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TE Greg Olsen - Carolina Panthers

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

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Week 15: vs New Orleans Saints

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FBG says: Great matchup. In the midst of the most efficient year of his career, Cam Newton has hit a rough patch. Hampered by a shoulder injury and a team collapsing around him, Newton has been at his most erratic of the season over the last two weeks. Despite solid matchups, he's posted a ho-hum 6.8 yards per attempt with 5 interceptions. He's been able to ride volume to solid numbers, but is clearly limited by the shoulder; the Panthers are even replacing him on Hail Mary attempts. Newton's slide has hurt the value of Devin Funchess, who's primarily a deep and jump ball threat. He's dealing with nagging injuries of his own and has caught just a single pass over 61 snaps the last 2 weeks. However, D.J. Moore and Christian McCaffrey continue to thrive as versatile weapons underneath. Moore is establishing himself as one of the league's more dynamic run-after-catch guys, with 67 yards or more in 3 of his last 4 games. And McCaffrey is already among the gold standard for pass-catching backs. He's caught 86 passes on the year, scoring on 6 of them and posting a pair of 100-yard games. Those two youngsters make up the new face of the Panthers' offense, and they're paying big dividends even with Newton struggling. The Saints pass defense is fast recovering from a dreadful start to the year. In fact, it's looking somewhat similar to last year's dominant unit. Over the past 5 weeks, they've allowed just 238 yards per game, with only one opposing passer (Matt Ryan in a 14-point loss) topping 250. They looked great against both Carson Wentz and Jameis Winston and now stand as a fairly tough fantasy matchup. Marshon Lattimore has bounced back nicely from an early-season swoon, and he's again performing among the league's best cornerbacks. Lattimore is a gambler, always looking to make a play on the ball, and he can be beaten badly when he misses. But he's also a force in man coverage, and quarterbacks don't test him particularly often. Instead, Eli Apple finds himself picked on most outside, and he's been wildly inconsistent from game to game as a Saint. Slot man P.J. Williams has also been beaten frequently and stands as the clear weak spot here. There are definitely ways to beat this unit, in spite of what recent numbers suggest. But as long as the Saints are controlling games and bullying offenses, there's always a low fantasy floor for opponents.

Recent Stats and Projections

11 at DET 56 2 9 1 0 6.9
12 vs SEA 58 2 11 0 0 1.1
13 at TB 13 1 13 0 0 1.3
15 vs NO PROJ-Bloom * 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

2018 Week 13 vs TB (1 / 1 / 13 / 0 rec)

The luckless veteran Greg Olsen's foot injury came back to haunt him again against Tampa Bay, with a ruptured plantar fascia set to rule him out for the season. On the field, Olsen only caught one pass - a sideline dart from Cam Newton - and earlier drew a pass interference penalty on a benign target between the hashes. Olsen left the game in the second quarter and did not return.

2018 Week 12 vs SEA (4 / 2 / 11 / 0 rec)

Greg Olsen took a back seat in this contest to the likes of young guns Christian McCaffrey and D.J. Moore, contributing only a check-down option. Off a play action pass, Olsen sneaked across the formation and absorbed a huge blow to haul in his first catch. In the two-minute drill at the end of the first half he provided an outlet for Cam Newton on the sideline, wisely stepping out of bounds. Later in the game Olsen appeared to be open for a touchdown at the back of the end zone. Newton fired the ball into the tight window - a defender had good coverage - and Olsen had it momentarily, but it was knocked out at the last moment. Downfield opportunities were non-existent as the offense adhered to a short to intermediate approach.

2018 Week 11 vs DET (3 / 2 / 9 / 1 rec)

Greg Olsen was largely kept under wraps in this game, doing most of his work in two-minute drill offense at the end of each half. Ever the reliable target in the red zone, Cam Newton tossed his first touchdown pass to Olsen, who sneaked in behind the defense from the one-yard line, no Detroit defender near him as he hauled in the pass. Olsen seemed to be a focus of the Detroit defense, with the unit buzzing around the middle of the field for each of his catches.

2018 Week 10 vs PIT (6 / 4 / 40 / 0 rec)

Greg Olsen was forced to act as more of a safety blanket than a downfield weapon against a Steelers team whose pass rush gave Carolina fits. Olsen and Cam Newton tried to connect on a screen pass early, but Olsen lost his balance and the pass was never completed. With the Panthers down by more than two scores in the dying embers of the first half, Newton went on Olsen as a check down on several plays, biting off chunks of yardage. To Olsen's credit, he ran excellent routes and made a couple of terrific catches on passes that were poorly thrown, prompting a tricky adjustment from the veteran.

2018 Week 9 vs TB (6 / 6 / 76 / 1 rec)

Greg Olsen continues to go from strength to strength after his return from a foot injury, showing no ill effects. His connection with Cam Newton is preternatural in its execution at times, and the pair hooked up on a handful of intermediate patterns for chunks of yardage. Olsen produced one of the finest touchdown catches of the season late in the first half. On the play, Olsen ran up the seam and, with the ball coming at him like a bullet, managed to bat it into his control as he twisted his body to adjust to it. Safely controlling the football, Olsen corralled it and got down to complete what was an acrobatic marvel of a reception.

2018 Week 8 vs BAL (4 / 4 / 56 / 1 rec)

He may not possess the fleet-of-foot ability of years gone by, but Greg Olsen has more than enough nous and craftiness to remain valuable in this offense. He showed that value today, cashing in on a red zone target with a touchdown. Lined up as the single receiver on the backside of a three-by-one set, Olsen ran hard and lowered his shoulder into the defender in coverage, executing a veteran hand fighting move at the break before turning back inside on the in cut. Cam Newton duly rocketed a pass into his numbers for the score. Olsen showed his savvy at the end of the half, imploring Carolina's backup quarterback who was in the game due to the coaching staff not wanting to risk Newton, nursing a shoulder ailment, on a Hail Mary to throw him the ball on the sideline after no Baltimore defender follow him. Olsen was afforded free releases on some of his routes in the second half, and on these he was able to profit with some pitch-and-catch connections with his quarterback to move the chains.

2018 Week 7 vs PHI (5 / 2 / 5 / 1 rec)

It proved to be a quiet afternoon for Greg Olsen, whose return to the field hasn't yet yielded the types of results that most would have expected. An early target on a short dig pattern fell incomplete as Cam Newton appeared to leave the pass a little behind his tight end. Olsen recorded one catch after that but was running routes often - Newton simply didn't find him open. Olsen's big contribution came on the game-winning touchdown for the Panthers. With Carolina at the Philadelphia goal line, Olsen lined up as the end man on the right side of the line, faked a block and sneaked in behind. Newton's pass was perfect for a pitch-and-catch touchdown.

2018 Week 6 vs WAS (7 / 4 / 48 / 0 rec)

It proved to be a game of missed opportunities, not only for the returning Greg Olsen, but for the entire Carolina offense. Their opportunities limited due to a clock-eating Redskins offense, Olsen was a frequent target of Cam Newton. Most of his catches came on short passes quick outs, a tight end screen but he made a beautiful sliding grab on a ground ball from Newton in the two-minute drill. A deep target sailed agonisingly over his head as Newton put a little too much touch on the football. With the Panthers set up near the Redskins' goal line at the end of regulation, Olsen appeared to get open on a pivot route, and looked visibly frustrated as his quarterback opted for a pass to the corner of the end zone.

2018 Week 1 vs DAL (2 / 2 / 33 / 0 rec)

Greg Olsen lasted only a little over a quarter against the Cowboys. On a straightforward seam route, Olsen's foot was stood on by the defender in coverage. Olsen finished the play and ended up making a 19-yard reception after a slip from a defender but did not return to the game. He was spotted wearing a walking boot on the sideline. Olsen had been looking comfortable prior to the injury, reeling in a nice 14-yard catch on an intermediate dig route.


Latest News

Panthers | Greg Olsen to IR (Wed Dec 5, 08:20 AM) - Updating previous reports, Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) was placed on the Reserve/Injured list Wednesday, Dec. 5.

Our View: Olsen's foot injury had been bothering him all year. Olsen now finishes the 2018 season with 27 catches for 291 yards and four touchdowns. The Panthers move forward with rookie Ian Thomas as their top tight end.
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Panthers | Greg Olsen likely going to IR (Tue Dec 4, 03:23 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) is expected to be placed on the Reserve/Injured list this week, according to a source.

Our View: Olsen's foot has been bothering him most of the year and now he's got to shut it down after he suffered a torn right plantar fascia in Week 13. The Panthers move on with rookie Ian Thomas as their top tight end.
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Panthers | Greg Olsen suffers torn plantar fascia (Mon Dec 3, 01:41 PM) - Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) will miss the remainder of the season after being diagnosed with a ruptured plantar fascia Monday, Dec. 3.

Our View: Olsen has been bothered by foot problems almost all season long. He's done for the year now and the Panthers turn to rookie Ian Thomas to take over at tight end. Thomas is a TE2 with upside for Fantasy GMs in need of help at the position.
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Panthers | Greg Olsen suffers foot injury (Sun Dec 2, 01:51 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) suffered a foot injury during the Week 13 game and will not return.

Our View: Olsen was slowing down the last few games and his foot finally gave way in this one. Rookie Ian Thomas will take his spot but there's not much there for him in a crowded passing game.
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Panthers | Greg Olsen looking for resurgence (Fri Nov 30, 05:44 PM) - Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) practiced in full Friday, Nov. 30, and he is off the injury report ahead of the Week 13 game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He had season highs with six grabs, 76 yards and a touchdown in the first meeting with the Bucs on Nov. 4.

Our View: Olsen has been slowing down in fantasy leagues, but this is a get-right matchup for him.
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