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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 27): Olsen is the most reliable fantasy tight end right up until he isn't. He has five or more catches in six games, and two or less in the other two. He's still an everyweek TE1, but that rug can be pulled out from under his owners at any time it seems.

Week 9: vs New Orleans Saints

Mark and Joe say: Good matchup. This should be a fun NFC South shootout between two rivals, though neither team has been at their best for the majority of the season. The Panthers didn't score any TDs against the Seahawks, so their fantasy points weren't very exciting unless you own Graham Gano (three field goals vs. Seattle). Cam Newton threw 12/22 for 171 yards passing, zero TDs and one interception - he still fed Kelvin Benjamin (seven targets for 4/94/0) but otherwise the next-highest receiver last weekend was Jerricho Cotchery (five for 3/33/0 receiving). We'll see if Newton can bounce back this weekend - against the Saints' secondary, he has a good shot at improvement. The New Orleans pass D allowed 29/40 for 402 net yards, one TD and two interceptions to Green Bay last weekend (four sacks taken for -24 yards) one week after surrendering 27/40 for 285 net yards, two TDs and two interceptions, with three sacks taken for -14 yards to Matthew Stafford and company. New Orleans averages 289.3 net passing yards allowed per game (31st in the NFL), with 12 passing scores handed out vs. five interceptions (tied for 20th in the NFL) and 13 sacks (tied-21st) generated to date. This is one of the league's weaker pass defenses, friends. Advantage, Carolina.

Recent Stats and Projections

5 vs CHI 6 72 2 0
6 at CIN 6 62 1 0
7 at GB 8 105 0 0
8 vs SEA 1 16 0 0
9 vs NO PROJ-Dodds 5 * * *
9 vs NO PROJ-Tremblay 5 * * *
9 vs NO PROJ-Bloom 6 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

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.

2014 Week 8 vs SEA (3 / 1 / 16 / 0 rec)

In an uncharacteristically quiet outing, Greg Olsen simply failed to accrue his usual number of targets to make a significant impact on what was a rather lethargic passing attack. The Panthers leaned on their usual array of plays to get Olsen the football: the tight end screen, the backside pass off a boot action and simple checkdowns in the flat. Olsen was only able to haul in one catch on such targets, however, owing in large part to the discipline Seattle showed defensively. The Seahawks coverage buzzed around the football constantly and seemed to have a beat on the Panthers' plays. Olsen suffered, but his role as an in-line blocker also hurt his receiving numbers; with Carolina's offensive line down two starters and with both Byron Bell and Nate Chandler missing snaps in this game due to injury, the tight end's presence as a blocker was needed.


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Overall Dynasty - 96, 73

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