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WR Mohamed Sanu - Cincinnati Bengals

6-2, 211Born: 8-22-1989College: RutgersDrafted: Round 3

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 17): Sanu is back to being a second fiddle level target in the Bengals offense now that AJ Green is back to being AJ Green. Jermaine Gresham is also spoiling the party in the red zone. In deeper leagues, Sanu is worth holding because he has played so well this year, but in shallow leagues, it's time to move on.

Week 12: at Houston Texans

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Andy Dalton has yo-yo'ed from entirely awful (10/33 for 86 yards receiving, zero TDs and three interceptions thrown vs. the Browns two weeks ago) to efficient (16/22 for 220 yards passing, with three TDs and zero interceptions thrown at New Orleans last week). Last week, he re-established chemistry with A.J. Green throwing him nine targets for 6/127/1 receiving, while Rex Burkhead (three for 3/36/0) and Mohamed Sanu (six for 3/23/0) helped move the chains. Jermaine Gresham (three for 2/13/2) hauled in two scores from Dalton last weekend but has been involved only erratically from week to week for the Bengals - one of the TD catches was extremely fortunate. In any case, though, the Bengals' passing attack bounced back under hostile conditions in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome last Sunday. The Houston pass D allowed 20/50 for 317 yards passing, one TD and one interception (with two sacks for -13 yards) to the Browns last week, and saw Mark Sanchez and Nick Foles pile up 24/34 for 293 net yards, three TDs and three interceptions, with four sacks taken for -33 yards back in Week 9. As you can see, 300+ yards passing games have been routine for Houston's opponents during November (the Texans are ranked 31st in the NFL averaging 278.1 net passing yards per game, with 19 passing scores balanced by 11 interceptions and 21 sacks generated to date - tied for eighth in the NFL and 19th in the NFL, respectively). This looks like a great matchup for Dalton and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 vs BAL 2 27 0 9 5 125 0 0
9 vs JAX 1 9 0 8 4 95 1 0
10 vs CLE 0 0 0 7 2 20 0 0
11 at NO 0 0 0 6 3 23 0 0
12 at HOU PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 4 * * *
12 at HOU PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 5 * * *
12 at HOU PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 9 vs JAX (8 / 4 / 95 / 1 rec, 1 / 9 / 0 rush)

Sanu continued his strong 2014 season with some bigtime plays. Sanu started things off with a 19 yard TD in the first half. Sanu found one-on-one coverage, beat his man, and caught the ball in between his defender and the safety. Now that Sanu has experience and confidence, choosing who to double team is going to be a nightmare for defenses. On the next possession after the TD, Sanu continued his strong work. Dalton threw a bomb down the right sideline and Sanu gathered it in over his shoulder in Willie Mays fashion for a 32 yard gain. Sanu then showed some bigtime hustle in jumping on a loose ball on a AJ Green fumble. Then in the 2nd half, Sanu continued torching Jacksonville. Dalton again threw a deep ball downfield, and Sanu outran the linebacker and easily gathered in a 36 yard bomb. Matching up a linebacker on Sanu is not a smart move. Sanu then caught a ball right in the middle of the field on the next play and took a shot by the safety, but held on. The emergence of Mohamed Sanu is going to be very difficult for defense to deal with. Even when Marvin Jones was catching a lot of TD's last year, he never approached the level that Mohamed Sanu is currently sitting at. With AJ Green continuing to command double teams, Andy Dalton is going to have a field day throwing to Sanu, who right now looks almost unstoppable. The only thing that can keep this offense from just exploding, is of course, the QB.

2014 Week 10 vs CLE (7 / 2 / 20 / 0 rec)

Mohamed Sanu has been outstanding filling in as the Bengal's #1 WR with star AJ Green sidelined the past few weeks with a foot injury, but was unable to get anything going against a game Cleveland secondary. He was able to haul in only one of his seven targets, but nearly had a beautiful one-handed catch running down the seam in the first quarter while getting mauled by the slot corner. The play resulted in a PI penalty and the Bengal's only trip to the red zone. There was nothing in the game to indicate that Sanu has lost any of his mojo other than Andy Dalton's inability to get the ball anywhere near him.

2014 Week 11 vs NO (6 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec)

Facing a tough CB matchup, Sanu played the part of the decoy in this game. The Bengals really didn't throw a whole lot, and spent much of the game running the ball. Sanu caught 3 passes, but wasn't a big part of the gameplan. One of his catches came in the redzone, but he was tackled at the 3 yard line. Sanu also dropped a slant pass on 3rd down on the first drive in the 2nd half. It was the only time the Bengals had to punt until late in the game, but it turned out to be a relatively unimportant drop. The return of AJ Green is great for the Bengals, but in this run-first offense, Sanu owners can expect his production to begin dropping, as there will be games such as this one where AJ is the primary target for much of the game.


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