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|Willie Snead quietly emerged as a consistent depth play for fantasy owners in 2015. Although he only found the end zone three times all year, he was nearly able to turn 100 targets into 1000 receiving yards as a rookie - no small task. He lacks the ceiling of Cooks or Coleman and faces more possession type competition on the roster in the form of Coby Fleener and Michael Thomas. Nevertheless, he remains a starter in an offense that passes the ball over 600 times and would assume a larger role if Cooks was sidelined for any length of time. Considering his low acquisition cost, Snead should once again provide a useful depth option for fantasy owners to consider late on draft day.
|Cooks, Patriots deal gets done|
Saints get Patriots 1st round pick in 2017
By: Mike Krueger | Fri Mar 10, 8:50 pm
|Continuing their aggressive offseason blitz, the New England Patriots have agreed to trade their 2017 first-round draft choice to the New Orleans Saints in exchange for receiver Brandin Cooks, sources tell ESPN's Dianna Russini.
The first-round pick is No. 32 overall, the last selection of the round. The Patriots also will trade a third-round pick (No. 103) to New Orleans and receive the Saints' fourth-round pick (No. 118), sources tell Russini. (ESPN)|
FFToday's Take: This deal was rumored over the last couple days and now it's complete. The juicy part is CB Malcolm Butler remains in New England. The signing of Ted Ginn Jr. made a Cooks trade more likely and now the Patriots have acquired one of most explosive young receivers in the league. Michael Thomas and Willie Snead see their fantasy value inflated in New Orleans while Julian Edelman's value will take a hit in New England.