The Cincinnati Bengals have been searching for a receiver to play opposite A.J. Green all season. With the amount of safety attention Green gets, this should be quite a lucrative position. However, nobody has taken advantage yet this season. The Bengals gave Andrew Hawkins a look, but he hasn’t topped 50 receiving yards since Week 3. Brandon Tate had his chance, but he’s only recorded multiple catches once this season.
Enter Mohamed Sanu, our most promising candidate on this week’s watch list.
Nick Foles (PHI / QB) – Owned in 6 % / 15% of ESPN / Yahoo leagues – Of the backup QBs that have taken the reigns for their injured starters, Foles is the most desirable option for fantasy owners. He has a much more favorable schedule than Jason Campbell or Byron Leftwich, and he has more weapons at his disposal than those guys. At 3-6, the Eagles are on the brink of being eliminated from playoff contention. This means that not only will they let Vick take his time returning from a concussion, but even when he does return, management might want to see what they have in Foles given Vick’s struggles.
Ronnie Hillman (DEN / RB) – Owned in 1 % / 7% of ESPN / Yahoo leagues – Hillman’s touches have fluctuated over the past three weeks, but the fading play of Willis McGahee might force the Broncos to give Hillman more chances. McGahee has just six fantasy points in each of the last two weeks, and the smaller, quicker Hillman might be effective as a change-of-pace back. Soft run defenses in Oakland and Baltimore lie ahead for the Broncos, and if this backfield turns into a timeshare of any sort, Hillman will have some value.
Mohamed Sanu (CIN / WR) – Owned in 1 % / 1% of ESPN / Yahoo leagues – The rookie from Rutgers may be working his way up the depth chart in Cincinnati. After not catching a ball for the first six weeks of the season, Sanu has become involved in the offense over the last four weeks. Last week against the Giants’ improved secondary, he posted career highs of four receptions and 47 yards while recording his first touchdown. Nobody has established themselves as the second receiver behind A.J. Green on the Bengals’ depth chart, so keep an eye on Sanu.
Jarius Wright (MIN / WR) – Owned in 0 % / 0% of ESPN / Yahoo leagues – This fourth-round pick from Arkansas finally made a splash in Week 10, catching three passes for 65 yards and a touchdown. Although the Vikings are on a bye this week, Percy Harvin may not be ready to return from his high-ankle sprain when they get back on the field in Week 12. Even if Harvin does return after the bye, Jerome Simpson and Michael Jenkins have done nothing to secure their spots on the depth chart.
Rob Housler (ARI / TE) – Owned in 0 % / 1% of ESPN / Yahoo leagues – Jeff King and Todd Heap have combined for less than 200 receiving yards this season. That means there’s a serious opportunity for Housler. He’s recorded multiple catches in every game since Week 3, and that production appears to be steadily increasing. Apart from Larry Fitzgerald, there aren’t any play-makers in Arizona, so there’s no reason for the coaching staff to deny Housler his chance.