Willie Snead

Willie Snead

Wide Receiver #83
Team: Baltimore Ravens
Ht / Wt:5'11" / 195 lb.
College:Ball State
Born:October 17, 1992
Drafted:2014 / UDFA

Willie Snead: Makes splash play against Eagles

Snead caught one of two targets for 32 yards Sunday against the Eagles.

Analysis: Snead was again lightly used Sunday but he managed to make a splash play with a strong run after the catch on a 32-yard gain. He was on the field for 67 percent of the snaps, a slight uptick from his 60 percent clip in Week 5. Snead is on a bye in Week 7 before returning to action in Week 8 against the Steelers, and while he will still see plenty of playing time, the Ravens may start diverting more of their targets to young players like Devin Duvernay.

October 19, 2020 3:08 PM EST

Willie Snead: Held without a catch

Snead was held without a catch on three targets Sunday against the Bengals.

Analysis: The veteran had caught all 10 of his targets on the year entering Sunday but was shut out by the Bengals. Snead played just 60 percent of the snaps -- 38 total -- which is in line with his season average outside of the Chiefs game in which he played 84 percent of the snaps. Despite playing a relatively high percentage of the snaps, Snead is not a major part of the passing game. He and the Ravens will travel to Philadelphia for a Week 6 showdown with the Eagles.

October 12, 2020 3:29 PM EST

Willie Snead: Efficient on low target volume

Snead caught both of his targets for 20 yards against the Football Team.

Analysis: The veteran slot receiver has caught all 10 of his targets this season for 117 yards and a touchdown. While that's great efficiency, it also shows that Snead isn't drawing targets at a high rate (2.5 Tar/Game). He hasn't seen more than two targets in any game since the season opener, and he hasn't scored since then, either. Snead is a low-volume slot receiver in this offense. He will face the Bengals on Sunday.

October 6, 2020 10:33 AM EST

Willie Snead: Quiet against Chiefs

Snead caught both of his targets for a total of four yards Monday against the Chiefs.

Analysis: Snead played the most snaps (47) of any Baltimore receiver but didn't factor much into the passing game. He was fifth among pass-catchers in targets and only mustered four yards on his two catches. Snead has now seen just two targets in each of his last two games after a big season opener with four catches for 64 yards and a touchdown. He will face the Football Team in Week 4.

September 29, 2020 1:36 PM EST

Willie Snead: Efficient on low volume

Snead caught both of his targets for 29 yards Sunday against the Texans.

Analysis: The veteran slot receiver continues to be effective when targeted, having caught all six of his targets for 93 yards and a touchdown through two games. Snead has a catch of at least 20 yards in each game as well. While Snead is effective in his role, it's not a role that adds up to much volume. He ranks fourth on the team in target share and Baltimore has attempted a league-low 50 passes as a team. Snead and the Ravens will take on the Chiefs in Week 3.

September 22, 2020 8:59 AM EST

Willie Snead: Contributes to rout Sunday

Snead caught all four of his targets for 64 yards and a score in Sunday's win over the Browns.

Analysis: The veteran slot receiver played the second-most snaps among Baltimore receivers Sunday and tied for second on the team in targets as Lamar Jackson was spreading the ball around. Snead was extremely effective with his opportunities, though, as he caught all of his targets including a 19-yard touchdown in the third quarter. Baltimore's passing game still flows through Mark Andrews and Marquise Brown, but Snead is still the primary slot receiver in an explosive aerial attack.

September 14, 2020 4:23 PM EST

Willie Snead: Drops weight during offseason

Snead said he feels faster after losing seven pounds during the offseason, Jamison Hensley of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The change could help Snead gain separation from cornerbacks, but blocking is also a huge part of his distinct role in Greg Roman's offense. Despite signing a one-year, $6 million extension last fall, Snead isn't likely to see a big increase from last year's total of 46 targets.

August 5, 2020 8:46 AM EST

Willie Snead: Faces competition from rookies

Snead's passing game role will likely be affected by the Ravens' draft, Jeff Zrebiec of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Baltimore nabbed Devin Duvernay and James Proche in the draft, and given that receiver was considered by most to be the Ravens' most pressing need entering the draft, this is a problem for Snead. Both players project to start out in the slot, which is where Snead plays. Duvernay poses the biggest immediate threat as he was taken in the third round and is the second-fastest receiver on the team behind Marquise Brown. Zrebiec notes that Snead's blocking ability is important in Baltimore's offense, so his role isn't completely going away. But from a fantasy aspect, Snead's stock is trending down with the Duvernay and Proche additions.

April 27, 2020 1:07 PM EST

Willie Snead: Plenty of action in upset loss

Snead hauled in six of eight targets for 56 yards in the Ravens' 28-12 divisional-round loss to the Titans on Saturday.

Analysis: Snead checked in as the Ravens' runner-up in receptions, receiving yardage and targets to top option Marquise Brown. The veteran was a frequent target of Lamar Jackson's in the fruitless comeback effort, and he played his usual steady role in the short-to-intermediate passing window. Despite its relatively productive conclusion, Snead's 2019 season was largely a disappointment from a fantasy perspective, as he saw significant downturns in catches (31) and receiving yards (339) compared to the 62-651 line he'd generated in 2018. However, eh did make up for it to an extent with a career-best five touchdown grabs, but it remains to be seen if it's enough for Baltimore to keep him on the books for $5.4 million next season.

January 11, 2020 9:48 PM EST

Willie Snead: Records four touches in win

Snead caught three of five passes for 22 yards during Sunday's 28-10 win over the Steelers. He failed to gain yards on his lone carry.

Analysis: It was a quiet day for most of the Ravens weapons as Lamar Jackson and other front-line players sat and Baltimore's defense smothered a depleted Pittsburgh squad. Snead was among the exceptions. His five targets were his most since Week 6 and his four touches and 22 yards were his most since Week 5. That should tell you all that you need to know about Snead's role in this offense despite the WR2 label. After a bye, the Ravens will play the Texans, Bills or Titans in the divisional round. Snead caught a combined five of seven targets for 26 yards and a touchdown in games against Houston and Buffalo this season.

December 31, 2019 3:43 PM EST

Willie Snead: Playing time, targets wane

Snead was held without a catch on his lone target Sunday against the Browns.

Analysis: Snead played just 41 percent of the snaps Sunday and was not involved in the passing game while Marquise Brown and Seth Roberts played the most among the Baltimore wideouts. With some key starters sitting out in Week 17, Snead could be more featured in the offense than usual. He won't have the benefit of catching passes from Lamar Jackson, however, as Robert Griffin will be getting the start while Jackson is rested for the playoffs.

December 24, 2019 7:57 AM EST

Willie Snead: Target volume dips

Snead caught his lone target for 15 yards Thursday against the Jets.

Analysis: Snead's volume dropped off Thursday after having seen multiple targets in six straight games. That said, Snead hasn't had more than 20 yards in any game since Week 5. With a small target share and a low average depth of target (9.1), Snead doesn't have much in the way of peripheral numbers to project a major turnaround down the stretch.

December 13, 2019 1:57 PM EST

Willie Snead: Finds end zone vs. Bills

Snead caught three of four targets for 13 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 24-17 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: Snead tied for the team lead in targets, and although none of his catches went for more than seven yards, he salvaged his performance with a short touchdown grab in the fourth quarter. The veteran now has three touchdowns in his last three games, giving him a new career high of five for the season. Snead hasn't surpassed 18 receiving yards in any of his last eight outings, however, and will be a risky fantasy play Thursday against the Jets.

December 8, 2019 9:40 PM EST

Willie Snead: Held to 12 yards

Snead caught one of two targets for 12 yards in Sunday's 20-17 win over San Francisco.

Analysis: Snead actually led all Ravens wide receivers in yardage, with only tight ends Mark Andrews and Hayden Hurst surpassing Snead's meager total. Another tough defense looms in Buffalo in Week 14, so Snead will be tough to trust in Baltimore's run-first attack.

December 1, 2019 2:49 PM EST

Willie Snead: Tallies two touchdowns

Snead caught two of three targets for 14 yards and two touchdowns in Monday night's 45-6 win over the Rams.

Analysis: Snead's receptions were duplicates of each other, as they both came from seven yards out and ended in pay dirt. Those scores marked Snead's first touchdowns since the first month of this season, doubling his total tally to four. Considering his last four stat lines have been nearly identical besides Monday's touchdowns, however, Snead's upside remains relatively restricted.

November 25, 2019 9:32 PM EST

Willie Snead: Held to 13 yards in blowout

Snead caught two of three passes for 13 yards during Sunday's 41-7 win over the Texans.

Analysis: Lamar Jackson and the Ravens' offense continue to dazzle, but Snead has largely been left out in the cold. During Baltimore's last five games, during which the team has averaged 36 points per game, Snead is averaging 12.0 total yards per game and hasn't topped 20 yards in a game since Week 5. Snead has the playmaking ability to make a difference even with limited opportunities, but he just hasn't done so down the stretch this season. He shouldn't draw your attention until that changes. Next up is a matchup against the Rams' 15th-ranked pass defense.

November 19, 2019 8:05 PM EST

Willie Snead: Makes three catches

Snead caught three of five targets for 18 yard during sunday's 23-17 win over the Bengals.

Analysis: Snead finished second on the team in targets, but he did virtually nothing of note as his longest gain went for just 10 yards. The absence of Marquise Brown (ankle) had little impact on usage for the veteran, who had received five targets in two of the previous three games and averaged 53 yards per game over that stretch. Snead is far from a bankable fantasy option seemingly regardless of who's in the lineup, and this should remain the case in next week's away matchup with the Seahawks.

October 13, 2019 4:14 PM EST

Willie Snead: Grabs four passes

Snead caught four of five passes for 51 yards during Sunday's 26-23 overtime win against the Steelers.

Analysis: It doesn't look like much, but Snead's four receptions were his most since Week 16 of the 2018 season. The veteran target is catching passes at an impressive 17.1-yards-per-reception clip, but it's hard to get much consistency in Baltimore's unconventional offense. He has a favorable matchup in Week 6 against a Bengals defense surrendering 12.3 yards per catch, eighth-worst in the league.

October 6, 2019 3:04 PM EST

Willie Snead: Scores 50-yard TD in garbage time

Snead caught both of his targets for 61 yards and a touchdown in Sunday's 40-25 loss to the Browns.

Analysis: Garbage time scores count just the same as all others, and anybody who plugged in Snead was rewarded with a 50-yard touchdown in the final minute after he had posted a dud up until that point. Snead has only eight catches through four games, but he's managed to top 40 yards three times. He also has two touchdowns on the season heading into the Ravens' Week 5 trip to Pittsburgh.

September 29, 2019 3:17 PM EST

Willie Snead: More involved against Chiefs

Snead caught three of five targets for 47 yards Sunday against the Chiefs.

Analysis: Snead is now up to 93 yards on the season and has posted at least 40 yards in two of his three games. Marquise Brown and Mark Andrews will continue to be the primary options in this offense, but Snead plays the most snaps of any Baltimore skill player, so the targets could start to tick up over time.

September 23, 2019 7:34 PM EST

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