Willie Snead
Willie Snead
25-Year-Old Wide ReceiverWR
Baltimore Ravens
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Much was expected of Snead last year after two straight 100-target seasons in New Orleans, but a three-game substance-abuse suspension followed by a hamstring injury derailed his campaign. He finished with a meager 16 targets in 11 games, spending most of the year as the Saints' No. 4 receiver. After signing a two-year, $7 million offer sheet - which the Saints declined to match - Snead now finds himself in Baltimore, a major downgrade in passing environment. The silver lining is a clear path to playing time and a lack of competition for targets. Michael Crabtree will likely lead the team in looks, but Snead could have the slot to himself and might well see more targets than injury-prone deep threat John Brown. Don't expect big plays - Snead is only 5-11, 195, and ran a sluggish 4.56 40 - but in PPR formats he could be useful. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a two-year, $7 million contract with the Ravens in April of 2018.
Another productive outing in loss
WRBaltimore Ravens
September 13, 2018
Snead secured five of eight targets for 54 yards in the Ravens' 34-23 loss to the Bengals on Thursday.
ANALYSIS
By securing nine of 14 targets over his first two games as a Raven, Snead has now surpassed his catch total for all of 2017 n New Orleans. The 25-year-old speedster is working well in concert with Michael Crabtree and John Brown thus far, and his eight targets Thursday were second only to the starting duo. Snead's early involvement is certainly encouraging, and he'll look to continue leveraging his one-on-one matchups against the Broncos in Week 3.
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Snap Counts
  • 2018 Offensive Snaps:
    99
  • 2018 Special Teams Snaps:
    0
 
Off Snaps:
ST Snaps:
2016
740
15
2017
259
58
2018
99
0
Measurables Overview

(Compared to other WRs)

Height:   5' 11"
BELOW AVERAGE
Weight:   205 lbs
AVERAGE
40-Yard Dash:   4.56 sec
WEAK
Shuttle Time:   4.38 sec
POOR
Cone Drill:   7.18 sec
TERRIBLE
Arm Length:   33.00 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Hand Length:   10.25 in
ABOVE AVERAGE
Vertical Jump:   36 in
GOOD
Broad Jump:   119 in
AVERAGE
Bench Press:   11 reps
WEAK
Baltimore Ravens Team Injury Report
Questionable
Doubtful
Out
Past Fantasy Outlooks
2017
2016
2015
2014
It wasn't only Michael Thomas' breakout that made the Saints deem Brandin Cooks expendable. Snead, a former undrafted free agent, also played his way into Drew Brees' circle of trust with his second consecutive strong season. At 5-11, 195 and with below average speed (4.56 40), Snead isn't a downfield playmaker in the mold of Cooks, and he's not a red-zone target like Thomas, either. Snead excels by getting open in the short and intermediate areas of the field and grabbing anything in his vicinity. That Snead was able to average 8.6 YPT (16th among the league's 41 100-target WR) in that role shows how effective he was -- as well as what quarterback he has throwing him the ball. As such, Snead is a stronger pick in PPR, but his volume should increase to the point where he'll be useful in standard formats too, as Cooks' departure leaves 117 Brees targets up for grabs. The Saints brought in home run threat Ted Ginn this offseason, but he's more of a low-volume, high-impact player whose presence should open things up for Thomas and Snead. The only other new pass catcher of note is backup tailback Alvin Kamara, but he's more likely to cut into Mark Ingram's pass-catching work than Snead's. At press time, Snead had yet to sign his exclusive rights tender, but he showed up for the Saints' offseason program hoping a long-term deal could be worked out.
Cut by the Panthers and Browns in 2014, Snead, an undrafted free agent, was one of the more unlikely breakouts last year. Snead became Drew Brees' No. 2 target and excelled in the role, averaging 14.3 YPC and 9.7 YPT (5th). While he had only two catches of 40-plus yards, Snead hauled in 14 of 20 or more. At 5-11, 195, Snead isn't much of a red-zone target (only nine looks), and his 4.56 40 speed precludes many downfield plays. Consequently, he's not going to score often. The Saints added Michael Thomas and Coby Fleener this offseason, and top target Brandin Cooks isn't going anywhere, so Snead's ceiling is modest, especially in non-PPR leagues.
Snead will compete for playing time on a crowded Saints' receiver depth chart. The second-year pro out of Ball State was cut twice in 2014 - once by the Browns during training camp and again in the fall from the Panthers' practice squad - but is likely to make the Saints' final roster this season. Snead isn't all that big or all that fast, but he catches everything thrown his way. With Kenny Stills in Miami, there's an opening for a player to emerge as the third wide receiver behind Marques Colston and Brandin Cooks, but Snead's path to playing time is unclear, with Brandon Coleman, Joseph Morgan, Josh Morgan, and Snead all battling for depth chart positioning and snaps.
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Nabs touchdown
WRBaltimore Ravens
September 9, 2018
Snead snatched four of six targets for 49 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 47-3 win over the Bills.
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Held out against Miami
WRBaltimore Ravens
August 27, 2018
Snead didn't play in Saturday's preseason win over the Dolphins.
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No go for Hall of Fame Game
WRBaltimore Ravens
August 2, 2018
Snead isn't in uniform for Thursday's Hall of Fame Game against the Bears, freelance NFL writer Jeff Zrebiec reports.
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Won't have offer sheet matched
WRBaltimore Ravens
April 23, 2018
The Saints will not match Snead's offer sheet with the Ravens, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.
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Likely headed to Baltimore
WRNew Orleans Saints
April 21, 2018
The Saints are not expected to match the two-year offer sheet Snead signed with the Ravens, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reports.
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