• Mohamed Sanu

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  • , San Francisco 49ers
  • 32
  • 211 lbs
  • 6' 2"
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Scouting report

by Andrew Fleischer

NE WR Mohamed Sanu - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 vs Miami Dolphins
Mohamed Sanu's snap share has steadily risen from 22% in Week 13 to 58% in Week 14 to 86% in Week 15 to 96% in Week 16. There's isn't much more to say that's positive about his fantasy prospects, as his 24 receiving yards last week represent his best total of the last four weeks. You'd do well to look elsewhere for DFS purposes.

by Andrew Fleischer

NE WR Mohamed Sanu - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 vs Buffalo Bills
Mohamed Sanu commanded more than five targets for the first time since the Patriots' Week 10 bye last week but still had a two-catch, 13-yard stat line that is remarkably similar to his last two weekly totals. Sanu isn't fighting through any ongoing injury that's been reported, and his continued ineffectiveness is a head-scratcher given his history of success with the Falcons. Sanu is on pace to finish with his lowest reception, yardage, and touchdown totals since 2015, and he's an easy fade in Week 16 against a stout Bills defense.

by Andrew Fleischer

NE WR Mohamed Sanu - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 at Cincinnati Bengals
The Patriots' Week 9 matchup with Baltimore was Mohamed Sanu's second game with the team after he was traded to New England from Atlanta. Sanu was targeted 14 times, catching 10 of them for 81 yards and a touchdown, and ranked as the WR9 for the week. Sanu has had ten total targets in the three games since for 31 yards and zero touchdowns. The entire Patriots offense has struggled over that time period, as has Tom Brady, but rather than trying to suss out a chicken-or-the-egg situation for the cause of Sanu's sharp downturn, you should just leave Sanu in the free-agent pool and look elsewhere.

by Andrew Fleischer

NE WR Mohamed Sanu - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 vs Kansas City Chiefs
Mohamed Sanu returned from an ankle injury in Week 13, but he played on just 22% of the Patriots' offensive snaps. He managed 14 total yards on three receptions and was targeted five times on 47 passing plays. Perhaps he was being eased back into the offense, but his usage is concerning for fantasy owners hoping for a useful WR2 down the stretch.

Now Sanu faces a Kansas City defense that ranks fourth in aFPA to wide receivers, and it's very difficult to predict what kind of snap share he'll see in this game. Outside of his 14-target game against the Ravens, Sanu hasn't seen more than five targets or topped 23 receiving yards in a game with the Patriots. He's far too risky to start in the fantasy playoffs, even as a low-end WR4.

by Andrew Fleischer

NE WR Mohamed Sanu - Week 13 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 13 at Houston Texans
Mohamed Sanu returned to practice for the Patriots on Wednesday and appears likely to return from injury against the Texans. He's only a couple games removed from a 14-target outing, and he should be an integral part of the Patriots' passing offense over the final few games of the fantasy season. From Week 6 through Week 9 prior to New England's bye and his ankle injury, Sanu's 18.3% target rate led all Patriots wide receivers including Julian Edelman.

The Patriots travel to Houston to face a Texans defense that hasn't been terribly effective at slowing down wide receivers, as attested by their sixth-worst ranked aFPA to the position. New England boasts a defense that has held teams to the fewest average points in the NFL, but the Texans offense, led by Deshaun Watson and averaging the tenth-most points scored per game should keep this game from being a one-sided affair. Sanu is startable with high-end WR3 expectations this week if he does return to play.

by Andrew Fleischer

NE WR Mohamed Sanu - Week 11 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 11 at Philadephia Eagles
In just his second game with the New England Patriots in Week 9 against the Ravens, Mohamed Sanu lined up for 100% of the offensive snaps and converted an eye-opening 14 targets into ten receptions for 81 yards and a touchdown. That performance made him Week 9's WR9, and including his games with Atlanta, he moved up to fantasy's WR45 for the season. His 10.1-yard aDOT led all Patriots receivers, and his presence in the slot along with Julian Edelman enables the Patriots to scheme a number of route combinations that should present Sanu with exploitable matchups moving forward.

Sanu was arguably New England's most effective player in a difficult matchup against the Ravens, and Week 11 presents a matchup with an Eagles defense that's allowing a higher aFPA to wide receivers than all but six teams. Sanu has a good five inches on the Philadelphia's 5'9" slot cornerback Avonte Maddox, who's struggled mightily and is one of the most heavily targeted cornerbacks in the league this season. It's unlikely that Sanu out-targets Julian Edelman often in the weeks ahead as he did in Week 9, but a solid target volume almost certainly lies ahead, and an enticing matchup in Week 11 should make him a safe WR2.

by Andrew Fleischer

NE WR Mohamed Sanu - Week 9 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 9 at Baltimore Ravens
Mohamed Sanu was eased into the Patriots offense as expected, lining up for 37 of the Patriots' 69 total snaps for a 54% snap share. He was targeted five times, giving him a 13.5% target rate that was second only to Julian Edelman for the week. His 3.3 fantasy point day ranked him as just the WR75, but Sanu should be far more regularly relied upon in this offense, and soon.

Week 9 at Baltimore should see Sanu with a better grasp of the New England offense, and after alternating between the slot and wide right in Week 8, Sanu should avoid a shadow-matchup from cornerback Marcus Peters. Baltimore's 36.8 aFPA to wide receivers is 12th-highest, and with a projected increased snap share, Sanu should be a good bet for low-end WR3 or FLEX numbers.

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