WR Willie Snead IV - Las Vegas Raiders
|5-11, 195||Born: 10-17-1992||College: Ball State||Drafted: ---|
2019 Week 1 vs MIA (3 / 2 / 41 / 1 rec)
Willie Snead beat his man running a post from the slot and made a nice catch for a 33 yard touchdown on his first target. Snead had a 13 yard reception negated by penalty. Snead dropped what should have been a 5 yard 3rd down conversion.
2019 Week 3 vs KC (5 / 3 / 47 / 0 rec)
Willie Snead made some plays but needs higher volume of targets to become fantasy relevant. Snead picked up 13 yard running a comeback route thanks to a nice move after the catch. Willie Snead made a miraculous catch hauling in a jump ball from Jackson that was thrown across the field and across his body. The pass should have been intercepted by Snead made a great play. Snead picked up 11 yards on an underneath reception.
2019 Week 4 vs CLE (2 / 2 / 61 / 1 rec)
Mark Andrews was not able to generate any big plays and did not play his best game. Andrews picked up 7 yards running an out route on his first reception. Andrews dropped what should have been a 10 yard gain and first down. Andrews caught a dump off from Jackson for 5 yards. Andrews picked up 11 yards running a curl over the middle. Andrews came wide open running up the seam in the red zone and high pointed a pass from Jackson for an 8 yard touchdown. Jackson and Andrews were not on the same page on a 4th down conversion attempt. Andrews released up field while Jackson expected him to break outside resulting in an incompletion. Andrews only deep target was intercepted. It was an ill-advised throw and the interception was not Andrews' fault.
2019 Week 5 vs PIT (5 / 4 / 51 / 0 rec)
Willie Snead did not make his first catch until there was less than a minute remaining in the 3rd quarter. Snead made a 9 yard catch on 3rd and 7 running a comeback route. Snead then got open crossing the middle of the field and spun out of tackle on his way to a 23 yard pick up. Snead picked up 4 yards on an underneath catch. Snead fought through another tackle after catching a slant and picked up 14 over the middle. Snead looked like the Ravens best pass catcher down the stretch of the game. If Marquise Brown misses time Snead could gain fantasy value.
2019 Week 12 vs LAR (3 / 2 / 14 / 2 rec)
Willie Snead was very efficient against the Rams and used his quickness to make plays in the red zone. Snead caught a 7 yard touchdown running a slant from the slot. Snead ran a quick out route and got the benefit of a pick from his teammate allowing him to score his second 7 yard touchdown of the game. Snead did well to extend himself and find the end zone before being brought down.
2019 Week 14 vs BUF (4 / 3 / 13 / 1 rec)
Willie Snead converted a 3rd down with a 7 yard catch running a crossing route. Snead found an opening over the middle running a crossing route and caught a 4 yard touchdown from Jackson with numerous defenders in the area.
2019 Week 17 vs PIT (5 / 3 / 22 / 0 rec, 1 / 0 / 0 rush)
Willie Snead made some underneath catches and made some nice blocks in the run game. Snead made an 8 yard catch running a curl over the middle. Snead picked up 10 yards making another catch over the middle. Snead made a 4 yard catch underneath.
2019 Week 19 vs TEN (8 / 6 / 56 / 0 rec)
Willie Snead did most of his damage underneath working as a check down option for Jackson. Snead made his first catch running a curl over the middle for 6 yards. Snead dropped a potential 10 yard catch on 3rd and long that was thrown slightly behind him. Willie Snead found a hole in the Titans coverage downfield for a 26 yard gain.
2018 Week 1 vs BUF (6 / 4 / 49 / 1 rec)
Willie Snead drew a 28 yard pass interference penalty on a pass that was likely uncatchable but Snead had his man beat on the play and did well to draw the flag. Snead made his first catch for a 20 yard gain running down the seam from the slot. Snead ran a slant from the slot and showed his speed and strength to find the end zone for a 13 yard touchdown.
2018 Week 2 vs CIN (8 / 5 / 54 / 0 rec)
Willie Snead made his first catch underneath on a screen pass for a 5 yard gain. Willie Snead made a catch underneath and picked up 19 yards with a nice run after the catch. Snead made a catch over the middle for 10 yards.
2018 Week 3 vs DEN (5 / 3 / 39 / 0 rec)
Willie Snead made a nice catch over the middle against double coverage for 15 yards; demonstrating his chemistry with Joe Flacco. Snead showed nice hands making a catch on pass thrown on his back hip over the middle for a 17 yard gain. Snead made a 7 yard catch on 3rd and 6 with Chris Harris in coverage.
2018 Week 4 vs PIT (7 / 6 / 56 / 0 rec)
Willie Snead crossed the face of his defender running a slant route to get open and pick up 13 yards. Snead converted a 3rd and 9 running an out route from the slot for 12 yards. Snead made the catch despite two defenders closing in on him. Snead converted a 3rd and six running a shallow crossing route and ran through contact for a 14 yard gain. Snead made a contested catch with Joe Haden in coverage over the middle for 10 yards and a first down.
2018 Week 5 vs CLE (7 / 5 / 55 / 0 rec)
Willie Snead continues to play well as the number three receiver for the Ravens. Snead is efficient making plays over the middle and clearly has the trust of Joe Flacco. Snead caught a slant between two defenders and made a nice move after the catch for a 17 yard gain. Snead made another catch running a slant and ran through contact after making the catch for 13 yards. Snead was brought down after a gain of 13 on a crossing route and would have had a huge gain had he kept his feet. Snead ran a quick out route from the slot for a gain of 7.
2018 Week 6 vs TEN (10 / 7 / 60 / 0 rec)
Willie Snead saw the most targets of any Raven and produced mixed results. Snead was the target of Flacco's intercepted pass but it was not Snead's fault. Snead was targeted on a number of screen passes at or behind the line of scrimmage resulting in minimal yardage. Snead made a nice catch with three defenders around him for an 11 yard gain on 3rd and 9. The Ravens clearly made an effort to get Snead more involved in the offense but 3 consecutive targets for Snead resulted in 2 catches for 4 yards. Snead got matched up on a linebacker and ran a seam route for a catch and run of 24 yards on 3rd and 17. Snead ran an in breaking route and absorbed a hit but picked up 13 yards.
2018 Week 7 vs NO (7 / 3 / 23 / 0 rec, 1 / 13 / 0 rush)
Willie Snead did not play well in his revenge game against the Saints. The normally efficient Snead saw multiple passes go off his hands. Snead took a jet sweep off right tackle and lowered his shoulder for a 13 yard gain. Snead made back to back catches for gains of 8 and 9 yards over the middle. Snead dropped a pass running an in route 15 yard downfield. Snead could have made a huge play if he had secured the catch and slipped a tackle. Snead drew a 10 yard pass interference penalty over the middle. Snead had consecutive passes on 3rd and 4th down go off his hands with the game on the line. Snead made a 6 yard catch underneath.
2018 Week 8 vs CAR (11 / 5 / 54 / 0 rec)
Willie Snead struggled for the second consecutive week. Snead has seen a massive drop in efficiency and should have had a much bigger game against the Panthers. Snead picked up 8 yards on an underneath catch in the flat. Snead had a 15 yard reception negated by an offensive pass interference penalty on himself. Snead was again called for offensive pass interference negating his 9 yard catch on 3rd and 7. Snead dropped a potential 15 yard gain up the seam. Snead gained 19 yards running a shallow crossing route. A few plays later Snead made another catch underneath and took it for 18 yards.
2018 Week 9 vs PIT (8 / 7 / 58 / 0 rec)
Willie Snead made one big play and number of catches underneath. beat his man running a slant and broke into the open field after making the catch for 26 yards. Snead made 3 catches on consecutive plays for 14 yards. Willie Snead made two more underneath catches for gains of 5 and 7 yards.
2018 Week 11 vs CIN (8 / 5 / 51 / 0 rec)
Willie Snead saw the most targets of all the Ravens' pass catchers. Snead has the trust of Lamar Jackson as Jackson frequently looked his way as he escaped the pocket. Snead also made some tough catches over the middle for Jackson. Snead made his first catch running a slant for a gain of 9. Snead had a 10 yard catch negated by an offensive pass interference penalty. Snead gained 9 more yards running another slant from the slot over the middle. Snead absorbed two hits making a tough catch up the seam for 17 yards. Snead made an impressive physical play running through contact to pick up 8 yards on 3rd and 7.
2018 Week 13 vs ATL (3 / 1 / 8 / 0 rec)
Willie Snead dropped his first target that would have kept a drive alive for the Ravens. Snead made his first catch running a curl for a gain of 8.
2018 Week 14 vs KC (7 / 5 / 61 / 0 rec)
Willie Snead was Jackson's favorite target against the Chiefs. Snead made a catch over the middle running a slant for 10 yards on 3rd and 3. Snead made a 16 yard catch running a deep slant. Snead made a contested 5 yard catch on 3rd and 4 to help keep a scoring drive alive. Snead picked up 16 yards running a corner route from the slot. Snead made a tough 14 yard catch with a defender closing in to convert a 3rd and 7.
2018 Week 15 vs TB (6 / 5 / 58 / 0 rec)
Willie Snead remains Lamar Jackson's favorite target over the middle. Snead made a 14 yard catch on 3rd and short running a slant. Snead again came wide open running a slant over the middle and picked up 14 yards on 3rd and 10. Snead made a big play running down the seam from the slot for 28 yards to set up a Justin Tucker field goal before halftime. Snead had a 13 yard reception negated by an illegal shift penalty.
2018 Week 17 vs CLE (2 / 1 / 25 / 0 rec)
Willie Snead had a pair of 10+ yard gains hit him in the hands on consecutive plays. Each throw was less than perfect but catchable. Snead caught a slant and bounced off a hit before escaping downfield for a 25 yard gain.
2018 Week 18 vs LAC (6 / 3 / 50 / 0 rec)
Willie Snead was the Ravens leading receiver. Snead made his first catch in heavy traffic running a slant for 12 yards. Snead picked up 9 yards on a catch in the flat. Snead came wide open on a deep crossing route and picked up 29 with a nice catch and run.
2017 Week 13 vs CAR (2 / 2 / 31 / 0 rec)
Only having 2 catches may seem like an inconsequential stat line, but this is the most effective Snead has been this season. 26 of his 31 yards came on a single play, but it was good to see some chemistry with quarterback Drew Brees again. There are so many weapons in the Saints offense that it is easy to overlook Snead. As he continues to get healthy and works his way back into the system he could take targets away from Ted Ginn and Brandon Coleman.
2017 Week 19 vs MIN (3 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)
Snead makes the list this week more for something he was not able to complete than any other stat or catches he made in the game. Late in the second half, the Saints dug into their bag of tricks for a wide receiver pass. Brees motioned Snead towards the formation and looked to be throwing a simple quick screen play. However, Kamara had leaked out of the backfield and did not have a defender within 5 yards of him. Snead overthrew Kamara for what would have been an easy touchdown and would have given the Saints all of the momentum in the second half. Just a little less air under this ball would have changed the entire outcome of the game.
2016 Week 1 vs OAK (9 / 9 / 172 / 1 rec)
The young receiver has clearly elevated into one of Drew Brees' most trusted targets, carrying over an impressive preseason into a lights-out opener. Snead's big day began on the second drive, catching his first pass on an intermediate dig route for twelve yards in the middle of soft zone coverage. Snead caught another pass two plays later, quickly winning inside leverage against a linebacker and taking it upfield for sixteen yards. He stayed busy on the third drive, taking advantage of soft coverage with a short out route for six yards. It was quickly becoming clear that it was Snead's day on his fourth catch, as he sold an inside move in order to beat man coverage up the left sideline for 49 yards on a perfectly thrown pass. Snead settled in a small zone void in the end zone on fourth-and-goal later in the series, scoring a one-yard touchdown in a clutch spot to punctuate his impressive drive. Snead's next reception came near the tail end of the third period, a short angle route coming out a bunch package for eleven yards underneath the zone defense. Snead continued his career day by running past the Oakland zone on a vertical up the left seam for 43 yards, but fumbled the ball that was fortunately recovered to take the ball deep into enemy territory. The second-year receiver found a small vacancy in zone coverage yet again on a desperation late-game drive, gaining 21 yards over the middle. Brees' favorite target of the day broke open once again on the following play for 13 more. A consistent piece of the pie in one of the best offenses in football makes Snead as attractive a WR3 as any in the league.
2016 Week 2 vs NYG (8 / 5 / 54 / 1 rec)
Snead's first reception came on the game's second play, a slant from the left slot in which he gained inside leverage and proceeded to pick up 13 yards. Snead's next reception did not occur until late in the first half, a shallow crossing route from the right slot that picked up four. He ran another shallow crosser two plays later that looked identical to his first, securing a gain of five to move the chains and set up the Saints for a field goal before half. Desperately needing some offense on a third-and-long deep into the third quarter, Snead crucially won inside leverage over the middle of the field to provide a throwing window for Drew Brees' 15-yard completion and a fresh set of downs. Capitalizing off his drive-saving conversion earlier in the drive, Snead found a void in New York's zone down the right seam, and parlayed it into an easy 17-yard touchdown. He remains Brees' second favorite weapon, a trusted option at all levels of the field.
2016 Week 4 vs SD (1 / 1 / 23 / 0 rec)
Snead's first and only catch of the day occurred early in the second quarter, a 23-yard reception on third down in which he sold an out-route before breaking inside to secure inside leverage. Snead played his usual dosage of snaps throughout the contest, but was only targeted once. He figures to ramp back up his involvement as he nears 100% health, but Michael Thomas' emergence puts a bit of a damper on his early-season WR2 status.
2016 Week 6 vs CAR (7 / 4 / 47 / 0 rec)
Snead's first reception came midway through the second period, when he found extensive space in the middle of a voided defensive zone, gaining 16 to move the chains. He broke open for a corner route later in the quarter, picking up 21 yards before crucially reaching the sideline to stop the waning clock. Snead suffered a drop on a screen in his direction late in the third quarter. He critically moved the chains on a short route to the right flat to gain four yards midway through the fourth. Snead began his team's final drive of the day with a quick screen to the right flat for six yards. Michael Thomas' emergence has capped Snead's fantasy ceiling, but he does look to be operating at 100%.
2016 Week 7 vs KC (11 / 9 / 87 / 0 rec)
Snead began his productive day with a short zig route from the right slot to beat man coverage for seven yards and a first down. He gained 17 yards on the following down, gaining inside leverage on an intermediate crosser. Snead served as a chain-mover once again on the following drive, earning outside leverage on an intermediate out route to gain 15 yards on third-and-long. On the next play, Snead was unable to corral the target through heavy contact resulting in a tipped pass that was returned for a pick-six. His team's trust in the young receiver didn't waver, as Brees went back to him to begin the following possession for a five-yard pickup to the right flat. He ran a short crosser later in the half for seven, but he fell several yards short of the first down. His first reception of the second half came on a short checkdown to the right flat in which he cut back inside to gain seven after the catch. Snead settled down in the left flat for a short gain of six late in the third quarter, but fell a yard short of the first down. Snead converted a clutch third down with an out-route from the right slot to beat man coverage and pick up 12 yards. He opened the Saints' last-gasp drive with an 11-yard gain on an uncovered seam route in which he was not able to get out-of-bounds. He is Brees' most trusted target in high-pressure situations as evidenced by his numerous third-down conversions.
2016 Week 8 vs SEA (8 / 6 / 56 / 0 rec)
Snead received two targets on New Orleans' opening drive, but was unable to convert on either one due to tight defensive coverage. His first catch came late in the quarter, a short hitch route in the right slot to earn eight yards and a new set of downs. He caught a shallow crosser off play-action midway through the second period for 13 yards. On th next drive, Snead chipped an opposing pass rusher before scampering out to the left flat for an eight-yard gain. He stayed busy with short-yardage targets shortly after on the drive, selling an inside route before breaking back outside for a six-yard gain to convert a third-and-short. Snead was quiet until early in the fourth quarter, when he came free in a small zone to the left flat for five yards. He came across the formation to the right flat off play-action on the successive possession, turning the short pass into a 16-yard pickup after the catch. Snead is a trusted interior option for the New Orleans offense who can be valued moving forward as a solid WR3.
2016 Week 9 vs SF (7 / 3 / 36 / 0 rec)
Snead got his first catch late in the second period, a short crossing route underneath the defense that picked up eight. Snead ran a vertical route from the left slot very late in the first half, winning up the field against his man coverage for 19 yards and crucially getting out of bounds with a waning clock. He came out of the backfield on a key third down midway through the third quarter, running a wheel route up the right sideline for nine yards to pick up a first down. Snead faded down the stretch as the Saints had the game easily in hand, turning to the ground game in order to run out the clock. His volume takes a hit due to the impressive emergence of Michael Thomas, but Snead remains a trusted possession option with PPR value.
2016 Week 10 vs DEN (7 / 5 / 47 / 2 rec)
Snead was targeted twice on New Orleans' opening drive for his only two failed connections on the day. Both incompletions were due to air-tight man coverage. He found wide open space late in the first half, running an out route to the left sideline and proceeding to run up the field for 24 yards. Snead opened the second half with a short completion to the right flat while coming off motion, but was immediately thrown down for a gain of one. He moved the chains two plays later with a critical 14-yard reception when he broke free with an in route through the middle of the field. Snead took advantage of miscommunication from the Denver defense for an easy three-yard TD later in the same drive, finding absolutely wide open space in the left corner of the end zone. Snead caught another TD pass to finish the following drive, first running inside off play-action before breaking back out to gain slight outside leverage through tight coverage for a five-yard score. Snead's two TDs weren't spectacular in nature, but they are a reminder of the role he serves in the Saint offense: a reliable possession receiver who can move the chains and come down with the football more often than not through tight coverage.
2016 Week 11 vs CAR (5 / 4 / 33 / 0 rec)
Snead's first catch came late in the first quarter, a screen pass to the left flat in which he benefitted from a defensive blitz for 14 yards and a third-down conversion. He settled down in the middle of the field in a voided zone for nine yards late in the second period. Snead ran a shallow crosser through the middle of the field midway through the third, gaining four, but was unable to break a tackle to set up a fourth-and-five. He ran a short stick route from the right slot late in the fourth period, gaining six to set up a second-and-goal. The trusty possession receiver will continue his underneath role without much fantasy upside.
2016 Week 12 vs LA (7 / 5 / 38 / 0 rec)
Snead's first catch came midway through the first quarter, sitting down in the middle of the field from the right slot for a five-yard gain. Snead picked up the first down two plays later, running a short crosser and breaking a tackle for 16 yards. He continued his hot start with an out route from the right slot early in the second quarter, earning outside leverage for eight yards. Snead caught his fourth pass late in the half, following blockers from the left flat for seven. He served as the QB on a trick play early in the fourth quarter, receiving a lateral in the left flat before tossing to a wide open Tim Hightower on the opposite sideline. Hightower made one man miss and proceeded to waltz into the endzone to give Snead a 50-yard TD pass. Snead earned two garbage-time yards late in the fourth on a screen in the left flat.
2016 Week 13 vs DET (6 / 2 / 38 / 0 rec)
Snead suffered an uncharacteristic drop early in the second quarter, his first target of the day, on a short crossing route. Snead caught his first pass of the day in tight traffic over the middle of the field, gaining 14 yards midway through the third period. He made an impressive contested catch midway through the fourth quarter, running a seam route to pick up 24 yards. Snead's quiet day was a product of New Orleans' offensive struggles at large.
2016 Week 14 vs TB (8 / 6 / 85 / 0 rec)
Snead made a critical third-down conversion midway through the second quarter for his first reception of the game, a vertical route up the left seam for 29 yards in the middle of traffic. Snead ran a short crosser for a gain of six three downs later, initially breaking one tackle, but was unable to move the chains on second effort. He continued an active role into the second half, catching a 20-yard pass on a vertical route up the right seam with inside leverage on his team's second play from scrimmage. The normally reliable receiver suffered his second drop of the day just a few plays later. He was unable to make up for it with a checkdown in the right flat on the following play with only a seven-yard gain. He stayed busy late into the third period, breaking free into the right flat with an out-route off play action to gain six. Snead started off his team's two-minute drive by settling down into a shallow zone and proceeding to run after the catch for 16. Snead saw a few more targets in Michael Thomas' absence and benefitted with his most productive game in several weeks.
2016 Week 15 vs ARI (11 / 8 / 76 / 0 rec)
Midway through the second period, Snead converted a crucial first down on fourth down for his first reception of the day; he came across the formation behind the OL before settling into an open window for a five-yard gain. He stayed involved early on the following drive, running a seam route from the left slot for 12 yards to kickstart the series. Snead ran a route well short of the chains early in the third quarter, picking up five yards before a punt. He ran a speed out on the following possession, gaining 11 easy yards underneath the soft defense. Snead elevated for a seam route that appeared to be a 21-yard TD, but was ruled incomplete on review. He stayed busy early on the following drive, settling down in a wide open zone down the field for an easy 19 yards up the left seam. He ran another speed out a few plays later, feasting on the soft coverage for another six yards. Snead continued his possession-receiving ways into the following drive, gaining a quick ten on a short hitch to the right sideline. His final catch of the busy day was a speed out from the left slot, gaining quick outside leverage for eight yards to set up first and goal. His chunks of yardage against soft coverage were a consistent mode of New Orleans' offense dominating time of possession.
2016 Week 16 vs TB (5 / 2 / 21 / 0 rec)
Snead suffered a drop on a PA-pass early in the second quarter on a short crossing route. He settled down in a vacant zone over the middle on the following drive, falling at the chains for seven yards. Snead caught his second and final reception of the day on a comeback route to the right sideline off a flea-flicker, gaining 14 yards in the process. The quiet day for Snead included the aforementioned drop, but can also be partially attributed to NO's wire-to-wire lead and commitment to the ground game.
2016 Week 17 vs ATL (4 / 3 / 82 / 0 rec)
Snead's first catch of the day came on a PA-crosser; he caught the ball in a vacant middle zone before cutting upfield for 20 yards. Snead gained separation in the right slot early in the fourth quarter, quickly selling an outside move before cutting back inside for a lengthy 35-yard gain that showed a refusal to go down. He made an excellent catch on a third-and-long midway through the fourth, leaving his man in the dust on a whip route and then reeling in the ball with one hand. Upon running upfield for the first down, Snead was decked by an ATL safety, fumbling the ball into the hands of an alert teammate. Snead appeared shaken up after the play, but was able to walk to the sideline under his own power. The reliable slot machine did not return, but remained on the sideline for the conclusion of the contest.
2015 Week 1 vs ARI (3 / 1 / 63 / 0 rec)
Snead's sole touch of the game came on the very first play from scrimmage in the second half. He broke through the Arizona secondary for 63 quick yards on a play-action post from Drew Brees. Snead may emerge for a big week or two across the 2015 season, but volatility seems like a certainty for the rookie from Ball State.
2015 Week 2 vs TB (6 / 4 / 44 / 1 rec)
Snead ran a crossing route on a third down to open the second quarter, moving the chains with an eight yard gain. His second catch appeared to be a replay of the first, once again running across the shallow part of the field to pick up 12 on a third down in the beginning of the second half. Snead was just about to pick up a third first down on a third down crossing pattern, but Sterling Moore punched the ball free from his grasp en route to a turnover. Snead was unable to convert his team's two-point attempt with ten minutes to play in the fourth quarter on a flat route near the left sideline. He made up for that 2PC failure a few series later, however, roasting Tampa Bay cornerback Alterraun Verner on a double move for a 16 yard touchdown with the aid of a rub route from teammate Brandin Cooks. Snead appears to have locked himself onto the roster after emerging as an undrafted free agent, showcasing the confidence he has gained in his quarterback with key third down targets. He figures to continue playing a complementary role for an offense starving for playmakers.
2015 Week 3 vs CAR (7 / 5 / 44 / 0 rec)
Snead's first reception occurred on the opening drive of the game when he came back to the football to aid a scrambling McCown en route to a sideline completion of 11 yards. Snead was unable to move the chains with his second catch on the same drive, resulting in five yards when seven were needed. He kept busy to begin the next series, receiving a four yard flat route to move the chains. Snead didn't receive his next catch until late in the fourth quarter, when he a ran a play-action crosser underneath the Carolina defense, breaking a tackle for a gain of nine. He got back into the action with an in-route from a bunch formation on a critical third down for 15 yards. Snead dropped a crossing route late in the fourth quarter, and didn't receive a target the rest of the day. This was another promising game in terms of role for Snead, who may be emerging as a 2B target in the offense to Marques Colston's 2A. One could do worse with a speculative waiver claim in deep leagues.
2015 Week 4 vs DAL (6 / 6 / 89 / 0 rec)
Snead continues his strong play, making the most of his opportunities. Snead saw the second-most snaps of Saints receivers and showed a veteran savvy with efficient yards-after-the-catch. Snead broke a tackle following a quick out route to convert a third down in the closing minutes, plus he turned a short slant into a sizeable gain. On a Saints passing game with more questions than answers, Snead continues to make plays as an early-season highlight player.
2015 Week 5 vs PHI (11 / 6 / 141 / 0 rec)
Snead led the Saints in targets as New Orleans' most relied-upon offensive weapon. Snead's first catch came midway through the first quarter on a back-shoulder vertical from the slot, picking up 21 yards. Later on, Snead caught a perfectly thrown corner route on a crucial third down, beating Byron Maxwell for 22 yards. Snead found space in the red zone early in the second half with a "zig" route, picking up seven yards to set up a short third-and-goal. A subsequent target failed to find Snead in the end zone, who drew double coverage from the defense. His biggest play of the day was a 59 yard bomb that was dropped right in his hands from Drew Brees. Snead gained outside leverage against Nolan Carroll, and was able to put him a step behind with impressive speed. The second-year player out of Ball State took an out route for 12 yards late in the fourth. Snead found space in the Philadelphia defense for 20 more garbage-time yards on the same drive. One of the few bright spots for New Orleans in another ugly defeat, Snead has emerged as a mainstay for the Saints' offense. A surefire waiver add in the leagues he is still available, Snead has WR3 value going forward as the 1B to Brandin Cooks' 1A.
2015 Week 6 vs ATL (5 / 4 / 55 / 0 rec)
Snead's first target occurred on the second snap of the game, but was dropped over the middle. He got involved much later in the drive, sitting down in a vacant zone before turning it up field for 24 yards. Snead ran an eight-yard out route midway through the second quarter. His next catch came midway through the third quarter, a 19 yard pickup when he sat down in a vacant zone against an Atlanta blitz. Snead took a screen from the left slot for just four yards when his blocking didn't provide much space. Just as much a piece of the receiving attack as Brandin Cooks at this stage of the season, Snead carries meaningful fantasy value in an offense that is wholly reliant on Drew Brees' arm.
2015 Week 7 vs IND (7 / 3 / 25 / 0 rec)
Snead's first catch of his quiet day came on an intermediate out route to the left sideline for nine yards. Snead lost a touchdown late in the first half when Greg Toler punched the ball out of his hands in the middle of the endzone. His next reception came early in the fourth quarter on a play-action pass in which Snead sat down for five yards between two Indianapolis defenders before being crunched. Late in the fourth quarter, Snead won inside leverage against Vontae Davis on a slant route, gaining 11 critical yards to set up a third-and-short. A slow day for the emerging option will likely dissuade many from keeping Snead in starting lineups, but his role remains large. Cooks and Snead will trade off alpha receiving production going forward depending on how the defense defends them.
2015 Week 8 vs NYG (8 / 6 / 70 / 2 rec)
Snead's first catch of the day was the result of a flea-flicker that beat New York's defense over the top. Safety Landon Collins bit on the play fake, and the result was a 34-yard touchdown. Snead's next contribution came two plays later, an slant from the left slot that went for nine yards as the Saints continued to attack Trevin Wade. His second touchdown occurred when he beat Wade across the formation, finding space in the left corner of the endzone for a two-yard score before the half. Late in the third quarter, Snead ran an intermediate out route to the left sideline, settling in front of his man for 11 yards. The young receiver made a potentially game-ending fumble after coughing up the ball on a huge hit from DRC. New Orleans got the ball back, however, and went right back to Snead on the next drive for a short hitch route to pick up four. Snead stayed involved on another hitch to the left slot , picking up nine easy yards in front of New York's porous defense. Two early touchdowns elevated his fantasy day from the outset, but Snead is lucky his team escaped with a win after his costly fumble. Neck and neck with Brandin Cooks as red-hot Drew Brees' favorite target, Snead remains on the weekly WR2/3 borderline.
2015 Week 9 vs TEN (10 / 6 / 95 / 0 rec)
Snead picked up New Orleans' first third-down of the day, a ten-yard curl route from the left sideline in front of a sizable cushion. His next catch moved the chains once again, a nine-yard out route that sparked his team's second possession. Once again picking on Titan CB Perrish Cox, Snead ran a slant-and-go to the left boundary for 32 yards that left Cox in his tracks. His next catch didn't come until midway through the third period on a seven-yard out route to the right boundary. Midway through the fourth quarter, Snead ran a shallow crosser from a bunch formation that picked up 15 of the necessary 25 yards on third down. On the following drive, operating in the two-minute drill, Snead ran a double move to the left corner for 22 yards to set his team up in promising field goal position. The young receiver continued to operate as one of Brees' most trusted weapons in crunch time, and will be featured as a WR2/3 and affordable DFS option opposite Brandin Cooks for the rest of the season.
2015 Week 10 vs WAS (1 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec)
Snead's only statistical contributions were two incomplete targets on a drive late in the third quarter. One of which was nullified by a holding penalty, and the second one forced New Orleans into a punting situation while already facing a two-score deficit. Snead may not have been completely healthy, but he seemed to be out there for his usual workload. His promising season still lends credence to the belief that he can be a reliable WR3.
2015 Week 12 vs HOU (8 / 4 / 50 / 0 rec)
Snead opened the game for New Orleans with a five-yard out to the left boundary, taking advantage of a sizeable defensive cushion. He made an impressive play on the ball in New Orleans' two minute drill, beating Kevin Johnson for 24 yards. Snead ran a 13-yard curl route from the left boundary to establish a scarce bit of offensive momentum. The young receiver ran another curl route on the following drive to pick up eight against a Texans defense content to allow short passes. Snead definitely belongs in the NFL after bursting onto the scene as an undrafted success story, but is just a low-end WR3 as a complementary option in an inconsistent passing offense.
2015 Week 14 vs TB (8 / 7 / 122 / 0 rec)
Snead's first reception of his busy day came over the middle midway through the first quarter, as he sat down underneath to pick up six yards and set up a New Orleans punt. He stayed involved early on the following drive, running a short curl to the left flat for five easy yards. A few plays later, Snead inexplicably ran into wide open space up the left sideline for a 41-yard gain to convert a third-and-long. Late in the second quarter, Snead ran a deep crossing route off play-action to pick up 23 yards and set up his team in plus territory. He caught a 14-yard curl route two plays later, getting just enough to move the chains. Early in the third period, Snead ran a quick slant from the right sideline for 19 yards to break the century mark. Snead came within a yard of a first down midway through the fourth on his final catch of the day, taking a short screen to the right flat for 14 yards before falling to an impressive tackle of Lavonte David. He served as the offense's best playmaker throughout the day and is a bankable WR2/3 commodity provided he's playing at 100% health.
2015 Week 15 vs DET (12 / 10 / 76 / 0 rec)
Snead got his first catch on his team's third possession of the day, running an intermediate curl route from the right slot for eight yards. He lined up in the backfield on the next play, and proceeding to sneak out to the right flat for three yards and a new set of downs. The young receiver ran an identical curl route to the opposite side of the formation for eight more yards and his third straight reception. His fourth straight reception occurred when he sat down in front of two Detroit defenders in the left slot before breaking a tackle and running for 11 yards. Snead kept busy early in the second quarter with his third short curl route of the day, picking up six yards this occasion. Midway through the third, Snead caught a screen to the right flat for five quick yards. Snead ran a crossing route to the left boundary very late in the third period, beating a LB across the field for 15 yards and an additional 15 penalty yards. Snead utilized a Super-Bowl reminiscent pick on a seven-yard slant later in the drive. In the fourth quarter, a well-defensed Snead crossing route picked up only a yard and left the Saints needing six on a must-have fourth down. New Orleans went back to the well later in the possession, as Snead kept the game alive with a 12-yard crossing route on fourth-and-five. A consistent headache underneath the defense, Snead returned great value in PPR formats while leaving most play-making duties to Brandin Cooks.
2015 Week 16 vs JAX (6 / 4 / 75 / 0 rec)
Snead entered the game statistically late in the second quarter, sitting down with a curl route in the right slot for 11 yards. Two plays later, he snatched a 17-yard reception between two defenders in his team's two-minute offense. Snead returned to the attack late in the fourth quarter, contributing a similar curl from the right slot for 11 yards. Snead ran a deep vertical up the right seam late in the fourth, somehow coming down with the ball for 36 yards with a defender on his back. The young receiver remains a trusted weapon in Brees' attack going forward.
2015 Week 17 vs ATL (4 / 3 / 35 / 0 rec)
Snead's first reception came late in the second quarter, a short pass to the left flat that went for no gain and a turnover on downs after an impressive break and tackle by Atlanta CB Robert Alford. Snead got involved early in the second half with a 22-yard deep crosser through the middle of Atlanta's defense. Early in the fourth quarter, he won inside leverage on a slant route from the left boundary for 13 yards and a critical first down. Snead was a nice find off Cleveland's practice squad for the Saints. The possession option has the inside track on a roster spot for next year as a reliable possession option.