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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 Oct 20): When nothing else is working in the Panthers offense, Olsen has been a shelter for Cam Newton and he has emerged as the next best thing to an elite fantasy TE in leagues this year.

Week 8: vs Seattle Seahawks

Mark and Joe say: Neutral matchup. Carolina's offense went from finding a rhythm vs. Cincinnati (during a 37-37 OT tie game) to getting blown out (10-38 scored by the first team offense before the second-string tacked on a late TD to make it 17-38 in the crushing loss to Green Bay last week). Cam Newton (17/31 for 205 yards passing, one TD and one interception thrown, with three sacks taken for -25, with 7/41/0 rushing to his credit) had an O.K. outing, but O.K. doesn't do it against the Packers in Green Bay. As usual, Greg Olsen (eight targets for 8/105/0 receiving) and Kelvin Benjamin (six for 3/61/1 receiving) saw most of the action for the Panthers' receiving corps. The Seahawks' D is also in a funk after having dropped two straight games, allowing 21/32 for 239 yards, two TDs and zero interceptions to Tony Romo (with one sack for -11 yards) and then 19/22 for 170 yards passing, two TDs and zero interceptions to the Rams last week (86.3 completion % for those keeping score at home). Seattle is not able to assert their usual defensive dominance over the middle weeks of October. On balance this looks like a neutral matchup for the home-team Panthers.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPRECYDTDFumL
4 at BAL 2 30 0 0
5 vs CHI 6 72 2 0
6 at CIN 6 62 1 0
7 at GB 8 105 0 0
8 vs SEA PROJ-Dodds 6 * * *
8 vs SEA PROJ-Tremblay 5 * * *
8 vs SEA PROJ-Bloom 6 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 5 vs CHI (9 / 6 / 72 / 2 rec)

The keystone of the Carolina offense came up trumps against his old team, consistently finding room to roam over the middle of the field with subtle head fakes and veteran savvy. The leading receiver on the day and clearly Cam Newton's most trusted target, Olsen earned his keep in the red zone with a pair of scores. The Panthers often line up Olsen split out a yard from the offensive tackle on either side and have him take advantage of linebackers and safeties down the seam. Olsen read the coverage well on his first touchdown catch, subtly shoving the defender aside and extending his body to reel in a nicely zipped pass from Newton. Olsen continued to be a force all over the field and ate up chunks of yardage. He capped a terrific outing with a second touchdown reception. Lined up as an in-line tight end, Olsen had a free release off the snap and got in front of the Bears defender for what turned out to be an easy pitch and catch. Olsen personified the Panthers' effort in this comeback victory and bounced back strongly after his only quiet statistical game of the season last week.

2014 Week 6 vs CIN (11 / 6 / 62 / 1 rec)

Old reliable Greg Olsen hardly put a foot wrong despite coming into the game with a sore ankle, gliding around the field and finding open areas to exploit the Cincinnati defense. Operating in the intermediate range of the field, Olsen craftily found open zones and presented a big target to Newton despite clearly struggling at times with his ankle. Olsen tacked on a touchdown on a play that Carolina has run before to good effect, a backside tight end screen. Olsen intentionally got lost in the shuffle off a bootleg right, sneaking into the left flat and finishing for an easy touchdown catch.

2014 Week 7 vs GB (8 / 8 / 105 / 0 rec)

Greg Olsen proved to be the only silver lining for the Panthers offense on what was a gloomy day in Lambeau Field. Finding space between defenders against zone coverage, Olsen made it look easy and the chemistry with his quarterback was evident on many timing patterns over the middle. The caveat to Olsen's team-leading eight receptions is that the majority came when the Panthers were in catch-up mode, with Newton and Olsen hooking up in the two-minute drill. Olsen did most of his damage down the seam, boxing out defenders and splitting the Packers coverage to keep the chains moving.

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Latest News

Panthers | Greg Olsen should play (Fri Oct 17, 02:16 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (ankle) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 17, and is listed as probable for Week 7.

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Panthers | Greg Olsen practices in full (Thu Oct 16, 02:08 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (ankle) fully participated in practice Thursday, Oct. 16.

Our View: Good news for Olsen owners as we have him as a top-5 tight end in fantasy this weekend which makes him a tremendous TE1.
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Panthers | Greg Olsen not on the field (Wed Oct 15, 01:54 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (ankle) is not participating in practice Wednesday, Oct. 15.

Our View: Keep an eye on this situation. Watch to see if Olsen can come back later in the week.
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Schedule

8vs Seattle Seahawks
9vs New Orleans Saints
10@ Philadelphia Eagles
11vs Atlanta Falcons
12--- BYE WEEK ---
13@ Minnesota Vikings
14@ New Orleans Saints
15vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
16vs Cleveland Browns
17@ Atlanta Falcons