Olamide Zaccheaus

Olamide Zaccheaus

Wide Receiver #4
Team: Atlanta Falcons
Ht / Wt:None / 190 lb.
Drafted:None / UDFA

Olamide Zaccheaus: 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.

October 11, 2020 9:59 PM EST

Olamide Zaccheaus: 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.

October 9, 2020 3:24 PM EST

Olamide Zaccheaus: 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.

October 5, 2020 10:19 PM EST

Olamide Zaccheaus: 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.

September 27, 2020 5:08 PM EST

Olamide Zaccheaus: 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.

September 6, 2020 7:19 AM EST

Olamide Zaccheaus: 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.

August 31, 2020 7:42 PM EST

Olamide Zaccheaus: Sitting out Wednesday

Zaccheaus (undisclosed) missed Wednesday's practice, Tori McElhaney of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: The specifics of the absence remain unclear, however, it's serious enough for the wideout to miss valuable practice reps. Zaccheaus made a slight impact coming into the league last season as an undrafted free agent, catching three of five targets for 115 yards and a touchdowns in 10 games. As for the injury, it's unclear when Zaccheaus will return to the practice field.

August 26, 2020 5:10 PM EST

Olamide Zaccheaus: Week 14 splash play highlights 2019

Zaccheaus caught three of five targets for 115 yards and one touchdown across 10 appearances this season.

Analysis: The 22-year-old Zaccheaus wrapped up his collegiate career as the No. 2 all-time receiver in Virginia history, but his offensive workload was extremely limited during his rookie campaign. He did play a substantial special-teams role over the latter half of the year, but his offensive snap count only exceeded 15 on one instance all season. That occasion came Week 14, when Zaccheaus played 21 offensive snaps and tore off a 91-yard catch and run during a 40-20 win against Carolina -- accounting for his first NFL score and 80 percent of his season-long yardage production in a single play.

January 5, 2020 3:40 PM EST

Olamide Zaccheaus: Role to amplify given Ridley injury

Coach Dan Quinn said Monday that Zaccheaus and Christian Blake will fill Calvin Ridley's role in the offense now that he has been ruled out for the remainder of the season with an abdominal injury, Jason Butt of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Zaccheaus produced an electrifying 93-yard touchdown on his first NFL reception Sunday against the Panthers, and he now figures to see a substantial increase in playing time between Weeks 15 and 17 with Ridley out of the lineup. Prior to his breakout play, Zaccheaus had served primarily as a special-teams contributor when active, playing 60-plus percent of the special-teams snaps in every game between Weeks 10 and 13, but never seeing more than 11 percent of the offensive reps. He'll be in the mix alongside Blake and Justin Hardy to scoop up Ridley's target share in Week 15, when the Falcons take on San Francisco's No. 1 pass defense.

December 9, 2019 3:55 PM EST

Olamide Zaccheaus: Burns Panthers for 93-yard TD

Zaccheaus hauled in one of two targets for 93 yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 40-20 win against Carolina.

Analysis: It surely can be said that Zaccheaus' first NFL reception was memorable, as his catch and run provided Atlanta with its longest play from scrimmage all season. The rookie's monstrous gain culminated in a 93-yard score to provide Atlanta with a three-possession lead at the 6:30 mark of the third quarter, as the Falcons coasted to a 20-point win and a season sweep over its NFC South rival. Though his final fantasy output in Week 14 may be eye-catching, Zaccheaus' offensive involvement hasn't been near the requisite level to make him a trustworthy start just yet.

December 8, 2019 8:59 PM EST

Olamide Zaccheaus: Sees first career target

Zaccheaus was unable to bring in his only target of Thursday's 26-18 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Zaccheaus has been getting six or seven offensive snaps per game over his last four contests, but Thursday was the first time that Matt Ryan looked the rookie's way. As his snap total didn't increase, it would be a stretch to say that his first target had too much to do with Julio Jones' (shoulder) absence, but it certainly helped. Next up is a Carolina team that is undergoing some shakeups with the firing of head coach Ron Rivera, but Zaccheaus should not be on your radar.

December 3, 2019 5:25 PM EST

Olamide Zaccheaus: Making plays in camp

Zaccheaus was an offensive standout during the Falcons' inter-squad scrimmage Sunday, Vaughn McClure of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The undrafted rookie out of Virginia is making a push for a depth role in the Falcons receiving corps, as he's been one of the more impressive pass-catchers in the early stages of training camp beyond starters Julio Jones, Calvin Ridley and Mohamed Sanu. Initially a running back when he began his career with the Commodores in 2015, Zaccheaus evolved into a wideout by his senior year and racked up 93 receptions for 1,058 yards and nine touchdowns while playing in one of college football's most competitive conferences. Justin Hardy is all but assured the No. 4 receiver job in addition to serving as the primary punt returner, but the No. 5 spot is up for grabs between incumbent Russell Gage, Zaccheaus and fellow rookie Marcus Green.

July 28, 2019 9:07 PM EST

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