News: 2 days agoOlave brought in one of six targets for four yards in the Saints' 26-9 loss to the Buccaneers on Sunday.
Spin: The speedy wideout was held in check in unprecedented fashion, with both his reception and receiving yardage totals qualifying as career lows. Olave's final line could have looked much different had he been able to come up with a couple of deep shots, but it ultimately was a forgettable day for the second-year wideout and the Saints offense as a whole. His first opportunity to bounce back comes in a Week 5 road matchup against the Patriots, but if Derek Carr's shoulder injury continues to limit his deep passing, Olave's fantasy value will inevitably take a hit to some degree.
ESPN Fantasy Projection: Olave is entering his second NFL season after an impressive rookie campaign in which he played a featured role (27% target share) and finished 25th among WRs in fantasy points. Olave was heavily utilized as a vertical target (his 14.2 aDOT ranked sixth in the league) and extremely efficient (his 2.5 YPRR ranked seventh and his 0.34 fantasy points per snap ranked sixth). Olave finished top 20 among WRs in targets and yards despite finishing 69th in snaps and 49th in routes, so there is still plenty of room for growth for the 23-year-old. With Derek Carr now under center, Olave is positioned for a leap forward in 2023. He's safest as a WR2, but there's upside for more.