Willie Snead made a name for himself in Week 1, catching nine balls for 172 yards and a touchdown. He backed that play up in the second game with five receptions for 54 yards and the Saints’ only touchdown.
But now, a toe injury forced him to miss practice most of the week and while he returned Friday, he’ll be a game-time decision for Monday Night Football.
The problem is obvious. With Snead’s great start to the season, he’s quickly moved into WR-2 territory and with him being a game-time decision in the last game of the week, a lot of owners could be in trouble if he doesn’t play.
This isn’t a situation to take lightly by any means, especially with Snead himself saying he was “hopeful” of playing, and that it’ll come down to how well he feels Monday. That’s not a vote of confidence for even if he plays, that he’ll be effective.
So what can you do if Snead is a late inactive?
Michael Thomas is the obvious benefactor if Snead misses out, but he’s likely unavailable in most leagues, already with 10 receptions in two games. Last year’s preseason standout, Brandon Coleman, is next in line and extremely hard to trust.
On the other side of the field, the situation is similar, although every Falcons receiver seems beat up. With Julio Jones and Mohamed Sanu on most rosters, there are three Falcons wide receivers to look at: Justin Hardy, Taylor Gabriel and Aldrick Robinson.
All three had at least one reception last week at Oakland. Hardy (13 snaps) had one catch for eight yards and a touchdown, while Gabriel (nine snaps) had two for 19 yards and Robinson (16 snaps) led with three receptions for 39 yards.
I was going to suggest Hardy, but there’s no way I’m touching that situation.
And so we’re back to Coleman, who saw five offensive snaps in Week 1 and 21 last weekend. But if Snead does miss out, surely that number will go up as he’ll be in New Orleans’ three-wide receiver sets.
Against the Giants, in those 21 snaps, he had two grabs for 15 yards.
Coleman was touted last season and went on to finish with 30 receptions for 454 yards and two touchdowns. However, Snead was the guy that actually took the starting spot in the lineup as Coleman struggled.
If Snead misses out and you’re left with a hole in your lineup, Coleman may be the only option to turn to. Those three Falcons are possibilities, but I’d rather back the favored home team and a guy that probably won’t split snaps with two other wide receivers.
I have Snead on a couple of my teams and am already making plans as if he won’t play. But if your bench is lacking and would rather gamble on Snead playing – and performing – then Coleman is the best route in the case that Snead does miss out.