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Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 12:00pm
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.
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.
Posted by Brandon Niles
Wednesday, November 25, 2015 - 11:00am
Week 12 at Dallas
Greg Olsen only caught three of the six balls thrown his way last week against Washington, but he still wound up with 54 yards and a touchdown in a big Panthers victory. Olsen remains one of the best tight ends in the game and has been a very consistent fantasy option all year.
This week, Olsen faces a Dallas defense that has been pretty good in keeping opposing passers from racking up a ton of yards, but they’ve been very average in points allowed, with 22.8 given up per game. Olsen is a must-start regardless of the matchup and he should find room against Dallas this week. The Cowboys let Jordan Cameron score a touchdown on them last week, and Olsen should be active in your lineup for Thanksgiving.
2015 Strength of Schedule - CAR
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