Mohamed Sanu, WR Atlanta Falcons

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Falcons believe they are deep at WR

Monday, August 15, 2016, 2:35pm

Atlanta Journal-Constitution - [Full Article]

Falcons star Julio Jones was praising fellow wide receiver Aldrick Robinson even before Robinson went out and starred for the Falcons in the exhibition opener against Washington on Thursday.

That performance by Robinson, who rates as no better than the No. 4 receiver, is an indication of the potential depth the Falcons have at wide receiver.

“He had a great game for us,” Jones said. “But there is more to come from Al. Also, a lot of the young guys. J.D. (McKissic), great guy, you will see a lot of him. Of course, Mohamed Sanu (and) myself. Just a lot of guys. We are out here, we are working and doing a good job.”

Fantasy Impact:

The story went on to say with Jones, Sanu and Justin Hardy set as the top three wide receivers, Robinson is in competition with four others for what likely are two more spots: McKissic, Nick Williams, Eric Weems, and Devin Fuller.

Scouting Report

Fantasy Upside
Following the release of Leonard Hankerson during the season and Roddy White at the conclusion of 2015, the Falcons decided to invest $32.5 million in free agent Mohamad Sanu this offseason. Sanu immediately becomes the No. 2 receiver behind Julio Jones in Atlanta, and if he can step into the same role Jacob Tamme held following the release of Hankerson last season, fantasy owners might stumble onto a sleeper in the late rounds. After Jones, the next target in Ryan’s progression last year was often Tamme, so there’s a possibility Sanu could rack up 70 receptions for between 800-850 yards and 5-8 touchdowns. Given he’s not even being drafted in some 10-team leagues, that kind of production would offer excellent value.

Fantasy Downside
Ankle and foot injuries prevented Marvin Jones from playing any games for the Bengals in 2014 and Sanu benefited from being thrust into a major role. Despite playing opposite A.J. Green in Cincinnati’s offense, Sanu finished with just 56 receptions for 790 yards, while leading the NFL in drops. Optimists say Sanu will thrive after being relegated to the No. 3 role a year ago behind Green and Jones. But if Sanu is so good, why didn’t he earn more playing time a year ago? He’ll face plenty of one-on-one coverage playing opposite Jones in Kyle Shanahan’s offense, but he didn’t do much with the one-on-one opportunities playing opposites A.J. Green in 2014. Granted, his targets should double now that he’ll be a full-time starter again, but betting that his production will also spike is a bit of a gamble.

2016 Bottom Line
Sanu ranks as our WR50 in standard formats and has an ADP of 13.09 in 12-team leagues. The Falcons didn’t sink over $32 million in Sanu not to use him, but while his opportunities will increase, his ceiling is that of a WR3 unless Jones suffers a significant injury. View Sanu as a WR4/5 for 2016.

2016 Strength of Schedule - ATL
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
17
TB
7
@OAK
27
@NO
12
CAR
3
@DEN
1
@SEA
6
SD
15
GB
17
@TB
30
@PHI
BYE9
ARI
32
KC
11
@LA
18
SF
12
@CAR
27
NO

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2015 Game Stats
WeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPCRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPRSnaps%
1OAK2340317.000000-51/6875.00%
2SD1150215.000000-27/6640.91%
3BAL2280414.0016006.0058/7775.32%
4KC4840621.000000-33/5461.11%
5SEA5690513.800000-63/8574.12%
6BUF2300415.0018008.0034/6155.74%
7BYE------------
8PIT210035.000000-43/6764.18%
9CLE325038.331251025.0033/6749.25%
10HOU15025.000000-46/6867.65%
11ARI219039.5012002.0050/7665.79%
12LA18018.000000-26/5944.07%
13CLE0001-17007.0024/5742.11%
14PIT2240512.000000-48/5882.76%
15SF28024.0012002.0046/6471.88%
16DEN329039.67210105.0034/7247.22%
17BAL16026.00211005.5030/6149.18%
Per game2.0624.6303.0611.940.634.440.1307.1040.38/66.2560.39%
Totals3339404911.941071207.10646/106060.39%

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