We here at Mocking the Draft put together a bracket to match up the top 32 rookie quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and tight ends drafted in April. Put simply, it's a NCAA tournament style bracket to help us decide which rookie will score the most fantasy points this coming season. You're welcome to go back and see the original post here Today's match up, Michael Floyd vs Mohamed Sanu.
The Tannehill vs Pierce match up is shaping up pretty nicely right now. I think today's match up could go in a similar direction. Michael Floyd was the 13th overall pick to the Arizona Cardinals while the Cincinnati Bengals drafted Sanu with the 20th pick of the third round.
Why vote for Floyd?
Floyd is the better receiver of these two, so logic suggests he should score more fantasy points. But we all know it's not that straight forward. Floyd will benefit from lining up with Larry Fitzgerald every play. As one of the best receivers in the game, Fitzgerald will demand a lot of attention in the form of double coverage. Floyd has the chance to slip under the radar and quietly pick up reception after reception.
More after the jump.
Why vote against Floyd?
The quarterback situation in Arizona is far from settled. Last year they traded for Kevin Kolb, who lost the starting job with injury troubles to John Skelton. Skelton kept the job when Kolb was back healthy, but neither put in performances that were good enough to suggest they are franchise quarterbacks. While Floyd's numbers could suffer due to poor quarterback play; I'd more worried that the quarterbacks lean a little to heavily on Fitzgerald's proven ability to go up and grab a ball away from a defender. I think that's what might hold Floyd back more.
Why vote for Sanu?
Sanu fell victim to the quality depth at receiver in this class. Some people felt he could have been a late first round pick, and in most years he'd have been a solid second round selection. But in this class he fell to the third. But I don't expect him to struggle for playing time. Like Floyd, Sanu will line up alongside a quality receiver in A.J. Green. With Green entering his second year as a pro, he could suffer from the dreaded second year syndrome. The other possibility is that teams will respect him more, having had a year's worth of tape to watch. Either scenario could lead to more receptions for Sanu.
Why vote against Sanu?
Also like Floyd, when you have a quality guy alongside you, quarterbacks tend to lean a little too heavily on them. This again could lead to less catches for Sanu. Another player subject to the second year syndrome could be quarterback Andy Dalton. If this is the case, Dalton may look to throw to the guys he knows and trusts more over a rookie. The Bengals might also look to run the ball a little more behind first round guard Kevin Zietler. Sanu's targets would suffer either way.