Chris Olave Among Biggest WR Jumps In Fantasy Football Rankings For 2023

Chris Olave Among Biggest WR Jumps In Fantasy Football Rankings For 2023
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It appears that fantasy football players are taking notice of New Orleans Saints’ second-year wideout Chris Olave after the 23-year-old’s breakout rookie season in 2022.  

The former Ohio State Buckeye was a one-man dynamo out wide for the Saints a season ago, helping plenty of those involved in Louisiana sports betting by hauling in 72 receptions for 1,042 yards with four scores to his name.  

Now, Olave has had his fantasy rankings skyrocket, pushing Olave into the upper rounds of various drafts ahead of the 2023 NFL regular season.  

We're not only occupied with Louisiana sportsbook promos and betting apps here. With the NFL season coming soon and fantasy leagues across the US getting ready to draft with their family and friends, we decided to look at which wide receivers are catching hype for the ’23 season.  

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Biggest WR Jumps In Fantasy Rankings For 2023

Utilizing FantasyPros.com’s NFL Rankings, we gathered the Top 100 returning WRs in PPR rankings for the 2023 season. We then utilized FantasyData.com’s NFL Final Rankings to find the final rankings of WRs in PPR for the 2022 season. Subtracting the WR Rankings from 2023 from the WR Rankings from 2022, we came up with the biggest jumps for WRs in fantasy football. 

Rank Team/Position/Player 2022 PPR Final Ranking 2023 Preseason PPR Ranking Difference in Ranking
1 Chiefs WR Skyy Moore121 52 69
2 Browns WR Elijah Moore82 4438
3 Bills WR Khalil Shakir130 93 37
4 49ers WR Deebo Samuel37 20 17
T-5 Commanders WR Jahan Dotson51 35 16
T-5 Bears WR Darnell Mooney72 56 16
T-5 Patriots WR Tyquan Thornton98 82 16
8 Packers WR Christian Watson40 26 14
9 Saints WR Chris Olave25 12 13
10 Jets WR Garrett Wilson21 10 11

Note: Any players with under 12 games played last year and any current free agents for 2023 were eliminated. 

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Olave Among NFL’s Biggest Risers

Olave gained 13 spots during the offseason on PPR’s rankings board, going from the 25th-ranked wideout to 12th, earning the Saints’ wideout the ninth-largest jump in the league.  He's expected to play a large role in improving the Saints playoff chances in 2023.

Overall, Skyy Moore of the Kansas City Chiefs (+69 spots), Elijah Moore of the Cleveland Browns (+38), and Bills’ wideout Khalil Shakir (+37 spots) were the biggest movers on PPR’s board, while Jahan Dotson of the Washington Commanders, Darnell Mooney of the Chicago Bears and Patriots’ wideout Tyquan Thornton tied for fifth, at +16 apiece.  

Olave and the Saints will have their first shot at showing what they have when New Orleans hosts the Tennessee Titans in the team’s regular season opener on Sept. 10 in the Big Easy. You can track the Saints Super Bowl odds with LouisianaBets.com all season long.

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Christopher Boan writes for LouisianaBets.com and has been covering sports and sports betting for more than seven years, with experience at ArizonaSports.com, the Tucson Weekly and the Green Valley News.

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