Zaccheaus caught his only target for 10 yards during Sunday's 24-9 loss to the Saints. 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.
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. 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 may have a chance to face a depleted New Orleans secondary Sunday while serving as Matt Ryan's No. 3 WR option.
Zaccheaus accumulated four receptions on six targets, totaling 103 receiving yards and a touchdown during Sunday's 34-27 win against the Broncos. 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.
Zaccheaus hauled in one of his four targets for 13 receiving yards during Sunday's 23-16 loss to the Panthers. 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.
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. 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, respectively, which resulted in a combined total of 12 catches for 127 yards on 15 targets. Jones is listed as questionable for Week 5 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 Jones's status ahead of the 1 p.m. ET kickoff.
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