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|Drafted in the 3rd round of the 2010 draft, Sanders was the player expected to eventually take over in the starting lineup for Hines Ward. Injuries have derailed that plan and Antonio Brown, taken in the 6th round in 2010, has laid claim to the starting spot opposite Mike Wallace with Ward now retired. Sanders role in 2012 is yet to be determined as he will either battle Jerricho Cotchery for the 3rd receiver role or for a spot in the starting lineup if Mike Wallace doesn’t sign his restricted free agent tender. Of course, Wallace stands to lose close to $170,000 each week he misses so we expect he will report just prior to Week 1 at the latest. Look for Sanders to nail down the slot receiver role.
| Monte Ball to suit up Saturday night -- Sat Aug 23 11:30 am --|
Revovering from appendectomy on Aug. 4th
|Broncos starters Von Miller and Montee Ball are expected to make their 2014 preseason debuts Saturday. Ball, the Broncos' top tailback, has been out since undergoing an appendectomy Aug. 4. He did little physically for two weeks, then was medically cleared for full practice participation Monday. Emmanuel Sanders, a starting receiver who missed the Broncos' preseason game Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers with a strained quad, also is expected to play. (Denver Post)|
FF Today's Take: Ball began taking 11-on-11 reps Thursday. Don't expect a huge workload for Broncos projected starting tailback tonight but it is a good sign to see him active in the third preseason game. He remains a fantasy RB1 prospect in the late first or early second round or redraft leagues.
| Emmanuel Sanders returns to practice -- Thu Aug 21 12:55 pm --|
|Emmanuel Sanders back in practice for Broncos. (Jeff Legwold via Twitter)|
FF Today's Take: Sanders has been dealing with a thigh injury and missed the Broncos preseason game last week. No word yet if Sanders will play this Saturday night against the Texans. More reps with the first team offense would be nice as we're just two weeks away from the start of the season.
|Broncos "right" about Emmanuel Sanders -- Thu Jun 19 3:35 pm --|
Denver pleased with versatility, decidation of free-agent WR
|The Broncos, in both player evaluation and in finding him a spot in the offense, were right about WR Emmanuel Sanders. He fits what the Broncos do in their scheme, has the versatility to line up all over the formation and has held up his end of the bargain by putting in the extra time with Peyton Manning.
If he stays healthy and in the lineup, he’s a quality bet to have his first 1,000-yard season. (ESPN)|
FF Today's Take: Sanders is primed for a career year, and not just because he should assume Eric Decker's spot in the starting lineup. While Sanders lacks Decker size and red-zone chops, the ex-Steelers should be even more successful as a deep receiver and in between the 20s than his predecessor. Sanders is a bargain at his current mid-sixth round ADP.