WR Mohamed Sanu - Atlanta Falcons
|6-2, 211||Born: 8-22-1989||College: Rutgers||Drafted: Round 3|
News you need to know
From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 17): Sanu has a pulse in fantasy leagues after his short score and larger target share in the Falcons high-flying pass offense. He's just bye/injury depth right now, but at least he gave us a reason to roster him going into a matchup with the Chargers.
General News (Fri Oct 21): practiced fully on Friday and is not on the team's injury report. He will play this week.
General News (Thu Oct 20): partially participated in Thursday's practice.
Week 7: vs San Diego Chargers
Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. After a slow first half in Seattle, Matt Ryan put the Falcons' offense on his back and almost carried them to victory with 27/42 for 335 yards passing, three TDs and one interception thrown, with four sacks taken for -25 yards. He spread the ball around to nine different receivers, but featured Mohamed Sanu (10 targets for 5/47/1 receiving) and Julio Jones (nine for 7/139/1). Also, the Seahawks kept ignoring #2 tight end Levine Toilolo, so he saw four passes for 3/69/1 while Jacob Tamme handled just three for 2/16/0. Justin Hardy chipped in three for 3/30/0, while Devonta Freeman (five for 3/10/0) and Tevin Coleman (two for 1/7/0) took a back seat in this game. Ryan continues to be one of the hottest quarterbacks in fantasy football this year. The Chargers' pass defense isn't scary this year, currently ranking 24th in the NFL averaging 279.7 net passing yards allowed per game, with 10 passing scores balanced by seven interceptions (tied for seventh in the NFL) and 14 sacks (tied for tenth) generated so far. From Week Four to Week Six of the 2016 season (over the last three weeks), San Diego has averaged 18.6 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (12-least in the NFL); and 24.2 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (15th-most); with 2.4 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (second-least in the league). Last weekend, Trevor Siemian slung 30/50 for 220 net yards passing, one TD and zero interceptions at San Diego, with two sacks taken for -10 yards, while two games ago Derek Carr hit this group for 25/40 for 300 net yards passing, two TDs and one interception thrown, while taking three sacks for -17 yards. This is a good matchup for the high-flying Falcons' passing attack.
Recent Stats and Projections
Recent Game Summaries
2016 Week 6 vs SEA (10 / 5 / 47 / 1 rec)
Sanu began with a first down on a play action curl route on the fourth play of the game for a first down to reach midfield. He dropped a 3rd and 11 pass over the middle that was nearly intercepted after Earl Thomas delivered a hard hit to jar the ball loose and the Falcons' drive stalled. Sanu made a good catch on a high throw under pressure on an intermediate cross. Ryan then hit Sanu on a run-pass option, a slant thrown behind him, which Sanu caught one-handed for seven yards during the early third quarter. Sanu later had curl-out knocked away but got open in the red zone and dove under the defender for the touchdown to tie the game. In the fourth quarter, he dropped a pass after contact from Earl Thomas on 2nd and 10 with 1:47 left after a blitz rushed Matt Ryan's throw on the crossing route. Sanu got open on the final drive on a scramble drill but the throw was off target due to the Seattle pass rush.
2016 Week 5 vs DEN (6 / 3 / 43 / 0 rec)
The receiver opened the game with a 10-yard gain at the right sideline. Aqib Talib cut off Sanu on a short dig for a near interception on the second drive. Sanu later made a back shoulder grab up the left sideline to reach midfield late in the third quarter. He was very late to track the ball but made an excellent adjustment. Sanu caught a third down pass over the middle and T.J. Ward stripped it while making the tackle at the 50. Sanu nearly caught a diving one-handed grab thrown well away from his frame inside the two of Denver's left flat on 3rd down.
2016 Week 4 vs CAR (3 / 2 / 22 / 0 rec)
He converted a third down in the first drive of the third quarter on a play over the middle off a hard hit for an 18-yarrd gain. He was only targeted twice in this game, catching both passes for 22 yards. With Julio Jones on fire, and Berne Benwikere the target for bullying in the passing game, Sanu was an afterthought.
2016 Week 3 vs NO (4 / 3 / 31 / 0 rec)
Sanu earned an easy gain in the right flat on 3rd and 4 during the second series when the Saints didn't cover him pre-snap and began the play fast. He got one hand on a 2nd and 4 pass in the flat thrown behind him and the inaccurate target was nearly picked off by the safety. Sanu followed up with a five-yard gain on a crossing route against a blitz. Two plays later, he gained 16 on a screen inside Jacob Tamme on 2nd and 12 to the Saints' two. Sanu later went to the locker room late in the half with a shoulder injury and did not return.
2016 Week 2 vs OAK (5 / 3 / 19 / 0 rec)
Like Jones, Sanu was also dealing with an ankle injury. He gained one yard on a fall-away target in the red zone due to a tipped Matt Ryan pass inside the 10 on 3rd and 4, which forceda field goal in the early second quarter. Ryan later targeted the ball behind Sanu on a play-action cross on 2nd and 10 in the mid second quarter during Atlanta's fourth series. His biggest play came late in the game as the primary option on a trips right alignment. He found the open zone for 15 yards on a 3rd and 3 to give Atlanta another four downs just inside the two-minute warning. It was only his third catch of the game but he converted two third downs.
2016 Week 1 vs TB (8 / 5 / 80 / 1 rec)
Sanu dropped two passes in this game against tight coverage but when he was wide open, he made plays. His two biggest plays occurred during the first quarter. The first was a 59-yard catch and run up the right sideline on a busted zone coverage after a read-option fake. The second play was a post route from a trips set where Sanu made a nice head fake outside and break inside against Brent Grime's off coverage and then made a leaping catch att the end line. Sanu dropped a designed roll earlier in the contest on a crossing route off a boot-action pass. He also dropped a pass in the third quarter with Brent Grimes breaking up the play. Sanu caught an easy flat route for a two-point conversion to cut the lead to 10 late in the third quarter.
Latest NewsFalcons | Mohamed Sanu on track to play (Fri Oct 21, 08:12 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (groin) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 21, and is not on the injury report for Week 7. Falcons | Mohamed Sanu has limited practice (Thu Oct 20, 05:23 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (groin) was limited in practice Thursday, Oct. 20. Our View: Sanu is no more than a bye week/emergency start, as he is too inconsistent in this offense (as he was in Cincinnati) to trust otherwise. Start him as no more than a WR6 but be forewarned, you never know when he will lay an egg.
link to story Falcons | Mohamed Sanu should play (Fri Oct 14, 06:04 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (elbow) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 14, and is not on the injury report for Week 6. Falcons | Mohamed Sanu practices Thursday (Thu Oct 13, 10:54 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (elbow) was a full participant in practice Thursday, Oct. 13. Our View: While the rest of the offense continues to go off, Sanu hasn't played well since Week 1. Too easily an afterthought in the offense, we cannot recommend him as a play save as a desperate one.
link to story Falcons | Mohamed Sanu takes part in practice (Wed Oct 12, 08:38 PM) - Atlanta Falcons WR Mohamed Sanu (elbow) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 12. More News
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