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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 Oct 20): The Bengals is disintegrating before our very eyes, and Sanu's value is sinking whether it's because of AJ Green's return of the unreliable nature of the Bengals offense without Green.

Week 8: vs Baltimore Ravens

Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Without A.J. Green in the lineup, the Bengals offense has sputtered, and last weekend it came to a grinding halt, producing just 18/38 for 126 yards passing for Andy Dalton. Mohamed Sanu led the team with nine targets for 3/54/0 receiving; Jermaine Gresham converted 12 targets into 10/48/0 - and those were the top two receivers last weekend. YUCK! The good news is that Green sounds like he is close to returning - keep an eye on his practice status this week in Footballguys.com's Players in the News. Until Green gets back to menace teams up the field, it looks like the Bengals' passing offense is going to be a bad fantasy call. Stay tuned to this developing personnel situation before inserting any Bengal in your lineup this week. The Ravens are a tough draw with or without Green - they lead the NFL with only 104 points allowed this season, and are ranked 24th in terms of passing yards allowed per game (258.4), with seven passing TDs given up balanced by four interceptions (tied-18th in the NFL) and 15 sacks (tied-16th) generated. Matt Ryan was sacked five times for -42 yards last week on the way to 29/44 for 186 net yards, one TD and zero interceptions; Mike Glennon was dumped five times for -37 yards to get to 24/44 for 277 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown. Cincinnati is second in the NFL with only six sacks allowed to date - they are pass blocking fairly well so far. This looks like a tough matchup for the struggling Bengals' attack.

Recent Stats and Projections

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5 at NE 0 0 0 9 5 70 1 0
6 vs CAR 0 0 0 15 11 120 1 0
7 at IND 0 0 0 9 3 54 0 0
8 vs BAL PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 4 * * *
8 vs BAL PROJ-Tremblay 0 * * 4 * * *
8 vs BAL PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 4 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs NE (9 / 5 / 70 / 1 rec)

Sanu has been a rock-solid number 2 WR this year in the absence of Marvin Jones. Although he put up solid numbers, he also contributed heavily to the Bengals problems with 2 big drops. Most of Sanu's routes are slants, screens and short possession-type routes, and he ran a variety of those throughout the game. On the Bengals fourth possession, Sanu beat his defender on a deep slant across the middle, but dropped the ball. It was a great defensive play, but Sanu needed to hold onto that one. In the second half though, Sanu made a great play on Alfonzo Dennard. After an Adam Jones punt return, the Bengals immediately sent Sanu deep downfield on Dennard. There was no safety help, Sanu ran right past him, and Dalton threw a perfect ball for a 37 yard TD. This was the highlight of Sanu's day, and continued his streak of rock-solid fantasy production. But later on Sanu dropped another pass across the middle that would have clearly been a first down. A common theme among most Cincy players was mistakes, and Sanu made a couple of them that hurt the team greatly.

2014 Week 6 vs CAR (15 / 11 / 120 / 1 rec)

Mohamed Sanu has spent most of the year as the number 2 WR, and has done a great job of being a reliable option for Andy Dalton. In this game, Sanu took over the number 1 role, with AJ Green on the bench. As the game progressed, Sanu became more and more of a dominant force. His bread and butter has always been the short slant, the quick out and the screen pass. He's virtually unstoppable on these possession routes, as he moves in and out of his breaks quickly, and is a physical force. In the first half, Sanu had a 34 yard deep slant called back due to illegal motion. Dalton threw it perfectly and Sanu broke down the center of the field. Sanu also dropped a bullet on the sideline that would have been another first down. In the second half, Sanu began to make plays. First, he drew a pass interference penalty. ON the next possession, he caught a short pass, made a defender miss, and got a big first down. Later in the half, Dalton hit Sanu running over the middle on playaction for a 22 yard first down, then followed it by launching ball down the sideline on a deep route. Dalton put the ball just over the defender and Sanu made a great play on the ball in the air at around the 5 yard line. What was even more impressive was that he was then able to shake off the defender and get the extra yards to get into the endzone. Sanu is just too physical for most cornerbacks to handle, and with Marvin Jones and AJ Green's injuries, has really developed his rapport with Dalton on the deep ball. In overtime, Sanu was a force, getting 3 catches and 2 first downs. On one catch, he faked inside, froze the defender, broke towards the outside and picked up 15 yards. The injury to the other playmakers has not been good for Cincinnati in the short term. But the development has been great for Sanu. Sanu was the only real threat in the passing game, and Carolina still had no answers for him. He physically has the Julio Jones feel to him, as cornerbacks just can't seem to handle him. Sanu has always been solid when he got the opportunity. He's now earning more and more playing time. When Green and Marvin Jones return, Andy Dalton is going to have the best set of receivers in the league, and the Bengals are going to find it impossible to bring Sanu off the field.

2014 Week 7 vs IND (9 / 3 / 54 / 0 rec)

Sanu's 2nd week as the primary receiver did not go well. Sanu was blanketed by Indy, as the other receivers posed zero threat to the Colts. Early in the game, Sanu broke across the middle, and dropped a pass from Dalton that would have been a first. He then caught a short pass for 8 yards, which ended his first half production. In the 2nd half, Dalton hit Sanu across the middle for 14 on the slant. On the next possession, he threw a deep ball to Sanu in double coverage, but Sanu couldn't make the catch. Though the play wasn't close, it was nice to see them trying to do something downfield. Sanu finally made a nice play later in the second half when Dalton threw a jump ball down the right sideline. Sanu leaped between two defenders, snagged the ball out of the air with an impressive grab, and picked up a 32 yard gain. Sanu later got open on a fade route, but Dalton missed him. Overall, a poor game from Sanu and the entire offense, but in the second half, he did start getting comfortable and settling down. Sanu is going to make a great number 2 receiver the rest of the year, when AJ returns.

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Latest News

Bengals | Mohamed Sanu steps up game (Sun Oct 12, 08:26 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR Mohamed Sanu posted a career-high 10 receptions for 120 yards and a touchdown in the Week 6 tie against the Carolina Panthers.

Our View: Sanu had one long catch for a score and otherwise kept the sticks moving for a Bengals offense without three of their top four downfield receiving talents. He proved his worth as an WR2 for next week's game with AJ Green sitting again.
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Bengals | Cincy won't change offensive game plan (Thu Oct 9, 01:20 PM) - Cincinnati Bengals WR A.J. Green (toe) may not play in Week 6 against the Carolina Panthers, but offensive coordinator Hue Jackson refuses to change the game plan drastically if their receiving star doesn't play. 'That's why I never put together a game plan based on one guy,' said Jackson. 'We're not going to crash our game plan. As a coordinator you just have to adapt. You never know what might happen.' WR Mohamed Sanu is tied for the team lead with Green with 17 catches, and WR Dane Sanzenbacher can also be used.

Our View: Jackson might refuse but it's up to quarterback Andy Dalton to execute. As it stands, Mohamed Sanu has one less target than Green, though he played one more game and had two more targets last week in the loss to the New England Patriots. We see Sanu as a solid WR2 right now, with some upside if Andy Dalton can take advantage of what looks to be a good matchup.
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Schedule

8vs Baltimore Ravens
9vs Jacksonville Jaguars
10vs Cleveland Browns
11@ New Orleans Saints
12@ Houston Texans
13@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
14vs Pittsburgh Steelers
15@ Cleveland Browns
16vs Denver Broncos
17@ Pittsburgh Steelers