Would you believe Mohamed Sanu finished as a top-30 Fantasy receiver regardless of format last year? Would you believe he's done that two years in a row? It's all facts, but there's a reason why no one's ever in a hurry to draft him. Last year he hit 10-plus points in non-PPR (12 in PPR) six times and was at seven points or fewer (11 or less in PPR) ten times. That's consistent with how he performed in 2017, making him a low-ceiling, low-floor receiver who will see targets zip toward Julio Jones and Calvin Ridley on a weekly basis. If we're talking Best Ball leagues, Sanu's a snazzy late-round pick. He's even OK to take after Round 13 in deep-roster or receiver-heavy leagues. But in a typical redraft, what's the point of taking a receiver you may only use to cover bye weeks? You could just add him (or someone like him) off waivers when you're in need.
Sanu said the transition to Dirk Koetter at offensive coordinator has been smooth, William McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports. Koetter held the same role in Atlanta from 2012 to 2014, leaving for Tampa Bay one year before Sanu signed with the Falcons. General manager Thomas Dimitroff focused on improving his offensive line during the offseason, allowing running back Tevin Coleman to leave for San Francisco and adding minimum competition at the skill positions. Sanu is locked in for a top-three role at wide receiver in a prolific passing attack, but it's only reasonable to assume that the Falcons want to shift some targets away from the 29-year-old and toward Calvin Ridley. Sanu held a 94-92 advantage over the rookie last season, with both players narrowly edging out tight end Austin Hooper (88).
Sanu brought in seven of 10 targets for 90 yards, rushed once for two yards and also threw a five-yard touchdown pass to Matt Ryan on his only attempt in the Falcons' 34-32 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday. The veteran receiver closed out a strong 2018 in fine fashion, even showing off his skills as a passer with his five-yard strike to Ryan early in the third quarter. Sanu tallied between five and seven grabs in three of his last four games, and he posted a total of 171 receiving yards combined over the last two contests of the campaign. Sanu fell just one catch shy of equaling his career best of 67 that he established in 2017, but he did manage a new high-water mark in receiving yardage (838). The Rutgers product will look to once again serve as a strong complementary pass-catching option in 2019, although he'll likely be hard-pressed to hold off impressive rookie Calvin Ridley for the No. 2 receiver job.
Sanu caught five of eight targets for 81 yards during Sunday's 24-10 win over the Panthers. He also gained 29 yards on two carries. Sanu led the team in targets and catches while finishing second in receiving yardage. He was having a rather modest game mid way through the fourth quarter, but he salvaged his day from a fantasy perspective with a 44-yard touchdown catch to cap off the scoring. There is some speculation that Julio Jones may still be dealing with effects from his recent hip injury, which could see Sanu shoulder a larger load next Sunday in the season finale against the Buccaneers.
Sanu hauled in three of four targets, accounting for 37 receiving yards during Sunday's 26-16 loss to the Ravens. Sanu has been a prototypical high-floor, low-ceiling option in fantasy this year, just as he has been for the majority of his career: four times exceeding 75 catches, but never accounting for more than 790 receiving yards across six prior seasons as a pro. In 2018, he's recorded four or more catches in eight of 12 appearances, but he's only gone over 75 receiving yards once. Sanu's early-season scoring spree is now a distant memory, further inhibiting the veteran wideout's upside. Sanu has gone six straight games without logging a touchdown, after accounting for three through the Falcons' first six outings. Week 14 presents a significant opportunity to get back into the end zone as Atlanta faces a Packers defense that's allowed 17 wide receiver touchdowns this year, tied for the third most.
Sanu caught all four of his targets, accounting for 74 receiving yards, during Thursday's 31-17 loss to the Saints. Sanu keeps churning out respectable PPR production, with at least four receptions and 45 receiving yards in four straight outings. (He achieved that same feat just twice over the first seven weeks of the season.) The seven-year veteran has been a high-floor flex play, but offers limited upside of late, having gone five straight games without getting into the end zone after scoring three times through Week 6. An upcoming matchup against Baltimore is nothing to get optimistic about, with the Ravens allowing the second-fewest yards (1,339) and the eighth-fewest touchdowns (nine) to wide receivers in 2018.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|7||10/20||Los Angeles Rams||19||22.05|
|10||11/10||@New Orleans Saints||31||26.67|
|12||11/24||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||25.00|
|13||11/29||New Orleans Saints||31||26.67|
|15||12/15||@San Francisco 49ers||30||26.13|
|17||12/29||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||28||25.00|
Red Zone Trends
|3 Year Avg||91||64||731||4||38||11.42||105|