It is awfully hard to take anything from Sunday's game, as the Bengals were just out of sync all game long on offense. Sanu still racked up 54 yards on three receptions, and had nine passes thrown his way. Entering play Sunday, he had caught 67.5 percent of the passes thrown his way, so this is probably just a one-time issue.
Sanu is clearly the team's top option in the passing game with A.J. Green sidelined, but he cannot do it all by himself. Expect better from him in Week 8 against the Ravens.
Sanu accounted for nearly half of the team's output through the air with 54 yards on three receptions. But he was targeted nine times. His afternoon was not made any more pleasant when he tried to pass the ball - the result was a sack.
Perhaps next Sunday against Baltimore will prove to be a nicer experience for Sanu.
Sanu has been forced into a much larger role with A.J. Green's injury, and has responded with 15 receptions for 190 yards and two touchdowns over the last two games. With Green likely to sit out with a toe injury again Sunday, Sanu should get the chance to shine again in Week 7.
The Colts have done a solid job against opposing wide receivers this season, holding them to 14.3 Fantasy points per game. Individual receivers have notched just three double-digit Fantasy scoring games so far, although Andre Johnson did record 99 yards and a touchdown last week against the Colts.
The Bengals are down two of their top three receivers, so Sanu should continue to see plenty of work. Even against a tough matchup, his expected workload makes Sanu a solid starting option for Week 7.
It took a while -- prior to the
He was expected to excel after holding his own alongside Green in the Bengals' previous two games. He had five catches on nine targets for 70 yards and a touchdown in Week 5 and five catches on eight targets for 44 yards in Week 3. He had three catches on four targets for 84 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 -- another game Green missed (or mostly missed) due to injury.
With this performance, Sanu established himself as a must-start for however much time Green misses with his toe injury. There was some speculation late Sunday that Green would miss Week 7 at Indianapolis as well, so you should plan on starting Sanu again.
Sanu did most of his damage after halftime, as he totaled just two catches for 13 yards in the first half. Sanu recorded his third touchdown of the season on a 34-yard reception in the fourth quarter, which tied the game at 24.
Sanu could have had an even bigger performance Sunday, but he had a 34-yard reception in the second quarter called back due to an illegal shift penalty. He was targeted 15 times.
Sunday was the first time Sanu managed double-digit receptions in a game. It was also the first time he surpassed 100 yards in his career. The Bengals are back in action Week 7 at Indianapolis.
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