The NFL Trade Deadline is fast approaching, and it has become increasingly busy in recent years. This season NFL teams haven’t wasted time to start swinging deals, with a pair of noteworthy wide receivers being dealt yesterday. Let’s take a look at the fallout from San Francisco’s deal to bolster their receiving corps:
The Denver Broncos traded WR Emmanuel Sanders & fifth round draft pick to the San Francisco 49ers for a third & a fourth round draft pick
San Francisco 49ers Fallout
It’s never been a secret that the 49ers have needed help at wide receiver, and it’s become more evident as the season has dragged on. Just look at the production (or lack thereof) from the San Francisco wide receivers thus far:
- Deebo Samuel – 15 receptions, 168 yards, 1 TD
- Marquise Goodwin – 11 receptions, 181 yards, 1 TD
- Kendrick Bourne – 9 receptions, 139 yards, 0 TD
- Dante Pettis – 9 receptions, 83 yards, 1 TD
- Richie James – 5 receptions, 108 yards, 1 TD
Sure they do have George Kittle, who isn’t far from a wide receiver, but that’s hardly enough. Sanders is nothing more than a rental and you can argue that he’s miscast as a WR1, but he was finding ways to produce despite playing with Joe Flacco as his quarterback. Thus far he’s racked up 30 receptions (on 44 targets) for 367 yards and 2 TD, and he should quickly join Kittle as the favorite target for Jimmy Garoppolo.
Is Sanders going to be more than a WR3? It’s unlikely, as the 49ers will remain a run first offense, but he’s at least a usable option depending on the matchup and your alternatives. The rest of the 49ers receivers remain players to ignore.
Denver Broncos Fallout
Sanders was playing behind Courtland Sutton, who had emerged as the team’s best wide receiver, so the question now is who will step up into the WR2 role. It should be sophomore Daesean Hamilton, who had a meager 11 receptions for 106 yards over 7 games this season.
Interestingly Walter Football compared Hamilton to Sanders prior to the 2018 draft, saying:
Hamilton reminds me of a thicker version of Sanders. Both of them have subtle quickness with good route-running, hands and technique. Sanders was a third-round pick of the Steelers in the 2010 NFL Draft and has had a good career as a No. 2 receiver. I could see Hamilton following a similar path.
It wouldn’t be surprising if he simply absorbed the opportunities/production in the short-term, and that could allow him to develop into a WR3 for fantasy owners. For those in deeper formats (and especially dynasty formats), he’s worth stashing to see if he can establish himself and make the most of the opportunity.
Long-term it could be Tim Patrick, currently sidelined with a broken hand, who gets the opportunity. Patrick had 30 targets over four December games as a rookie, delivering 19 catches and 242 yards. Keep an eye on him as he prepares for a Week 11 return, but the potential is there.
Sources – ESPN, Walter Football
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