|Date of Birth:||08/23/1989|
|Drafted:||2012 | Round 3 | Pick 83|
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Mohamed Sanu is progressing well after ankle surgery.
Sanu's trainer Hilton Alexander told ESPN's Mike Reiss that Sanu is "probably faster, quicker, leaner, and in better shape now than prior to the surgery," adding that the veteran receiver is "way ahead of the curve" of where doctors would say he should be. Sanu recently posted a video of himself running routes uphill at full speed, and he doesn't look like someone that underwent ankle surgery earlier this offseason. Alexander also added that his client is "faster than he's ever been" and is "training like he has something to prove." It sounds like Sanu will fit right in during his first full season with the Patriots on a chip-on-the-shoulder team looking to prove they can still contend without Tom Brady at quarterback.
Mohamed Sanu needs ankle surgery, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Sanu was clearly not 100% while playing through the pain after injuring his ankle midseason following his acquisition by New England, and this indicates that the injury is worse than the tough receiver let on. The Patriots spent a second-round pick to get Sanu last year, and they'll expect more production from a healthier player in 2020. Sanu's fantasy value would obviously be highest if Tom Brady returns to New England, which would give the two a full summer to work together and gain chemistry. Sanu should be fine for the start of training camp at the latest.
Mohamed Sanu held in check again as Patriots passing attack struggles.
On a team-high eight targets, Sanu caught two passes for 13 scoreless yards, and overall, the New England wide receivers combined for just 37 yards. Protection hasn't been great for Tom Brady, but his playmakers are simply struggling to create separation, and that includes Sanu, who has been quiet in basically every game other than the loss to Baltimore when he caught ten passes. A matchup next Saturday against the Bills is unlikely to be a cure for the struggles, so Sanu is droppable ahead of the fantasy championship.
Mohamed Sanu (ankle) is officially active for the Patriots.
While Sanu was listed as questionable, he was fully expected to play against his former Bengals team. This is Sanu’s first game in Cincinnati since leaving the Bengals in 2015, but he’s difficult to trust in Week 15 fantasy lineups at less than 100%.
Mohamed Sanu (ankle) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday.
Sanu should be fine to play against his former Bengals team this weekend, but this is a reminder that the veteran receiver is at less than full strength and is difficult to trust in the fantasy playoffs.
Mohamed Sanu limited to one reception in loss to the Chiefs.
It went for 13 yards and came on his only target. The veteran is playing banged up with an ankle injury, but he's combined for 30 scoreless yards over the past three games since a breakout 10/81/1 line in Week 9, and the Patriots need him to get going down the stretch if no reinforcements are coming at receiver. Sanu will be a risky start next week against the Bengals.
Mohamed Sanu (ankle) is officially active for Week 14.
Sanu is at less than 100% while dealing with his ankle injury and might not play a full complement of snaps today against the Chiefs, so he’s more of a risky FLEX option for the first week of the fantasy playoffs.
Mohamed Sanu (ankle) is officially listed as questionable for Sunday.
Sanu is expected to be ready to go for Week 14's matchup against the Chiefs, but he's clearly still dealing with some issues with his injured ankle. Just double check on Sunday to ensure that Sanu is active for the Patriots.
Mohamed Sanu (ankle) is officially active for Week 13.
Sanu missed one game with his ankle injury, but he’s back in the lineup for a primetime matchup against the Texans. The veteran receiver is in the FLEX for his return.
Mohamed Sanu (ankle) is is officially listed as questionable for Week 13.
Sanu was limited in practice all week, and he’s likely going to make a strong push to play against the Texans this week. However, the Patriots do not kickoff until 8:20 PM ET, so you’ll need a backup plan if you want to use the veteran receiver in your fantasy lineup.
Mohamed Sanu (ankle) was officially limited in today's practice.
Sanu reportedly pushed to play last week, and a Wednesday practice to start this week is a good sign for his Week 13 status. We'll let you know how the veteran receiver is listed on the final injury report when it's released ahead of the weekend.
Mohamed Sanu (ankle) is officially inactive for the Patriots.
Sanu was reportedly pushing to play after making progress late in the week from his ankle injury, but he’s being held out for a game in rainy conditions. First-round rookie receiver N’Keal Harry is set to have a bigger role with Sanu and Phillip Dorsett (concussion) out of the lineup against the Cowboys.
Mohamed Sanu (ankle) is officially listed as questionable for Week 12.
Sanu missed practice on Wednesday and Thursday, but he was able to get on the practice field in a limited capacity today, giving himself a chance to play against the Cowboys on Sunday. The bad news for fantasy owners is that the Patriots don’t kickoff until 4:25 PM ET, so Sanu’s status might not be official until you have to decide between him and a player from the early slate of games. If you plan to use Sanu in your lineup, just make sure you have a backup plan from the later games in place.
Mohamed Sanu (ankle) officially did not practice today.
We’ll see what happens tomorrow, but it’s looking like Sanu is going to miss this Sunday against the Cowboys because of his ankle injury. Sanu could reportedly miss a couple of weeks with the injury, but he’s a tough player that might be able to push through it.
Mohamed Sanu (ankle) officially did not practice today.
Sanu finished the game last Sunday, but he appeared to get rolled up on pretty badly on a punt return, and his Week 12 status is now in doubt. We’ll track the veteran receiver’s practice activity the next two days.
Mohamed Sanu catches ten passes in Sunday night loss.
Sanu gained 81 yards and scored his first touchdown with New England in the team's 37-20 loss at Baltimore, as he was a consistent and reliable underneath target for Tom Brady throughout the night. The Patriots went with a pass-heavy approach against the stout Ravens defense, but Sanu still caught one-third of Brady's 30 completions, and it appears the veteran receiver is not having much trouble adjusting to a new offense midseason. The Patriots have a bye next week before facing the Eagles, and Sanu should be a very good fantasy option in that game and potentially moving forward after quickly gaining the trust of his quarterback.
The Patriots are acquiring Mohamed Sanu.
[UPDATE: The trade was first reported by ESPN.] NFL Network's Ian Rapoport reports New England is sending Atlanta a second-round draft pick in exchange for Sanu. While Sanu has been a productive player throughout his career, he's 30 years old, and the second-round price tag is a bit of a surprise—especially considering the Patriots have Julian Edelman, Josh Gordon, and Phillip Dorsett (along with impressive undrafted rookie Jakobi Meyers and first-round pick N'Keal Harry, who has yet to play for the team) at receiver when the group is fully healthy. But New England obviously wanted to upgrade their receiving corps, and the price was steep to get Sanu from Atlanta. The veteran receiver's fantasy value probably increases with the move to New England, and he's now an intriguing add on waiver wires for league's he's still available in; but this is a better move for the defending Super Bowl champions from a real-life perspective than a move with a huge impact for fantasy owners. Also, this move could indicate Josh Gordon's knee/ankle issue is something more long-term.
Mohamed Sanu throws a touchdown in Week 17.
Sanu hit Matt Ryan for a five-yard touchdown on his lone pass attempt of the game, and he also caught seven passes for 90 yards. The passing touchdown was the fourth of Sanu's career, and his 2018 season ends with 66 receptions for a career-high 838 yards and four touchdowns along with seven carries for 44 yards and the five-yard passing score. Sanu should remain a solid contributor for the Falcons in 2019, and he'll likely be a late-round selection in most fantasy drafts.
Mohamed Sanu scores in Week 16.
Sanu caught five passes for 81 yards and a touchdown along with two carries for 29 yards in the Falcons' win over the Panthers. The score was a 44-yarder on a deep crossing route where he was wide-open and went untouched through the defense for the touchdown. This was Sanu's first touchdown since Week 6, which came against his next opponent, the Bucs.
Mohamed Sanu caught three passes for 30 yards in Sunday's win over the Cardinals.
He also rushed once for 11 yards. Sanu saw six targets, but Atlanta did a lot of shuffling at receiver as they blew out Arizona. The veteran will remain a decent FLEX for the fantasy championship.
Mohamed Sanu catches six passes against the Packers.
Sanu gained 54 yards on his six receptions in the Falcons' Week 14 loss. The tough receiver has a decent floor, but he might need a touchdown to deliver strong fantasy value next week against the Cardinals.
Mohamed Sanu catches three passes in Week 13.
Sanu gained 37 yards on his three receptions against the Ravens, and he was also 0/1 passing. The incompletion was on a deep ball attempt to Julio Jones, and it was the first incompletion of his career after coming into the game 6/6 with three touchdowns. Sanu will look to do more damage next week at Lambeau Field.
Mohamed Sanu catches four passes in Week 12.
Sanu gained 74 yards on his three receptions against the Saints, with most of his damage (68 yards) coming in the first quarter. The Falcons seemed to go away from him after the hot start, which was a bit of a surprise, but they did move the ball through the air with their other playmakers. Sanu also had a three-yard carry on a wildcat carry for a first down in the game. The veteran receiver faces the Ravens next week and should be considered a FLEX option in deeper leagues.
Mohamed Sanu catches four passes in Falcons' loss.
Sanu gained 56 yards on his four receptions, and he added one carry for three yards. As usual, the veteran receiver made tough plays in traffic and lowered his shoulder for positive yardage after the catch. Sanu is difficult to trust in fantasy lineups, but a potential Thanksgiving shootout against the Saints isn't a bad spot to put him in your lineup as a FLEX option. He scored against New Orleans earlier this season.
Mohamed Sanu caught six passes for 47 yards in Sunday's loss to the Browns.
He also lost a costly fumble on the first drive of the second half which allowed Cleveland to jump out to a 21-10 lead. Sanu has gone for 45+ yards in five of the past six games, but he's nothing more than a decent FLEX option down the stretch, including next Sunday in a huge game against Dallas.
Mohamed Sanu catches four passes in Week 9.
Sanu gained 45 yards on his four receptions against the Redskins, including a key first-down reception where he powered through defenders to keep a drive going. Through eight games, Sanu is on pace for 56 receptions, 738 yards, and six touchdowns. The veteran receiver is more of an excellent real-life contributor than he is a great fantasy option in standard-sized leagues.
Mohamed Sanu caught two passes for 21 yards as Atlanta tops the Giants.
Sanu only saw two targets in the victory, but he should be more involved (and healthier) when the team returns from their Week 8 bye for a couple good road matchups against the Redskins and Browns. He doesn't need to be rostered right now, but Sanu should be a decent FLEX weekly option down the stretch.
Mohamed Sanu is off the Week 7 injury report.
Sanu is dealing with a hip injury, but it's not going to hold him out for Monday night's matchup with the Giants. Rookie receiver Calvin Ridley is also off the injury report and ready to go, so a red-hot Matt Ryan has a full set of receivers for Week 7. Consider Sanu just a FLEX option this week.
Mohamed Sanu (hip) did not practice today.
The Falcons play on Monday night, so this is the team's first practice of the week. We'll see if Sanu can get into tomorrow's practice in some capacity. The veteran receiver might not need any practice time to be in the lineup against the Giants, but we'll monitor his status throughout the week.
The Falcons hope Mohamed Sanu (hip) can play in Week 7.
While Sanu didn't finish yesterday's game against the Buccaneers, he appeared to be happy on the sideline, which could indicate he doesn't believe the injury will force him to miss much more time. For now, consider Sanu questionable for Week 7, but we expect he'll be able to suit up one week from tonight against the Giants.
Mohamed Sanu (hip) did not return against the Buccaneers.
Sanu was officially questionable to return to Atlanta's Week 6 win, but he never did. However, he appeared to be in good spirits on the sideline, and the injury does not appear to be serious. Before leaving, Sanu caught two passes for 46 yards and a touchdown, with the score coming on a 35-yarder where he broke tackles on his way up the sideline and into the end zone. Sanu has at least one touchdown or 111 yards in the last four games, and he's in the FLEX conversation as long as the Falcons offense is clicking like it has been. We'll track his injury throughout the week, but we expect he'll be fine for Week 7 against the Giants.
Mohamed Sanu (hip) is questionable to return against the Buccaneers.
Sanu looked to be in good spirits on the sidelines, so the injury probably isn't bad, but the hip is an issues he's been dealing with. We'll see if he's able to get back into this game.
Mohamed Sanu scores long touchdown in Week 5.
Sanu had a nice catch-and-run for 43 yards in the second quarter against the Steelers for the Falcons' only passing touchdown of the game. Overall, Sanu had four receptions for 73 yards and a touchdown in the loss. With a matchup against the Bucs next week, Sanu is in the FLEX conversation, especially in deeper leagues.
Mohamed Sanu goes over 100 yards against his former team.
This was Sanu's first career game against the Bengals, the team he played the first four years of his career with, and he had a big performance, catching six-of-nine targets for 111 yards. Through four games, Sanu is now on pace for 64 receptions, 736 yards, and four touchdowns. He has a good matchup with the Steelers in Week 5.
Mohamed Sanu scores in loss to the Saints.
Sanu caught four passes for 36 yards, including a five-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter of a back-and-forth, 43-37 overtime defeat. Calvin Ridley went off for three scores and Julio Jones neared 100 yards, but Atlanta's offense is really clicking right now, so Sanu is worth a look as a decent FLEX option against his former team next Sunday.
Mohamed Sanu catches two passes in Week 2 win over the Panthers.
They went for 19 yards, and he also rushed once for negative-four yards as a wildcat quarterback. Sanu is probably less reliable than usual with Calvin Ridley around, but he could be a trusted target for Matt Ryan in Week 3 against the Saints. Last year, the veteran went for 6/83/1 and 4/31 in two matchups with the division rival. Consider him a low-end FLEX option.
Mohamed Sanu catches four passes in Falcons' loss.
Sanu gained 18 yards on his four receptions, as no Falcons receiver outside of Julio Jones able to find much room to operate against the Eagles. Sanu did have a key first-down reception late in the game to give the Falcons four shots to the end zone on the final drive, but they were unable to punch it in. Sanu is not a highly-reccomended FLEX option next week.
Mohamed Sanu catches three passes in playoff loss.
Sanu gained 50 yards on his three receptions in the Divisional Round loss to the Eagles. He had a long of 24 yards on a catch-and-run after he broke a tackle attempt by Eagles cornerback Ronald Darby. Next season, Sanu should remain as the primary complement to Julio Jones at receiver and should deliver some FLEX-worthy weeks.
Mohamed Sanu caught four passes for 75 yards in Saturday's playoff win over the Rams.
The highlight for Sanu was a 52-yard catch-and-run in the second half that he nearly housed. He could have a big role to play next week against the top-seeded Eagles if they make it a point to not let Julio Jones beat them. If that's the case, Sanu has the talent to make them pay.
Mohamed Sanu caught seven passes for 71 yards in Sunday's win over the Panthers.
Sanu also rushed once for no gain from the wildcat formation on third and short. Atlanta took care of business to make the postseason, and they'll now travel to Los Angeles next Saturday night to take on Jared Goff and the Rams. In the regular season, Sanu actually finished with better numbers than 2016 with a career-high 67 receptions for 703 yards and five touchdowns.
Mohamed Sanu caught four passes or 31 yards in Sunday's loss to New Orleans.
He also lined up in the wildcat again in a short-yardage situation, but he simply handed it off to Devonta Freeman for the conversion. Sanu won't be much more than a decent FLEX option in Week 17 against the Panthers.
Mohamed Sanu caught two passes for 23 yards in Atlanta's Week 15 win over the Bucs.
Sanu's long reception went for 21 yards, and he also converted a first down on a three-yard rush as a wildcat quarterback. The Falcons' number-two receiver will look to make some plays on Christmas Eve as the team looks to clinch a postseason berth against the Saints. Consider him a decent FLEX option.
Mohamed Sanu scores in Week 14.
Sanu had a very good game in tonight's win against New Orleans, catching six passes (on eight targets) for 83 and a touchdown. Sanu had a clutch touchdown in the ten-point fourth quarter for the Falcons in their comeback win, as he took advantage of single coverage from a bunch formation and ran a slant in the end zone. Sanu had 64 receiving yards and threw a 51-yard touchdown against the Bucs, his next opponent, a couple weeks ago. He'll be in the FLEX conversation for Week 15.
Mohamed Sanu caught three passes for 43 yards in Sunday's loss to Minnesota.
Sanu actually led the team in receptions and yardage, but some plays were left on the field. The offense will look to bounce back on Thursday night in a huge matchup with the Saints, and Sanu will be a decent FLEX option in the fantasy playoffs.
Mohamed Sanu throws 51-yard touchdown in win over Tampa Bay.
The throw was a perfect deep ball to Julio Jones, and it was his only pass of the game (but Sanu is a perfect six-of-six with three touchdowns as a passer in his NFL career). He also caught eight passes for 64 yards. The versatile receiver should be an important factor in Week 13 against the Vikings, and he will most likely benefit from Xavier Rhodes shadowing Julio.
Mohamed Sanu scores in Week 11.
Sanu hauled in a one-handed touchdown in the end zone in the first quarter against the Seahawks, and overall he had three receptions (on three targets) for 34 yards and the touchdown along with a three-yard carry from the wildcat formation for a first down in the Monday night victory. While his touchdown tonight makes it three touchdowns in the last four games, there are probably better FLEX options most weeks. However, Sanu had ten receptions for 154 yards and a touchdown combined in the two games against the Bucs—Atlanta's Week 12 opponent—last year.
Mohamed Sanu caught three passes for 29 yards in Sunday's win over the Cowboys.
Sanu had three-straight games with at least 65 yards or a touchdown, but Dallas contained both him and Julio Jones for the most part. He'll have a chance to bounce back against Seattle next week, but there are probably better fantasy options to start over him.
Mohamed Sanu scores against the Panthers.
Sanu caught three passes (on three targets) for 23 yards and a touchdown in the Week 9 loss, with the score coming on a quick out route at the goal line. That makes two straight weeks with a touchdown for Sanu, and he'll try to make it three straight in a potential shootout with the Cowboys in Week 10.
Mohamed Sanu scores in Week 8 win.
Sanu caught a team-high six passes for 74 yards and a touchdown, which turned out to be the game-winning score in a 25-20 victory. On the play, Sanu was able to work the back of the end zone and make an impressive grab in rainy conditions. The 28-year-old will continue to operate as Atlanta's number-two behind Julio Jones next week against the Panthers, and he could benefit from some softer coverage if they focus on stopping Julio after his 300-yard game against them in 2016. Sanu is a decent FLEX option.
Mohamed Sanu (hamstring) will play Sunday night against the Patriots.
Sanu was limited in practice all week, but he's off the official injury report that was just released. This is an upgrade to the entire Falcon offense in a game they'll probably have to score a lot of points to keep up with New England. Sanu is in the FLEX conversation in the potential shootout.
Mohamed Sanu (hamstring) was limited in practice today.
This is Sanu's second straight limited practice, and it's looking like he's getting ready to play on Sunday night versus New England. The official injury report for the game will be released sometime tomorrow.
Mohamed Sanu (knee) was limited in practice.
After missing Sunday's game coming off the bye, Sanu is expected to be ready against New England on Sunday. We'll update you with his practice status and eventual game status throughout the week ahead of Sunday night.
Mohamed Sanu (hamstring) has been ruled out for Week 6.
Sanu didn't practice all week and probably wasn't close to playing this week, despite coming off the bye. He should maybe be considered less than 50/50 for Week 7. Taylor Gabriel, who could see an uptick in targets with Sanu out, has some high upside against Miami on Sunday.
Mohamed Sanu (hamstring) is out against the Bills.
Sanu had a three-yard reception before leaving the game. Julio Jones (hip) is out for the remainder of the game as well, so the Falcons will be be looking for other guys to step up for the final 25 minutes of the game.
Mohamed Sanu scores in Week 3 win.
San caught for passes for 28 yards, including a four-yard touchdown in the first quarter. Matt Ryan has done a great job spreading the ball to start the season, but Sanu hasn't been forgotten. He's in the FLEX conversation for next week's game against the Bills.
Mohamed Sanu plays great in Falcons' Week 2 win.
Sanu was a reliable target for Matt Ryan over the middle, catching five of six targets for 85 yards. Sanu has had some success against the Packers over the past two years—as have the Falcons in general. The Falcons take on the Lions next week in a potential high-scoring game, and Sanu offers a nice floor in PPR leagues in that matchup.
Mohamed Sanu grabs six passes in Week 1.
Sanu led the Falcons in targets against the Bears, with nine. He had 47 yards on the six receptions, so he had a better day in PPR leagues than standard. Sanu could have another solid PPR day next week versus the Packers.
Mohamed Sanu catches both targets in preseason game against Pittsburgh.
With Julio Jones sitting out the game, Sanu was Matt Ryan's number one receiver. Sanu caught two passes for 25 yards in the opening drive as the Falcons went right down the field for a touchdown. Sanu will certainly have some good weeks playing in such a great offense, but he's currently going undrafted in fantasy drafts.
Mohamed Sanu plays in preseason opener.
Julio Jones and Taylor Gabriel didn't play in the game against the Dolphins, but Sanu played for a short time. He had a nice five-yard catch at the sideline on an out route.
Mohamed Sanu catches both Super Bowl targets.
He had two receptions for 25 yards. After a good first season as a secondary option to Julio Jones, Sanu will return as a key piece to a great Falcons offense in 2017.
Mohamed Sanu catches touchdown in NFC Championship win.
Sanu had five catches for 52 yards and a touchdown versus the Packers. The touchdown was on the Falcons' opening drive when Matt Ryan scrambled and flipped it side handed to Sanu, who snatched it one-handed in the endzone. Again, he'll be a key in the Super Bowl as the main secondary target at receiver behind Julio Jones.
Mohamed Sanu scores late in Divisional Round win.
Sanu had four receptions for 44 yards and one touchdown. The touchdown was on a fade route that might have been slightly underthrown, but Sanu went and got it. He'll be a key player for the Falcons next Sunday.
Mohamed Sanu catches touchdown in regular season finale.
Sanu had four receptions for 32 yards and a touchdown on a play where Matt Ryan scrambled up and found Sanu open in the endzone. Sanu ends his first regular season in Atlanta with 59 catches (career high) for 653 yards and four touchdowns in 15 games.
Mohamed Sanu caught three passes for 54 yards in Week 16.
The big-bodied Sanu made some nice catches for Matt Ryan, but is more valuable to the Falcons than he is in fantasy football. He's a low-upside FLEX option in Week 17.
Mohamed Sanu has efficient day in return from groin injury.
Sanu caught all three of his targets for 44 yards against the Niners. Sanu doesn't have a ton of upside, but is a reliable target for Matt Ryan in real life. Sanu isn't an inspiring FLEX option for Week 16 against the Panthers.
Mohamed Sanu (groin) is out for Sunday against the Rams.
It's a blow to the Falcons' offense, especially with Julio Jones also banged up (turf toe, questionable). Groin injuries can linger, as we saw with Chiefs WR Jeremy Maclin, who missed four games with his groin injury. Sanu is questionable at best for Week 15.
Mohamed Sanu (groin) did not participate in Thursday's practice.
He's looking very doubtful for Sunday. He might need to get in at least a limited participation tomorrow to play against the Rams.
Mohamed Sanu caught two passes for 26 yards in Sunday's loss.
Sanu is hard to trust behind Julio Jones in Atlanta. He could benefit from the Rams trying to take away Julio next week, but is still no more than a weak FLEX play.
Mohamed Sanu caught eight passes for 65 yards in Sunday's win over the Cardinals, adding one rush for five yards.
Sanu had the benefit of Patrick Peterson occupying Julio Jones, and he bounced back from his two-catch Week 10. Julio (four catches for 35 yards) will certainly bounce back next week against Kansas City, but Sanu remains a decent fantasy play as the #2 receiver in one of the best offenses in the league.
Mohamed Sanu quiet in Week 10 loss to Philadelphia.
Sanu caught two passes for 14 yards. He's had some nice games this season, but is not much more than a Julio Jones handcuff with Jones, Devonta Freeman, and Tevin Coleman basically dominating touches for the Falcons. The Falcons have a bye in Week 11.