College: Miami (FL) | 12 years
Height: 6'5" | Weight: 255 lbs
Birth Date: 3/11/1985
2019 Bye Week: 7
Total Pts: 43
Avg Pts: 2.69
Rank: 22 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.
|Week 1||2||Greg Olsen 33 receiving yds (1 pts)|
Greg Olsen 33 receiving yds (1 pts)
|Week 6||3||Greg Olsen 48 receiving yds (1 pts)|
Greg Olsen 48 receiving yds (2 pts)
|Week 7||7||Greg Olsen 1 receiving TD (6 pts)|
. . . Greg Olsen 1 yd TD pass from Cam Newton
Greg Olsen 5 receiving yds (1 pts)
|Week 8||9||Greg Olsen 1 receiving TD (6 pts)|
. . . Greg Olsen 11 yd TD pass from Cam Newton
Greg Olsen 56 receiving yds (1 pts)
Greg Olsen 56 receiving yds (2 pts)
|Week 9||10||Greg Olsen 1 receiving TD (6 pts)|
. . . Greg Olsen 17 yd TD pass from Cam Newton
Greg Olsen 76 receiving yds (1 pts)
Greg Olsen 76 receiving yds (3 pts)
|Week 10||3||Greg Olsen 40 receiving yds (1 pts)|
Greg Olsen 40 receiving yds (2 pts)
|Week 11||7||Greg Olsen 1 receiving TD (6 pts)|
. . . Greg Olsen 1 yd TD pass from Cam Newton
Greg Olsen 9 receiving yds (1 pts)
|Week 12||1||Greg Olsen 11 receiving yds (1 pts)|
|Week 13||1||Greg Olsen 13 receiving yds (1 pts)|
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|No Playoff Match Up|
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen set personal records in the weight room during the offseason strength program, and he made 'difficult catches look routine' during spring practices, according to Max Henson of Panthers.com.
Fantasy Spin: Olsen comes with some serious injury questions after the last couple of years, but when he is on the field, he is Cam Newton's favorite security blanket. He's still worth a look after the top tight ends are off the board.
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (foot) was able to take part in practice on Wednesday after sitting out offense vs. defense periods for most of organized team activities (OTAs). Olsen was limited to just nine games and 27 receptions with 291 yards and four touchdowns last season, and his 10.8 yards per grab were his lowest since 2010, his final season with the Chicago Bears. He has been limited to 16 games over the past two seasons due to foot issues, so he'll be a risky fantasy play heading into 2019. If he can stay on the field the 34-year-old remains a low-end TE1, but that's a big if.
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) said he has been fully cleared Wednesday, May 22.
Fantasy Spin: Olsen is declining, but the position in fantasy is still in flux after the top couple of options. He'll be amongst a glut of midrange TE1 options.
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (foot) said he's been cleared for everything and moved around well during organized team activities on Wednesday. The aging Olsen missed seven games in 2018 and ended on Injured Reserve. He's missed 16 games the last two seasons, but he has the potential to be one of the better fantasy tight ends if he can just stay healthy. Olsen had three straight 1,000-yard seasons from 2014 to 2016. He'll be a risk/reward TE1 in what could easily be his final season in the NFL.
Coming off a season in which injuries limited him to just nine games after playing just seven in 2017, Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen faces an interesting conundrum this offseason as both ESPN and Fox have approached him about leaving the NFL to do television work. The New York Post reports that Olsen is still leaning towards playing in 2019, though a higher monetary offer from one of the networks could convince him otherwise. Regardless, Olsen's playing career is nearing an end, and with multiple networks interested in his service, it's a safe bet to assume Olsen won't play in Carolina beyond the 2019 season, as the team would save around eight million dollars by moving on from Olsen after the upcoming season.
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen has received offers from ESPN and Fox to serve as an analyst, according to the New York Post's Andrew Marchand. Two sources have reportedly spoken to Olsen and believe he favors playing, however, 'unless the TV offers come close to the money and/or there is a clear path to even more opportunities.'
Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) intends to keep playing despite dealing with a nagging foot issue that resulted in two surgeries last season. Olsen said he's rehabilitating his foot every day trying to get back to full health. The veteran tight end has two years remaining on his contract.
Fantasy Spin: The soon to be 34-year-old veteran has only played in 16 games over the last two years. We can't overlook his dedication and motivation, though. Given the shallow nature of the tight end position, Olsen will garner TE1 attention if he's full go heading into the new season.
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (foot), who has two years left on his contract, confirmed that he plans to play in 2019 despite missing half of his last 32 regular season games with foot issues. "My plan right now, Im in every day doing my foot rehab, trying to get this thing finally back to where I was used to," Olsen said on Tuesday at Bank of America Stadium. "It seems like its been a long time since it was. Yeah, thats what Im preparing for and that all starts with getting my foot right." Because of the sad state of the tight end position in fantasy, Olsen will be a TE1 if he plays this year, but he'll be a risk/reward low-end TE1 because of his age (34 in March) and recent injury history.