Greg Olsen Fantasy News

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Panthers QB Cam Newton (back, out) has been ruled out for Week 15. Newton has been released from the hospital, but he’s not going to play in Week 15. Derek Anderson will draw the start and is probably the better pocket passer. This means we don’t see this situation as a downgrade for Kelvin Benjamin or Greg Olsen. They both produced big fantasy lines in Week 1 when Anderson started against the Bucs.

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Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (knee, probable) took full practice reps on Friday after being limited earlier in the week and is probable for Week 15. Olsen played well through the injury and there’s no reason he can’t do so again in Week 15. And don’t worry about Derek Anderson starting at quarterback — Olsen posted an 8-83-1 line on 11 targets in Anderson’s only start this season (Week 1 vs. Tampa Bay).

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) missed practice again Thursday. Newton has been released from the hospital, and he’s not going to play in Week 15. Derek Anderson will draw the start and is probably the better pocket passer. This means that we don’t see this situation as a downgrade for Kelvin Benjamin or Greg Olsen. They both produced big fantasy lines in Week 1 when Anderson started against the Bucs.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (knee) took limited practice reps again Thursday. Olsen played well through the injury and there’s no reason he can’t do so again in Week 15. And don’t worry about Derek Anderson starting at quarterback — Olsen posted an 8-83-1 line on 11 targets in Anderson’s only start this season (Week 1 vs. Tampa Bay).

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Panthers QB Cam Newton (back) did not practice Wednesday. Newton has been released from the hospital after a car accident, but it’s highly doubtful that he’ll play in Week 15. Derek Anderson will draw the start and is probably the better pocket passer. This means that we don’t see this situation as a downgrade for Kelvin Benjamin or Greg Olsen. They both produced big fantasy lines in Week 1 when Anderson started against the Bucs.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (knee) took limited practice reps Wednesday. Olsen played well through the injury and there’s no reason he can’t do so again in Week 15. And don’t worry about Derek Anderson starting at quarterback — Olsen posted an 8-83-1 line on 11 targets in Anderson’s only start this season (Week 1 vs. Tampa Bay).

Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (knee, questionable) took limited practice reps again Friday and is questionable for Week 14. Olsen is expected to play through the injury.

Thursday, December 4, 2014, 5:59pm

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (knee) returned to limited practice reps Thursday after missing Wednesday practice. Olsen is expected to play through the injury.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014, 6:30pm

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (knee) did not practice Wednesday. Olsen is expected to play through the injury.

Panthers Beat: Expect Greg Olsen to re-emerge soon

Monday, November 3, 2014, 4:49pm

Panthers.com - [Full Article]

There's been a lot of adversity facing the offense over the first half of the season, but there's always been tight end Greg Olsen.

Or there had always been Olsen – until the other challenges curtailing the offense made it more difficult to keep Olsen involved.

"It's been hard on him," head coach Ron Rivera said. "Greg is a playmaker for us. We've got to get the ball in his hands."

It isn't that Olsen's level of play has slipped. It's that with everything else going on, he's had to slip into other roles as well.

"He's had to help more with the protection," Rivera said. "With the different things that we do, he's not in the route immediately, so that takes away from his visibility to the quarterback."

Fantasy Impact:

In the Panthers' first seven games, Olsen averaged almost six catches and was targeted more than eight times per game. In the last two games, home losses in which the offense has scored just one touchdown, Olsen has caught four passes and been targeted a total of seven times the story pointed out. Hopefully "soon" for owners means Week 10 in Philly on Monday night. The story went on to say with several starters likely to return from injury when the Panthers play again in nine days, the offense will have a shot at playing better football. It's still a good ways out, but Rivera sounded confident that starting tackle Byron Bell and guard Amini Silatolu would be back for Carolina's visit to Philadelphia for Monday Night Football.

Panthers Beat: Expect more TE Greg Olsen in Week 9

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 11:32am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Panthers beat writer David Newton: (TE Greg Olsen) was having a career season until Seattle held him to one catch. He still leads the team with 42 receptions and the Panthers would like to show the rest of the country that their tight end deserves some Pro Bowl consideration. Look for Carolina to toss in a couple of tight end screens that have been so effective. Also look for Olsen to be a bigger part of the game plan in the red zone, where the Panthers scored only six points on three trips against the Seahawks. Statistically, it looks like the Saints are vulnerable.

Fantasy Impact:

Olsen has caught at least five passes in six of his eight games this season. We're expecting he'll bounce back against the Saints on Thursday night.

Kelvin Benjamin on track to play Week 7

Saturday, October 18, 2014, 7:33pm

Joe Person on Twitter - [Full Article]

WR Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) made the trip to Wisconsin, per team official. All signs point to him playing Sunday vs. Packers.

Fantasy Impact:

As we stated earlier, the Panthers play early on Sunday, so we'll know if there are any last-minute setbacks by around noon. His absence would be a downgrade for QB Cam Newton and an upgrade for TE Greg Olsen and WR Jerricho Cotchery, but at this point he looks like he's going to play.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (concussion, questionable) took full practice reps Friday after missing practice earlier in the week and is questionable for Week 7. Benjamin returned to Week 6’s game against the Bengals after taking a big hit from Vontaze Burfict. He apparently showed up with a headache early in the week and is now going through the league’s concussion protocol. HC Ron Rivera says he was pleased with how Benjamin worked on Friday and that the wideout “practiced well” and “looked sharp.” He still has to be cleared by an independent doctor, but that appears to be the final step towards playing in Week 7. The Panthers play early on Sunday, but we should know his status by Saturday. His absence would be a downgrade for Cam Newton and an upgrade for Greg Olsen and Jerricho Cotchery.

Friday, October 17, 2014, 6:20pm

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (ankle, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 7. Olsen will be fine to face the Packers. If Kelvin Benjamin is out, he will likely be the focus of the passing attack.

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 6:18pm

Panthers WR Kelvin Benjamin (concussion) missed practice again Thursday. Benjamin returned to Week 6’s game against the Bengals after taking a big hit from Vontaze Burfict. He apparently showed up with a headache early in the week and is now going through the league’s concussion protocol. We’re worried about his Week 7 availability, though the team seems optimistic. The Panthers play early on Sunday, but we should know his status by Saturday. His absence would be a downgrade for Cam Newton and an upgrade for Greg Olsen and Jerricho Cotchery.

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