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12 Mohamed Sanu WR
Height/Weight: 6-2/210 | Birthdate: 8/22/1989 | Birthplace: Sayreville, NJ, USA | Team: Cincinnati | College: Rutgers | NFL Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 92/80 | Average Draft Position: 158.12
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Mohamed Sanu another Golden Tate


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/26/2014) Everyone who plays Fantasy Football has a right to envy the Golden Tate owner, with one exception: the Mohamed Sanu owner. Tate and Sanu are one and the same, you see.

Both were worth rostering on their own merits, so it's not like everyone had an equal shot at them on the waiver wire. Both have capitalized on injuries to star teammates to become bona fide Fantasy studs.

The jury was still out on Sanu, I guess, prior to Week 8 against Baltimore, when he had five catches for 125 yards and two rushes for 27 yards. I say "I guess" because I didn't see much reason to doubt him after his three-catch, 54-yard effort in Week 7. Like Tate, he's had one so-so performance in a starring role but has gone for well more than 100 yards in every other chance.

Of course, like Tate, his time in the spotlight may be nearing an end. A.J. Green, who's recovering from a toe injury, said he was about 80 percent for Sunday's game, up from 40 percent in Week 7. Another week could bring that percentage to 100.

But again, Sanu was worth rostering on his own merits prior to Green's injury and now has an even better rapport with quarterback Andy Dalton. He's not an automatic sit if Green returns, but he's an automatic start if he doesn't.


Mohamed Sanu leads Bengals air attack in Week 8 win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(10/26/2014) Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu served as Andy Dalton's primary option once again with A.J. Green sidelined Sunday, catching a team-high five passes on nine targets for 125 yards in Cincinnati's 27-24 win over Baltimore in Week 8.

Sanu's highlight came on the first drive of the game, as the receiver executed a stab-and-grab on an overthrown ball to haul in a juggling catch before racking up yards after the catch en route to a 48-yard play. He also added 27 rushing yards on two carries, including a 26-yard scamper on a reverse from midfield. Sanu has 35 receptions for 533 yards and three touchdowns.

The rest of the Bengals performed well with their limited chances in the passing game. Tight end Jermaine Gresham caught all four of his targets for 34 yards, Greg Little caught three of his five targets for 42 yards and Brandon Tate added two more catches for 30 yards, helping Andy Dalton to deliver an excellent 9.5 yards-per-attempt mark.

The Bengals will face the Jaguars at home in Week 9.


Bengals struggles cost Mohamed Sanu


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Mohamed Sanu failed to make much of an impact in Week 7 against the Colts, but that might have been more the result of the Bengals' general offensive malaise than any failing on his part.

It is awfully hard to take anything from Sunday's game, as the Bengals were just out of sync all game long on offense. Sanu still racked up 54 yards on three receptions, and had nine passes thrown his way. Entering play Sunday, he had caught 67.5 percent of the passes thrown his way, so this is probably just a one-time issue.

Sanu is clearly the team's top option in the passing game with A.J. Green sidelined, but he cannot do it all by himself. Expect better from him in Week 8 against the Ravens. 


Bengals WR Mohamed Sanu snags three in shutout loss


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(10/19/2014) Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu led the Bengals in receiving yards Sunday against the host Colts. That's not saying much.

Sanu accounted for nearly half of the team's output through the air with 54 yards on three receptions. But he was targeted nine times. His afternoon was not made any more pleasant when he tried to pass the ball - the result was a sack.

Perhaps next Sunday against Baltimore will prove to be a nicer experience for Sanu.


Mohamed Sanu heads into difficult matchup


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(10/17/2014) Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu has played well in a larger role over the last two weeks and will try to stay on that roll when Cincy takes on the Colts in Week 7.

Sanu has been forced into a much larger role with A.J. Green's injury, and has responded with 15 receptions for 190 yards and two touchdowns over the last two games. With Green likely to sit out with a toe injury again Sunday, Sanu should get the chance to shine again in Week 7.

The Colts have done a solid job against opposing wide receivers this season, holding them to 14.3 Fantasy points per game. Individual receivers have notched just three double-digit Fantasy scoring games so far, although Andre Johnson did record 99 yards and a touchdown last week against the Colts.

The Bengals are down two of their top three receivers, so Sanu should continue to see plenty of work. Even against a tough matchup, his expected workload makes Sanu a solid starting option for Week 7.


Mohamed Sanu proves his worth


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/13/2014) It took a while -- prior to the Bengals' first drive of the fourth quarter, which ended with him scoring a touchdown, he had only three catches for 19 yards -- but Mohamed Sanu ultimately performed like a No. 1 wide receiver in the absence of A.J. Green Week 6 against Carolina, catching 10 passes for 120 yards. His 14 targets were twice as many as any other Bengal, and he was the go-to guy down the stretch, catching seven passes in the fourth quarter and overtime.

He was expected to excel after holding his own alongside Green in the Bengals' previous two games. He had five catches on nine targets for 70 yards and a touchdown in Week 5 and five catches on eight targets for 44 yards in Week 3. He had three catches on four targets for 84 yards and a touchdown in Week 2 -- another game Green missed (or mostly missed) due to injury.

With this performance, Sanu established himself as a must-start for however much time Green misses with his toe injury. There was some speculation late Sunday that Green would miss Week 7 at Indianapolis as well, so you should plan on starting Sanu again.


Bengals WR Mohamed Sanu has career outing with star WR out


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(10/12/2014) Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu was the player who stepped up Sunday against the Panthers in the absence of A.J. Green, who was sidelined due to a toe injury. Sanu had a team-high 120 receiving yards and one touchdown on 11 catches during a 37-all tie Week 6.

Sanu did most of his damage after halftime, as he totaled just two catches for 13 yards in the first half. Sanu recorded his third touchdown of the season on a 34-yard reception in the fourth quarter, which tied the game at 24. 

Sanu could have had an even bigger performance Sunday, but he had a 34-yard reception in the second quarter called back due to an illegal shift penalty. He was targeted 15 times.

Sunday was the first time Sanu managed double-digit receptions in a game. It was also the first time he surpassed 100 yards in his career. The Bengals are back in action Week 7 at Indianapolis.


Mohamed Sanu sleeperific without A.J. Green


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/9/2014) Wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, who has been a significant part of the Bengals passing game even with A.J. Green healthy, could see a nice boost with Green (likely) sidelined by a toe injury Week 6 against Carolina.

Quarterback Andy Dalton leaned mostly on running back Giovani Bernard the last time Green missed significant time Week 2 against Atlanta, but when he went long, Sanu was his guy. The two hooked up for a 76-yard score in that one.

The Panthers are middle-of-the-road against the pass, so no matchup issues there. The only concern is how much the Bengals will want to throw with Green out, but Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard think his upside is high enough this week to make him a top 24 wide receiver.


Mohamed Sanu coexisting fine with A.J. Green


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(10/6/2014) When Mohamed Sanu had 84 yards and a touchdown Week 2 against Atlanta, it seemed like just a byproduct of A.J. Green being sidelined by a sprained toe, but in two games with Green back in the lineup, Sanu has remained a regular part of the Bengals' passing game, getting at least eight targets in each.

He had a season-high nine Week 5 at New England and was about as productive as Green, catching five passes for 70 yards and a touchdown. In standard CBSSports.com leagues, he has now scored double-digit Fantasy points in three straight games.

Sanu will never be to Fantasy owners what Green is, but he has good size and has delivered his share of big plays already this season. He won't be the most exciting waiver claim this week, but in leagues where wide receivers come at a premium, he might be a pretty nice find.


Mohamed Sanu accounts for third touchdown in four games


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(10/6/2014) Bengals receiver Mohamed Sanu beat Patriots cornerback Alfonzo Dennard on a post route for a 37-yard touchdown Sunday night. The third-quarter score was Sanu's second receiving touchdown to go along with one passing touchdown this year.

Sanu drew a team-high nine targets as Andy Dalton shied away from Patriots top corner Darrelle Revis, who covered A.J. Green extensively. Sanu caught five balls for 70 yards, his second straight week with five catches. He'll play the Panthers in Week 6.


Mohamed Sanu throws touchdown in Week 3 win


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/21/2014) Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu caught five of his eight targets for 44 yards Sunday, but his big impact came on an 18-yard touchdown pass to starting quarterback Andy Dalton in his team's 33-7 Week 3 win over the Titans.

Sanu took a pitch from Dalton during the first quarter and ran right on an apparent sweep before turning around and floating a pass to the quarterback, who made a tough reception after the only defender on that side of the field whiffed on an interception/tackle attempt and took it to the house. Sanu has completed all four of his pass attempts in his three-year career, throwing for 166 yards and two touchdowns. He'll travel to New England to face the Patriots after the Bengals' Week 4 bye.


Mohamed Sanu throws a long one, catches another


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/14/2014) With star wide receiver A.J. Green out for all but the Bengals' first drive of the game Week 2 against the Falcons, Mohamed Sanu took over the highlight reel -- or at least stole a couple frames from running back Giovani Bernard.

His biggest play was a 76-yard catch-and-run when quarterback Andy Dalton found him over the middle on an all-out blitz by the Falcons defense early in the second quarter. It was his first touchdown of the season and one of the Bengals' three on the day. He made his other big play with his arm, taking a pitch from Dalton late in the first quarter and chucking the ball 50 yards downfield to Brandon Tate.

Most of the Bengals' passing game went through Bernard, preventing any wide receiver from getting the majority of the looks, but Sanu led the way in yardage with 84 on three catches. He had four targets.

He'll look to further distinguish himself Week 3 against the Titans.


Mohamed Sanu makes little impact in opener


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/7/2014) Bengals receiver Mohamed Sanu failed to make much of an impact in Week 1 against the Ravens Sunday, a 23-16 win.

Sanu hauled in four of the five passes thrown his way in the game, but managed to rack up just 36 yards in the game. He will hope for a better outcome when the Bengals take on the Falcons in Week 2.  


Mohamed Sanu a gamble in opener


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu enters his third season with the biggest expectations of his career, and the breakout candidate will look to get started on the right foot in Week 1 against the Ravens.

Sanu has the skills to be a big-play threat, but the 25-year-old averaged just a career-high 9.7 yards per catch a year ago. The Ravens held him entirely in check in two games a year ago, as he managed just four receptions for 38 yards. The Ravens were just middle of the pack at stopping opposing wide receivers last year, and most of the Bengals' offensive focus in those two games went toward A.J. Green rather than Sanu or the other secondary receivers.

Sanu had seven receptions for 126 yards in the preseason, a glimpse of the kind of big-play potential he has. Given his lack of overall track record, however, Sanu is a risky play for Week 1, but he makes sense as a high-upside roll-of-the-dice in deeper leagues. 


Mohamed Sanu making big plays in third preseason game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Mohamed Sanu was one of the lone bright spots for the Bengals Sunday against the Cardinals in preseason action. Sanu made five catches -- all for 10-plus yards.

His first grab came for a gain of 18 yards on the second drive of the night. He was targeted seven times and finished with five catches for 70 yards. He has compiled 126 receiving yards this preseason.


Mohamed Sanu catches deep pass for TD in preseason game


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(8/16/2014) Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu made his presence felt with a couple of big plays Saturday night against the Jets in exhibition play.

Sanu exploded past Kyle Wilson and hauled in a 42-yard touchdown on the opening drive of the game. He caught all two of his targets for 56 yards and a touchdown.

Marvin Jones expected to miss three regular-season games


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/12/2014) The Cincinnati Enquirer projects Bengals receiver Marvin Jones to return from his broken foot in Week 5. That Oct. 5 game at New England follows the team's bye.

In the meantime, Mohamed Sanu is expected to move outside with Dane Sanzenbacher handling the slot.


Mohamed Sanu not a starter despite monster camp


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(8/4/2014) Bengals receiver Mohamed Sanu, who's "in the middle of a monster camp," was listed as A.J. Green's backup on the team's initial depth chart, according to Cincy's official website. Marvin Jones is the starter opposite Green, even though Jones (ankle) has yet to practice.

Mohamed Sanu 'generating a strong buzz'


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(7/30/2014) Bengals receiver Mohamed Sanu seemed to fall out of favor last year as Marvin Jones emerged with 10 touchdown catches. But Sanu "is generating a strong buzz" in camp, reports CBS Sports NFL Insider Jason La Canfora.

"With Andrew Hawkins gone to Cleveland in free agency, I bet he gets a lot of looks," La Canfora wrote of Sanu. "[Quarterback Andy] Dalton seems to like throwing to him."

Sanu caught 47 passes for 455 yards and two touchdowns last season.


Bengals know Mohamed Sanu capable of more


by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/24/2014) Bengals receivers coach James Urban hopes to handle receiver Mohamed Sanu better this season, reports ESPN.

"Mo's a good football player," Urban said. "I asked too much of him last year. I spread him thin. It's sort of the old thing where too much of a good thing is just as good as not enough. That's a shame on me."

Sanu finished 2013 with 47 catches for 455 yards and two touchdowns. He will open this season as the No. 3 receiver behind A.J. Green and Marvin Jones.


Teammates call Mohamed Sanu faster, more explosive


by Dave Richard | Senior Fantasy Writer
(6/16/2014) Bengals receiver Mohamed Sanu has received rave reviews this offseason from teammates. Marvin Jones called him "a lot faster and more explosive" and Andy Dalton claims Sanu is "running a lot better I think than he has the last two years." 

Sanu could be ticketed for a jack-of-all-trades role in the Bengals offense, the team website suggests. Offensive coordinator Hue Jackson has done good things with versatile players before and could lean on Sanu to be more than a traditional receiver. 

"He's got me doing some stuff," a grinning Sanu said. "I love it. I'm embracing it and I'm going to do everything that I can to make sure that I'm the best at it. ... I'm uncommon because I can do a lot of different things and play a lot of different positions. I have a lot of different talents, but it's up to me to show it."


Marvin Jones ahead of Mohamed Sanu for No. 2 receiver job


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(5/19/2014) After catching 10 touchdown passes last season, Bengals receiver Marvin Jones "appears to have taken over at No. 2 opposite [A.J.] Green," reports ESPN.com. But the website said Mohamed Sanu still has a chance to serve as the No. 2 receiver and the team hopes to play Sanu "a little more often this year."

Jones caught 51 passes for 712 yards and 10 scores, while Sanu had 47 grabs for 455 yards and two touchdowns last year.


Bengals get contributions from wide receivers


by Nando Di Fino | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/29/2013) Bengals wide receiver Marvin Jones caught five passes for 61 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 34-17 win over the Ravens. It was his 10th touchdown of the season, and he finishes 2013 with 51 receptions for 712 yards. These were all, by far, career highs for Jones. 

Fellow wide receiver Andrew Hawkins caught three passes for 74 yards. And Mohamed Sanu caught one pass for 12 yards. 

The Bengals finished the regular season 11-5 overall. 


Mohamed Sanu gets back in the end zone


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(12/22/2013) Though he entered the game with only one touchdown grab all season, Bengals wide receiver Mohamed Sanu looked likely a natural when he reeled in a 7-yards toss from quarterback Andy Dalton in the front corner of the end zone late in the third quarter Week 16 against the Vikings. In all, he had four catches on six targets for 35 yards.

It was the best performance in weeks for Sanu, who like the rest of the Bengals offense, took advantage of a Vikings defense that entered the game ranked 30th against the pass. The four catches and 35 yards were the most he had in a game since Week 9 at Miami, when he caught six passes for 62 yards.

He was only sixth on the team in receiving yards, though, ranking behind A.J. Green, Marvin Jones, Jermaine Gresham, Giovani Bernard and Andrew Hawkins, and will likely go back to playing a minimal role in the passing game Week 17 against the Ravens.


Bengals get offensive contributions


by Larry Hartstein | CBSSports.com
(12/16/2013) Several Bengals had minor offensive contributions in the Week 15 loss at Pittsburgh. Running back BenJarvus Green-Ellis carried four times for 4 yards, receiver Mohamed Sanu caught three passes for 20 yards and receiver Andrew Hawkins was targeted once without a catch.

They'll play the Vikings in Week 16.