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Basic StatsChris Olave's Basic Stats

Chris Olave
ADP: 89.11
Bye: 11
Experience: 3
Age: 23.6
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 189
40 Time: 4.39
Burst Score (Rank): 116.40 (25%)

Injury PredictorChris Olave's Injury Guide

High Risk

Chance of Injury in 2023

64%

% chance misses at least 2 quarters

Chance of Injury per Game

5.8%

1- 17√1-% Inj/Season

Projected Games Missed 2023

1.50

Durability

5.00

Ability to produce despire relatively minor injuries. 5 being most durable

Injury analysis powered by Draft Sharks Injury Guide, formerly SIP Logo

Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Apr 5, 2019 Non-NFL Thigh Hamstring Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Olave suffered a tight hamstring during the practice. He was available in Ohio State's spring game
Oct 24, 2020 Non-NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Olave suffered a head injury in the Buckeyes' season-opener vs. Nebraska.
Oct 9, 2022 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Olave was concussed upon scoring in the 3rd quarter.
Nov 26, 2023 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Olave left in the third quarter of Week 12 vs. the Falcons due to a concussion. He returned to play the following week.

Basic StatsChris Olave's Preseason Player Analysis

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Bottom Line

It’s pretty easy to bet on Olave going forward.

The biggest fantasy question for him in 2023 will be whether he’s leaving the board too early. That’s been as WR12 in half-PPR Underdog Fantasy drafts; WR13 in FFPC’s PPR format.

Olave has the ability to score in that range. But he’ll need to grow his target share further – or rely on high-end efficiency – to consistently score at the WR1 level. That makes him a risky (albeit exciting) pick at current market cost.

What We Learned Last Year
  • Olave was pretty excellent in a less-than-excellent pass offense as a rookie.
  • His 2.42 yards per route ranked seventh among 80 WRs with 50+ targets. It also led the nine rookie WRs who landed in that range and ranks fifth among all 50+ target rookie WRs over the past 10 years.
  • Want to know which four rookie WRs beat him?
    • Ja’Marr Chase
    • Justin Jefferson
    • A.J. Brown
    • Odell Beckham Jr.
  • Olave ranked 21st among all WRs in target share last season, garnering 25.6% of Saints targets over his 15 games.
  • He ranked 17th in the league in targets per game but just 29th in receptions per game.
  • Olave’s 14.5 yards per catch ranked 14th among qualifiers, and there was upside beyond that. Only three players reached 40 targets and beat him in average target depth (14.4).
  • Among 97 WRs with 40+ targets, Olave ranked 16th in Pro Football Focus receiving grade.
  • He tied for just 64th among the group in passer rating on balls thrown his way, also ranking just 15th among Saints in that category. Based on the rest of Olave’s numbers, though, we’d blame that on him not having a QB capable of consistently delivering mid-level and deep passes.
What to Expect in 2023
  • QB Derek Carr is a likely upgrade over both Andy Dalton and Jameis Winston. (Remember him starting the first three games last year?)
  • Carr hasn’t been great on deep balls. His 39.4% adjusted completion rate ranked just 24th among 36 QBs with 20+ deep attempts (20+ yards downfield) last year, according to PFF. Dalton ranked 34th.
  • Carr also ranked just 25th the year before. But he finished fifth, 16th, and second the three seasons prior.
  • Carr checked in just 44th in adjusted completion rate to the midrange last year (10-19 yards) but ranked top-six two of the previous three seasons.
  • Saints HC Dennis Allen has praised Carr’s intelligence and said the team targeted him as soon as it became clear the Raiders would be moving on. That likely signals more of a passing lean than New Orleans has had the past few years.
  • The Saints have ranked among the bottom 12 in pass rate each of the past three seasons. Even if they stay in that range, there’s room for more sheer play volume. New Orleans ranked fourth-slowest in situation-neutral play pace last year, down from 14th in 2021.
  • Olave faces primary target competition from WR Michael Thomas this year, assuming the veteran is ready when the season begins. That didn’t get in Olave’s way last season, though. His target share was actually slightly higher over the first three weeks (with Thomas) than it was from Week 4 on (without Thomas).
  • Beyond Thomas, second-year WR Rashid Shaheed looks like the No. 3 wideout. TE Juwan Johnson got an extension this March, and the team added TE Foster Moreau.

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9:34pm EST 12/29/23

Bucs rule out Shaq Barrett (groin), Carlton Davis (concussion) vs. Saints

The Buccaneers have ruled Edge Shaq Barrett (groin) and CB Carlton Davis (concussion) out for Sunday's game against the Saints. That hurts an already vulnerable pass defense. It's a nice fantasy spot for New Orleans QB Derek Carr and WR Chris Olave.

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Saints WR Chris Olave (ankle) is not listed on the final Week 16 injury report. He was a full-go in Wednesday's practice and should be at least close to 100% for Thursday night's game vs. the Rams. Olave is safe to get back into fantasy lineups.

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Saints WR Chris Olave (ankle) is expected to play vs. the Rams on Thursday night, according to insider Nick Underhill. Olave was limited in Tuesday's practice. We'll see what he does on Wednesday and how he's listed on the final injury report before making a final call on how he stacks up as a Week 16 fantasy play.

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Nick Underhill of Neworleans.football reports that Saints WR Chris Olave will be inactive for today's game against the Giants. We're about 15 minutes from getting official confirmation when the inactives come out. But go ahead and get Olave out of your fantasy football lineup if you haven't done so already. We had already removed Olave from the Week 15 WR rankings in anticipation of this.

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NFL Network's Ian Rapoport and ESPN's Adam Schefter both call Saints WR Chris Olave (ankle) a game-time decision for today's meeting with the Giants. But Rapoport adds that "there is not a lot of optimism that he can go." That's not a surprise after Olave missed practice all week. With WR Michael Thomas still on IR, Olave's absence would leave Rashid Shaheed as the best fantasy bet in New Orleans' WR corps. A.T. Perry, Lynn Bowden, Keith Kirkwood, and Marquez Callaway would round out the group. Olave's absence could also mean bigger roles for TE Taysom Hill and RB Alvin Kamara in the passing game. We've removed Olave from the Week 15 Rankings and updated Saints projections.

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