Each week in Cutting Through the Noise, we will take an objective look at one of the most polarizing players in Dynasty Fantasy Football as decided by the Footballguys Dynasty Discord. We will use the Footballguys consensus rankings to gauge where the player is currently valued.
|21||Drake London||Atl||30||Michael Pittman||Ind|
|22||Austin Ekeler||LAC||31||DK Metcalf||Sea|
|23||Jalen Hurts||Phi||32||Joe Mixon||Cin|
|24||Davante Adams||LV||33||Najee Harris||Pit|
|25||Tyreek Hill||Mia||34||Joe Burrow||Cin|
|26||Nick Chubb||Cle||35||Travis Kelce||KC|
|27||Ken Walker||Sea||36||Kyler Murray||Ari|
|28||Chris Olave||NO||37||Garrett Wilson||NYJ|
|29||Amon-Ra St. Brown||Det|
WR13 and Overall No. 28
Chris Olave was a strong producer throughout his four years at Ohio State University but failed to truly shine due to the who’s who of NFL starters that came through the Buckeyes’ locker room at the same time. Olave competed with the likes of Terry McLaurin, Parris Campbell, Garrett Wilson, Jameson Williams, and future star Jaxon Smith-Njigba. Despite the competition for touches, Olave managed to rack up 2702 yards on 175 catches and scored 35 touchdowns. All of these receivers benefited from Justin Fields' stellar play. In 2021 C.J. Stroud took over at quarterback as a freshman and helped Olave finish his college career with his best season yet. He entered the NFL coming off his best season with 65 catches for 936 yards and 13 touchdowns.
Olave was projected to be drafted anywhere from the Top 10 to the bottom of the first round, but he had a couple of former teammates standing in his way. Garrett Wilson was pushing to be the top wide receiver drafted, while Jameson Williams figured to fall in the same range as Olave, even coming off a fresh ACL injury. While Olave prepped for the NFL draft, the New Orleans Saints were mortgaging their future. When it was all said and done, the Saints spent two third-rounders, a fourth-rounder, a 2023 first-rounder, and a 2024 second-rounder for the 11th-overall pick in the 2022 NFL Draft. At the time, just about everyone figured the pick was for Drew Brees’ replacement, but ultimately the selection was Olave, just one pick behind Wilson and one pick before Williams.
Through six games, Olave has 32 receptions for 495 yards and two touchdowns.
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