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
Sanu is competing for the No. 3 receiver job in San Francisco, Matt Maiocco of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
Analysis: Sanu has bounced around the league since his departure from Atlanta, including three appearances for the 49ers early last season. He later played seven games for Detroit, before landing back in San Francisco this offseason. Turn 32 in August, the veteran wideout says he's feeling much better this year, after battling an ankle condition last season. Competition for the No. 3 role is led by Richie James and Jalen Hurd, while starters Deebo Samuel and Brandon Aiyuk are safely atop the depth chart. The No. 3 WR spot might be important to San Francisco's offense, but it isn't likely to come with more than three or four targets per game when Samuel, Aiyuk and TE George Kittle are healthy at the same time.
Jul 30, 2021 1:04 PM EST
Sanu signed a one-year deal with the 49ers on Saturday, David Lombardi of The Athleticreports.
Analysis: Sanu spent three games with the 49ers early last season before ultimately joining the Lions in late November. The veteran wide receiver did record 16 receptions for 178 yards and a touchdown over his final seven games with the Lions, but it's hard to imagine Sanu will be expected to make a dramatic impact with his new team considering his dwindling level of production. The 31-year-old is thus expected to compete for one of the Niners' final remaining roster spots throughout training camp.
Mar 27, 2021 10:34 AM EST
Sanu caught two of six targets for 13 yards during Sunday's 37-35 loss to the Vikings.
Analysis: Sanu finished second on the team in looks, but the 31-year-old failed to do much damage to a weak Vikings secondary that teammate Marvin Jones flamed for 180 yards and two touchdowns on 11 targets. Sanu will thus finish the year with 17 receptions for 187 yards and one touchdown on 24 targets over 10 games with Detroit and San Francisco. While the veteran did well to carve out a role with the Lions after the 49ers let him loose after three games, Sanu and his lack of explosion probably won't have much of a market in free agency this offseason.
Jan 3, 2021 5:06 PM EST
Sanu caught two of four targets for 22 yards during Saturday's 47-7 loss to the Buccaneers.
Analysis: Like the rest of Detroit's receiving corps, Sanu's prospects were doomed from the start once Matthew Stafford (ankle) left early due to injury. While the veteran has still seen nine total targets over the past two games, the explosiveness Sanu lacks in his profile makes him a hard sell in fantasy with Stafford and it will only get worse if Chase Daniel is throwing passes in Week 17 against the Vikings.
Dec 28, 2020 12:05 PM EST
Sanu caught four of five targets for 38 yards during Sunday's 43-26 loss to Tennessee.
Analysis: Sanu has been a nice fit with Matthew Stafford and he made a number of nice catches during Detroit's attempt to keep up with Tennessee. However, the fact that he's averaging just over three targets over the past four games makes him extremely difficult to recommend as a fantasy option, especially if Detroit chooses to rest quarterback Matthew Stafford for the final two games of the regular season.
Dec 20, 2020 4:58 PM EST
Sanu caught two of two targets for 37 yards during Sunday's 31-24 loss to Green Bay.
Analysis: Sanu again saw the second-most playing time among Detroit receivers despite Danny Amendola being one week further removed from his hip injury. While the possible return of Kenny Golladay (hip) would obviously send both of Sanu and Amendola to tertiary roles, Golladay did not participate at all in the Lions last practice before Sunday's game, suggesting there's a decent chance he remains sidelined in Week 15 against Tennessee. Regardless, Sanu won't be much of a fantasy option, especially if Matthew Stafford (ribs) is forced to miss time.
Dec 14, 2020 8:35 AM EST
Sanu secured both of his targets for 36 yards during Sunday's 34-30 victory over Chicago.
Analysis: Seeing 59 percent of the offensive snaps, Sanu ranked second among Lions receivers in playing time, notably seeing more action than Danny Amendola (49 percent) and Quintez Cephus (46). While his role will certainly be scaled back once Kenny Golladay (hip) is cleared to return, it seems obvious that interim head coach Darrell Bevell appreciates having Sanu as part of his rotation of receivers. Next up for the 31-year-old is a Week 14 matchup at home against the Packers.
Dec 7, 2020 2:20 PM EST
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