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Saints WR Chris Olave injury: What status means for Week 15 vs. Giants

Chris Olave is dealing with an ankle injury for Week 15. We break down what it means for fantasy football and betting.

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Inactives update: Olave is officially inactive. Taysom Hill and Rashid Shaheed are active and both have some fantasy appeal.

Game day update: Chris Olave is going to work out on Sunday, but Ian Rapoport is hearing there is not a lot of optimism he’ll play. Adam Schefter reported simply that his availability will be determine in pre-game warmups.


The New Orleans Saints are in the thick of the NFC South race, but they’ll likely have to continue their playoff push without wide receiver Chris Olave. The pass catcher suffered an ankle injury in Week 14 against the Carolina Panthers and is questionable for Sunday’s game against the New York Giants.

Olave caught four receptions for 28 yards and a touchdown. He seemed to complete the game, but then showed up on Wednesday’s practice participation report with the ankle injury. He sat out all three practices this week before getting the questionable tag. Head coach Dennis Allen said they’ll decide his status on Sunday after pre-game warmups and could take it all the way up to kickoff. He did say the ankle injury was not a longer-term high ankle sprain.

Chris Olave injury

Fantasy football analysis

The Saints play at 1 p.m., so we’ll have a better idea of things before the bulk of the schedule gets underway. The biggest concern is Olave being active and then not playing. If he’s active, you’re probably going to want to start him in traditional fantasy leagues given the upside he brings. If he sits, Rashid Shaheed would stand to benefit. A.T. Perry moves into the starting lineup as well, but the Saints are a sufficient enough mess that you should avoid using him.

NFL DFS analysis

Even if Olave is active, you should look for other options. His price point coupled with the potential for re-aggravation means you should steer clear of Olave in Week 15. Shaheed is intriguing even if Olave is active. The Giants are the third worst defense against opposing wide receivers. Shaheed hasn’t been great this season, but there is some significant upside to go with a low floor.