TE Greg Olsen - Carolina Panthers

6-5, 255Born: 3-11-1985College: MiamiDrafted: Round 1, pick 2007

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Nov 11): Olsen was a frequent target in the comeback attack with snow falling in Green Bay. He'll be an excellent play against Atlanta this week and has an excellent schedule of pass defenses left.

Week 11: vs Atlanta Falcons - $3900

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FBG says: Great matchup. Kyle Allen probably isn't the Panthers' franchise quarterback, but he's held the job unwaveringly for seven weeks with Cam Newton on injured reserve. He's found some success in game-manager mode, yet there's very little dynamism in his game: dating back to Week 2, he's posted an anemic 6.4 yards per attempt. He's also been a walking miscue, with six turnovers over the past three weeks and a handful of dropped interceptions. The Panthers did reach their pass-game ceiling last week, though, with big lines from D.J. Moore (9 catches for 120 yards) and Greg Olsen (8 for 98) and a touchdown for Curtis Samuel. Perhaps Allen, who totaled 307 yards, is on the verge of a bump. Moore is winning on routes all over the field, while Olsen and Samuel are wild cards with strong weekly upside. Of course, Christian McCaffrey looms as a dynamic receiver on his own, and he's a fine check-down target for Allen. Most weeks, this should be treated as a volatile attack with a scary-low floor. But the Falcons make for an ideal matchup if Allen is going to build on an impressive Week 10. Try as they might, the Falcons still can't stop anyone through the air. Four of their 9 opponents have topped 300 yards, and they've given up the league's fifth-most touchdowns. The efficiency numbers have been just as bad: they sit 28th in net yards per attempt and 27th in pressure rate (just 13 sacks on the year). As a result, this makes for one of fantasy's most attractive matchups. The pass rush is largely a one-man show, and while Grady Jarrett can beat double-teams, he has little help up front. That forces the wildly inconsistent cornerbacks to hold downfield coverage for far too long. Isaiah Oliver, Kendall Sheffield, and Bidi Wreh-Wilson have all struggled badly, and the safeties have offered little help down the field. With so many vulnerabilities, it's always fair to project big efficiency boosts - and big-play opportunity - for their opponents. The Panthers' D.J. Moore should find openings across the field while Curtis Samuel tests the deep zones. Kyle Allen has come up short more often than not, but is in great Week 11 position.

Recent Stats and Projections

8 at SF 54 2.0 13 0 0 3700 3.30 0.89
9 vs TEN 65 3.0 40 0 0 3500 7.00 2.00
10 at GB 73 8.0 98 0 0 3600 17.80 4.94
11 vs ATL PROJ-Dodds * 4.1 * * * * * *
11 vs ATL PROJ-Tremblay * 4.1 * * * * * *
11 vs ATL PROJ-Bloom * 4.0 * * * * * *

Weekly Performance vs TE 1, TE 12, TE 24

Percentile ranks

Greg Olsen's percentile rank in each category, among TE with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2019 Week 10 vs GB (10 / 8 / 98 / 0 rec - 17.8 points, $3600)

Greg Olsen rolled back the years with a typically dependable display in the frigid conditions at Lambeau Field. The veteran tight end hoovered up passes from Kyle Allen, who was often keying in on Olsen running underneath patterns. The Packers defense afforded Olsen plenty of room to operate and at times he was able to get into space and run after the catch. His best series of plays came in the clutch; with Allen under pressure, Olsen was generally his preferred target. The veteran delivered with a tremendous leaping catch 'above the rim' on a crucial third down, clamping the football with his hands at its highest point. The Olsen-Allen connection had one miscommunication when Olsen, reading the zone coverage, sat down on a shallow crossing route. Allen, reading man, threw it the spot Olsen had just come from. The two connected again with Allen's best pass of the game in the final moments, a lofted ball that floated over the underneath coverage to a waiting Olsen on the sideline.

2019 Week 9 vs TEN (5 / 3 / 40 / 0 rec - 7 points, $3500)

Greg Olsen was targeted on Kyle Allen's first pass, but he shouldn't have been. The Titans had excellent coverage and the pass should have been intercepted. The veteran tight end had no chance to make the play. A subsequent target was too low on third down, but Allen eventually connected with Olsen on a deep over route off play action. Olsen had a adjust to catch the ball, but it was a beautiful throw and catch. Olsen's best play came on a crossing pattern. After Allen escaped from the Tennessee rush, he fired a late pass to his tight end, who was able to casually make the catch as he was sprinting out of bounds.

2019 Week 8 vs SF (2 / 2 / 13 / 0 rec - 3.3 points, $3700)

Greg Olsen, much like the rest of the Carolina passing attack, was snuffed out as a receiving option. After a Luke Kuechly interception in the first quarter gave the offense the ball inside the 49ers half, Kyle Allen and Olsen linked up on a timing route off play action. Otherwise, Olsen's impact in the passing game only went as far as Allen's efficiency - in other words, not very. Olsen sprung Christian McCaffrey for big runs as a pulling lead blocker, however.

2019 Week 6 vs TB (7 / 4 / 52 / 0 rec - 9.2 points, $4200)

Greg Olsen turned back the clock with some contested catches and run-after-catch majesty against the Bucs. Linking up efficiently with Kyle Allen off play action, Olsen announced himself early with a diving catch on a deep out, majestically tracking the low pass. Later, Olsen made a tough contested catch with a defender in tight coverage; his body position was perfect, however, to box out the linebacker. As the game wore on, Olsen found more space to run after the catch on a shallow cross. A late end zone target that required an acrobatic adjustment in mid-air from Olsen fell incomplete, but he made a great effort at a one-handed grab.

2019 Week 5 vs JAX (2 / 0 / 0 / 0 rec - 0 points, $4000)

Greg Olsen was the odd man out in the Carolina passing attack, but primarily by necessity. The Panthers had to shuffle their offensive line this week, with injuries to Greg Little and Trai Turner forcing rookie Dennis Daley into the starting left tackle position. Olsen was often lined up to Daley's side, helping in pass protection and running fewer pass patterns. Olsen was targeted a couple of times, but one fell harmlessly to the turf after a tip while the other was well covered by the Jacksonville defender.

2019 Week 4 vs HOU (4 / 2 / 5 / 0 rec - 2.5 points, $4200)

The Texans had their eyes peeled on Greg Olsen throughout, with Kyle Allen's first target to the tight end broken up impressively by a roving defender. Olsen converted two key third-down plays, one of which came on a tight end throwback pass; the other saw the tight end leaking across the formation off a boot action by Allen. Otherwise, Olsen's role was limited to blocking as the game script allowed Carolina to run the ball often.

2019 Week 3 vs ARI (7 / 6 / 75 / 2 rec - 25.5 points, $3700)

Greg Olsen was every bit the security blanket for inexperienced quarterback Kyle Allen, though the way they connected belied their lack of repetitions as a pairing. Olsen bullied the Cardinals' defenders with his route-running nous, routinely finding open spaces to exploit. Allen's first completion came on a pass to Olsen on a quick-hitting slant over the middle off play action. Olsen was targeted soon after that on a lofted throw to the end zone, but the tight end could only paw at it in the air. Olsen continued to be peppered with passes, but it was the red zone where he made a telling contribution, catching two touchdown passes from Allen. The first came on a straightforward rub route concept, with Olsen running into the left flat near the goal line while Jarius Wright ran the pick. The second saw Olsen beat the safety inside and run right to left along the back line of the end zone. Allen bought time wisely and threw a dart to Olsen, who had a yard of separation.

2019 Week 2 vs TB (9 / 6 / 110 / 0 rec - 20 points, $3300)

Greg Olsen rolled back the years and, in the process, gave Tampa Bay fits in an uneven offensive performance by Carolina. The veteran tight end's savvy route-running and chemistry with his quarterback were in play early, with the two connecting well on over routes across the field. Tampa's linebackers and safeties simply could not deal with Olsen on such patterns, and he would have caught even more passes if Cam Newton's accuracy issues had not cropped up. Olsen offered very little as an after-the-catch threat, unable to put a move on a defender in the open field at one point, but his ability to get open was impeccable. Olsen offered the most consistent chunk play threat for the offense as route combinations involving speedsters Curtis Samuel and D.J. Moore allowed the tight end to sneak in behind the underneath coverage.

2019 Week 1 vs LAR (9 / 4 / 36 / 0 rec - 7.6 points, $3200)

Greg Olsen's first outing of the 2019 season amounted to an exercise in frustration. On multiple occasions his connection with Cam Newton lacked precision, an issue that was apparent on a seam pass a link-up the two have made routine in the past that was thrown to the wrong shoulder. Newton missed his tight end on two straightforward and expected completions one on a pass into the flat off a bootleg action which was too high; the other a third down pass to the right sideline which was too tall as well. There were times the two were in sync, including a low throw that Olsen scooped up on a crucial third down late in the game, but most targets failed to find their mark. Olsen looks every bit the player he was pre-injury.


Latest News

Panthers | Big game for Greg Olsen (Sun Nov 10, 11:26 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen caught eight of his 10 targets for 98 yards in a 24-16 loss to the Green Bay Packers in Week 10.

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Panthers | Greg Olsen's role shifting (Sat Nov 9, 11:50 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen is being asked to block more to help protect QB Kyle Allen, according to David Newton of ESPN.com.

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Panthers | Greg Olsen hauls in three receptions (Sun Nov 3, 09:43 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen posted three receptions for 40 yards on five targets in Week 9 against the Tennessee Titans.

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