The New Orleans Saints are one of three teams who can win the NFC South division this season. It should make for some interesting football in the final four weeks of the season. The Saints sit at 6-7 and enter a matchup with the New York Giants on Sunday that should determine which team remains in the playoff hunt and which may be missing out.
The Saints are listing WR Chris Olave as questionable to play in the big matchup vs. the G-Men. Olave is dealing with an ankle injury and could be held out. With QB Derek Carr already playing through injury, can we trust another Saints wideout in fantasy football for the playoffs? We’ll go through the options and how to approach them if Olave does sit.
Saints fantasy football start sit advice: Chris Olave injury
If Olave is out, Shaheed is the first name that should pop into your mind if you need a waiver pickup. Shaheed should be available in most shallow leagues with 8-10 teams. Anything more and he may be tough to come by (but not impossible). He missed the past two games due to a thigh injury but was completely off the injury report this week (which is good).
Before the Saints Week 11 bye, Shaheed had played in over 50% of the snaps in all but one game. Even if Olave is active and plays, Shaheed should firmly be the WR2 and see around 60-70% of the snaps. On the season, he has 33 catches on 55 targets for 534 yards and three TDs over 11 games. Shaheed is second on the team in air yards and has a better aDOT than Olave at 14.78. Shaheed has a lot of boom and slightly less bust than usual if Olave is out. This is a pretty good matchup on paper; the Giants allow over 360 total yards of offense per game. The Saints should run the ball plenty to control the clock but Carr will have some chances to take shots with Shaheed down field. The snaps and target share would both be there with Olave out. If that’s the case, Shaheed is an OK PPR FLEX play in Week 15. With Olave in there, less so.
That includes Lynn Bowden Jr. and A.T. Perry to be exact. We can throw out Keith Kirkwood for the lawls. But don’t play Kirkwood. Bowden and Perry have been playing a ton of snaps since Michael Thomas went down before the Week 11 bye. It hasn’t translated to anything close to fantasy relevance but it’s enough to make us go “hmmmm” a bit. Last week with Shaheed out, Bowden has four targets (second most behind Olave) vs. the Panthers. Perry only had one catch but it was for 44 yards. You’d think Perry sees fewer snaps and deep routes with Shaheed back. If Olave is out, Perry and Bowden would likely play a decent amount of snaps as the second and third wideouts. That doesn’t mean it will translate to fantasy but it’s feasible. Not enough to play either of them in the fantasy playoffs. It more just makes us think.
Oh yeah, and the tight ends. Jimmy Graham turned it back with a TD last week. It was vs. the Panthers in a game that was mostly over. But still counts. Juwan Johnson has been out-snapped by Foster Moreau the past two weeks. Johnson has been a major bust this season. Moreau can’t be in consideration this week. It wouldn’t surprise us if he got 3-4 catches but no, it’s too risky a play.