College: Miami (FL) | 13 years
Height: 6'5" | Weight: 255 lbs
Birth Date: 3/11/1985
Depth Chart: TE1.1
2019 Bye Week: 7
Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 TE
Olsen had his second straight injury-plagued season. He needed two different surgeries on his foot. Olsen played nine games and had 27 receptions for 291 yards and four touchdowns in how four games. He has played just 16 games the last two seasons because of injury. Olsen had three straight 1,000-yard seasons before the past two years. He is 34 years old and you have to wonder how much he has left in the tank. But if healthy, he will be a big part of the Panthers passing game. Olsen has top speed and very good hands for a man of his size. He has really improved as a blocker since entering the league and is a more complete tight end at this stage of his career.
FANTASY OUTLOOK: Olsen has some big red flags for this year but could be a good buy-low candidate because he has a high ceiling if all is going well for him. Just lower your expectations for him a little because he isn't the same tight end as past years. Look for around 60 receptions for 700 yards and five or six scores.
This is Greg Olsens ninth year in Carolina and his 13th overall. Since he became a starter in 2009, he has been consistently on the field, rarely missing time due to injury or otherwise. That changed in 2017 though when he fractured his foot in Week 2. He played seven games in 2017 and then nine in 2018 after he suffered a fracture in the same foot as well as a rupture of his plantar fascia. Olsen is healthy once again heading into 2019 and Cam Newton has one of his favorite targets back. During Olsens absence though, Christian McCaffrey has cemented himself as one of the most dangerous dual-threat running backs in the NFL. The Carolina offense flows through him and opposing defenses know it. With this being said, it may be tough for Olsen to return to the numbers he put up before McCaffreys breakout. In the 16 games, Olsen has started since McCaffrey has been with the Panthers, he has 44 receptions, 482 yards, and 5 TDs. That averages out to just under three rec/game and 30 yds/game. In addition, the Panthers used their first-round pick on D.J. Moore last year and their second-round pick on Curtis Samuel the year before so these two could enjoy a greater target share. Simply put, the Panthers just dont need to rely on Olsen as much anymore. Hell enjoy red zone looks as Newton trusts the veteran out of Miami but dont expect top-5 TE numbers from Olsen. He should be a low TE1 or high TE2 by years end if his Lisfranc injury doesnt reoccur.
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Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen was productive during the loss to the Packers on Sunday, finishing with eight catches for 98 yards. His receptions total and targets (10) were both his highest of the season, with the veteran catching one less pass in this one than in his previous three outings combined. He still can't be trusted from a fantasy standpoint, but with a few more performances like this, he may become a playable option once again as fantasy leagues head towards the playoffs.
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen caught eight of his 10 targets for 98 yards in a 24-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 10.
Fantasy Spin: Olsen had season highs in both catches and targets, recording his most receiving yards since Week 2. It has been a disappointing year for Olsen overall, but he still has potential as a streaming option.
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen is being asked to block more to help protect QB Kyle Allen, according to David Newton of ESPN.com.
Fantasy Spin: Olsen's numbers have tailed off after a solid start, and with Allen expected to be under center the rest of the way, fantasy owners will have to accept TE2 production as the norm.
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen posted three receptions for 40 yards on five targets in Week 9 against the Tennessee Titans.
Fantasy Spin: The good news is that Olsen's foot has remained intact after a couple of season's worth of injury woes. The bad news is he has resembled more of a TE2 most games than a must-start fantasy option. The Panthers travel to meet the Packers in Week 10.
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen had three catches for 40 yards during the win over the Titans on Sunday. While it was encouraging that Olsen received five targets from Kyle Allen, the veteran continues to disappoint, compiling a subpar 11 receptions for 110 yards over his last five outings. For those hoping for a bounce-back season in 2019, don't hold your breath, with Olsen's inefficient play likely to continue against the Packers in Week 10.
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen hasn't done much this season, with that trend expected to continue against Tennessee on Sunday. Since his two-touchdown performance against the Cardinals in Week 3, the 34-year-old has been virtually non-existent by compiling just eight receptions for 70 yards over the last three games. The Titans Defense isn't great by any means, but for those hoping for an efficient performance from Olsen in Week 9 will likely be disappointed. Keep him benched in all formats unless you have no other options.
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen caught both of his targets for 13 yards in Week 8 versus the San Francisco 49ers.
Fantasy Spin: Olsen's fast start to the season is more of a distant memory at this point, as he has been held to two catches and 13 yards or fewer in three of his last four games. It is quite possible he needs Cam Newton to return to form as much as anyone in this offense, and there's a decent chance that will happen in Week 9 against the Tennessee Titans. Owners should consider Olsen a low-end TE1 option if Newton starts in that one.
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen struggled in the Panthers loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday afternoon. The veteran tight end has been shaky on a week-to-week basis this season, and Week 8 was a down week for Olsen owners. The long-time Panther only hauled in two catches for 13 yards, providing minimal value to owners. Olsen's struggles could be a product of quarterback Kyle Allen having an awful game against a stout 49ers Defense, which will hopefully get fixed before next week's matchup against the Tennessee Titans.
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (finger) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 25, and is not on the injury report for Week 8.
Fantasy Spin: Olsen has been a solid option in the passing game even with Kyle Allen as the starting quarterback. He can be considered a low-end No. 1 tight end in fantasy leagues.
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (finger) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 24.
Fantasy Spin: Olsen bounced back in Week 6 after two disappointing games and finished with 52 yards. He has been targeted at least seven times in four of the six games this season and can be a low-end No. 1 tight end in fantasy leagues this week.
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (finger) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 23.
Fantasy Spin: Olsen has been an inconsistent performer this season but did post four catches and 52 yards in his last game. He will be facing a tough San Francisco 49ers defense in Week 8 and may only be a low-end No. 1 tight end in fantasy leagues.
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen was targeted seven times against the Buccaneers on Sunday and finished with four catches for 52 yards. After failing to record a catch against the Jaguars in Week 5 while recording just two in Week 4, the veteran's performance in London was a slight improvement. Nonetheless, Olsen has been a disappointment from a fantasy perspective and should only be expected to produce efficient performances on sporadic occasions throughout the remainder of the season regardless of who is under center for the Panthers.
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen caught four passes for 52 yards against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in Week 6. He was targeted seven times during the game.
Fantasy Spin: Olsen bounced back after two disappointing performances and received at least seven targets for the fourth time in six games. He can be a low-end No. 1 tight end in fantasy leagues after the bye week.
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen had one of his best performances of the season against Tampa Bay in Week 2, finishing with six receptions (nine targets) for 110 yards. With the Buccaneers Defense doing little to stop the pass in 2019, the ceiling is high for the veteran in the rematch between the two clubs, with the 34-year-old likely getting extra attention from quarterback Kyle Allen if Christian McCaffrey (back) is unable to play in London. Look to Olsen in Week 6 as a good option for the fantasy managers who are dealing with injuries or may require an adequate bye-week replacement.
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen did not have a catch in Week 5 against the Jacksonville Jaguars on two targets.
Fantasy Spin: Ick. After a couple of tremendous games which looked like Olsen was back as a fantasy must-start option, he had two catches, five yards and six targets over the past two games.
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen came away empty-handed against the Jaguars on Sunday. After racking up 185 yards and two touchdowns in Weeks 2 and 3, the veteran has been quiet over the last two games, accumulating just two receptions (six targets) for a miserable five yards. He will look to get it together against the Buccaneers in Week 6, with the 36-year-old having his best performance of the season against Tampa earlier in the year.
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen ended up with two catches for five yards on four targets in Week 4 against the Houston Texans.
Fantasy Spin: Kyle Allen looked to Olsen early and often in this one, but this was a very disappointing performance. Olsen remains a borderline low-end TE1 or high-end TE2 in most leagues heading into Week 5 against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen had two catches for five yards in Sunday's win over the Houston Texans. It was a tough one for Olsen, who had gotten off to a strong start to the season. It's safe to assume that Olsen won't have a game as poor as this again, but it's also important to note that Olsen isn't guaranteed to be productive on a week-to-week basis at this point in his career.
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen said it feels good to be able to play at full speed again after battling injuries for two years. 'Being able to run today, change directions, separate in one-on-ones, find holes in zones, that's what I've been able to do my whole career,' Olsen said.
Fantasy Spin: Olsen delivered six catches for 110 yards in Week 2 and followed that up with six catches for 75 yards and two touchdowns in Week 3. As long as he can stay healthy, he should remain a reliable, midrange TE1.
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (back) fully participated in practice Friday, Sept. 27, and is not on the injury report for Week 4.
Fantasy Spin: Olsen should good chemistry with Kyle Allen last week and should continue to be a focal point in the passing game again in Week 4. He can be considered a low-end No. 1 tight end in fantasy leaues.