Here’s a stat that seems crazy without any context: 57 players entered Week 6 with at least 20 catches and five of those men play for the Falcons. Something even more strange? Julio Jones doesn’t lead the team in receptions. He’s third. Sitting behind both Austin Hooper (34) and Mohamed Sanu (29). This is the result of many things, but mostly Atlanta averaging the most passing attempts per game of any squad in the NFL (44.4). Its generally fair to wonder if there are too many mouths to feed in an offense, yet volume has seemingly not been a concern of the Falcons.
However, this might be the week that changes all that. While Atlanta has had the misfortune of running a majority of their offensive snaps trailing by multiple scores, its not like Arizona is all that familiar with holding leads, either. To wit, opponents of the Cardinals have felt the need to throw the ball on an underwhelming 56.0% of their plays. Yes, Arizona’s uptempo pace helps rectify some of this volume issue, but, at a certain point, you can only like so many fantasy assets from a single team. Sanu, when directly compared to Jones, Hooper, and Calvin Ridley, has averaged the fewest yards per reception (9.7), the fewest PPR fantasy points per snap (0.22), and the fewest PPR fantasy points per touch (2.05). Again, that’s all while having more catches than Jones and Ridley. Sometimes its simply not enough to have a good matchup.
Fantasy Football Analysis, Atlanta Falcons WRs Mohamed Sanu and Calvin Ridley
If I’m stacking skill-position players with Matt Ryan in Week 6, Sanu just feels like the odd man out. Jones is always a must play, Hooper might be a Top-3 TE with how the Cardinals have hemorrhaged points to the position, and Ridley’s upside in a plus-matchup is too good to pass up; especially with this being the last Sunday Patrick Peterson is suspended. Its not so much that I dislike Sanu, its that I happen to like his teammates more.
Start Ridley. Sit Sanu.