Greg Olsen Fantasy News

Panthers Beat: Greg Olsen 'most valuable piece' in passing game

Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 12:00pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Much has been made of the Panthers losing wide receiver Kelvin Benjamin for the season with a torn ACL.

A bigger loss would be TE Greg Olsen.

According to ESPN Stats and Information, receivers and tight ends made up 87 percent of Carolina’s total targets last season. That was the third-highest rate in the NFL even though the Panthers had only six games where individual receivers and tight ends were targeted 10 times in a game in 2014.

But if you take the tight ends out of the equation, specifically Olsen, the ranking falls to 17th.

In other words, Olsen is the most valuable piece of the Carolina passing game.

Fantasy Impact:

Olsen has been lining up all over the field for the Panthers in camp the story said. Since 2011, when Newton was the top pick of the draft, Olsen has been targeted 415 times. That’s the third-most of any tight end behind Jimmy Graham (548) and Jason Witten (457). Olsen has led Carolina in receptions the past two seasons, including a career-high 84 catches for 1,008 yards last season, the story added. We rank Olsen third among our TEs so we certainly see his value. And it could go up with the loss of Benjamin.

Panthers Beat: Cam Newton can have MVP season

Saturday, July 11, 2015, 10:02am

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Panthers beat writer David Newton thinks QB Cam Newton is capable of an MVP season.

David Newton: It's not so much whether Newton is capable. He didn't win the Heisman Trophy at Auburn or win the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year at Carolina for a lack of talent. The question is this: Does Newton have the talent around him to become an MVP? Aaron Rodgers didn't win the award last season without having a solid offensive line, top receivers and a running game that takes the pressure off him. Newton needs the same.

Fantasy Impact:

The good news, the story points out, is Cam Newton seems to have a talent pool around him now. Wide receivers Kelvin Benjamin, Devin Funchess, Corey Brown and Ted Ginn Jr., along with tight end Greg Olsen, give him plenty of capable targets. Jonathan Stewart showed again at the end of last season that, when healthy, he's a top five back. Now, the offensive line is going to be the key. Newton will also have to become a more consistent passer. While the odds may be against him for MVP, he's capable of a solid fantasy season. Newton cracks our top-10 QBs heading into camps, coming in eighth with an ADP of about the seventh round. He's another of the long list of fantasy QBs who will be around during that stage of your draft if you're set on waiting on the position.

Panthers WR Devin Funchess learning all receiver positions 'at a brisk pace'

Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 12:35pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

NFL.com writer Conor Orr:

I don't think Panthers WR Devin Funchess is crazy when he brings up the Offensive Rookie of the Year award, as all rookies are likely to do around this time of year.

Funchess, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound second-round pick, said as much last week during his NFL.com rookie confessional: "The goal that I've set for myself is to be Rookie of the Year."

Early reports out of camp suggest that the Michigan standout has already played at the X, Z and F slots and is learning all three at a brisk pace. He's giving himself more opportunities to stay on the field and make the plays Newton needs him to.

Fantasy Impact:

Funchess will be at best the third option in the passing game after Kelvin Benjamin and Greg Olsen. The Panthers are run-oriented, so their WR2 isn’t typically much of a fantasy factor. If he plays starter’s snaps, he should be fantasy relevant, but we’re not expecting fantasy-starter numbers.

Panthers WR Devin Funchess already knows all three receiver positions

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, 11:03pm

Panthers.com - [Full Article]

Panthers WR Devin Funchess' size and athleticism makes a good first impression. But the Carolina coaching staff is just as excited about his intelligence.

During organized team activities, the rookie has already displayed knowledge off all three wide receiver positions.

"It's huge," wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl said. "He can fill in for anybody. That helps us tremendously."

He's a big, fluid athlete. Proehl now has to polish his technique so those strengths can be maximized in Carolina's offense.

Fantasy Impact:

Funchess could quickly become the team's WR2, but since the Panthers are run heavy that position isn't typically a productive fantasy producer, especially with Greg Olsen at tight end.

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.

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.

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