Olsen told Reed his back got "jacked up" in the game against the Rams. Olsen added the short week, Thursday night game against the Bucs is "not idea" for his injury. Looks like Olsen will play but perhaps Thomas gets a few more snaps than usual.
CAR TE Ian Thomas - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook
Week 17 at New Orleans Saints
Ian Thomas had a decent game against the Falcons last week, catching four passes for 48 yards and a touchdown. He’s had at least four targets in each of his past four games since taking over as the starter following another injury to Greg Olsen. While he hasn’t lit the world on fire, the Panthers are getting a look at his long-term potential as a starter with the future of Olsen in limbo.
This week, Thomas is risky, but has some streaming upside. With a young quarterback behind center, it’s possible he’ll lean on his tight end as a check down option. The Saints have allowed the fourth-fewest fantasy points to opposing tight ends this year, but they aren’t really playing for anything this week. Thomas is risky, but if you need a streamer, he has enough upside to consider him in deep leagues.