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WR Mohamed Sanu - Cincinnati Bengals

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

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Week 16: vs Denver Broncos

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Andy Dalton has run hot-and-cold as a passer this year - last week, the Bengals ran the football 45 times for 244 yards and three rushing scores at Cleveland, so Dalton had a 'cold' game, with 14/24 for 117 yards rushing, zero TDs and one interception thrown (taking two sacks for -14 yards). A.J. Green saw the most targets, as usual, with 11, but only managed 5/49/0 receiving in those chances, while nobody else on the team got over 40 yards receiving. Jermaine Gresham's injured toe kept him sidelined last week and he's seeing a toe specialist this week - he looks iffy to play in this key AFC contest. Denver's run D is so good that most teams elect to attack the Broncos through the air (also, the opposition is usually in chase mode due to playing against Peyton Manning's offense) - to date, Denver ranks 16th in the NFL averaging 237.8 net passing yards allowed per game, with 26 passing scores allowed vs. 16 interceptions (eighth in the NFL) and 38 sacks (tied for sixth) generated. Philip Rivers wasn't sacked last week (24/41 for 232 yards passing, with one TD thrown) but he was intercepted twice. Two weeks ago, Kyle Orton took four sacks for -14 yards, ending the day with 38/57 for 341 net yards, one TD and two interceptions thrown. As you can see, the Bronco's ball-hawks have been active and productive in the secondary over the last two games. Dalton and company face a dangerous matchup this week - we've seen four multiple-interceptions-thrown games from him this year, and Denver is noted for going for turnovers - at home in Paul Brown stadium we give this a neutral ranking for Dalton and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRSHYDTDTARGRECYDTDFumL
12 at HOU 1 1 0 7 5 48 1 0
13 at TB 1 10 0 3 2 19 0 0
14 vs PIT 1 0 0 3 2 16 0 0
15 at CLE 0 0 0 3 1 4 0 0
16 vs DEN PROJ-Dodds 0 * * 3 * * *
16 vs DEN PROJ-Tremblay 1 * * 3 * * *
16 vs DEN PROJ-Bloom 0 * * 2 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 13 vs TB (3 / 2 / 19 / 0 rec, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)

Sanu's dream season has come to a screeching halt with the return and re-emergence of AJ Green. Dalton perhaps is showing his propensity to target only one receiver as he seems to have forgotten about Sanu. Sanu had two meaningful targets in this game. On one, he caught a pass in the middle of zone defense, then bounced off 3 defenders and picked up a total of 15 yards. On the other, Sanu got open deep downfield on 3rd and long right in the middle of the field at the first down marker. Dalton threw it perfectly and Sanu dropped the easy first down. Sanu did have a really pretty 10 yard run up the middle on a direct snap, capped off with a spin move that enabled him to get a first. He also threw a first down to AJ Green on the right sideline on a flea flicker. The pass, as usual was perfect. But as a receiver, Sanu's targets have diminished to the point where he is frustrating those fantasy owners that are still starting him.

2014 Week 14 vs PIT (3 / 2 / 16 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)

Sanu has become a forgotten man since the return of AJ Green. He barely saw the ball, as Dalton rarely looked his way. It would seem like his midseason form would lead to the Green/Sanu duo terrorizing defenses, but that hasn't materialized. Whether it's Dalton locking onto Green or Sanu struggling to get open, the fact remains that he isn't getting targets and isn't getting any attention from his QB. When Sanu finally got the ball in a big situation in the 4th quarter, he dropped a 20 yard sideline pass that would have potentially kept the Bengals in the game. As it was, his 2 catches were both of the short variety, and he failed to make a positive impact on the game.

2014 Week 15 vs CLE (3 / 1 / 4 / 0 rec)

Sanu isn't getting targets anymore, and any fantasy owners still starting him are in trouble. Sanu's only reception was a short screen. His only other noticeable target was an endzone fade that was thrown way over his head, despite Sanu having beaten his man. It's a shame that the Bengals haven't figured out a way to use both Sanu and Green in a way to terrorize defenses, but Dalton just hasn't figured out a way to do that, as he has been staring down AJ Green, and dumping it off short when Green is covered. In other words, a recipe for fantasy disaster for Mohamed Sanu

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Schedule

16vs Denver Broncos
17@ Pittsburgh Steelers