Mohamed Sanu Fantasy Football Outlook Improves With Trade to Patriots

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - SEPTEMBER 22: Mohamed Sanu #12 of the Atlanta Falcons leaves the field after the Falcon"u2019s loss to the Indianapolis Colts at Lucas Oil Stadium on September 22, 2019 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Bobby Ellis/Getty Images)
Atlanta Falcons v Indianapolis Colts | Bobby Ellis/Getty Images

Never content to ride the high of a win for long, the New England Patriots made a big roster move the morning after their 33-0 blowout win over the New York Jets in Week 7. They sent a second-round pick to the Atlanta Falcons in a trade for veteran wide receiver Mohamed Sanu.

This move provides a big shift in Sanu's fantasy football outlook.

Sanu has quietly been producing well this season. He's caught 33 of his 42 targets for 313 yards and one touchdown, ranking 37th among wide receivers in PPR fantasy scoring. A mainstay in the Atlanta offense over the last few years, he also caught at least 59 passes in each of his last three seasons with the team, and his exit should free up some additional volume for Calvin Ridley.

Sanu may find targets harder to come by in New England though, as he'll be no better than the No. 3 WR behind Josh Gordon and Julian Edelman. Even if his volume falls off some, a potential jump in efficiency should make up for that.

Sanu was averaging only 7.5 yards per target in Atlanta this season, but he gets a big upgrade at QB, going from Matt Ryan to Tom Brady. The Patriots are also averaging over 11.0 points per game (PPG) more than the Falcons, so TD-scoring opportunities should be much easier to come by in his new home.

Previously an un-exciting fantasy asset that you'd start for his reasonable floor in PPR, Sanu's outlook changes entirely with his move. He's no longer a safe bet to average around six targets per game, but when he gets a favorable matchup he will have upside to do some serious damage.

It's also worth keeping an eye on Gordon's injury status, because Sanu could very well prove to be an every-week fantasy starter with Gordon on the shelf.

Sanu doesn't crack the top-36 WRs in our Week 8 PPR fantasy football rankings, but he will land on that list later in the week if Gordon looks set to miss a second consecutive game.

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