Mohamed Sanu turned four years of being an understudy in Cincinnati into a prominent role with the Falcons, signing a contract with them this offseason. In Atlanta, Sanu is expected to serve as the No. 2 receiver opposite Julio Jones, which should yield plenty of single coverage. When Sanu had a chance to play regularly in 2014 he posted 10-plus Fantasy points in three of five games. It seems unlikely he'll break out into a Fantasy staple but the boost in targets should produce some decent numbers. Perhaps this is the year Sanu will finally surpass 800 yards and five scores in a season - but anything more than that would be a surprise. For the price of a pick in Round 12 or later, he's a bench player with some potential, particularly in a PPR league.
Sanu has impressed Falcons' quarterback Matt Ryan with the strength of his hands during offseason workouts. Sanu has occasionally struggled with drops through his first four seasons , but is aiming for a breakout campaign after signing a five-year contract with the Falcons in March. With star teammate Julio Jones surely commanding the bulk of opposing defenses' attention in the passing game, Sanu should have plenty of opportunities to capitalize on single coverage underneath as Atlanta's new No. 2 wideout. While the 26-year-old Sanu has only reached the 50-catch, 500-yard plateau once so far, his offseason work with a Pro Bowl-caliber passer like Ryan should ease his transition into a new offense this season.
The Falcons and Sanu agreed to terms of a five-year contract Thursday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports. Sanu was slated to visit Atlanta and New England in his search for a new home, but the terms of the contract -- $32.5 million, with $14 million guaranteed, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network -- likely made the decision an easy one. Moreover. Sanu will now work opposite another wideout from the class of 2011, Julio Jones, which should afford him plenty of chances to make a mark. In four seasons with the Bengals, Sanu accounted for 152 catches (on 251 targets), 1,793 yards, and 11 touchdowns in 57 games.
Sanu will visit the Falcons and Patriots on Thursday, ESPN's Josina Anderson reports. The Bengals already lost Marvin Jones to the Lions, but that doesn't necessarily mean they'll try to retain Sanu, who posted a 33-394-0 receiving line on 50 targets in 2015. Best known for his usefulness on trick plays, Sanu hasn't shown much ability to separate from NFL cornerbacks. He could make a fantasy impact with the receiver-needy Falcons, but he probably wouldn't be any more than a No. 3 or 4 wideout in New England.
The Bengals are on the verge of losing Marvin Jones to the Lions. The team had hoped to retain Jones. Meanwhile, Sanu is also a free agent. Sanu was rumored to have drawn interest from the Giants earlier. We'll see if Jones's departure heightens the Bengals' urgency.
Sanu can become an unrestricted free agent in March, ESPN.com reports. Sanu is useful for trick plays, but his inability to get separation from cornerbacks severely limits his value as a receiver. Regardless of where he lands, there isn't much fantasy upside, as it's hard to imagine that any team would view him as anything more than a No. 3 or 4 wide receiver. The Bengals are believed to have interest in retaining Sanu, but No. 2 wideout Marvin Jones -- also an impending free agent -- will likely be the greater priority. Even if Sanu is re-signed and Jones isn't, Sanu would likely be no better than the fourth or fifth option in Cincinnati's passing game.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||27||24.63|
|3||09/27||@New Orleans Saints||28||25.13|
|7||10/23||San Diego Chargers||4||18.38|
|8||10/30||Green Bay Packers||13||21.00|
|9||11/04||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||27||24.63|
|13||12/04||Kansas City Chiefs||21||23.44|
|14||12/11||@Los Angeles Rams||6||18.50|
|15||12/18||San Francisco 49ers||18||22.38|
|17||01/01||New Orleans Saints||28||25.13|
|3 Year Avg||75||45||546||2||27||12.13||77|