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Willie Snead | Panthers WR

Date of Birth:  10/17/1992
Age:  29
Height  5'11"
Weight:   195
College:  Ball State
Drafted:  2014 | Undrafted
Depth Chart:  2nd string

Willie Snead | Panthers WR


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Willie Snead | Panthers WR

The Panthers are signing Willie Snead to the practice squad.

The veteran receiver will now look to work his way up to the active roster in Carolina, but he’s not on the fantasy radar in standard-sized redraft leagues right now.

Willie Snead | Panthers WR

The Raiders have released Willie Snead.

Snead is being released because of frustrations about a lack of playing time, so he might have a good idea about his next landing spot. The Raiders have fortunately been healthy at wide receiver, particularly with second-year targets Henry Ruggs III and Bryan Edwards.

Willie Snead | Panthers WR

The Raiders signed Willie Snead.

Snead gives Las Vegas another threat on the inside offensively, and he'll also bring leadership qualities and a veteran presence to the receiving room which also added John Brown after losing Nelson Agholor in free agency. Snead figures to be more of a real-life contributor for the Raiders than a fantasy asset in 2021.

Willie Snead | Panthers WR

The Ravens signed Willie Snead to a contract extension.

ESPN's Adam Schefter says it's a one-year extension worth $6 million fully guaranteed. Snead was set to become a free agent this offseason, but Baltimore locked him up for next season, rewarding a player that presumably has done everything they've asked in a run-heavy offense. Snead doesn't get a ton of passes thrown his way, but he's a key target for Lamar Jackson.

 

Willie Snead | Panthers WR

Willie Snead caught three passes for 50 yards in Sunday's loss to the Chargers.

Snead led all wideouts in receiving, but the offense didn't really get going until the fourth quarter of a 23-17 defeat. Overall, Snead had a solid first season in Baltimore, and he will be back next season in a similar role, though it won't warrant heavy fantasy consideration if Lamar Jackson is unable to make big strides as a passer.

Willie Snead | Panthers WR

Willie Snead catches one pass in Week 17 win.

It went for 25 yards. Snead's regular season ends with a solid 62/651/1 line, but the production become more inconsistent when Lamar Jackson entered the lineup. The 26-year-old will look to work the middle of the field next week against the Chargers, who held him to zero receptions a couple weeks ago.

Willie Snead | Panthers WR

Willie Snead catches five passes in Week 15.

Snead gained a team-high 58 yards on his five receptions against the Chargers. None of Baltimore's receivers are highly-recommended fantasy options at the moment, but Snead probably offers the highest floor of the bunch right now.

Willie Snead | Panthers WR

Willie Snead IV leads the Ravens in Week 14 receiving.

Snead caught five passes on seven targets for 61 yards against the Chiefs. After combining for just one reception for eight yards the past two weeks, it was good to see Snead get back on track for his highest receiving total in Lamar Jackson's four games under-center for the Ravens. Snead will be difficult to trust in the second week of the fantasy playoffs, though.

Willie Snead | Panthers WR

Willie Snead catches one pass in Week 13.

Snead gained eight yards on his lone reception versus the Falcons. Snead showed a good connection with Jackson in the rookie's first start, but he's had one reception the last two weeks and is difficult to trust in fantasy lineups.

Willie Snead | Panthers WR

Willie Snead held without a catch in Week 12 win.

Snead wasn't even targeted in the game, and it was a definite disappointment after he looked like the No. 1 option for Lamar Jackson last week. However, it's worth noting that Oakland's coaching staff knows what they are doing, and eliminating Sneed led to struggles for Jackson in the first half. Snead will hopefully bounce back next week against Dan Quinn's defense.

Willie Snead | Panthers WR

Willie Snead caught five passes for 51 yards in Sunday's win over the Bengals.

Snead led the team in receptions and yards on a team-high eight targets, which shouldn't be a surprise because Lamar Jackson (13/19 for 150 yards and an interception) is more comfortable throwing between the numbers. The Raiders are an inviting matchup in Week 12, so Snead is worth considering as a FLEX option in all formats.

Willie Snead | Panthers WR

Willie Snead caught seven passes for 58 yards in Sunday's loss to the Steelers.

Snead led the team in both categories and also targets (eight), but Baltimore dropped to 4-5 with a 23-16 defeat. While the 26-year-old has gone for at least 54 yards in five of the past six games, he hasn't scored since the season opener, and he won't be anything more than a decent FLEX option when the Ravens return from the bye to take on the Bengals.

Willie Snead | Panthers WR

Willie Snead caught five passes for 54 yards in Sunday's loss to the Ravens.

Snead lead the team in receptions, yards, and targets (11), but Baltimore simply couldn't get going on the road. The slot receiver—who is on pace for a 76/780/2 line through eight games—also had two offensive pass interference penalties derail drives. Snead remains on the FLEX radar (particularly in PPR leagues), but he gets a tough draw next Sunday against standout nickel Mike Hilton.

Willie Snead | Panthers WR

Willie Snead contained in matchup against his former team.

Snead caught three-of-seven targets for 23 yards, also adding a 13-yard rush. The former Saints standout had quietly put together a nice stretch of games to start the season, but a shaky New Orleans secondary didn't let Snead beat them. Consider the 26-year-old a decent FLEX option for Week 8 against the Panthers.

Willie Snead | Panthers WR

Willie Snead IV gets ten targets in Week 6.

Snead's ten targets were a team-high against the Titans, and he caught seven passes for 60 yards in the victory. At the end of the first half, a pass deep down the middle intended for Snead was slightly high and deflected then intercepted, but it wasn't on Snead. Next up is a matchup with Snead's former team, the Saints. Snead was phased out of the offense in New Orleans last season, and he promised earlier this year that he'd have a big game against them. We'll find out next week.

Willie Snead | Panthers WR

Willie Snead catches five passes in Week 5.

Snead was targeted seven times against Cleveland, gaining 55 yards on his five receptions. The former Saints receiver continues to be a reliable option for Joe Flacco on underneath passes, but he's a low-upside fantasy option at the moment. Perhaps his role will grow as Michael Crabtree continues to struggle with drops.

Willie Snead | Panthers WR

Willie Snead IV catches six-of-seven targets against the Steelers.

Snead gained 56 yards in the Week 4 win, as he was a reliable target for Joe Flacco on short-to-intermmediate passes throughout the night. Through four games with the Ravens, Snead has a 16-game pace of 72 receptions for 792 yards and four touchdowns, which is probably right around where he'll be at the end of the year.

Willie Snead | Panthers WR

Willie Snead catches three passes against the Ravens.

Snead was targeted five times in the Week 3 win, gaining 39 yards on his three receptions. Snead has been a very good addition for Baltimore's offense, but he's not a recommended fantasy option as the team's No. 3 receiver.

Willie Snead | Panthers WR

Willie Snead catches five passes in Ravens' loss.

Snead was targeted eight times, which was third on the team behind John Brown and Michael Crabtree, and he gained 54 yards on his five receptions. Snead has a solid role in the slot for Baltimore, which makes him worth FLEX consideration in deeper leagues. The Ravens face the Broncos in Week 3.

Willie Snead | Panthers WR

Willie Snead scores in Week 1.

Snead was the third Raven to catch a touchdown from Joe Flacco, making it all three of Baltimore's new starting receivers with a touchdown on their team debuts. Snead had four receptions for 49 yards and the touchdown in the game. Consider him a low-upside FLEX option for Week 2 against the Bengals.

Willie Snead | Panthers WR

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.

Willie Snead | Panthers WR

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 | Panthers WR

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 | Panthers WR

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.

Willie Snead | Panthers WR

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 | Panthers WR

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 | Panthers WR

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 | Panthers WR

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 | Panthers WR

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 | Panthers WR

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 | Panthers WR

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 | Panthers WR

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 | Panthers WR

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 | Panthers WR

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 | Panthers WR

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 | Panthers WR

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 | Panthers WR

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 | Panthers WR

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 | Panthers WR

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.

Willie Snead | Panthers WR

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 | Panthers WR

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 | Panthers WR

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 | Panthers WR

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.

Willie Snead | Panthers WR

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 | Panthers WR

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 | Panthers WR

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 | Panthers WR

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 | Panthers WR

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 | Panthers WR

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.

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