Greg Olsen, TE, Panthers
|TE - #9||63.00||CAR||Active||9 years||29||6'5||255||@gregolsen82|
2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe PickLast updated on Jul-09-2014 by Mark Morales-Smith
Olsen caught 73 passes for 816 yards in 2013. The only thing holding him back from being an elite tight end is a lack of touchdowns throughout the years. The former Miami Hurricanes pass-catcher comes into the season as Newton's most reliable and trustworthy option. Olsen's targets, catches and yards may very well rise even higher. The additions of rookie Kelvin Benjamin and veteran Jerricho Cotchery may only hurt his touchdown opportunities. That, coupled with Mike Tolbert and Cam Newton's goal-line running, does not bode well for Olsen getting into the end zone more often this season. Even without much touchdown production, Olsen is a Top 10 tight end and should be drafted as a starter across all formats.
Editor's note: Olsen's popularity as a mid-ranged TE1 is likely to grow. The concussion concerns for Washington's Jordan Reed, the advanced age of Dallas' Jason Witten and the presence and addition of Baltimore's Owen Daniels taking looks away from Dennis Pitta are all negative points of view. Detroit's Eric Ebron is an unproven rookie, Minnesota's Kyle Rudolph has a shaky QB situation and the list goes on. On the other hand, Olsen figures to be an even larger part of an offense which lacks a desirable backfield or any reliable receiver.
After churning out a career year, Panthers tight end Greg Olsen is expected to receive a contract extension before the regular season begins. Set to become a free agent after 2015, the 29-year-old said after last Sunday's Pro Bowl, "I would love to finish my career [in Carolina]. I'd love to be able to get something done going into this season and know that I'll be a part of the team for a while." Olsen closed out 2014 with an 84-1,008-6 stat line.Fantasy Analysis:
Given Olsen's productivity, it makes sense for Carolina to firm things up now rather than waiting until this time next year. QB Cam Newton's security blanket for much of the regular season, Olsen proved to still have plenty of gas left in the tank. A top-five fantasy TE, the former Bear put up double-digit fantasy points for the better part of the year in PPR formats. As the Panthers move to build their receiving corps, Olsen's numbers are likely to drop a bit. That said, his consistency at such a fluky position is hard to beat.
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|8.01||SiriusXM Fantasy - 80 catches 16 games, also in PPR leagues I want the option to be able to flex a heavily targeted Tight End|
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