Snead caught two passes on three targets for 18 yards in Sunday's 29-24 NFC divisional-round loss to the Vikings. With Brandon Coleman out with a neck injury, Snead played 46 of the Saints' 68 offensive snaps (68 percent). Despite the increased playing time, Snead had only a modest impact on the box score. Nevertheless, the former undrafted free agent was at the heart of one of the wildest finishes in playoff history. With the Saints down just six with a little over nine minutes to play in the game, Snead, a former high school quarterback, overthrew running back Alvin Kamara on a trick play that could have been a 64-yard touchdown. Snead, however, made up for his mistake with a clutch 13-yard reception on fourth-and-10 with under a minute left in the game -- a play which led to a Wil Lutz field goal to give the Saints a one-point lead before Stefon Diggs' 61-yard touchdown catch won the game for the Vikings on the final play. After notching nearly 70 catches and 1,000 yards in both 2015 and 2016, Snead appeared to fall behind Coleman on the receiver depth chart and finished a suspension- and injury-plagued campaign with only eight catches for 92 yards in 11 games. Snead will be a restricted free agent this offseason, but even if he returns to New Orleans, he will not be a particularly attractive fantasy target in 2018 so long as Michael Thomas and Ted Ginn remain ahead of him on the depth chart.
Snead caught one pass on one target for seven yards in Sunday's 31-26 playoff win over the Panthers. Snead played 20 of the Saints' 58 offensive snaps and was thoroughly out-produced by the three receivers ahead of him on the depth chart -- Michael Thomas, Ted Ginn and Brandon Coleman -- as well as tight end Josh Hill. Snead totaled just eight receptions for 92 yards in 11 regular-season games, so it seems unlikely that he'll emerge as a viable fantasy threat during the playoffs, particularly with a difficult test against a tough Vikings secondary on deck next week.
Snead hauled in one of three targets for 23 yards in Sunday's 31-19 win over the Jets. The 25-year-old speedster saw some extra opportunities with Ted Ginn (ribs) sidelined for the contest, but Snead has still to log more than two catches in any game this season. With Michael Thomas, Mark Ingram and Alvin Kamara commanding such a large share of the offense, Snead has become an afterthought in this much more balanced 2017 version of the Saints' offense. Snead still boasts big-play upside due to his game-breaking speed, but his role is simply too small to warrant serious fantasy consideration.
Snead is expected to take on a larger role in the Saints' offense in Sunday's game against the Jets with Ted Ginn (ribs) set to miss the contest, Jane Slater of NFL Network reports. Ginn's absence will likely open up a starting role for Brandon Coleman opposite Michael Thomas, while Snead presumably settles in as the No. 3 wide receiver. Coleman, Thomas and running back Alvin Kamara are safer bets to earn more targets, but Snead, who has been marginalized in the offense this season since returning from a suspension and a hamstring injury in Week 6, should have his best opportunity of the campaign to gain traction in the team's passing attack. With no more than two catches or 31 receiving yards in any game this season, Snead remains mostly a speculative play, albeit a somewhat attractive one due to his strong production the previous two seasons.
Snead caught one pass on two targets for zero yards in Thursday night's loss to the Falcons. Snead played 22 of 52 offensive snaps (42 percent), which represents an increase over prior weeks. Still, Snead was unable to do much of anything with the additional playing time, failing to gain a yard on his only reception. It's been a lost year for a player many pegged to be the primary beneficiary of Brandin Cooks' offseason departure, and there are few signs that things will turn around in the season's final month.
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