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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
Thursday, October 1, 2015 - 8:51pm
Week 4 at Tampa Bay
Greg Olsen had a huge game against the Saints last week, catching eight of the 11 passes thrown his way for 134 yards and two touchdowns. After Gronk, Olsen is as good as anyone at the tight end position and is an excellent fantasy option every week.
The Bucs have been pretty good against the tight end position so far this season, but they haven’t faced anyone of Olsen's caliber. With no other reliable targets for quarterback Cam Newton to throw to, he should continue to get the bulk of the looks in the Carolina passing game. With Gronk on a bye week, Olsen is the top tight end fantasy option and should be active in all leagues.
2015 Strength of Schedule - CAR
Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.
2015 Game Stats