Willie Snead is expected to work as the Ravens' top slot receiver in 2019. That's what he did in 2018, finishing with 10 games with at least 10 PPR Fantasy points - but zero with 15 or more. That lack of upside is exactly what Fantasy managers tend to avoid on Draft Day. Perhaps he'll be helpful as a low-rent bye-week replacement during the season, but not as a weekly high-volume pass-catcher.
Snead (finger) caught passes in team drills during June's mandatory minicamp, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports. The fact Snead has been cleared to catch passes suggests his surgically repaired finger is a thing of the past. After a 2018 campaign in which his efficiency and production dipped after Lamar Jackson took over at quarterback, Snead's full health should allow him to focus on developing better chemistry with his signal caller.
Snead recorded a team-high 62 receptions for 651 yards and a touchdown on 91 targets in his first season with the Ravens in 2018. The former Saint was a consistent contributor in Baltimore's low-volume passing attack this past season. He saw at least five targets in 13 games and caught 64.4 percent of his looks while accounting for 18.5 percent of the team's air yards. Snead's reliable presence over the middle and as a downfield blocker make it likely that he'll be back for the second year of his two-year deal in Baltimore in 2019.
Snead brought in three of six targets for 50 yards in the Ravens' 23-17 wild-card loss to the Chargers on Sunday. Snead ended up co-leading the team in receptions on the afternoon alongside Kenneth Dixon, and he came just three yards short of matching the latter's team-high tally in that category. The fourth-year wideout thus put together a solid conclusion to what was a bounce-back campaign, following a forgettable 2017 in New Orleans in which he managed just eight receptions for 92 yards over 11 games. Conversely, Snead generated a 62-651-1 line for the Ravens in 2018, encouragingly posting a trio of five-catch efforts with Jackson under center during the regular season. Looking ahead to 2019, Snead will look to further his rapport with the young quarterback during what will be a contract year for the 26-year-old wideout.
Snead was not targeted in Saturday's 22-10 win over the Chargers. Snead was on the field for 42 of the Ravens' 62 snaps on offense Week 16, but he put up a zero for those hoping he'd be a PPR asset following back-to-back five-catch efforts. The slot man will look to get back on the same page with QB Lamar Jackson in Sunday's regular-season finale against the Browns.
Snead brought in five of six targets for 58 yards in the Ravens' 20-12 win over the Buccaneers on Sunday. Snead paced the Ravens pass catchers in both receptions and receiving yards on the day, continuing what has been a nice bounce-back campaign. The 26-year-old now has back-to-back five-catch efforts, and he's totaled at least 50 receiving yards in five the last six contests. Snead's yardage upside remains relatively capped overall due to a combination of Lamar Jackson's current limitations as a passer and Snead's own slot role, but he's been a serviceable asset in PPR formats. He'll look to generate another solid line against the Chargers in Week 16 Saturday night showdown.
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|3||09/22||@Kansas City Chiefs||21||22.67|
|9||11/04||New England Patriots||14||21.68|
|12||11/26||@Los Angeles Rams||19||22.05|
|13||12/01||San Francisco 49ers||30||26.13|
|15||12/13||New York Jets||32||27.38|
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