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WR Mohamed Sanu - Atlanta Falcons

6-2, 211Born: 8-22-1989College: RutgersDrafted: Round 3, pick 2012

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 17): With the improved play from Austin Hooper and Calvin Ridley in Week 2, the writing is on the wall that Sanu is just a bit player in this passing game. He's droppable in typical leagues.

Week 3: vs New Orleans Saints

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FBG says: Neutral matchup. Matt Ryan mostly faceplanted in Week 1 but enjoyed a nice bounce-back last Sunday. Taking advantage of the Panthers' shaky cornerbacks, Ryan consistently found his wideouts for chain-moving completions en route to a 23-of-28, 272-yard, 2-touchdown performance. Unlike in Week 1, he was able to spread the ball to different targets beyond Julio Jones. Jones is an all-world receiver, of course, but the Falcons tend to stall out when he's the only one seeing action. Last week, rookie Calvin Ridley made his first NFL receptions, hauling in 4 for 64 and 1 touchdown. Between Jones' downfield greatness and Ridley's quick feet on the route tree, there are elements in place for a very productive unit here. Another encouraging Week 2 aspect was the inclusion of tight end Austin Hooper, who's often criminally underused in the gameplan. Hooper is big (6'4" and 254) and nimble in the Kyle Rudolph vein, and like Rudolph, he brings a strong, physical presence to the red zone. Hooper consistently beat the Carolina linebackers into the seams for 59 yards on 5 catches, including a short touchdown. In Week 1, the Saints allowed Ryan Fitzpatrick and his receivers to accumulate 417 yards and 4 touchdowns. The results were more palatable in Week 2, though Tyrod Taylor did complete 22 of 30 throws, including 3 of 23 yards or more. Taylor played a fairly sanitized game, but found numerous openings across the middle, then capped his day with a long touchdown pass. Typically, the Saints have more opportunity to make splash plays against the pass - and also to allow even more big-gainers. They were famously gashed by the deep ball in Week 1, and they're one of the league's more prone to it. Dating back to last season, no team has allowed more completions of 20+ yards than the Saints and Colts (69). Cornerbacks Marshon Lattimore and Ken Crawley are gambling ballhawks at heart, and while both can many quarterbacks pay, they also tend to jump early on throws and leave receivers open with daylight.

Recent Stats and Projections

1 at PHI 56 0 0 0 6 4 18 0 0 1.8
2 vs CAR 48 1 -4 0 2 2 19 0 0 1.5
3 vs NO 0 0 0 0 7 4 36 1 0 9.6
3 vs NO PROJ-Dodds * 0 * * 3 * * * *
3 vs NO PROJ-Tremblay * 1 * * 3 * * * *
3 vs NO PROJ-Bloom * 0 * * 4 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs WR 1, WR 12, WR 24, WR 36

Percentile ranks

Mohamed Sanu's percentile rank in each category, among WR with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 2 vs CAR (2 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec, 1 / -4 / 0 rush)

Atlanta tried to earn a first down on a third and one read-option play with Sanu at quarterback but Luke Kuechly read the play, penetrated into the backfield, and tackled Sanu for a loss, resulting in a 43-yard Matt Bryant field goal. He earned his first catch in the fourth quarter on a drag route off play action for a first down on a smart third-down play.

2018 Week 1 vs PHI (6 / 4 / 18 / 0 rec)

Ryan was wide of Sanu on a pass to the left intermediate hash to begin the second series. Sanu converted a third down in the red zone on an in-cut to make a catch over the middle.


Latest News

Falcons | Mohamed Sanu finds the end zone (Sun Sep 23, 07:47 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu posted four receptions for 36 yards and a touchdown in Week 3 against the New Orleans Saints on seven targets.

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Falcons | Mohamed Sanu an afterthought in win (Sun Sep 16, 06:02 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu posted two grabs for just 19 yards on two targets in Week 2 against the Carolina Panthers and he ran once for minus-4 yards.

Our View: Sanu is droppable across formats.
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