Emmanuel Sanders headed for breakout year

Emmanuel Sanders hopes to catch plenty of passes from Peyton Manning this year. (USATSI)
Emmanuel Sanders hopes to catch plenty of passes from Peyton Manning this year. (USATSI)

The Broncos preseason outlooks are done, and we've already touched on Montee Ball. So let's take a look at Emmanuel Sanders for this season.

Sanders is replacing the departed Eric Decker, who signed with the Jets, and quarterback Peyton Manning said Monday that Sanders can be a legitimate threat.

"He is explosive," Manning said. "You can't hold the ball very long when he is running a route, I learned that. He is excited about being here. Obviously, it is fun to play with guys who are excited about being here with the Denver Broncos. ... I know he's eager to learn. I know he was excited to get started today where he is allowed to meet with the coaches and learn the offense. I look forward to playing with a guy like that. I think he'll be a really nice addition to our football team."

Sanders had an expanded role with the Steelers last season and finished with career highs in catches (67), yards (740) and touchdowns (six). He should have another career year in 2014 as Decker's replacement.

Make no mistake -- Sanders is not Decker, who is 6-foot-3, 214 pounds and plays primarily on the outside. Sanders is 5-foot-11, 180 pounds and can move inside to the slot. 

But someone has to pick up the slack for Decker, who averaged 86 catches, 1,176 yards and 12 touchdowns the past two years playing with Manning, and Sanders is the likely candidate. He is in line for a breakout campaign.

I plan to target Sanders as a high-end No. 3 Fantasy receiver in Round 6 in all leagues. Like Manning said, hopefully this season he will be "explosive."

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Jamey Eisenberg has been a Senior Fantasy Writer for CBS Sports since 2006 with a focus on Fantasy Football. A University of Florida grad (class of '98), Jamey got his start in the newspaper business and... Full Bio

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