After two touchdowns in the first half of the Cincinnati Bengals' Week 12 showdown with the Oakland Raiders, WR Mohamed Sanu's stock is clearly on the rise. The question is if that jump in fantasy value will prove large enough to warrant interest or attention.
Cincinnati is a team getting hot at the right point of the season and Sanu is clearly getting on the right page with QB Andy Dalton. Let's break down his fantasy outlook for the rest of the season:
At 6'2" and 210 pounds, Sanu is not a physically imposing wide receiver that jumps off the screen with any amazing attributes. However, he has a great set of hands and can make tough catches in traffic or over the middle of the field.
Sanu has spent most of this season as a non-factor within the Bengals' offensive game plan, failing to register a catch until Week 7 against the Pittsburgh Steelers. He has started to gain some traction of late though, with touchdowns in each of his last three outings.
Is this a pattern that can continue?
Sanu has benefited from having Andrew Hawkins out of the lineup, but even when he returns, Sanu should be able to see quality playing time. He is a unique play maker who can fill a niche void within the Bengals' offense. Any time you have a player who is reliable on the goal-line, he becomes an instant factor.
Cincinnati's schedule the rest of the way should also benefit Sanu's production. The Bengals play stout run defenses from the San Diego Chargers and Dallas Cowboys in the next two weeks which will mean an emphasis on the vertical passing attack.
Sanu may not be guaranteed to find the end zone every week, but it is encouraging to see him ramp up production lately. That being said, he cannot be considered anything more than a risky Flex play for the rest of the year.
Sanu has not been targeted more than six times in any game this season and is still developing his role in the offense. That role is expanding, but to give Sanu a WR2 or WR3 slot in a fantasy lineup is not realistic just yet.