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TE Greg Olsen - Carolina Panthers

6-5, 255Born: 3-11-1985College: MiamiDrafted: Round 1, pick 31

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 20): Olsen has been activated and should return to the lineup in Week 13 at the latest. He'll be an instant TE1.

General News (Mon Nov 20): suited up for practice Monday, Nov. 20. Olsen said he expects to play against the New York Jets as long as he does not suffer a setback during practice this week.

Week 12: at New York Jets

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FBG says: Good matchup. The Panthers come fresh off a 45-21 dismantling of the Dolphins, which saw Cam Newton throw for 254 yards and 4 touchdowns. And the decimated Carolina passing game, which has lost both Kelvin Benjamin and rookie slot man Curtis Samuel in recent weeks, should enjoy a nice boost if Greg Olsen returns as expected. Olsen's presence is a huge deal: he'll likely vie for the target lead off the bat, and dating back to 2014, no Panthers receiver has produced more adjusted yards per attempt (factoring in interceptions) from Newton. Even with the personnel losses, we have to like at least the short-term outlook here. There doesn't seem to be much drop-off from the Olsen/Kelvin Benjamin pairing to Olsen/Devin Funchess, and with Christian McCaffrey erupting out of the backfield, there's still plenty of dynamism at play here. Consistency, as always, is the sticking point. Newton has thrown for 239+ yards 4 times this year - and that's plenty considering his rushing output - but also been held below 172 in 4 others. The Jets' young pass defense has actually overachieved a bit, considering its inexperienced and shaky personnel, but it's still a unit to target in fantasy. The team has allowed 5 of its last 6 opponents to top 250 passing yards, with 3 of them topping 285. It's not hard to see why: the team lacks strong coverage options at cornerback beyond Morris Claiborne, and has struggled quite a bit in the slot, allowing big recent receiving lines to Jarvis Landry (7 receptions for 93 yards and 1 touchdown) and Mohamed Sanu (6 for 74 and 1). And with two rookies starting at the safety spots, there's tons of opportunity for misreads and missed assignment. Tight ends tend to work them over as well - only six defenses have allowed more PPR points to the position - which bodes well for Greg Olsen's probable return to the field.

Recent Stats and Projections

12 at NYJ PROJ-Dodds * 4 * * * *
12 at NYJ PROJ-Tremblay * 4 * * * *
12 at NYJ PROJ-Bloom * 4 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2017 Week 2 vs BUF (2 / 1 / 10 / 0 rec)

The injury the Panthers could ill afford to sustain happened in the second quarter, with stalwart tight end Greg Olsen suffering a broken foot. It appeared innocuous at first, Olsen running a route in the red zone before feeling something in his foot and hobbling to the sideline. Prior to the injury, Olsen had been a steady part of the passing attack. Cam Newton misread a coverage at one point that left Olsen running free down the seam. When Olsen left the game, Ed Dickson came in for a like-for-like swap.

2017 Week 1 vs SF (4 / 2 / 18 / 0 rec)

On a day dominated by a Panthers front seven that kept the feisty 49ers at arm's length, the offense stayed conservative. Opportunities for Cam Newton's favorite target of the past few seasons, Greg Olsen, were few and far between. The passing game sputtered in the early stages as Newton got his feet under him. Olsen found some room to roam on a seam pattern in the second half and earned a personal foul for an illegal hit on a defenceless player. When he wasn't engaged with defensive players at the line of scrimmage as a blocker, Olsen remained a consistent part of the passing attack; he just didn't get many looks. Late on, he made a nice grab in traffic to set up a red zone opportunity, absorbing a sandwich hit from two 49ers.


Latest News

Panthers | Greg Olsen practices again Wednesday (Wed Nov 22, 12:37 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) participated in practice again Wednesday, Nov. 22.

Our View: Olsen has targeted a return to the playing field in Week 12 against the Jets. So long as there are no setbacks, we should see him out there this weekend. Olsen is a TE1 for fantasy owners upon his return, and he should help boost the Panthers passing attack.
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Panthers | Greg Olsen expects to play (Mon Nov 20, 06:39 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) said he expects to play against the New York Jets as long as he does not suffer a setback during practice this week.

Our View: Olsen has been clear that he wants to return this week against the Jets. His return to the offense is a boost for QB Cam Newton and the rest of the passing game. Olsen has TE1 upside even if he's eased back into the lineup.
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Panthers | Greg Olsen suited up (Mon Nov 20, 10:55 AM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) is suited up for practice Monday, Nov. 20.

Our View: Olsen said he plans to play in Week 12 against the Jets. His return to the offense is a boost for fantasy owners in need of TE help. Monitor him during the week of practice to make sure that there are no setbacks with Olsen's injury.
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