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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

2018 FANTASY FOOTBALL PLAYER ANALYZER: GREG OLSEN TE CAROLINA PANTHERS

It was a shockingly disappointing year for Carolina Panthers stalwart tight end Greg Olsen in 2017 as the rock of dependability that went along with the guy throughout his standout career went by the wayside to the tune of 9 missed games due to suffering a broken foot.  Even when Olsen returned from the break, he struggled initially to gain separation from defenders which brought a whole host of new concerns given the fact he is aging at 33.  Fortunately, Olsen was back to his old Pro Bowl self in the postseason and so the fact he ended things on a high note bodes well for his fantasy football prospects in 2018.  While it was a serious break that Olsen suffered in his foot, he reportedly is running at full speed and doing all sorts of workouts as of this writing.  Keep in mind as well that previous to the broken foot, Olsen went 11 seasons without so much as missing one game.  One bit of injury misfortune should not automatically remove the durability label Olsen always carried around and so he remains a top-tier tight end for at least one more season.  With the Panthers having traded away Kelvin Benjamin midway through last season and still breaking in Devin Funchess as their top wideout, Olsen will likely continue being the top passing target for QB Cam Newton.  That has resulted in a bunch of numbers during their time together (over 70 connections each of the last four seasons) and so Olsen should be right there as the second tight end off the board once Travis Kelce.  

2018 PROJECTION:  74 receptions 1026 yards 5 TD

ASIDE:  We got reaction on saying Olsen should be picked after Kelce but that was under the premise that he is so much more durable and if you had to bet your house on it, who would you think had the better chance to catch 70 balls:  Olsen or Gronk?  The answer is Olsen.  So while on TALENT Gronk is the first or second tight end in the game, in fantasy football you can surely make the case he or Zach Ertz is the better investment.  

3 comments:

  1. uhh 2nd TE off the board after Kelce.. forgetting somebody?

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    1. who is more likely to get those numbers Olsen (never missed a game until a year ago in fluke injury) or Gronk who struggles annually to reach double-digits in games played. I know all to well Gronk is the number 2 or 3 ranked tight end which we have on our rankings but when you look at the injury factor wouldn't you rather have Ertz or Olsen's dependability?

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  2. Are you huffing crack?! It's Gronk and then everyone else. He missed 1 game last year. I can't read this nonsense anymore. Please stick to baseball.

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