|Date of Birth:||10/17/1992|
|Drafted:||2014 | Undrafted|
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Willie Snead IV was "a popular target" for Ravens quarterbacks during minicamp.
Joe Flacco talked about how the former Saints receiver quickly gets open, which makes things easier for quarterbacks. The team's official site writes "it appears that Snead will be Baltimore's go-to guy over the middle of the field and to move the chains" this season. After he was suspended to start the season and then phased out of the passing game when he returned last season with the Saints, Snead appears set for a big role this season with his new team. Snead might deliver solid FLEX value this season, particularly in PPR leagues.
The Saints are not matching the Ravens' offer sheet to Willie Snead, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
After New Orleans signed former Bears receiver Cameron Meredith, paired with Baltimore's offer being pretty sizable at up to around $10 million over two years, this was fully expected. Snead will now officially be a Raven, and he'll look to carve out a big role as one of Joe Flacco's top-three receivers this season. Right now, fellow free agent signings Michael Crabtree and John Brown look to be the top two options for Baltimore, and former first-rounder Breshad Perriman and Chris Moore are also in the mix, but Snead is probably the favorite to man the slot for the Ravens. It's possible Flacco and Snead form the best connection of all the receivers, which could lead to high-floor fantasy value, but right now Snead is just a late-round flier.
Willie Snead is signing an offer sheet with the Ravens, according to ESPN's Adam Schefter.
Snead of course is a restricted free agent. Schefter says that it's a two-year deal worth up to $10.4 million, so it would be a surprise if New Orleans—who signed former Bears receiver Cameron Meredith and re-signed Brandon Coleman already—matched the offer. The Saints will have five days to decide, though, so we'll see what they do. As for Baltimore, they have totally revamped their receiving corps this offseason, and another piece could be added very soon. This could indicate the Ravens aren't really in on signing Dez Bryant.
Willie Snead reported to Saints workouts today, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport.
Snead is a restricted free agent that hasn't yet signed his tender, but he is still showing up to the first day of offseason team activities. The workouts only consist of strength, conditioning, and rehab, so there isn't much concern about an injury; but it's good to see Snead show up despite apparently falling out of favor in New Orleans. After the Saints signed former Bears receiver Cameron Meredith, Snead is no better than fourth on the depth chart, so his fantasy value would probably be higher with another team. Other teams are free to sign Snead without the Saints getting any compensation if they don't match it, but nothing has come together for him yet.
The Saints are not placing a draft pick tender on wide receiver Willie Snead.
ESPN's Adam Schefter says New Orleans only used right of first refusal for Snead, which means they can still match any offer form others teams for Snead, but they would get no draft-pick compensation if they allow Snead to leave as a restricted free agent. Schefter says "there will be a market" for Snead, and it sounds like his days in New Orleans could be numbered after he basically didn't have a role after returning from his suspension last season. In his first two seasons, Snead had lines of 69/984/3 and 72/895/4 before catching only eight passes for 92 yards in 11 games last season.
Willie Snead catches two passes in Saints' playoff loss.
Snead gained 18 yards on his two receptions, but they were both very clutch catches, including one on a fourth down late in the game that kept New Orleans alive and allowed them to kick a go-ahead field goal. However, the Vikings came back and scored with no time remaining, knocking the Saints out of the postseason. Snead's season started with a three-game suspension, and he was never really a big part of the offense when he returned. He did catch at least 69 passes in each of his first two NFL seasons, and there's a chance he's a bigger part of the offense again next season.
Willie Snead held to one reception in win over Carolina.
It went for seven yards. Snead hasn't had the impact this season that he did in 2016, but he will look to make some plays next week against the Vikings.
Willie Snead catches 23-yard pass in win over the Jets.
It was his only reception of the game. Snead isn't a fantasy option with Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara being so heavily involved as receivers, so he can be ignored in Week 16 against the Falcons.
Willie Snead catches one pass in Week 14.
Snead's lone reception went for no yards. Despite talk of getting him more involved down the stretch, it certainly has not happened yet. Snead doesn't need to be on fantasy rosters right now, even in deeper leagues.
Willie Snead caught two passes for 31 yards in Sunday's win over Carolina.
Snead nearly scored on a 26-yard catch-and-run, and it's the second-straight week that the goal line was in sights before he was tripped up. Barely a factor for the first three months of the season (partly due to suspension), Snead is starting to get more involved recently. Still, it's unlikely to lead to any reliable fantasy value down the stretch in a loaded offense.
Willie Snead held to one reception in Week 12 loss.
It went for nine yards in the red zone, but Snead couldn't break a tackle to get in the end zone. He just hasn't been a big part of the offense this year and doesn't need to be rostered.
Willie Snead catches one pass in Week 11.
Snead gained 12 yards on his lone reception (two targets). While he was suspended and battled injury this year, it was only Snead's second catch of the season. He's not a reliable fantasy option.
Willie Snead loses fumble, is held without a catch in Week 9 win.
Snead fumbled on a punt return, and he wasn't a factor offensively with the Saints easily handling the Bucs. Also, Alvin Kamara's emergence is putting a dent in Snead's production. It's probably safe to drop him.
Willie Snead doesn't catch a pass in Week 8.
This was Snead's second game of the season, which comes after he missed last week after his season debut in Week 6. Snead was not targeted in the game, and it didn't seem like he was on the field much, either. Maybe it was because he hasn't played much this season and needs to work himself in, but this is a concern. If you were holding on to Snead, you don't need to keep him on your fantasy roster.
Willie Snead (hamstring) was a full participant in today's practice.
Snead is set to return after missing Sunday against the Packers. He's not yet a great fantasy option in his second game of the season, but Snead is worth a bench stash in a high-powered Saints offense.
Willie Snead (hamstring) is inactive for the Saints.
This one is a bit of a surprise, as Snead was expected to be active today. His hamstring injury is still nagging him, so we'll see if he can play in his second game of the season next Sunday against Chicago.
Willie Snead makes 2017 debut.
After missing four games (three for suspension, one for injury), Snead played against the Lions, catching one of three targets for 11 yards. Snead could've had another reception for a first down, but Drew Brees threw it at his feet (there could've been a lack of chemistry there after Snead missed so much time, though). Snead isn't a great FLEX option yet, but he plays Green Bay in Week 7.
Willie Snead (hamstring) is active against the Lions.
Snead is making his 2017 debut after being suspended for three games before missing the fourth with a hamstring issue. He's definitely worth a pickup in most leagues as one of Drew Brees' top targets and it wouldn't be surprising to see him make an impact today—but it might be better to see him on the field first before you insert him into your fantasy lineup.
Willie Snead (hamstring) is inactive for the Saints in London.
This would've been Snead's first game back from his three-game suspension, but his hamstring won't allow him to play in the game. New Orleans has a bye in Week 5, so Snead should certainly be ready to go in Week 6 a couple weeks from now.
The NFL suspended Saints receiver Willie Snead for three games.
Well this was kind of out of no where, but it stems from a DUI during the offseason. Snead violated the NFL's policy on substance abuse and had the suspension reduced from four games, according to multiple reports. This is a big blow to the Saints offense, as they'll be without one of their top three receivers for the first three games of the season—potentially difficult matchups against Minnesota, New England, and Carolina. Ted Ginn Jr. should be a more consistent option with Snead out, while Michael Thomas could see a ton of targets go his way; the Saints might also rely on Adrian Peterson, Mark Ingram, and Alvin Kamara out of the backfield more. Snead was going in the top 100 in almost every fantasy draft, so some owners are in bad luck if they already drafted.
Willie Snead caught one pass for four yards on Saturday night.
It was the first time this preseason that all the starters played for New Orleans, and Snead looked to be behind Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn, Mark Ingram, and Adrian Peterson in the offense. He is an underwhelming pick in the seventh or eighth round of fantasy drafts.
Willie Snead catches both targets in second preseason game.
The Saints receiver had 14 yards on his two receptions. Look for Snead and the offense (Drew Brees didn't play tonight) to get more work in the third preseason game.
Willie Snead had three catches for 82 yards in season finale.
He did also leave and was evaluated for a concussion, so hopefully he's OK. Snead ends his season with 72 receptions for 895 yards and four touchdowns. In the Saints' offense, Snead can go off any given week, but can also have some down games stat-wise. He should be drafted as a FLEX option in fantasy drafts next season and will be ranked among the top 35 WRs.
Willie Snead quiet in Saints win.
Snead had two catches for 21 yards. As it is with the Saints, Drew Brees spreads the ball around, so there will be weeks like this. Snead still isn't a bad FLEX option.
Snead sees team-high 11 targets in Saints' win.
He turned them into eight catches for 76 yards, but did not find the end zone, while Brandin Cooks did twice and Michael Thomas did once. Snead is always a fantasy option with Drew Brees throwing the ball, especially when they are in New Orleans, which is where they will return in Week 16. Snead will be a good FLEX play.
Willie Snead leads Saints in receiving on Sunday.
Snead caught six passes for 85 yards in the 16-11 loss to the Bucs. Drew Brees' favorite target was on Sunday was Snead, especially with Michael Thomas out, and it led to a nice day for Snead. He will be a FLEX whether or not Thomas returns next week in Arizona.
Willie Snead caught two-of-six targets for 38 yards in Sunday's loss to Detroit.
The targets were a good sign, but Snead disappointed with the rest of the Saints at home. Snead's passing touchdown last week is taking away from the fact that he isn't scoring touchdowns or producing big yardage numbers as a receiver. He's just a decent FLEX on the road for Week 14.
Willie Snead throws 50-yard touchdown on a trick play against the Rams.
Well that's one way to get fantasy points. Give Snead credit, it was a nice throw and spiral to Tim Hightower for the touchdown; he could have easily choked. Snead also had five catches for 38 yards. He's a FLEX option at home against the Lions next week—just don't expect him to throw many passes.
Willie Snead caught four passes for 33 yards in Thursday night's loss.
With the Panthers defense playing better recently, Snead and the rest of the receivers couldn't get anything going. He should be better next week at home against the Rams, but Snead always has the potential for a quiet game with Brandin Cooks and Michael Thomas ahead of him for targets.
Willie Snead caught five passes for 47 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's loss to the Broncos.
It was a big 3rd quarter for Snead, as Drew Brees connected with him twice for scores. Snead has fallen to third on the pecking order behind Brandin Cooks and rookie Michael Thomas, but is a decent option as long as Drew Brees is throwing the ball. That is especially true this Thursday night in an expected shootout versus Carolina.