Mohamed Sanu Fantasy Projections for Rest of 2019 Season Following Trade to Patriots

Max Staley
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When the New England Patriots shipped a second-round pick to the Atlanta Falcons for wide receiver Mohamed Sanu, many analysts viewed the deal as a rare overvaluation by head coach Bill Belichick.

But about 24 hours later, the Patriots announced that WR Josh Gordon was headed to IR, which might explain why New England paid such a steep price for Sanu. Now, set to play a crucial role on the Patriots, Sanu's fantasy value should see a spike in New England.

Mohamed Sanu Fantasy

Sanu had a 14 percent target share in Atlanta, but it's fair to expect that to improve with the Patriots. While Atlanta had Julio Jones, Austin Hooper and Calvin Ridley competing for targets, New England's only established wideouts are Julian Edelman and Phillip Dorsett.

Both Edelman and Dorsett have already dealt with injuries this season, while Sanu has played at least 15 games in six consecutive NFL seasons. If either WR is sidelined again, it's safe to expect Sanu's target share to increase accordingly.

Additionally, Sanu projects as a great fit with QB Tom Brady. Sanu's average depth of target is just 6.9 yards, which suggests he's primarily used as a weapon on intermediate routes, where Brady is historically at his best.

Sanu likely doesn't have the same ceiling that Gordon did in New England, but he's a reliable option that should fit in well with the Patriots. He's best viewed as a WR3 in fantasy going forward, though his value could increase in PPR formats.

Mohamed Sanu Fantasy Outlook in Week 8

While Sanu's value should be solid for the remainder of the year, his Week 8 fantasy outlook is far less certain. For one, the Patriots are 11.5-point favorites over the Cleveland Browns, which suggests they might not need to go to the air all too often.

Cleveland will also be playing with top corners Denzel Ward and Greedy Williams for the first time since Week 3, which could give the secondary a boost – another potential drawback for Sanu.

Additionally, Sanu will likely need time to integrate himself into New England's notoriously complex offense, and he may not see significant snaps until after the Patriots' Week 10 bye. Sanu did not make the top-36 WRs in our Week 8 fantasy football PPR rankings, meaning he's little more than a FLEX flier this week.

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