Saints fantasy football: Week 15, Cardinals

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Sep 13, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians talk after the game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 13, 2015; Glendale, AZ, USA; New Orleans Saints head coach Sean Payton and Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians talk after the game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports /
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Willie Snead

Dec 11, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Willie Snead (83) runs with the ball as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Bradley McDougald (30) attempts to tackle him in the first half against at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 11, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; New Orleans Saints wide receiver Willie Snead (83) runs with the ball as Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive back Bradley McDougald (30) attempts to tackle him in the first half against at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jonathan Dyer-USA TODAY Sports /

Willie Snead fantasy outlook: Sit him.

These last two weeks have been a testament to one thing: when this offense is struggling, it looks Sneads’s way.  

Unfortunately, that leaves him in the unfavorable position of only really getting involved when the team struggles to move the ball. He’s still not a threat to put up huge yardage. He’s essentially a tight end, production wise.

I said this exact paragraph last week, but it bears repeating: I think the core of why I don’t like Snead in fantasy is his risk-reward ratio. Snead’s floor is obviously very low. But his cieling isn’t even that high. He’s entirely touchdown dependent, and with so many weapons on the offense he just doesn’t warrant a start based on touchdowns. He doesn’t get enough. 

But if you’re going to start him, this might be the week. The offense has struggled, and Brees will always look his way on third downs. Josh Hill is done for the year, so Snead will truly feature as a sort of TE-lite. But he’s not going to put up huge yardage, and unless he finds the endzone his value is too low.

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