• Mohamed Sanu

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

by Pete Behnke

ATL WR Mohamed Sanu - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 at Minnesota Vikings

Sanu will primarily work out of the slot position in a high powered offense that finished 2018 as the tenth highest-scoring team in the regular season, 25.9 points per game. He has been consistent over the last two seasons but he doesn’t have week-to-week matchup winning performances like teammate, Calvin Ridley.

The matchup against the Vikings is less than ideal as shown by our signature schedule-adjusted fantasy points allowed metric that has the Vikings ranked third best against wide receivers. John Paulsen has Sanu as the PPR WR60 in Week 1 with a median projection of 8.3 fantasy points. Fantasy owners should look elsewhere for starting wide receivers.

by Pete Behnke

ATL WR Mohamed Sanu - 2019 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
Sanu will primarily work out of the slot position in a high powered offense that finished 2018 as the tenth highest-scoring team in the regular season, 25.9 points per game. Dirk Koetter returns as the offensive coordinator, which is good news for Sanu because Koetter likes to feature 11 personnel (3 wide receivers, 1 running back, and 1 tight end). As the Buccaneers Offensive Coordinator in 2017, Dirk Koetter used 11 personnel on 74% of passing plays so expect Sanu to get a decent amount of playing time. Sanu joined the Falcons in 2016 and has started in at least 15 games in all three seasons. Speaking of consistency, his numbers over the last two seasons are nearly identical. In 2017, he had 96 targets, 67 receptions, 703 yards, five touchdowns, and was the WR32 in half PPR scoring. In 2018, he had 93 targets, 65 receptions, 830 yards, four touchdowns and was the WR30 in half PPR scoring.

Fantasy Downside
He has been consistent over the last two seasons but he doesn’t have week-to-week matchup winning performances like teammate, Calvin Ridley. In half PPR scoring, he only scored above 15 fantasy points in two of his 16 games and finished as a WR4 or worse in 56% of his games last season.

2019 Bottom Line
Sanu should see the field a fair amount in Dirk Koetter’s offense but his team target share with the Falcons has never been above 19%. Teammates Jones, Ridley, and Hooper all return from last year so it would be surprising to see Sanu top his 2018 team target share of 15%. You can build a solid floor with his weekly performances but the week winning performances are few and far between.

by Anthony Stalter

ATL WR Mohamed Sanu - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 at Tampa Bay Bucs

Mohamed Sanu caught five-of-eight targets for 81 yards and a touchdown in the Falcons’ Week 16 win over the Panthers and he also rushed twice for 29 yards. His touchdown came from 44 yards out against busted coverage by Carolina’s struggling secondary. The Falcons have nothing to play for Sunday when they visit the Bucs, but they can finish their 2018 season with three straight wins. Ranked as our WR32 for Week 17, Sanu is an intriguing dart throw against a Tampa Bay defense that has struggled for most of the year.

by Anthony Stalter

ATL WR Mohamad Sanu - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 at Carolina Panthers

Mohamed Sanu caught three-of-six targets for 30 yards in the Falcons’ Week 15 win over the Panthers. With Julio Jones (hip) missing practice time this week and Atlanta officially eliminated from playoff contention, perhaps Sanu will have some fantasy appeal this Sunday if Jones doesn’t play. That said, if Jones suits up then Sanu will remain a WR4/5 and you can avoid him when the Falcons visit the Panthers on Sunday. For now, he is our WR47 for Week 16 but make sure to check back before kickoff on Sunday because if Jones is out, Sanu could see a bump.

by Anthony Stalter

ATL WR Mohamed Sanu - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 vs. Arizona Cardinals

Mohamed Sanu caught six-of-eight targets for 54 yards in the Falcons’ Week 14 loss to the Packers. While the eight targets stand out, he hasn’t scored since Week 6 and has topped 60 yards just once over that span. Atlanta’s offense has also been held to 20 points or fewer in its current five-game losing streak and Sanu hasn’t been a great fantasy option all year. Ranked as our WR42 for Week 15, avoid Sanu when the Falcons host the Cardinals on Sunday.

by Anthony Stalter

ATL WR Mohamed Sanu - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 at Green Bay Packers

Mohamed Sanu caught three-of-four targets for 37 yards in the Falcons’ Week 13 loss to the Ravens. It was another ho-hum performance by Sanu, who continues to take a backseat in Atlanta’s offense, which has now been held to fewer than 20 points in four consecutive games. With the bottom falling out in Atlanta, we’d avoid Sanu and most of the Falcons’ skill position players when they head to Green Bay on Sunday. Ranked as our WR38 for Week 14, don’t play Sanu against the Packers.

by Anthony Stalter

ATL WR Mohamed Sanu - Week 13 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 13 vs. Baltimore Ravens

Mohamed Sanu caught all four of his targets for 74 yards in the Falcons’ Week 12 loss to the Saints. Sanu was targeted early but once Atlanta’s offensive line turned Matt Ryan into a human pinball, Sanu disappeared. Atlanta hosts Baltimore on Sunday and with the Ravens ranking second against fantasy receivers this year, Sanu isn’t a recommended FLEX play. He ranks as our WR51 for Week 13.

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