Greg Olsen, TE Carolina Panthers

2014 Strength of Schedule - CAR
W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
13
@TB
3
DET
20
PIT
9
@BAL
23
CHI
7
@CIN
18
@GB
5
SEA
10
NO
12
@PHI
17
ATL
BYE31
@MIN
10
@NO
13
TB
26
CLE
17
@ATL

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2013 Game Stats
WeekOppRecRecYdsRecTDTgtsYPCRuAttRuYdsRuTDFumYPRSnaps%
1SEA55601011.200000-52/52100%
2BUF7841812.000000-79/79100%
3NYG4540813.500000-67/7688%
4BYE------------
5ARI5790615.800000-68/68100%
6MIN219049.500000-64/7091%
7STL4470411.750000-59/59100%
8TB321147.000000-62/6398%
9ATL4661516.500000-73/7696%
10SF1140314.000000-66/66100%
11NE5521810.400000-57/57100%
12MIA534196.800000-71/71100%
13TB5850717.000000-60/6494%
14NO8400125.000000-58/6392%
15NYJ5880817.600000-63/6498%
16NO435078.750000-44/44100%
17ATL642187.000000-58/58100%
Totals73816611111.1800000.001001/103097%

Most Recent News

Wednesday, August 27, 2014, 9:33pm

Charlotte Observer - [Full Article]

While the Panthers are in Pittsburgh on Thursday night for their final exhibition, tight end Greg Olsen will be at Levine Children’s Hospital watching over his son’s recovery from open-heart surgery this week.

T.J. Olsen, born in 2012 with a congenital heart defect, is recovering from Monday’s four-hour surgery, the last of three scheduled procedures for the tight end’s son.

If T.J. continues to progress well, Olsen will rejoin the team next week and play in the season opener Sept. 7 at Tampa Bay.

“A lot depends on his recovery status,” Olsen said Wednesday in a text message. “But he’s doing well now, so hope that continues.”

“So far so good,” Olsen added. “It’s just a long recovery. We knew that going in.”

Fantasy Impact:
It sounds like things are progressing nicely for Olsen and his son and the hope is that continues. Obviously Olsen will put his son's health ahead of a football game, but from a fantasy perspective it's something to keep an eye on...

Scouting Report

Greg Olsen is vanilla in a land of double mocha swirl ice cream, causing fantasy owners often to overlook the veteran each year. However, each year Olsen puts up solid numbers and provides a consistent option at the position that can be had in later rounds. He finished last season with over 800 yards for the second straight year and scored six touchdowns. He also set a career high mark with 73 receptions. With so much turnover at the WR position in Carolina, Olsen will be counted on to continue to provide a safety valve for quarterback Cam Newton.

Fantasy Upside
Olsen is a 6’5 target who runs great routes and has been arguably Carolina’s most consistent target in the passing game over the past two years. Now entering his second season in Offensive Coordinator Mike Shula’s offensive scheme, and his fourth year with Newton behind center, Olsen is in a system familiar to him with a quarterback that already trusts him. He’s also durable. Olsen hasn’t missed a game since his rookie year with the Bears in 2007, and he plays.

Fantasy Downside
Olsen’s strengths are also his weaknesses. With consistent output the past two years and the same system and quarterback in place, Olsen has less upside than some of his counterparts at the TE position around the league. Also, he may draw extra attention from opposing defenses as Carolina’s top receiving option if rookie WR Kelvin Benjamin takes some time to adapt to the NFL.

Bottom Line
At 29 years old, Olsen is still in his prime and will start the season as the Panthers’ top receiving option in the passing game. He has a good quarterback and a track record of production and should be considered a very solid fantasy option at the TE position. While he’s unlikely to challenge players like Jimmy Graham, Julius Thomas and Rob Gronkowski as a truly elite option at the position, Olsen is absolutely in the same category as a player like Jason Witten, a guy who quietly gets it done week in and week out. He’s our sixth ranked TE heading into the season, and is great value in that 8-10th round area, consistent with his ADP.