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March 20, 2020 10:20 PM
Saints' Emmanuel Sanders: Joining Saints
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Saints and Sanders agreed to a two-year contract Friday, Josina Anderson of ESPN reports.

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.

March 10, 2020 12:04 PM
49ers' Emmanuel Sanders: Likely headed for free agency
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sanders, an impending free agent, hasn't discussed a new contract with the 49ers, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.

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 to player contracts 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, but it does seem likely that he'll end up testing the open market.

February 7, 2020 12:04 AM
49ers' Emmanuel Sanders: Open to staying with Niners
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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 reports.

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 interest in 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.

February 3, 2020 02:48 PM
49ers' Emmanuel Sanders: Held to 38 yards
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sanders caught three of five targets for 38 yards in the 31-20 Super Bowl loss to the Chiefs.

Sanders nearly made the biggest play of the game when he ran past a pair of defenders on third-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.

January 20, 2020 09:56 AM
49ers' Emmanuel Sanders: Finishes with zero catches
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sanders finished with one target and no receptions in Sunday's 37-20 win over Green Bay in the NFC Championship Game.

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.

December 30, 2019 02:12 AM
49ers' Emmanuel Sanders: Quiet game on SNF
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sanders had three catches (four targets) for 25 yards in Sunday's 26-21 win over Seattle.

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 between 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 an appearance in the Super Bowl.

December 22, 2019 09:28 AM
49ers' Emmanuel Sanders: Clutch catch in Week 16 win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sanders secured three of six targets for 61 yards in the 49ers' 34-31 win over the Rams on Saturday.

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 he joined 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.

December 16, 2019 05:20 PM
49ers' Emmanuel Sanders: Quiet receiving game
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sanders caught two passes (four targets) for nine yards in Sunday's 29-22 loss to Atlanta.

The 49ers had a clear scheme 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 game plan 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 Saturday against a Rams defense that was just torn apart by the Cowboys.

December 8, 2019 06:44 PM
49ers' Emmanuel Sanders: Posts monstrous line in shootout
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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 also was dealing with banged up ribs during that span, and he appeared to be back at full strength Sunday. Barring an unforeseen setback, Sanders should be a full go against the Falcons in Week 15.

December 1, 2019 05:36 PM
49ers' Emmanuel Sanders: Limited impact in loss
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sanders (ribs) caught four of six targets for 41 yards in Sunday's 20-17 loss to Baltimore.

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.

November 29, 2019 07:12 PM
49ers' Emmanuel Sanders: Cleared for Baltimore showdown
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sanders (ribs) will play in Sunday's game against the Ravens, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

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 issue in a Week 12 blowout win over the Packers, catching one pass for 15 yards while playing 67 percent of the 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.

November 28, 2019 05:40 PM
49ers' Emmanuel Sanders: Logs limited practice session
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sanders (ribs) was limited at practice Thursday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

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.

November 27, 2019 10:00 PM
49ers' Emmanuel Sanders: To be limited Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sanders (ribs) will be limited at practice Wednesday, Nick Wagoner of reports.

Sanders played through a rib cartilage injury in Sunday's win over 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.

November 25, 2019 02:24 AM
49ers' Emmanuel Sanders: Just one target
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sanders (ribs) caught his lone target for 15 yards in Sunday's 37-8 victory over the Packers.

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.

November 24, 2019 08:32 PM
49ers' Emmanuel Sanders: Active Week 12
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sanders (ribs) is active for Sunday's game against the Packers.

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 it out Sunday, too, which could impact the target volume of both Sanders and Samuel.

November 22, 2019 06:28 PM
49ers' Emmanuel Sanders: Expects to play
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

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 issue. 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.

November 22, 2019 04:52 PM
49ers' Emmanuel Sanders: Gets questionable tag again
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sanders (ribs) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Packers, Matt Barrows of The Athletic reports.

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.

November 21, 2019 06:16 PM
49ers' Emmanuel Sanders: Limited in return to practice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Sanders (ribs) practiced in a limited fashion Thursday, Jennifer Lee Chan of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

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.

November 21, 2019 12:12 PM
49ers' Emmanuel Sanders: No practice Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Kyle Shanahan said Sanders (ribs) won't practice Wednesday, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.

Playing through a rib cartilage injury in Sunday's win over the Cardinals, Sanders required a number of sideline visits to get through the contest en route to playing only 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 this weekend against the Packers.

November 20, 2019 01:24 PM
49ers' Emmanuel Sanders: Availability for practice uncertain
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Coach Kyle Shanahan indicated that he's unsure if Sanders (ribs) will be ready to participate in practice Wednesday, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.

Despite dealing with injured ribs, Sanders suited up against the Cardinals in Week 11, but he was forced to retreat to the sidelines on multiple occasions before finishing with a three-catch, 33-yard line. Unsurprisingly, the veteran wideout's status for Wednesday's practice -- and ultimately Sunday's showdown with Green Bay -- is up in the air. An 8:20 p.m. ET kickoff could create complications for Sanders' fantasy managers, so the wideout would ideally put in a full practice at some point Wednesday through Friday to erase some of the concern about his availability for the weekend.

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