Fantasy Football 2018: WR Willie Snead To Baltimore Ravens - Impact & Reaction
Willie Snead Fantasy Impact In 2018
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The Baltimore Ravens continue to revamp their wide receiving corps with the addition of Willie Snead, as the New Orleans Saints refused to match his two-year deal. The Ravens top-three receivers entering the 2018-19 season are new, so while it should be a shot in the arm for Joe Flacco, it’s certainly going to be a work in progress come training camp.
So, what does this addition do for Snead’s fantasy impact?
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Snead only played 11 games last season due to injuries, suspensions and a dip in playing time, and he had just eight receptions for 92 yards. However, the last two years before that, Snead averaged 70 receptions, 940 yards and four touchdowns. Snead is a sure handed receiver who is averaging 13.2 yards per catch for his career and could be very valuable in PPR leagues as a No. 3 WR option.
Still, I see Snead nothing more than that and his true value being a bench player, only played as a fill-in for bye weeks or when in a highly favorable matchup.
Snead has never been a big touchdown guy, and that was with Drew Brees throwing him the ball. Snead has also topped 100 receiving yards just three times in his career, and two of those came in 2015. In Baltimore, he’s going to be the third option in this offense behind the newly acquired Michael Crabtree and John Brown, and don’t be surprised if the Ravens add another receiver during the draft.
But Snead’s subpar fantasy impact isn’t just his fault, you can also look at Flacco, who has 20 or less touchdown passes in four of his last five seasons. Baltimore is where receives have gone to die the past few years, and if Snead wasn’t a fantasy difference maker with a Hall of Fame QB throwing him the ball, I highly doubt much will change with a quarterback who hasn’t been the same since winning a Super Bowl.
Snead could be a nice bench player on your fantasy team, but he shouldn’t see much playing time due to a lack of touchdowns and big games. He’s also likely not going to see 100-plus targets like he was getting in New Orleans. This addition helps the Ravens team overall, but it hurts his fantasy impact in a big way.