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Basic StatsChris Olave's Basic Stats

Chris Olave
ADP: 2.8
Bye: 12
Experience: 3
Age: 23.9
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 187
40 Time: 4.39

Burst Score (Rank): 116.40 (25%)
Catch Radius (Rank): 10.00 (51%)

Injury PredictorChris Olave's Injury Guide

High Risk

Chance of Injury in 2024

68.7%

% chance misses at least 2 quarters

Chance of Injury per Game

6.6%

1- 17√1-% Inj/Season

Projected Games Missed 2024

1.40

Durability

5.00

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

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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.
Dec 10, 2023 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Olave suffered a right ankle injury in Week 14 vs. the Panthers. He missed one game.

Basic StatsChris Olave's Preseason Player Analysis

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Bottom Line

Olave remains easily the Saints’ best WR.

He improved in nearly every metric from Year 1 to Year 2, and the upward trajectory should continue this season

Though Derek Carr is still the QB, Olave will get the targets to be an every-week starter and a WR1, which is where he sits in our rankings.

What We Learned Last Year

  • Olave posted a season-long stat line of 87 catches for 1,123 yards and five TDs in 16 games.
  • His per-game averages were slightly improved from his rookie season (2022):
    • 8.63 targets (up from 7.93)
    • 5.44 receptions (up from 4.80)
    • 70.2 yards (up from 69.5)
    • 12.9 yards per catch (down from 14.5)
    • 0.31 TDs (up from 0.27)
  • Olave ranked as the PPR WR16 in total fantasy points and WR20 in points per game.
  • He missed one game last year (Week 15) with a right ankle injury. It was the third game he’s missed in two years.
  • He had four top-12 finishes. He also had four WR37 or worse finishes.
  • Olave’s target share stayed consistent from 25.6% in 2022 (21st among WRs) to 25.8% (16th among WRs).
  • Among 89 WRs with 45+ targets, Olave ranked 17th in Pro Football Focus receiving grade and 18th in yards per route run (2.07).
  • Among those same 89 WRs, Olave ranked 18th in average targeted air yards (13.3) and 12th in percentage of team air yards (37.15%).

What to Expect in 2024

  • Olave enters his third season with the Saints under HC Dennis Allen.
  • New OC Klint Kubiak spent last year as the 49ers' passing-game coordinator
    • Last season the 49ers threw the fewest passes in the NFL at 491.
    • In Kubiak’s last OC stint for the Vikings in 2021, the team finished 12th in the league in pass attempts (604).
  • The Saints are expected to take a slight step backward. They are tied for second in the NFC South with a 7.5 win total at most sportsbooks.
  • The Saints have the 25th-highest odds to win the Super Bowl at +8000 on most sportsbooks, third highest in the division.
  • Olave enters his third season at 24 years old. According to our aging curve research, the average WR with Olave’s career produces at 95% of his peak value at age 24.

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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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