Emmanuel Sanders

Emmanuel Sanders


Chance of Injury in 2021: question mark 86%
Chance of Injury per Game: question mark 10.9%
Projected Games missed for 2021: question mark 2.6
Durability: question mark 5

Medium Risk


Emmanuel Sanders Player Overview

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.

Emmanuel Sanders Injury History

Date League Injury Details
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.