|Chance of Injury in 2021:||86%|
|Chance of Injury per Game:||10.9%|
|Projected Games missed for 2021:||2.6|
What You Need to Know:
-Sanders, 34, underwhelmed in his lone season with New Orleans. Even with Michael Thomas appearing in only 7 games, Sanders tallied 61-726-5.
-The former Saint tallied just 11.9 YPC — below his pre-2020 career average of 13.3.
-Per Pro Football Focus, Sanders forced only 3 missed tackles.
-He lacked a ceiling with only 4 outings of 15+ PPR points — each without Thomas.
-Sanders missed 2 games while on the COVID-19 list.
-Sanders signed a 1-year deal worth $6 million early in free agency.
-Buffalo remains stacked at WR after losing John Brown. Sanders joins Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley and promising 2nd-year man Gabriel Davis.
-The Bills used 4-WR sets on 15% of their plays last year — 2nd most league-wide. Still, that represented only 186 total snaps (11.6 per game).
-Sanders does figure to benefit from Josh Allen’s aggressive play style. Last year, Drew Brees’ average depth of target (aDOT) was a silly-low 6.6. Sanders’ tally was 9.5 — 54th among 77 WRs with at least a 50% snap share.
Draft Sharks Bottom Line:
Sanders, now on his 4th team since 2018, is clearly nearing the end of his career. The 34-year-old is coming off his 2nd lowest yardage total since 2012. His 2.7 YAC per reception marked the worst tally of his career.
A relatively healthy 2020, a pass-first Buffalo offense and a match with uber-aggressive Josh Allen supply the upside. Yet in an offense with Stefon Diggs, Cole Beasley and Gabriel Davis, there’s simply not a huge piece of the target pie for the taking. While spot start value is reasonable, don’t expect a major resurgence this fall.
|Dec 5, 2018||NFL||Pedal Achilles Tear Grade 3||Sanders ruptured his right Achilles' tendon in a Wednesday practice, had surgery the following day and missed the rest of the season.|
|Dec 14, 2017||NFL||Pedal Ankle Bruise||Sanders suffered a bone bruise in his right ankle against the Colts in Week 15 and missed the final 2 games.|
|Oct 15, 2017||NFL||Pedal Ankle Sprain Grade 2||Sanders sprained his right ankle in the 3rd quarter of Week 6 and missed the following 2 games.|
|Nov 15, 2015||NFL||Hand Finger Sprain/Pull Unspecified||Sanders sprained a finger and missed the next game, though the high ankle sprain might have caused that.|
|Nov 8, 2015||NFL||Pedal Ankle (high) Sprain Grade 3||Sanders sprained his left ankle against the Colts. He played on it in Week 10 but left that game early -- with other issues -- and then sat out Week 11. He later revealed it was a high-ankle sprain.|
|Oct 18, 2015||NFL||Shoulder A/C Joint Sprain||Sanders sprained the A/C joint in his left shoulder but was able to play through the injury.|
|Aug 6, 2015||NFL||Thigh Hamstring Strain Grade 2||Sanders pulled his right hamstring and sat out the entire preseason. He returned for Week 1.|
|Nov 16, 2014||NFL||Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1||Sanders got a concussion after he took a huge hit in Week 11. He was able to make it back the following week.|
|Nov 2, 2014||NFL||Chest Rib Bruise||Sanders was taken out of the game after taking a big hit. He was examined and diagnosed with a bruised rib then returned to the game.|
|Aug 4, 2014||NFL||Thigh Hamstring Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1||Sanders sustained a "slight" right thigh strain and missed some preseason time.|
|Dec 22, 2013||NFL||Knee Patella Sprain||Sanders left the Week 16 matchup at halftime with a patella sprain and missed the remainder of the game but was able to return to practice.|
|Dec 16, 2012||NFL||Chest Rib Fracture||Sanders cracked a rib in Week 15 and left the game in the 3rd quarter. He did not miss the following week's game, though.|
|Dec 6, 2011||NFL||Pedal Foot||Sanders missed 3 games with inflammation in his surgically repaired right foot.|
|Oct 30, 2011||NFL||Knee Meniscus Tear||Sanders needed arthroscopic surgery to repair his left meniscus. He missed 2 games and then returned after the Week 11 bye.|
|Aug 1, 2011||NFL||Pedal Foot||Sanders had bone marrow and calcium injected into his previously repaired left foot to promote healing. He missed the 1st 3 preseason games.|
|Apr 4, 2011||NFL||Pedal Foot Fracture||Sanders had surgery in April after developing a stress fracture in his left foot.|
|Feb 6, 2011||NFL||Pedal Foot Fracture||Sanders broke a bone in his right foot in the 2nd quarter of the Super Bowl loss to the Packers and required surgery.|
|Sep 15, 2010||NFL||Leg Quad Bruise||Sanders lost 3 games to a quad injury that he admitted was worse than he initially believed. He returned after the Week 5 bye.|