Wednesday, August 31, 2011


Greg Olsen comes from a very long line of solid fantasy football performing tight ends from the University of Miami.  From Kellen Winslow Jr. to Jeremy Shockey, Olsen falls right in line with them as a very good pass catcher coming from the troubled institution.  Unfortunately for Olsen, he ended up with a  Chicago Bears team out of college who seemingly never had a competent QB to throw the ball to him and than when one finally arrived in Jay Cutler, Mike Martz was brought in as the offensive coordinator who never likes to throw to the TE.  Olsen now finds himself in Carolina after being traded after the lockout and  it is this move that makes me  believe he could be a nice fantasy football sleeper this season. 

For starters, Olsen has a tremendous set of hands and he is very capable of having an 80-catch season  at the drop of a hat.  Unfortunately he hasn't played in a system that highlights his ability but that could chance in Carolina.  Before Martz came to town last season, Olsen had  back-to-back seasons of  54 and 60 catches and he caught 8 and  5 TD's in those campaigns.  Clearly Olsen can be a top guy in both the receptions and  TD department and the addition of Rob Chudzinski as offensive coordinator in Carolina could cement that ability.  Chudzkski himself is a former Miami Hurricanes tight end and  he is a coordinator who emphasizes getting the tight end involved in the offense more than most.  He has spoken publicly this summer about how  he plans to build the passing game around Olsen and that has to be music to the ears of his fantasy football owners.  In addition to this nice boast, having a rookie QB in Cam Newton under center could also be a help in that the green hurler will look often to the safety net at right end when he goes back to pass.  Hence Olsen will be seeing a lot of attention.  Its all  there for him to have his best season yet.

All in all I think Greg Olsen is the perfect tight end to go after if you miss out on the top guys this season.  He has upside and untapped potential that could result in a career season so be  sure to remember his name during the latter stage of your draft.

2011 PROJECTION:  72 catches 672 yards 7 TD

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