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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 Sep 19): Olsen's long catch and run score was the biggest play of his career, and he was able to have a huge fantasy day while the Panthers wide receivers also caught three scores. The 49ers matchup is outstanding, but Olsen is knocking on the door of a top two tight end status if Jordan Reed doesn't start catching touchdowns soon.

Week 3: vs Minnesota Vikings

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Mark and Joe say: Tough matchup. Cam Newton got his team back on track against the 49ers in Week Two, with 24/40 for 353 yards passing, four TDs and one interception thrown (and 6/37/0 rushing). With so many TDs in the air, three of the usual suspects pulled in TDs - Greg Olsen led the team in receiving with eight targets for 5/122/1 receiving, while Kelvin Benjamin (nine for 7/108/2) also went over 100 yards receiving during the contest. Devin Funchess (four targets for 2/19/1) also scored, while Ted Ginn Jr. hit a long reception of 52 yards on his way to four targets for 2/51/0 receiving during the contest. It's all good for the Panthers heading into this home game vs. Minnesota. The Vikings come into this game during another juggling act on offense - this time, it's Adrian Peterson out with a knee injury (torn meniscus) - so expect the Vikings to lean on their defense as they sort out their attack. The Vikings' secondary has averaged 216.0 net passing yards per game this year, with three passing scores given out vs. two interceptions generated , with seven sacks to their credit (tied for fourth-most sacks in the NFL). Over the first two weeks of the season, Minnesota has averaged 22.5 fantasy points allowed per game to opposing quarterbacks (11th-most in the NFL); and 17.8 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (seventh-least); with 4.9 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (11th-least). Aaron Rodgers ran in a TD against the Vikings last week - and Cam Newton is always a threat to do that, as well. This looks like a tough matchup for Newton and the receivers.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPRECYDTDFumLPts
1 at DEN 73 7 73 0 0 7.3
2 vs SF 76 5 122 1 0 18.2
3 vs MIN 0 6 64 0 0 6.4
3 vs MIN PROJ-Dodds * 5 * * * *
3 vs MIN PROJ-Tremblay * 5 * * * *
3 vs MIN PROJ-Bloom * 5 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 2 vs SF (8 / 5 / 122 / 1 rec)

In addition to being a thorn in the side of the San Francisco defense for his work in the short to intermediate range, Olsen produced a bigger play to get the Panthers back on track. Lined up in the slot right, he got a free release and took advantage of a missed assignment by a 49ers safety to streak down the middle unmolested. Cam Newton instantly recognized it and floated a lovely pass for Olsen to run on to for a 78-yard touchdown strike. When Olsen wasn't finding wide open space to run into, he was punishing 49ers defenders, lulling them to sleep with his routes before breaking quickly and securing the football. Olsen had great success operating as the single receiver on the backside in the Panthers' three-by-one sets. The 49ers played a lot of off coverage, allowing Olsen room to operate. Set up in the red zone, Newton targeted Olsen for what might have been his second touchdown. Olsen streaked down towards the back pylon and the ball appeared to be in good position, but the 49ers cornerback sunk underneath the route and almost intercepted the pass. Olsen stayed alive to help out an under duress Newton in the fourth quarter as the Panthers iced the game. Newton missed Olsen running down the right sideline in the early stages for what could have been a 30+-yard completion, the ball sailing too far as Newton threw on the rollout.

2016 Week 1 vs DEN (9 / 7 / 73 / 0 rec)

If Cam Newton and Kelvin Benjamin had chemistry in this game, then Newton and Olsen had something of a sixth sense. After a steady start offensively that saw the Panthers take a 7-0 lead, Olsen slowly crept his way into the game. He and T.J. Ward had a back-and-forth slugfest throughout, with Olsen giving as good as he got. An early target Olsen's way was too far inside for him to catch, but Ward's coverage and the pass rush meant it was a rushed throw from Newton. Olsen's first catch showed the kind of mind meld he and his quarterback have developed. Under pressure, Newton rolled left. Olsen, aware his quarterback was in peril, sneaked away from his pass blocking assignment and leaked up the field on a wheel route. Newton identified it immediately and lofted a beautiful first down pass to his tight end. Olsen absorbed a big hit from Ward to secure a catch that set the Panthers up inside the red zone for their second touchdown. A savvy Olsen produced one of the headiest plays of the game late in the first half. With only seconds remaining and the Panthers in field goal range, Olsen caught a low pass and smartly rolled out of bounds to stop the clock before a Broncos defender could touch him. Olsen found his spots in the second half, but the entire offense seemed to stutter and the tight end suffered for it.

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Latest News

Panthers | Greg Olsen has decent outing (Sun Sep 25, 04:51 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen caught six passes for 64 yards against the Minnesota Vikings in Week 3.

Our View: Olsen is a mainstay in the offense who is as reliable as any tight end in fantasy football so far this year. He'll be a strong TE1 start at Atlanta next week.
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Panthers | Greg Olsen goes for 122 yards, TD (Mon Sep 19, 01:26 AM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen was targeted eight times in the Week 2 game against the San Francisco 49ers, finishing with five receptions for 122 yards and a touchdown.

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Schedule

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