Olamide Zaccheaus

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

Olamide Zaccheaus News

Falls to No. 2 on depth chart

Zaccheaus will fall to No. 2 on the depth chart after the Falcons drafted Drake London with the No. 8 overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, Josh Kendall of the Athletic reports.

Analysis: Zaccheaus signed a $2.433 million RFA tender from the Falcons this offseason and was the de facto No. 1 wideout for awhile with Russell Gage leaving for Tampa Bay and Calvin Ridley suspended for the entire 2022 season. However, the landscape of Atlanta's wide receiver depth chart changed drastically after its selection of London in the first round. Zaccheaus appeared in every game last season and finished with 31 catches on 53 targets for 406 yards and three touchdowns -- all career highs. Matt Ryan's relied heavily on his runnings backs and tight ends, which impacted Zaccheaus' overall fantasy potential, and it's unlikely Marcus Mariota's passing attack changes things for the 5-foot-8 receiver, especially given London (ankle) and Kyle Pitts will garner the majority of targets for the foreseeable future.

May 2, 2022 9:46 AM EST


Signs tender with Falcons

Zaccheaus signed his contract with the Falcons on Tuesday.

Analysis: Previously a restricted free agent, Zaccheaus apparently was unable to find an offer that beat the $2.433 million RFA tender from the Falcons. He'd also have a hard time finding a better chance to earn snaps and targets, considering Russell Gage left for the divison-rival Bucs and Calvin Ridley is suspended for the entire 2022 season. The Falcons still figure to add more receivers before Week 1, but Zaccheaus could nonetheless be in the mix for a starting job, joined by a cast of journeyman that includes Damiere Byrd, KhaDarel Hodge and Auden Tate.

Apr 19, 2022 7:36 AM EST



Tendered by Atlanta

The Falcons tendered Zaccheaus at the right of first refusal level Tuesday, Adam Schefter of ESPN reports.

Analysis: The transaction sets Zaccheaus up for a $2.433 million salary in the 2022 season, unless any teams attempt to enter a bidding contest for his services. With Calvin Ridley (suspension) out for all of next season and Russell Gage not yet re-signed, Atlanta could scarce afford to part ways with a wideout already familiar with the offensive scheme. Zaccheaus, who has spent his entire NFL tenure with the Flacons since going undrafted out of Virginia back in 2019, logged a career-best 31-406-3 statline in 2021.

Mar 15, 2022 8:46 AM EST


Catches three passes in loss

Zaccheaus caught all three of his targets for 47 yards during Sunday's 30-20 loss to the Saints.

Analysis: Zaccheaus finished second on the team in receiving yards behind Russell Gage (126), as Matt Ryan couldn't get on the same page with rookie tight end Kyle Pitts (two catches on five targets for eight yards). The third-year wideout finished the 2021 campaign with 31 receptions for 406 yards and three touchdowns, but he failed to take advantage of increased opportunities after Calvin Ridley (personal) left the team ahead of Week 8.

Jan 10, 2022 9:28 AM EST


Non-factor in loss

Zaccheaus caught two of three targets for eight yards during Sunday's 29-15 loss to the Bills.

Analysis: With Calvin Ridley (personal) still away from the team and Tajae Sharpe (illness) in COVID-19 protocols, Zaccheaus once again drew the start opposite Russell Gage. However, despite playing 51 of Atlanta's 53 offensive snaps, the 5-foot-8 wideout was unable to crack fantasy relevancy as Kyle Pitts (69 yards) and Russell Gage (50 yards) dominated Matt Ryan's attention. Zaccheaus continues to garner plenty of snaps but has failed to generate any consistent production, making him a risky fantasy option against the Saints in Week 18.

Jan 3, 2022 11:20 AM EST



Two catches in win

Zaccheaus caught two of his four targets for 32 yards during Sunday's 20-16 win over the Lions.

Analysis: With Calvin Ridley (personal) away from the team and Tajae Sharpe (foot) sidelined for Week 16, Zaccheaus drew the start opposite of Russell Gage. However, Matt Ryan once again relied heavily on his tight ends, as Kyle Pitts (6 catches for 102 yards) and Hayden Hurst (two catches for 21 yards and a touchdown) were the most productive fantasy pass catchers for the Falcons on Sunday. Zaccheaus continues to garner plenty of snaps, but he has failed to develop any consistent production, making him a risky fantasy option against the Bills in Week 17.

Dec 27, 2021 10:23 AM EST


Likely set for starting assignment

Zaccheaus is expected to start and could play heavy snaps opposite top receiver Russell Gage in Week 16 with Tajae Sharpe (foot) listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the Lions, Scott Bair of the Falcons' official site reports.

Analysis: Zaccheaus has already been hovering between 40 and 62 percent snap shares in each of the past eight weeks while Calvin Ridley (personal) has been away from the team, averaging 3.1 targets per game during that stretch. The 24-year-old could now get the opportunity to see both his playing time and targets tick up another notch, as Christian Blake and Frank Darby -- who have combined to play 82 snaps on offense all season -- represent the only other receivers on the roster who might help fill in for Sharpe. Bair speculates that the Falcons may also have running back Cordarrelle Patterson and tight end Kyle Pitts line up at receiver spots more often to help compensate for the expected absences of Ridley and Sharpe.

Dec 24, 2021 3:06 PM EST


Two catches in loss

Zaccheaus caught both of his targets for 53 yards during Sunday's 31-13 loss to the 49ers.

Analysis: Zaccheaus wasn't targeted in the first half, but on the Falcons' second drive of the third quarter, Matt Ryan found the 5-foot-8 wideout deep down the middle of the field for 49 yards. Russell Gage (11 targets) and Kyle Pitts (seven targets) continue to dominate the majority of Ryan's attention, as no one else saw more than two targets. As long as Calvin Ridley (personal) remains away from the team, Zaccheaus will likely garner plenty of snaps, but he hasn't proven to be a consistent fantasy option at any point this season.

Dec 20, 2021 10:18 AM EST


Held without a target in Week 14

Zaccheaus wasn't targeted during Sunday's 29-21 win over the Panthers.

Analysis: Zaccheaus played 29 offensive snaps but didn't record a target for the first time since Week 1. Matt Ryan's reliance on his tight ends and running backs continues to mean mediocre numbers for all of his wideouts except for Russell Gage. As long as Calvin Ridley (personal) remains away from the team, Zaccheaus will likely garner plenty of opportunities, but he hasn't proven to be a consistent fantasy option at any point this season.

Dec 13, 2021 1:01 PM EST


Four touches in Week 13

Zaccheaus caught three of his five targets for 44 yards and also added one rushing attempt for two yards during Sunday's 30-17 loss to the Buccaneers.

Analysis: Zaccheaus finished tied with Cordarrelle Patterson and Tajae Sharpe for third on the team in targets, but he was able to significantly outpace the two in total yards. The third-year wideout's 44 receiving yards were his second-highest total of the season, and the most he's produced since his breakout Week 9 performance (three catches for 58 yards and two touchdowns). Nonetheless, slot man Russell Gage (11 catches for 130 yards) continues to be Matt Ryan's go-to reciever while Calvin Ridley (personal) remains away from the team. Zaccheaus will likely continue to see plenty of playing time, but his sporadic production makes him a risky fantasy option on a week-to-week basis.

Dec 6, 2021 3:22 PM EST


Non-factor in win

Zaccheaus caught one of two targets for five yards during Sunday's 21-14 win over the Jaguars.

Analysis: Zaccheaus appeared to be trending in the right direction after racking up eight catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns over a three-game stretch, but he was a non-factor once again in Week 12. Slot man Russell Gage (six catches for 62 yards and a touchdown) continues to be Matt Ryan's favorite wideout while Calvin Ridley (personal) remains away from the team. However, Atlanta's offense also remains heavily reliant on its tight ends and running backs in the passing game, which significantly impacts Zaccheaus' fantasy upside.

Nov 29, 2021 12:30 PM EST


Sees five targets in loss

Zaccheaus caught three of his five targets for 23 yards during Thursday's 25-0 loss to the Patriots.

Analysis: Zaccheaus' five targets and three receptions tied him with Kyle Pitts for second on the team, but Russell Gage paced all Falcons' pass catchers with five catches on eight targets. With Calvin Ridley (personal) on the non-football injury list, the 5-foot-8 wideout has totaled 15 targets, eight receptions, 93 yards and two touchdowns over his last three games. Zaccheaus appears to be trending in the right direction, but he will likely remain a risky option despite the uptick in production.

Nov 21, 2021 7:42 AM EST


Targeted seven times in loss

Zaccheaus caught two of seven targets for 22 yards during Sunday's 43-3 loss to the Cowboys.

Analysis: Zacchaeus was targeted a season-high seven times during Sunday's loss, but he was only able to record two receptions. His seven targets tied him with Kyle Pitts for the team high, and his 22 yards were good for the second most, behind Pitts' 60 receiving yards. With Calvin Ridley (personal) on the non-football injury report, Zacchaeus has totaled 10 targets for 70 yards and two touchdowns over his last two games. Despite the uptick in production, he will likely remain a risky flex option against the Patriots in Week 11.

Nov 15, 2021 12:16 PM EST


Scores twice in Week 9 win

Zaccheaus caught all three of his targets for 58 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 27-25 win over the Saints.

Analysis: Zaccheaus wasn't targeted often, but he made the most of his few opportunities. He secured touchdowns of three and six yards in the second and fourth quarters, respectively, and added a 49-yard reception in the third. Zaccheaus came into this game with just one touchdown all season and no more than 32 yards in any previous contest, so he'll be tough to trust in Week 10 against the Cowboys, even with top wide receiver Calvin Ridley (personal) still on the non-football injury list.

Nov 7, 2021 3:09 PM EST


Non-factor in loss

Zaccheaus caught his only target for 12 yards during the Falcons' 19-13 loss to the Panthers on Sunday.

Analysis: Zaccheaus continues to be a non-factor for Atlanta's offense. With Calvin Ridley (personal) out for the second time in the past three games, he played 21 snaps -- third highest among wideouts -- but only recorded one target. Matt Ryan continues to utilize his tight ends and running backs more often when his star pass catcher is out, and with Ridley away from the team for an unspecified amount of time, that trend will likely continue, leaving Zaccheaus as an unreliable fantasy option even in deeper leagues.

Nov 1, 2021 2:22 PM EST


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


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