Greg Olsen | Carolina Panthers | TE
Height: 6-5 Weight: 255 | Born: 3/11/1985
2013 Experience: 7th season
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Fantasy Football Outlook: By year two of Cam Newton’s career defenses understand that Steve Smith is still as dangerous as ever and the Panthers don’t have a respectable No.2 receiver. Enter Olsen as the second option in the offense and he posted a career high in receptions (69) and yards (843) on the season.
While the Panthers decided to help fix their run defense problems by taking two defensive tackles in the draft, they failed to add much at receiver, even though it was a deep class.
Look for the Panthers to rely on Brandon LaFell, free agent Domenik Hixon and continue to develop young receivers like Joe Adams, but Olsen is setup for possibly another career year. We should see Olsen as an active part of the offense weekly, and he’s a candidate for up to 80 receptions on the season. Because of his talent and situation, Olsen should be considered a firm top ten option at his position on draft day.
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2013 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: ADP's | Rankings | Mocks | Cheat Sheets + Auctions
To help you get ready for draft day you will notice articles for ADP advice, cheat sheets, mock drafts and projected stats for Greg Olsen here. During the season, you can also find regular weekly ranking articles at this section as well.
Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections
I want to believe in Greg Olsen as a low end TE1, I really do. Problem is when you look at this production last year, it went down in the second half of the season, and I’m not sure he will ever develop into a respectable weekly starter.
A good pro and a security blanket for Cam Newton when he needs help, Olsen will be worth a hold as a backup on your team, but we need to see how this offense looks in year two (with Newton), before depending on Olsen in lineups.
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Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
Rumors of the Bears moving Greg Olsen finally came to fruition as the dealt him to the Carolina Panthers. While Olsen should play in an offensive scheme that is kinder to tight ends, his quarterback situation is one of the worst in football.
This will keep Olsen on waiver wires in fantasy leagues, but if Cam Newton should start to favor his big tight end, he might check in as a waiver wire pickup at some point.
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The Bears are expected to give Greg Olsen a new contract but fantasy owners should expect around the same production he had last season. Until the Bears can provide Jay Cutler with a respectable offensive line, Olsen won’t have a shot at being a regular option in fantasy football leagues. Last year, Cutler was pounded and the team was forced to play a more conservative brand of football. Don’t look to Olsen as a draft-able option in 12 team leagues, unless you have to own two tight ends.
Some feel Greg Olsen had a very disappointing season last year as he was projected to break out with Jay Cutler under center. While Olsen failed to post strong yardage numbers he did have a very respectable eight touchdowns on the season.
2010 Fantasy Football Outlook
2009 Fantasy Year In Review: Greg Olsen did more than just become Jay Cutler’s drinking buddy as he posted career highs in receptions, yardage and touchdowns in his third season. While these numbers were better than years before Olsen was still regarded as a fantasy bust (outside of his touchdown total) because he was expected to do more with Culter as his quarterback.
Still, Olsen’s production did show fantasy owners, he was a regular pass catcher in the Bears’ offense and one would have thought his future with Cutler and Chicago was bright.
2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings: You wouldn’t think an aggressive, pass heavy offensive coordinator would mean horrible things for Olsen’s fantasy value but that is exactly the case for 2010. Coordinator Mike Martz came to town in January after the Bears fired just about every coach outside of Lovie Smith.
Martz and Smith coached together for years with the St. Louis Rams when they enjoyed much success. While Martz’s offense is a clear pass first system, the tight end traditionally isn’t used all that much. Just a couple of years ago fantasy writers were pumping up Vernon Davis because he had Martz as his offensive coordinator.
Davis went on to have another disappointing fantasy year, and it wasn’t until defensive minded Coach Mike Singletary took over that Davis became a producer.
In Martz’s time with the Lions and Rams, there were no fantasy relevant tight ends on those teams as well. This offense is more about the wide receivers and that won’t change just because Olsen is on the team.
This offseason there have been rumors of a trade or a decrease in snaps for Olsen because of his blocking skills. Fantasy owners don’t want to hear about a certain players blocking skills as it’s pass patterns and stat production they are concerned with. Put it all together and it would be a shocker if Olsen gets back to his 2009 statline.
- Good Overall Skills
- Talented Quarterback
- Mike Martz And His I Don’t Use TE Offense
- Suspect Offensive Line