and posted his best yardage total since Week 2. Tre'Quan Smith also suffered an ankle injury Sunday, potentially leaving Sanders as the only experienced wideout on the New Orleans roster heading into Week 16's meeting with the Vikings.
Sanders figures to conclude the regular season as the Saints' No. 1 wideout with Michael Thomas (ankle) set to hit IR, Amie Just of The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports.
Analysis: Sanders projects to earn the official nod as New Orleans' top wideout, but it's probably more realistic to project that he and Tre'Quan Smith will split the targets vacated by Thomas rather evenly, just as they did Weeks 2-5. If Thomas is indeed placed on IR it will rule him out for the final three games of the regular season. Drew Brees (ribs) is expected to return for Sunday's game against the high-powered Chiefs, and with Deonte Harris (neck) listed as questionable, both Sanders and Smith could immediately be primed for key offensive roles.
Sanders caught three of five targets for 48 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 24-21 loss to the Eagles.
Analysis: He scored his fourth TD of the season, and first since Week 9, late in the third quarter on a 37-yard strike from Taysom Hill. Sanders has caught at least three passes in three of Hill's four starts, posting a combined 13-157-1 line on 17 targets over that stretch, but regardless of who's at QB for the Saints next week, Sanders could see higher volume in a potential shootout against Patrick Mahomes and the high-octane Kansas City offense.
Sanders secured five of six targets for 39 yards in the Saints' 21-16 win over the Falcons on Sunday.
Analysis: As expected, Sanders improved on his four-yard outing from Week 12, though his output wasn't exciting. He operated behind Michael Thomas, Tre'Quan Smith and Jared Cook on the day, and Sanders' fantasy value is limited when the Saints' receiving corps is fully healthy.
Sanders caught his only target for four yards in the Saints' 31-3 win over the Broncos on Sunday.
Analysis: In a game where New Orleans pounded the rock with ease, Taysom Hill attempted just 16 passes and threw for just 78 yards. There wasn't much to go around for the Saints' pass-catchers, though game script against a Denver squad playing without a quarterback played a big part in the play calling. Sanders has a chance to bounce back in Week 13 against an Atlanta team that gave up four receptions for 66 yards to him in Week 11.
Sanders reeled in four of five targets for 66 receiving yards during Sunday's 24-9 win against Atlanta.
Analysis: Most of Sanders' production on the afternoon came via a 44-yard catch late in the second quarter, a play that was reversed in New Orleans' favor after Sanders was ruled on the field to have committed a fumble. The two-time Pro Bowler had just one catch for five yards last Sunday against the 49ers, so invested fantasy GMs will take production from Sanders any way they can get it. Sunday he was the second busiest pass-catcher on the team, though he didn't muster even half the number of targets as Michael Thomas (12). Next, Sanders and the Saints will travel to take on the Broncos, a team with which the 33-year-old won a Super Bowl in 2016.
Sanders brought in his only target for five yards in the Saints' 27-13 win over the 49ers on Sunday.
Analysis: It was a pitiful day for the Saints' receiving corps, and Sanders suffered more than most with his five-yard day. Prior to the dud, he had gone for at least 90 yards or a touchdown in each of his last three games, so his outlook remains encouraging heading into a very favorable matchup with Atlanta's barely-there secondary in Week 11.
Sanders (illness) had four receptions (five targets) for 38 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 38-3 win over the Buccaneers.
Analysis: Sanders spent a couple of weeks on the reserve/COVID-19 list, but he was able to return just in time for a big division showdown against Tom Brady and the Buccaneers. The 33-year-old was able to recapture the momentum he built prior to his layoff, finishing with double-digit fantasy points (in standard 0.5 PPR formats) for the fourth consecutive game after a slow two-game start to his career in New Orleans. Having Michael Thomas (ankle/hamstring) return will only help Sanders, as opposing teams -- such as the 49ers in Week 10 -- have to deploy additional resources the star's way, allowing Sanders to operate freely on short and intermediate routes.
The Saints activated Sanders (illness) from the reserve/COVID-19 list Wednesday, Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Sanders was spotted participating in Wednesday's practice, per Katherine Terrell of The Athletic, and he appears on track to retake the field Sunday night versus Tampa Bay. Michael Thomas (hamstring/ankle) was limited Wednesday, but there's at least a chance that the Saints could get both wideouts back for Week 9.
Sanders, who is on the Saints' reserve/COVID-19 list, is expected to rejoin the team this coming week and return to action in Week 9 versus the Buccaneers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: Both Sanders and Michael Thomas (ankle/hamstring) are out for Sunday's game against the Bears, but it looks like the Saints will welcome back at least one of their top two receivers next week. When Sanders last played in Week 5, he caught a career-high 12 passes (on 14 targets) for 122 yards.
Sanders (illness) won't be eligible to return from the reserve/COVID-19 list until after the Saints' Week 7 game in Chicago, Katherine Terrell of The Athletic reports.
Analysis: After he was removed from the active roster Friday following his positive COVID-19 test, Sanders had already been ruled out for Sunday's game against the Panthers. Since Sanders experienced a fever prior to testing positive, he's considered symptomatic, which means he won't be able to rejoin the Saints until at least 10 days have passed. In addition to Sanders, Michael Thomas (hamstring/ankle) remains sidelined for Week 7, putting Tre'Quan Smith on track to serve as the team's No. 1 wide receiver against Carolina.
Sanders has been placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list, ruling him out for Sunday's game against the Panthers, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
Analysis: With Michael Thomas (hamstring) also absent from Friday's practice, it appears Tre'Quan Smith will operate as the Saints' No. 1 receiver come Sunday. The other options on the active roster are Deonte Harris, Marquez Callaway and Bennie Fowler (shoulder), while the practice squad holds Austin Carr, Juwan Johnson and Tommylee Lewis. It's possible Sanders could be back for Week 8, depending on the results of his upcoming tests for COVID-19.
Sanders is absent from Friday's practice, Mike Triplett of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: The Saints haven't yet provided a reason for the veteran wideout's absence. Sanders wasn't listed on the injury report Wednesday or Thursday.
Sanders caught 12 of 14 targets for 122 yards in Monday night's 30-27 overtime win against the Chargers.
Analysis: Sanders has seemingly caught his stride after stumbling out of the blocks with the Saints. The veteran led New Orleans in all major receiving categories Monday, setting season highs for himself in the process. Sanders also came agonizingly close to a touchdown, but was marked down at the one-yard line in a reversed video review to close the first half. With now back-to-back outings with at least six catches and 90 yards, New Orleans' Week 6 bye comes at an inopportune time for Sanders, who will also have to contend with top wideout Michael Thomas' likely return when the Saints play next.
Sanders caught six of nine targets for 93 yards in Sunday's 35-29 win over the Lions.
Analysis: Sanders led the Saints in targets, catches and receiving yards, but Tre'Quan Smith scored both of the team's touchdowns through the air, while Latavius Murray and Alvin Kamara combined for three scores on the ground. The veteran wide receiver has seen his yardage total climb in each of his first four games with the Saints, but keeping that trend going won't be easy against the Chargers in Week 5, especially if Michael Thomas (ankle) returns and reclaims his spot atop the New Orleans' receiving pecking order.
Sanders caught four of five targets for 56 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 37-30 loss to Green Bay.
Analysis: Earlier in the week head coach Sean Payton said that Sanders' touches would increase going forward; he held true to his word and the wideout posted his best performance since joining New Orleans. The veteran still has still only garnered eight targets over the two games sans Michael Thomas (ankle), as running back Alvin Kamara (23 targets in that span) appears to have absorbed most of the injured star wideout's targets. Drew Brees will have to start taking more shots down the field in order to get his wideouts more involved (Brees currently owns a league-worst 4.61 average air yards per attempt). Thomas is hoping to return to the field against the Lions in Week 4, a development that would not do any favors for Sanders' target share.
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