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Emmanuel Sanders: Updated Fantasy Profile and Analysis for Steelers WR

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - NOVEMBER 4: Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders #88 of the Pittsburgh Steelers keeps his feet in bounds after catching a pass for a touchdown as Mark Herzlich #58 of the New York Giants defends in the first half during an NFL game at MetLife Stadium on November 4, 2012 in East Rutherford, New Jersey. The Steelers defeated the Giants 24-20. (Photo by Rich Schultz /Getty Images)
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Chris TrapassoAnalyst INovember 5, 2012

Emmanuel Sanders has the natural talent to be a steady fantasy contributor, but he's buried on the Pittsburgh Steelers' pass-catching depth chart. 

Currently, he is fourth on the team in targets with 39, and trails tight end Heath Miller by 14. 

Sanders has 24 receptions for 302 yards and one touchdown on the season. Let's take a look at what the future holds for the third-year pro from a fantasy perspective. 

 

Analysis

As you can probably imagine, Sanders doesn't possess a ton of fantasy viability even in the Steelers' pass-happy offense. 

Through eight games, Pittsburgh averages a shade above 37 passes a game. 

The problem is, Sanders simply hasn't gotten the necessary looks to garner a realistic look in most fantasy leagues. 

Antonio Brown is the go-to guy, Mike Wallace is the deep threat that will always see the football and Miller is on pace for the best statistical season of his steady career. 

Though Sanders saw six targets and reeled in three passes for 56 yards against the Washington Redskins porous secondary in Week 8, he wasn't able to build on that in Week 9 against the New York Giants secondary—he caught two passes on two targets for 20 yards, and he didn't catch a touchdown pass.

Whenever a guy reels in a touchdown it's encouraging, but it was his first score since October 23 of a year ago.

Antonio Brown injured his ankle against the G-Men, but according to Mike Garafolo of USA Today, Brown will be available for Week 10's game against the Kansas City Chiefs

It'll be worth monitoring Brown's availability in practice this week, but if he's ready to go on Sunday, expect only a slight increase in how much Sanders is targeted.  

In the deepest of deep PPR leagues, Sanders has some viability, however, he's nothing more than a flex option and you'll have to see more from him to seriously consider picking him up off the waiver wire. 

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