What to Do with Willie Snead

The potential breakout receiver will miss the first three games of the season due to an offseason DUI. Those who have already drafted him will have to hold tight but those yet to draft may now get a nice discount. Snead’s ADP has fallen mightily and rightfully so, but I would still draft him over the likes of Donte Moncrief, Adam Thielen and Marvin Jones. This is especially true in PPR formats.

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The Saints already had 196 targets up for grabs with the exits of Brandin Cooks, Travaris Cadet and Tim Hightower. Adding Snead to this group provides Ted Ginn and Coby Fleener with the opportunity and upside to be rostered in standard leagues. Ginn vaults into the No. 2 receiver slot and becomes worthy of top 40 WR consideration. He is a backend WR4 with a high ceiling and is verging on must-own in 12-team leagues. Fleener, many expert’s 2016 breakout TE candidate, will see increased targets and is worthy of streaming at the Vikings in Week 1. Fleener finished last season as TE13 and his situation/opportunity has improved. There is reason to believe his breakout potential is higher coming into the 2017 season than it was a season ago. 

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The first three weeks of the Saints’ schedule are arguably the toughest (@ MIN, vs. NE and @ CAR) and Snead would have been a fringe WR3 starter in standard 10-team leagues anyway. Stash/draft him late and reap the benefits down the road but in the meantime Ginn and Fleener are worth adding.