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Saints WR Chris Olave injury: What status means for Week 14 vs. Panthers

Chris Olave is dealing with an illness for Week 14. We break down what it means for fantasy football and betting.

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Inactive update: Olave is active and ready to go. His flu is hopefully behind him enough to not be a big factor in his play today. We can’t know for sure of course, but he’s in a fantasy start as long as he’s out there.

Game day update: Chris Olave is expected to play but is under the weather due to his illness, per Adam Schefter.


The New Orleans Saints will host the Carolina Panthers for their Week 14 matchup this afternoon and wide receiver Chris Olave is listed as questionable for the contest with an illness. He did not practice on either Thursday or Friday and his status for today’s game is up in the air.

We’ll go over what his status could mean from a fantasy and betting standpoint below.

Chris Olave injury

Fantasy football analysis

Olave entered this week as the No. 16 fantasy wideout in PPR leagues and his potential absence could be a huge blow to the Saints offense. He’s put together his best two performances of the season over the past two weeks, combining 12 receptions for 223 receiving yards. Whether its Derek Carr or Jameis Winston throwing for the Saints today, start the second-year wideout if he’s cleared to play.

NFL DFS analysis

Olave enters Week 14 with a DFS price of $7,000. He’s averaging a respectable 15.6 FP per game in the format, but is going up against a defense in the Panthers that is surprisingly yielding the fourth-least passing yards in the league. Still, I’d consider him for my lineup if he’s cleared and there’s even some value to be had with him at $7,000.

Betting analysis

New Orleans enters the game as a 6-point favorite at DraftKings Sportsbook, accompanied by a total of 38.5. Starting quarterback Derek Carr is also listed as questionable and the spread could drop if he’s unable to suit up for this contest.