Olamide Zaccheaus

Atlanta Falcons
Wide Receiver #4
Atlanta Falcons
Wide Receiver #4

Olamide Zaccheaus News

Hauls in only target Sunday

Zaccheaus caught his only target for 13 yards during Sunday's 30-28 win over the Dolphins.

Analysis: Zaccheaus reverted back to his reserve role with Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage active for Week 7. The 24-year-old wideout played 12 offensive snaps and finished sixth on the team in receiving. Atlanta's offense has started to pick up steam, scoring 30, 27 and 30 points in their last three contests, so if they are able to continue to put points on the board and move the ball, then more looks may start to come the receivers way. But until that happens, Zaccheaus likely won't be a viable fantasy option in standard leagues.

Oct 25, 2021 1:40 PM EST

Sees four targets in Week 5

Zaccheaus caught two of his four targets for 20 yards during Sunday's 27-20 win over the Jets.

Analysis: The Falcons were without Calvin Ridley (personal) and Russell Gage (ankle), so Zaccheaus entered the contest as the Falcons No. 1 receiver. However, that didn't warrant any more targets as Matt Ryan once again relied on his tight ends and running backs during the Week 5 win. It's hard to envision a better situation for Zaccheaus to succeed then the one he was in Sunday, so it's safe to assume his role will continue to be limited throughout the season.

Oct 11, 2021 12:24 PM EST

Could be team's top receiver Week 5

Zaccheaus is expected to head into Sunday's game against the Jets in London as the Atlanta's No. 1 receiver after both Calvin Ridley (personal) and Justin Gage (ankle) were ruled out for the contest, Scott Bair of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: While Gage missed both of the past two contests, Zaccheaus had already enjoyed an elevated profile in the Atlanta offense, playing 96 of the Falcons' 130 offensive snaps (74 percent) during that stretch while collecting four receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown on nine targets. With Gage out for another week and Ridley's 10.5 targets per game now up for grabs, Zaccheaus looks like he'll have one of the best opportunities of his young career to produce a useful fantasy line. While Zaccheaus should absorb some of the vacated target volume, he shouldn't be expected to serve as a 1:1 replacement for Ridley. Instead, expect the likes of Zaccheaus and fellow pass catchers Kyle Pitts, Cordarrelle Patterson, Mike Davis, Hayden Hurst, Tajae Sharpe, Christian Blake and Frank Darby to all enjoy upticks in targets and snaps, to varying degrees.

Oct 7, 2021 11:36 AM EST

Catches one pass Sunday

Zaccheaus caught one of his three targets for 15 yards during Sunday's 34-30 loss to Washington.

Analysis: With Russell Gage (ankle) out again, Zaccheaus had another opportunity to seize a bigger role in the offense. However, Cordarrelle Patterson stole the show against Washington with three touchdowns. Even though Zaccheaus is operating as the No. 2 wideout behind Calvin Ridley, he is more like the fifth option in the passing game. Matt Ryan relies heavily on his tight ends -- Kyle Pitts and Hayden Hurst -- and has developed a connection with the multi-talented Patterson.

Oct 4, 2021 10:19 AM EST

Catches touchdown in win

Zaccheaus caught three of his six targets for 32 yards and one touchdown during Sunday's 17-14 win over the Giants.

Analysis: Zaccheaus got the start in Week 3 with Russell Gage (ankle) ruled out for Sunday's contest. The 24-year-old wideout didn't disappoint as he hauled in his sixth-career touchdown reception. The undrafted free agent had a solid season -- notching 72 catches for 786 yards and four touchdowns -- for the Falcons last year. His role was expected to grow during the 2021 campaign with Julio Jones departing to Tennessee, but until Week 3, that hadn't been the case. If Gage remains sidelined for Week 4, Zacchaeus could build off his solid performance against the Giants and solidify himself as a consistent option in Atlanta's passing attack.

Sep 27, 2021 11:33 AM EST

Likely starting Week 3

Zaccheaus is the next man up at wide receiver with Russell Gage (ankle) ruled out for Sunday's game against the Giants, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Zaccheaus caught five of 10 targets for 116 yards and a TD in two starts last year, otherwise operating as Atlanta's No. 4 receiver. He then played just 26 percent of offensive snaps in Week 1 this season, before seeing 58 percent share and four targets (2-22-0) in the Week 2 loss to Tampa. His increase in playing time largely came in the slot, with Zaccheaus jumping from four snaps there in Week 1 to 18 in Week 2. Gage's ankle sprain played a role, though Zaccheaus wasn't exactly a priority for the Atlanta passing game even in his new role. That could again be the case this Sunday, as new OC Arthur Smith seems to be building his passing game around Calvin Ridley, Kyle Pitts and the running backs. Ideally, the Falcons would probably like some of those dump-offs to the RBs to become deep shots to Ridley or Zaccheaus, but it hasn't worked out that way so far.

Sep 24, 2021 10:10 AM EST

Two catches in Week 2

Zaccheaus caught two of four targets for 22 yards in Sunday's 48-25 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Zaccheaus was more involved after a goose egg in the season opener, but he still finished sixth on the team in targets, catches and receiving yards, with all five players ahead of him catching at least five passes. With Atlanta involving its running backs and tight ends in the passing game, the No. 3 wide receiver's volume will remain capped barring injuries to some of his teammates.

Sep 20, 2021 12:38 PM EST

Role likely to grow

Zaccheaus is a candidate to see increased work in the Falcons' passing game in 2021 as a result of Julio Jones' departure from Atlanta, Deen Worley of USA Today reports.

Analysis: Zaccheaus approaches the coming season with the potential to see a significant increase in his target share, with Jones no longer in the mix. Calvin Ridley now profiles as the team's clear-cut top wideout, while Russell Gage is a player many suspect will be the biggest beneficiary of Jones' departure. That said, it's worth noting that in 2020 Gage's production did not markedly improve in games in which Jones was out. With that in mind, if Zaccheaus can impress in the preseason, the speedster has a chance to carve out a more prominent role in the offense and in turn gain value as a fantasy sleeper.

Jul 7, 2021 1:32 PM EST

Ends year on injured reserve

Zaccheaus (toe), who ended the season on injured reserve, concluded his 2020 campaign with 20 receptions on 274 yards and a touchdown over 10 games.

Analysis: Zaccheaus was unavailable for the final five weeks of the regular season, but even still, he was much more involved offensively this year compared to his rookie campaign of 2019. The Virginia standout only totaled three catches for 115 yards last season, with 93 of those yards coming from a single Week 14 TD catch against the Panthers. He also started twice this season, fielding 50-plus offensive snaps on four different occasions. Now afforded a long offseason of recovery with Atlanta missing out on the playoffs, Zaccheaus enters his final year under contract with the Falcons in 2021.

Jan 6, 2021 7:52 PM EST

Out at least three weeks

The Falcons placed Zaccheaus (toe) on injured reserve Tuesday.

Analysis: Zaccheaus suffered this injury during this past Sunday's win over the Raiders, and he'll be required to miss at least three games while on injured reserve. The 23-year-old speedster has made two starts this season, both when either Julio Jones (hamstring) or Calvin Ridley was sidelined. He's established a 20-274-1 line over 11 games. To add depth during Zaccheaus' absence, the Falcons signed Laquon Treadwell to the active roster.

Dec 1, 2020 12:07 PM EST

Leaves Sunday's game

Zaccheaus was forced out of Sunday's game against the Raiders due to a toe injury, D. Orlando Ledbetter of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Analysis: Prior to his exit from the contest, Zaccheaus caught one of his three targets for 11 yards. His absence further taxes the depth of the Falcons' Week 12 wideout corps, which is already minus Julio Jones (hamstring).

Nov 29, 2020 10:54 AM EST

Attracts only one target

Zaccheaus caught his only target for 10 yards during Sunday's 24-9 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Zaccheaus was coming off an explosive four-catch, 103-yard performance Week 9 against the Broncos that included a 51-yard TD, rendering his Week 11 showing a disappointing one in comparison. Even with Matt Ryan chucking up 37 attempts Sunday, Zaccheaus was still held under 15 receiving yards for the fifth time in his past six appearances. The 23-year-old has the open-field speed to provide lucrative fantasy numbers when he slips a crease in a given outing, but he hasn't proven capable of providing any sort of high-floor production week-to-week.

Nov 22, 2020 10:50 PM EST

Limited Friday, but cleared to play

Zaccheaus (knee) was listed as a limited participant Friday, but he carries no injury designation heading into a Week 11 matchup against the Saints, Will McFadden of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: The second-year man out of Virginia made his first injury report appearance of the week Friday, but his limited practice reps seem to represent a precautionary measure given that Zaccheaus is clear for Sunday's NFC South tilt. Zaccheaus hasn't missed a game in 2020, and he provided a season-best 103-yard, one touchdown receiving performance Week 9 against the Broncos. With Saints cornerback Marshon Lattimore (abdomen) listed as questionable, Zaccheaus has a chance to face a depleted New Orleans secondary Sunday while serving as Matt Ryan's No. 3 WR option.

Nov 20, 2020 5:12 PM EST

Breaks century mark in receiving

Zaccheaus accumulated four receptions on six targets, totaling 103 receiving yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 34-27 win against the Broncos.

Analysis: Zaccheaus paced the Falcons in receiving Sunday in large part because of a 51-yard touchdown catch at the 1:24 mark of the first quarter, good for Atlanta's second-longest play from scrimmage all year. The Virginia product recorded zero receptions over his preceding three outings coming into Sunday's matchup, though he was only afforded 34 total snaps during that stretch. This isn't Zaccheaus' first significant outing of 2020, as the 23-year-old also enjoyed a two-game stretch Weeks 3 and 4 when he posted 12 combined receptions for 127 yards. Calvin Ridley (foot) has a chance to heal up over Atlanta's Week 10 bye, and if he does, Zaccheaus' role would likely be reduced when the Falcons retake the field Nov. 22 against New Orleans.

Nov 8, 2020 9:06 PM EST

Just one catch against Carolina

Zaccheaus hauled in one of his four targets for 13 receiving yards during Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Panthers.

Analysis: The second-year wideout from Virginia was considered an interesting waiver wire addition after he racked up 12 receptions and 127 yards between Weeks 3 and 4. Despite Zaccheaus' offensive opportunities being enhanced with Julio Jones (hamstring) inactive against the Panthers, he only managed to corral a quarter of his targets on the afternoon. Zaccheaus will again be a top-three option at wide receiver for the Falcons if Jones is ruled out Week 6 against the Vikings, but it may be tricky to trust him in a starting fantasy lineup, even in a matchup against Minnesota's bottom-five pass defense.

Oct 11, 2020 9:59 PM EST

Could start again

Coach Dirk Koetter said he's confident Zaccheaus and other wide receivers will step up if Julio Jones (hamstring) isn't able to play in Sunday's game against the Panthers, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: Jones was inactive for Week 3 and unable to make it to halftime in Week 4, thereby allowing Zaccheaus to play 79 and 76 percent of snaps, which resulted in 12 catches for 127 yards on 15 targets. Jones is listed as questionable and being treated as a game-time decision, but his absence from practice throughout the week suggests he's no better than 50/50 to suit up. Zaccheaus could be be looking at a full-time role in a pass-heavy offense, pending Julio's status ahead of the 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff Sunday.

Oct 9, 2020 3:24 PM EST

Atlanta's top target Week 4

Zaccheaus corralled eight of a team-high nine targets for 86 receiving yards during Monday's 30-16 loss to the Packers.

Analysis: The second-year wideout from Virginia showed signs of fantasy relevance last Sunday against the Bears, playing 79 percent of the offensive snaps after Russell Gage exited with a head injury, and catching four of six targets for 41 yards. Zaccheaus became Matt Ryan's preferred target after Julio Jones exited Monday night's loss with a hamstring injury, and Green Bay's defense decided to focus on containing Calvin Ridley. He had just four career catches for 125 yards in 12 appearances prior to Week 3, but he may provide deep-league utility if Jones proves unable to go in Atlanta's upcoming matchup against the Panthers.

Oct 5, 2020 10:19 PM EST

Comes alive against Bears

Zaccheaus hauled in four of his six targets for 41 receiving yards during Sunday's 30-26 loss to Chicago.

Analysis: With Julio Jones (hamstring) ruled out pre-game and Russell Gage forced to exit partway through Sunday's contest because of a head injury, Zaccheaus suddenly found himself in place as the No. 2 wide receiver within Atlanta's high-flying passing attack. After seeing just one target thrown his way across the first two weeks of 2020, Zaccheaus doubled his previous career-high in catches by corralling four passes from Matt Ryan on Sunday. If Jones and Gage are forced to sit out again when the Falcons take on the Packers next Monday night, Zaccheaus remains situated for increased work in the offense.

Sep 27, 2020 5:08 PM EST

Locked in as No. 4 receiver

Zaccheaus has made the cut for the Falcons' 53-man roster, and he is expected to be the team's No. 4 wide receiver this season, Kelsey Conway of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: The second-year man Zaccheaus is anticipated to slot in behind Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Russell Gage at wide receiver, while also playing a significant role on special teams. Now that undrafted rookie Chris Rowland is officially not on the Week 1 roster, it appears Zaccheaus is the go-to option at returner aside from Brandon Powell. Zaccheaus is not expected to be a fixture in fantasy lineups, but if one of the starters at receiver were to miss a game, he may suddenly become fantasy-relevant. The Falcons' offense threw 3.2 more pass attempts per game than any other team in the NFL last season.

Sep 6, 2020 7:19 AM EST

Returns to practice

Zaccheaus was a full participant during Monday's practice, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The second-year man out of Virginia is back on the field after missing time last week with an undisclosed injury. Zaccheaus recorded just three catches as a rookie in 2019, but he did cash in with a 93-yard touchdown during Atlanta's Week 14 victory over the Panthers. The 23-year-old may end up filling out Atlanta's rotation as a depth option at wide receiver, but with his explosiveness Zaccheaus also has potential to become a factor on special teams this season.

Aug 31, 2020 7:42 PM EST

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