At this stage of his career, Willie Snead is a contributor and occasional touchdown scorer and not someone to have on a Fantasy roster. Last season he had four games with 10-plus PPR points and 10 with five or fewer. Rookie Devin Duvernay could push him for his job in the slot before the season starts. He shouldn't be part of your Draft Day plans.
Snead's passing game role will likely be affected by the Ravens' draft, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports. Baltimore nabbed Devin Duvernay and James Proche in the draft, and given that receiver was considered by most to be the Ravens' most pressing need entering the draft, this is a problem for Snead. Both players project to start out in the slot, which is where Snead plays. Duvernay poses the biggest immediate threat as he was taken in the third round and is the second-fastest receiver on the team behind Marquise Brown. Zrebiec notes that Snead's blocking ability is important in Baltimore's offense, so his role isn't completely going away. But from a fantasy aspect, Snead's stock is trending down with the Duvernay and Proche additions.
Snead hauled in six of eight targets for 56 yards in the Ravens' 28-12 divisional-round loss to the Titans on Saturday. Snead checked in as the Ravens' runner-up in receptions, receiving yardage and targets to top option Marquise Brown. The veteran was a frequent target of Lamar Jackson's in the fruitless comeback effort, and he played his usual steady role in the short-to-intermediate passing window. Despite its relatively productive conclusion, Snead's 2019 season was largely a disappointment from a fantasy perspective, as he saw significant downturns in catches (31) and receiving yards (339) compared to the 62-651 line he'd generated in 2018. While he did make up for it to an extent with a career-best five touchdown grabs, it remains to be seen if it's enough for Baltimore to keep him on the books for $5.4 million next season.
Snead caught three of five passes for 22 yards during Sunday's 28-10 win over the Steelers, and failed to gain any yards on his lone carry. It was a quiet day for most of the Ravens' weapons, as Lamar Jackson and other front-line players were rested and Baltimore's defense smothered a depleted Pittsburgh squad. Snead was among the exceptions. His five targets were his most since Week 6 and his four touches and 22 yards were his most since Week 5. That should tell you all that you need to know about his role in this offense. After a bye, the Ravens will play the Texans, Bills or Titans in the divisional round. Snead caught five of seven targets for 26 yards and a touchdown in games against Houston and Buffalo this season.
Snead was held without a catch on his lone target Sunday against the Browns. Snead played just 41 percent of the snaps Sunday and was not involved in the passing game while Marquise Brown and Seth Roberts played the most among the Baltimore wideouts. With some key starters sitting out in Week 17, Snead could be more featured in the offense than usual. He won't have the benefit of catching passes from Lamar Jackson, however, as Robert Griffin will be getting the start while Jackson is rested for the playoffs.
Snead caught his lone target for 15 yards in Thursday's 42-21 win over the Jets. Snead's volume dropped off Thursday after he saw multiple targets in six straight games. That said, Snead hasn't had more than 20 receiving yards in any game since Week 5. With a small target share and a low average depth of target (9.1), Snead doesn't have much in the way of peripheral numbers to portend a major turnaround down the stretch.
|* indicates player did not play that week|
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/29||Kansas City Chiefs||4||16.68|
|10||11/16||@New England Patriots||1||12.76|
|16||12/27||New York Giants||29||26.00|
|3 Year Avg||52||34||361||2||20||10.62||48|