Emmanuel Sanders Fantasy Outlook Improves Following Trade to 49ers

Jason Schandl
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Rumored to be a target in trade talks earlier this week, Emmanuel Sanders has officially been shipped to a new home. The Denver Broncos traded the veteran wideout to the San Francisco 49ers on Tuesday, shaking up both team's WR depth charts, and altering Sanders' fantasy football outlook.

Sanders was already a solid but unexciting fantasy option in Denver, catching five-plus passes in four of his seven games. However, he only eclipsed 20 PPR fantasy points once.

That outlook gets a bit of a bump in San Francisco. While the 49ers have been the NFL's most run-heavy team, passing on only 42.9 percent of their plays, they do lead the Broncos significantly in points per game (26.0 to 16.0). There also isn't much competition for targets in San Fran, with tight end George Kittle being the only player in the offense that accounts for even 14 percent of the team's target share. The overall volume available may be lower with the 49ers, but Sanders shouldn't have much trouble commanding a large portion of it.

Playing in a much higher-scoring offense gives Sanders' ceiling a boost after being kept out of the end zone in each of his last five games. As the clear-cut No. 1 WR, his floor could see some modest improvement as well, giving him a nice overall boost in fantasy football value in his new home.

Look for Sanders be slotted in as a WR3 from here on out.

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