Sanu (coach's decision) is listed as inactive for Sunday's NFC Championship at the Rams, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Only four days removed from the 49ers activating him from injured reserve, Sanu will miss his 12th game in a row. It's unclear if his formerly injured knee is to blame, but the team's receiving corps is mostly healthy, so he'll remain in street clothes Sunday. Behind San Francisco's top duo of Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk, Jauan Jennings, Trent Sherfield and Travis Benjamin as the other wideouts available to the offense.
Jan 30, 2022 2:49 PM EST
Sanu (knee) wasn't listed on the 49ers' injury report Wednesday, Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle reports.
Analysis: Sidelined since Week 9 due to a knee sprain, Sanu was activated from injured reserve Wednesday and avoided the practice report entirely following his first official practice since then. While Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk occupy the top two spots on the team's depth chart at wide receiver, Sanu will contend with Jauan Jennings for any snaps that linger at the position in Sunday's NFC Championship Game at the Rams. In eight appearances this season, Sanu recorded 15 catches (on 24 targets) for 177 yards and no touchdowns.
Jan 26, 2022 4:14 PM EST
The 49ers activated Sanu (knee) from injured reserve Wednesday, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: It's the end of the 21-day window to either activate Sanu or rule him out for the rest of the season. It's unclear if he'll be available for Sunday's NFC Championship Game against the Rams, and it's also unclear what his role would be if he plays, given that Jauan Jennings has done solid work as the No. 3 receiver. Sanu last caught 15 of 24 targets for 177 yards in eight regular-season games, with his most recent appearance being in Week 9 (Nov. 7).
Jan 26, 2022 11:45 AM EST
Sanu (knee) being activated from IR wasn't among the transactions made by the 49ers in advance of Saturday night's playoff game against the Packers.
Analysis: Until Sanu is activated, Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, Jauan Jennings, Trent Sherfield, Travis Benjamin and River Cracraft profile as the 49ers' available wide receiver options.
Jan 22, 2022 11:02 AM EST
Sanu (knee) being activated from injured reserve wasn't among the transactions made by the 49ers ahead of Sunday's wild-card game at Dallas.
Analysis: Sanu thus won't be eligible to return to the active roster until the divisional round, at the earliest, but the 49ers first will need to secure a victory in their playoff opener. The team opened his practice window on Jan. 5, so there's plenty of time for the 10th-year pro to prove his knee is healthy. With Sanu still sidelined, though, Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, Jauan Jennings, Trent Sherfield, Travis Benjamin and perhaps River Cracraft will serve as San Francisco's options at wide receiver Sunday.
Jan 15, 2022 6:25 PM EST
Sanu (knee) wasn't among the players added to San Francisco's roster Saturday ahead of Sunday's regular-season finale against the Rams, Cam Inman of The San Jose Mercury News reports.
Analysis: San Francisco first designated Sanu for return from injured reserve Wednesday, so the team will have the opportunity activate him at some point in the next two and a half weeks, if the 49ers remain alive in the playoffs at that point. Before spraining his knee Week 9 against the Cardinals and landing on IR, Sanu appeared in eight games and recorded 15 receptions for 177 yards on 24 targets.
Jan 9, 2022 6:11 AM EST
The 49ers designated Sanu (knee) for return from injured reserve Wednesday.
Analysis: Sanu has missed eight games in a row due to a sprained knee sustained Week 9 against the Cardinals. With his practice window now open, he'll have a trio of chances this week to prove his health ahead of Sunday's season finale at the Rams. Even if he's activated for Week 18, Sanu would be competing with Jauan Jennings and Trent Sherfield for snaps and targets behind the 49ers' top two wide receivers Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk.
Jan 5, 2022 2:38 PM EST
The 49ers placed Sanu (knee) on injured reserve Monday.
Analysis: San Francisco had already ruled Sanu out in advance of Monday's game against the Rams, and the 49ers evidently didn't have much confidence he would make a full recovery from a sprained knee within the next two weeks either. With Sanu now officially out until at least Week 13, Trent Sherfield and Jauan Jennings are likely the leading candidates to vie for the No. 3 wideout job behind starters Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk.
Nov 15, 2021 1:43 PM EST
Sanu (knee) has been ruled out for Monday's game against the Rams, Nick Wagoner of ESPN.com reports.
Analysis: Coach Kyle Shanahan said this week that Sanu is expected to miss time with a knee sprain, so it's not entirely surprising to see him unavailable Monday. Trent Sheffield and Jauan Jennings could see a slight uptick in playing time.
Nov 13, 2021 2:42 PM EST
Sanu is expected to miss some time with a knee sprain, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Per coach Kyle Shanahan, the wideout is slated to be out for a while, which suggests that Sanu is on track to miss next Monday's game against the Rams, at a minimum. If Sanu is indeed unable to suit up in Week 10, added snaps behind Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk would be available for Trent Sherfield and Jauan Jennings.
Nov 8, 2021 2:46 PM EST
Sanu was on the field for 33 offensive snaps (56 percent), finishing with one catch (three targets) for five yards in Sunday's 31-17 loss to Arizona.
Analysis: Sanu was coming off his best receiving game of the season (three receptions for 59 yards), but he fell back down the pecking order with the return of George Kittle and the late emergence of Brandon Aiyuk. The veteran wideout appeared to hyperextend his knee on a failed connection in the second quarter, but he was able to stay in and finish the contest. Assuming there are no lingering effects, Sanu will resume his role as the fourth or fifth receiving option for the 49ers when they take on the Rams next Monday.
Nov 8, 2021 10:25 AM EST
Sanu caught three of four targets for 59 yards in Sunday's 33-22 win over Chicago.
Analysis: Sanu finished third in wide receiver offensive snaps as expected (45 percent), but he actually finished (a distant) second in receiving yards amongst all San Francisco receiving options. It was the veteran's highest receiving yardage total on the season, and he has yet to find the end zone through seven contests. Sanu doesn't bring much fantasy appeal heading into a Week 9 matchup with the Cardinals.
Nov 1, 2021 2:42 AM EST
Sanu caught his lone target for 16 yards in Sunday's 30-18 loss to the Colts.
Analysis: Sanu was on the field for 50 percent of the 49ers' offensive snaps, which is right in line with the playing time he has been receiving over the previous three contests. The one target, however, was a significant drop-off from the 4.6 targets he had been averaging over that three-week span since taking over as the main slot receiver. Regardless, Sanu doesn't bring enough upside to the table to warrant consideration in most formats.
Oct 25, 2021 2:17 PM EST
Sanu caught two of three targets for 19 yards in Sunday's 17-10 loss to the Cardinals.
Analysis: Sanu logged 30 offensive snaps (46 percent) Sunday, finishing third amongst San Francisco wideouts as he has been doing for consecutive weeks now. The passing attack struggled overall under Trey Lance, as the rookie continues to learn on the fly while starter Jimmy Garoppolo (hamstring) is on the mend. Sanu provides more value to the 49ers than he does to fantasy squads in his current role.
Oct 11, 2021 12:51 PM EST
Sanu was on the field for 39 offensive snaps (51 percent) Sunday, finishing with four receptions (five targets) for 35 yards in a 28-21 loss to Seattle.
Analysis: Despite finishing third in offensive snaps at the receiver position, as expected, Sanu was actually tied for second in receptions and outplayed starter Brandon Aiyuk (one reception for 15 yards). The veteran wideout still isn't providing enough volume to make a fantasy impact in games where he doesn't find the end zone. If Trey Lance is forced to start in place of the injured Jimmy Garoppolo (hamstring) against the Cardinals on Sunday, Sanu's stock could take a slight hit given the rookie quarterback's vertical passing style.
Oct 4, 2021 2:18 PM EST
Sanu had three receptions (six targets) for 36 yards in Sunday's 30-28 loss to Green Bay.
Analysis: Sanu was on the field for 45 offensive snaps (64 percent), finishing only behind starters Deebo Samuel (90 percent) and Brandon Aiyuk (86 percent). It appears that the veteran wideout has reclaimed his role as the team's primary slot receiver after losing snaps and targets to Juaun Jennings and Trent Sherfield over the previous two weeks. Sanu still doesn't provide enough fantasy value if he doesn't find the end zone, leaving him off the fantasy radar for most standard league managers against the Seahawks next Sunday.
Sep 27, 2021 2:59 PM EST
Sanu failed to haul in his lone target in Sunday's 17-11 win over the Eagles.
Analysis: Sanu finished fourth in offensive snaps (29 percent) with Brandon Aiyuk (54 percent) resuming his role as second on the depth chart. It appears that Trent Sherfield (34 percent) has jumped ahead of the veteran in the pecking order, but neither is much of a fantasy option in their respective roles heading into next week's matchup against the Packers.
Sep 20, 2021 4:16 PM EST
Sanu caught his lone target for seven yards in Sunday's 41-33 win over Detroit.
Analysis: Sanu manned the slot for the majority of the contest and also handled punt return duties for his new club. The veteran wideout's lone catch came on a crucial third-down conversion, which had a bigger impact for the 49ers than it did for any fantasy managers. Sanu won't carry much fantasy value heading into a Week 2 matchup against the Eagles on Sunday.
Sep 13, 2021 9:53 AM EST
Sanu rolled out with the starters against the Raiders on Sunday, failing to haul in his lone target in a 34-10 preseason win.
Analysis: The stat line is irrelevant for the veteran wideout, as his presence with the first unit is more telling. With the 49ers cutting ties with Richie James this week, Sanu appears to have won the battle for the No. 3 role in San Francisco's receiving corps. The 32-year-old doesn't bring a ton of upside to the table, but he does provide the team with experience and size in the red zone (6-foot-2, 210 pounds). Not to mention he has history with head coach Kyle Shanahan when they were together in Atlanta. Sanu should be treated as a deep PPR option heading into a Week 1 matchup with another one of his former teams in Detroit.
Aug 30, 2021 9:04 AM EST
Sanu is not expected to play in Saturday's preseason opener against the Chiefs, according to Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle.
Analysis: It was not stated why Sanu is likely to sit, but the nine-year veteran does not need the live reps, even though he remains in the mix to open the season as the 49ers' third receiver.
Aug 14, 2021 5:22 PM EST
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