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TE Greg Olsen - Carolina Panthers

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

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Summary

Greg Olsen led the Panthers in targets, receptions, and receiving yards as Cam Newton's number one target during 2015 (124 targets for 77/1,104/7), and set career highs for targets and yards per reception (14.3). He was the fourth-best fantasy tight end for the second year in a row with those numbers - suffice it to say that Olsen is central to the Panthers' productive offensive scheme. This is not surprising - Olsen saw 123 targets for a career-high 84 receptions during 2014 (84/1,008/6), exactly matching then-rookie Kelvin Benjamin in the yardage department that season. Even though Carolina has loaded up with tight end prospects for the beginning of 2016 OTAs/training camp (five new faces at last count, led by seventh-round draft pick Beau Sandland, see below), Olsen is secure atop the depth chart with a contract that runs through 2018 (he received a $12 million signing bonus when he re-upped with Carolina in 2015). He will likely be a top target for Newton again this season, although he may drop back closer to his career average of 11.6 yards per reception rather than his wide-receiver-like average of 14.3 we saw during his atypical 2015 campaign. (May 19)

FBG Staff Rankings

TE Redraft - 3, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 7
Overall Redraft - 44, 22, 30, 40, 41, 45, 47, 48, 50, 51, 55, 56
TE Redraft PPR - 3, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 2, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 4, 5, 7
Overall Redraft PPR - 43, 22, 22, 36, 40, 45, 45, 45, 48, 49, 50, 51, 53, 55
TE Dynasty - 4, 4, 4, 8
Overall Dynasty - 63, 40, 72

Stats and Projections

YEARGRECYDTD
2013 CAR 16 73 816 6
2014 CAR 16 84 1008 6
2015 CAR 16 77 1104 7
2016 PROJ-Dodds 16 72 * *
2016 PROJ-Henry 16 76 * *
2016 PROJ-Wood 16 81 * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 46
TE: 4
Overall-PPR: 44
TE-PPR: 4

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Latest News

Panthers | Greg Olsen not planning on slowing down (Thu May 19, 09:45 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen said he anticipates playing for several more years and plans on making it tough on any new tight end to take away his reps.

Our View: We see Olsen as a solid TE1 again this season and he's only going to benefit from the return of Kelvin Benjamin.
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2016 Schedule

1@ Denver Broncos
2vs San Francisco 49ers
3vs Minnesota Vikings
4@ Atlanta Falcons
5vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
6@ New Orleans Saints
7--- BYE WEEK ---
8vs Arizona Cardinals
9@ Los Angeles Rams
10vs Kansas City Chiefs
11vs New Orleans Saints
12@ Oakland Raiders
13@ Seattle Seahawks
14vs San Diego Chargers
15@ Washington Redskins
16vs Atlanta Falcons
17@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers