Emmanuel Sanders Fantasy Outlook 2021: Is He a WR3?

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Emmanuel Sanders Fantasy Outlook 2021

In this article, we are going to cover the Emmanuel Sanders fantasy outlook for 2021. We will share where we think he will rank amongst all wide receivers in 2021. Should you buy, hold or sell? Will Emmanuel Sanders be more or less valuable in 2022? Do we think he is going to be a league winner, weekly starter, flex play, spot starter, dark horse or dart throw? Included is all of this as well as personal opinions of the 14 people that participated from the RotoHeat staff.

Emmanuel Sanders Fantasy Outlook 2021: What is his Weekly Playability?

This one was pretty evenly split across the board. For those that felt he was a dart throw, the way to sum up how they felt was “Sanders will be streaky at best, good week here and there but not enough to start every week” and “ I don’t see him being the #2 guy this year, Gabriel Davis probably is.”

Darkhorse: 4
Dart Throw: 5
Spot Starter: 5

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One of the darkhorse voters however said “If he is shown to be the second receiver in Buffalo and they keep throwing, he will have relevance.” This was similar to what the spot starters voters stated, feeling that he will have some bye week or injury value this year, but this is likely the last year of that.

Emmanuel Sanders Fantasy Outlook 2021: More, Same or Less Valuable in 2022 Dynasty Offseason?

Overall we do not feel that Sanders will maintain or improve upon his value going into 2022. He is currently coming off the board as Fantasy Pros PPR Draft Positional ADP WR63, and is the RotoHeat SF Dynasty Positional ADP WR92, so we are clearly lower on him than the consensus. Even with that, we feel he will be lower next year.


Lower: 14
Same: 2

The general consensus of the groups’ thoughts can be summed up with this “He will be more of a valuable real-life WR than fantasy. You won’t be comfortable starting him at all this season.”

Emmanuel Sanders Fantasy Outlook 2021: Is He a WR3?
Emmanuel Sanders Fantasy Outlook 2021: Is He a WR3?

Emmanuel Sanders Fantasy Outlook 2021: Buy, Sell or Hold?

In a nearly unanimous vote, sell was the choice of 13 out of the 14 analysts. One analyst said “We will not go through another offseason where Sanders has much value. You can hold for now, but if he has a big game, it is time to sell” while another summed it up with “Sanders is 33, on a one year deal. If I can get something of value I am trading him.”

Hold: 1
Sell: 13

Emmanuel Sanders Fantasy Outlook 2021: Where Will He Rank vs. All Wide Receivers?

As one can surmise from the above information, we do not feel that Sanders will be more than a WR3 or flex, at best, this year. Half of us had him as a WR5 at best this year. The main focus of this was that Diggs is option one in the offense, and Cole Beasley and Gabe Davis will be options two and three in some order.

High: WR32
Low: WR49+

That leaves Sanders to serve as the fourth option at best on a team that has stated they want to run more this year. As one person put it, “Sanders will have some good weeks but they will be few and far between.”

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Emmanuel Sanders Fantasy Outlook 2021

Emmanuel Sanders Fantasy Outlook 2021: Conclusion

Overall, the group is not expecting Sanders to repeat the 61 receptions for 726 yards and five touchdowns he gave the Saints last year. We feel that he is a sell candidate and is on the downward part of his career where we would want not to count on him each week.


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