Carolina tight end Greg Olsen caught four passes for 58 yards in the Panthers' 31-17 loss to Seattle in the NFC divisional round of the playoffs on Saturday. Olsen didn't make a single catch in the first-half and had three of his four in the fourth quarter after the game had basically already been decided.
Fantasy Impact: While Olsen played better on Saturday then he did in his first matchup with the Seahawks this season (one catch for 16 yards in Week 8), it still probably didn't help his fantasy owners much. Olsen continued his late-season slide as he totaled only 10 catches for 143 yards in his final four games of the year. The most surprising aspect of his regression is that Olsen had produced back-to-back 10-catch games immediately prior to his downturn. Given the current state of the tight end position, Olsen should still be viewed as a rock-solid TE1 heading into fantasy drafts next season.
After limiting Carolina tight end Greg Olsen to just one catch for 16 yards in their first matchup in October, the Seahawks defense will hope to hold him in check again during Saturday's divisional playoff game. Seattle linebacker K.J. Wright said limiting Olsen was one of the major reasons they were able to defeat the Panthers 13-9 in their Week 8 matchup. (Source: Seattle Times)
Fantasy Impact: Olsen's first game against Seattle was his worst performance of the year. His one catch tied for his lowest single-game production of the season and his 16 yards were his fewest in a game since November 10, 2013. If the Panthers are going to be successful on Saturday, quarterback Cam Newton will need to find a way to get the ball in the hands of his most consistent target. If Newton is able to do that then Olsen could prove to be a solid starter at tight end for fantasy owners this weekend.
Carolina tight end Greg Olsen made three receptions for 37 yards in the Panthers' 27-16 playoff win over the Cardinals on Saturday. Olsen saw five targets, but wasn't able to gain more than 16 yards on any of them.
Fantasy Impact: After playing at a Pro-Bowl level all season and posting back-to-back 10-catch games down the stretch, Olsen has essentially disappeared when it has mattered most. The veteran tight end has a meager six catches for 85 yards in the last three games combined and hasn't scored a touchdown in four straight. With the Panthers focusing more on the running game recently Olsen simply hasn't been involved enough to make a difference in fantasy. It's difficult to see that changing this weekend against the Seahawks.
Greg Olsen caught 2 passes for 27 yards in Sunday's blowout of the Falcons.
Fantasy Impact: The stat line was not indicative of poor play by Olsen. Cam Newton only threw the ball 16 times as the Carolina defense feasted on Matt Ryan and bad Atlanta offense. Olsen ends the year as high level TE, in a year where a stable fantasy TE was a tremendous advantage. Olsen won't come so cheap next year.
Greg Olsen caught 1 pass for 21 yards in Sunday's win over the Browns.
Fantasy Impact: This one was tough for fantasy owners. Olsen has been consistent and near-elite for fantasy owners all year. When the news began to trickle out that Newton would start over Anderson, doubt had to enter the minds of the savvy player. Nightmares were confirmed as Olsen received only 3 targets in championship week. Olsen was an ultimate late-round pick this year, having his best career season.
Greg Olsen caught 10 passes for 110 yards in Sunday's win over Tampa Bay.
Fantasy Impact: Olsen has been fantastic for fantasy owners this year, especially showing huge so far in the fantasy playoffs. Cam Newton is expected back next week, but it won't matter if Newton or Anderson are under center, Olsen remains a high tier WR1.
Greg Olsen caught 10 passes for 72 yards and 1 TD in Sunday's win over the Saints.
Fantasy Impact: Olsen was banged up through the week and came into a tough matchup listed as questionable. He rewarded the faithful fantasy owners with a huge performance. Hopefully the Panthers have figured out when Olsen is involved, the team is successful. He takes on the Bucs next week and should be fired up as a TE1.
Greg Olsen practiced Thursday and Friday after sitting out on Wednesday. He is listed as questionable, but is expected to play.
Fantasy Impact: Olsen has been a diamond in the rough for fantasy owners. He has a tough matchup and a struggling QB, but it will be hard for owners to get away from Olsen with the putrid play of the TE position. Time to make some sacrifices and hope Olsen can snag an extremely overdue TD against the Saints. Expect lower-end TE1 numbers this weekend.
Greg Olsen caught five passes for 59 yards in the Panthers loss to the Vikings
Fantasy Impact: Olsen averages nearly five receptions and 65 yards per game and his Week 13 performance is nearly in line with his seasonly average; this is all fantasy owners can ask for, consistency. Olsen is on pace for 81 receptions, which would be his career high, and 1037 yards; for a receiver that has averaged 830 yards over the past two seasons, fantasy owners must be pleased with Olsen. For the third time this season, Olsen was also targeted 10 times this year; Cam Newton has been without targets like Steve Smith Sr. and Brandon LaFell this year and a stable option like Olsen is vital for the Panthers' offensive production.
Greg Olsen finished with 5 catches on 11 targets for 61 yards in Week 11.
Fantasy Impact: Olsen failed to meet fantasy mangers' expectations in Week 11, but at least the volume of targets was encouraging. He has been inconsistent in recent weeks, and has not scored since Week 6. The Panthers will obviously benefit from their bye in Week 12. Expect Olsen to return to TE 1 status in Week 13 vs. the Vikings.
Greg Olsen hauled in 6 of his 7 targets for 119 yards on Monday night vs. the Eagles.
Fantasy Impact: Olsen was only a yard from scoring on one catch. He is one of many tight ends to shred the Eagles this season, but his Week 11 divisional opponent the Falcons play the tight end position well. The only tight ends to score on the Falcons this season are Owen Daniels and Austin Seferian-Jenkins. Greg Olsen is simply better than they are, and he remains a recommended start.
Greg Olsen faces the Eagles on Monday Night Football in Week 10.
Fantasy Impact: The Eagles allow the fewest points to opposing tight ends this year, and Olsen has struggled the past couple of weeks. However, the Panthers offensive line and running back corps are healthier and this will bode well for Olsen, not to mention Kelvin Benjamin drops as many touchdowns as he catches so you have to think Cam Newton's most trusted redzone target is Olsen (or himself) at this point. I'm not huge on Olsen this week, but chances are you don't have another top 10 tight end, which Olsen still remains.
Greg Olsen caught 3 passes for 30 yards in Thursday's loss to the Saints.
Fantasy Impact: It was the 2nd straight week that Olsen produced poor fantasy numbers. Last week could be attributed to the Seahawks, but this week was Cam Newton playing poorly. Olsen looked like the Panthers best option, but still only received 4 targets. Olsen should still be considered a top fantasy TE, but owners are likely edgy to play him next week.
Greg Olsen catches one pass for 16 yards on 3 targets in Week 8 against the Seahawks.
Fantasy Impact: Kelvin Benjamin had a decent fantasy day, but the rest of the Panther offensive struggled all game, failing to score a single touchdown. Look for Olsen to rebound Thursday night vs. the Saints.
Greg Olsen caught all 8 of his targets in Week 7, and finished with 105 receiving yards.
Fantasy Impact: Olsen outscored Kelvin Benjamin in PPR formats, but Kelvin came away with a score. Olsen remains a weekly TE1. His Week 8 opponent Seattle has been lenient against tight ends this year.
Greg Olsen caught 6 passes for 62 yards and a TD in Sunday's game against the Bengals.
Fantasy Impact: Olsen has been a late round TE treasure this season. He has always been a solid player, but he is showing dependability in scoring this season. He is clearly not 100% though. He was hobbled and not running with his usual speed or agility. Look for Olsen to miss practice time this week, but expect him to suit up against Green Bay.
Greg Olsen caught 6-of-9 targets for 72 yards and scored twice in Week 5 against his former team the Chicago Bears. (Source: Rotoworld )
Fantasy Impact: Olsen received 2 less targets than Kelvin Benjamin, but managed to make 3 more catches than him. Olsen's career high in TD's for a season is 8, and he already has 4 TD's through 5 weeks this year. This is shaping up to be a career year for Olsen. He is a TE1 in Week 6 against the Bengals.
Fantasy Impact: The Bears have been stingy against the TE position this season. They've kept all opposing tight ends out of the endzone. However, Olsen will be the best TE they've faced (Vernon Davis has been banged up), and the Bears are the team that traded Olsen away (noteworthy if you subscribe to revenge factor). Olsen is tied for the Panthers lead in catches, and is still a TE1 this week.
Greg Olsen caught 2-of-5 targets for 30 yards in the a Week 4 loss to Baltimore.
Fantasy Impact: Newton and Olsen disappointed owners in Week 4. The Panthers meet the Bears, Olsen's former team, in Week 5. The Bears' secondary is depleted and will be coming off a week in which they allowed 38 points to the Packers. Consider Olsen's Week 4 performance a fluke.
Greg Olsen had a solid game against PIttsburgh, catching 5 passes for 69 yards and 1 TD.
Fantasy Impact: The fantasy world of tight ends is a complete disaster at the moment. If you were an owner that waited on TE and ended up with Olsen, you are thanking the fantasy gods right now. He has been great through 3 weeks, including a game with Derek Anderson. The numbers will likely dip a little, but Olsen should be able to maintain his current value.
Greg Olsen hauls in 6-of-8 targets for 72 yards Week 2 against the Lions.
Fantasy Impact: Olsen has been targeted 19 times in two games and looks to be Cam Newton's go-to target. He didn't find the endzone this week, but could very well go off against a beatable Steelers defense on Sunday Night Football. He remains a TE 1.
Olsen was targeted 11 times against Tampa, catching 8 balls for 83 yards and a touchdown.
Fantasy Impact: While Olsen won't always find the endzone like he did Sunday, he should consistently see a high volume of targets. Derek Anderson started Sunday, and Cam Newton will likely play week 2. Olsen is one of Cam's only targets remaining from last year, so look for the the Panthers to continue to go his way.
Greg Olsen missed practice Thursday due to another player stepping on his calf. Tuesday he also left practice, but with cramps. (Source: Charlotte Observer )
Fantasy Impact: These occurrences are minor and Olsen is expected to play in Sunday's pre-season game versus the Chiefs. With Cam Newton also expected to start, this will be the first comprehensive preview as to how the new 2014 offense will work together.