Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 8/19/13
Emmanuel Sanders is poised for a spectacular 2013 season. Although he is not one of the premier names in the NFL, Sanders is now Pittsburgh's No. 1 receiver and Ben Roethlisberger's No. 1 target.Sanders caught 44 passes for 626 yards in 2012.Pittsburgh insists that in 2013, Sanders will break the 1,000-yard mark and I would have to agree with them.Emmanuel Sanders is definitely a late-round steal for anyone who is looking for a receiver on their fantasy team.One of the reasons Sanders is poised for such a huge year is the departure of Mike Wallace. It's understandable that Sanders wouldn't have Pro Bowl numbers with Wallace on the team.I expect Sanders to be thrown to much more often this year, perhaps more than anyone else on the team. With Wallace gone, Sanders is going to have more opprotunities to catch passes, gain yards, and score TDs, resulting in a lot of fantasy points.Pittsburgh is becoming more and more pass happy as the years go on. Isaac Redman is listed as the top RB on the depth chart, which means Pittsburgh is going to be throwing even more in 2013. When it comes to fantasy football, it's more about the number of opportunities a player has to better his stats, rather than the amount of talent a player has. Sanders is going to have plenty of chances to better his stats in 2013.If you're looking for a late-round steal, I'd pick Emmanuel Sanders. This is a guy who has the talent, but in 2013 he's going to get the chance to show that he can perform at a high level on a consistent basis. If you're looking for a receiver late in your fantasy football draft, snatch up Emmanuel Sanders before your friends do.
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