Greg Olsen Fantasy Football News 2019

2:09pm EDT 9/22/19

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (back) is active for today’s game against the Cardinals. He practiced all week, including full workouts on Thursday and Friday. Olsen is safe to keep in fantasy lineups vs. an Arizona defense that allowed a 6-131-1 line to T.J. Hockenson in Week 1 and an 8-112-1 to Mark Andrews last week.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Panthers TE Greg Olsen (back) will play against the Cardinals today. He's listed as questionable on the injury report but played -- and produced well -- through this injury last week. Olsen is a locked-in TE1 vs. an Arizona defense that's been shredded by TEs T.J. Hockenson and Mark Andrews so far.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (back) is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Cardinals. He played through this injury last Thursday night and practiced all this week. Olsen should be fine for Sunday and is a solid fantasy play vs. an Arizona defense that allowed a 6-131-1 line to T.J. Hockenson in Week 1 and an 8-112-1 to Mark Andrews last week.

7:09pm EDT 9/12/19

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (back) is active for tonight's game against the Bucs. He got in a full practice on Wednesday, so the back shouldn't be a real concern. Olsen is in the low-end TE1 mix after seeing 9 targets in the opener.

ESPN's Ed Werder reports that Panthers TE Greg Olsen (back) is expected to play against the Bucs tonight. Olsen is listed as questionable but put in a full practice on Wednesday. HC Ron Rivera told Werder that he has "no concern" about Olsen. Although he posted just a 4-36 line in the opener, Olsen played 94% of the offensive snaps and saw 9 targets. He's a fine, low-end TE1 in Week 2 fantasy lineups.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (back) is listed as questionable for Thursday night's game against the Bucs. He didn't practice at all this week but said Tuesday that he "plans" to play. We'll find out his official status around 7 pm ET on Thursday. If Olsen can't go, TE Ian Thomas will be an intriguing spot starter. He racked up 27 targets, 20 catches, 200 yards and 2 TDs over last season's final 4 games, with Olsen sidelined.

Update: Olsen was listed as a full participant on Wednesday, so expect him to play.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen has missed practice on Monday and Tuesday with a back injury. He told reporters that he "plans to play" against the Bucs on Thursday night but seemed to stop short of guaranteeing it. We'll get another update on Olsen tomorrow.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen told reporters Wednesday that he's "been 100% for months" after last year's foot injuries. "I wasn’t and am not restricted at all," he added. Olsen has missed 16 games over the past 2 seasons, breaking his right foot twice and rupturing the plantar fascia in that same foot. Even when he's been on the field, his production has been down. Olsen has averaged 9.2 PPR points in 12 full games over the last 2 years -- a mark that would have ranked 14th among TEs in 2018. We're curious to get a look at him in training camp and the preseason but aren't currently banking on him returning to TE1-level production. The good news is that Olsen is cheap in fantasy drafts, with an ADP in the 13th round. He's a fine shot at that price.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen has been fully cleared from his right foot trouble, he told reporters Wednesday. Olsen broke that foot in each of the past 2 seasons and ruptured the plantar fascia late last year. We'll see how the 34-year-old holds up the rest of this offseason. A healthy Olsen still has TE1 potential, but he should only be drafted as a bench stash at this point.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen told reporters after Sunday's loss that he ruptured the plantar fascia in his right foot and expects to miss the rest of the season. This is the same foot that Olsen has broken twice over the past 2 seasons, and he believes the latest injury was a result of trying to compensate for those previous breaks. Olsen's absence will leave Ian Thomas as Carolina's lead pass-catching TE the rest of the way. In the 3 games Olsen missed earlier this year, Thomas totaled 8 catches on 14 targets. He'll be a low-end spot-start option moving forward.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen is out for the rest of Sunday's game against the Bucs with a right foot injury. That's the same foot he's broken twice over the past 2 seasons. Olsen's 2018 campaign might be very well be over. That'd leave rookie Ian Thomas as Carolina's lead TE.

11:10am EDT 10/14/18

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) is active for today’s game against the Redskins. He’s a risky fantasy play in his 1st game back since breaking his foot 5 weeks ago.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport confirms that Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) will play against the Redskins today. Rapoport adds that Olsen will draw the start -- which, frankly, doesn't mean much. It's still possible that Olsen is limited in his 1st game back since breaking his foot for the 2nd time in 13 months. Consider him a risky, low-end TE1 option.

The Panthers list TE Greg Olsen (foot) as questionable for this weekend's game against the Redskins. He practiced all week, including full workouts on Thursday and Friday. HC Ron Rivera said Friday that he "likes [Olsen's] chances" of playing. We'll get his official status by noon ET on Sunday. If active, he'll be a risk/reward fantasy starter.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) put in a full practice on Thursday, putting him on track to return for this weekend's game against the Redskins. The dearth of quality options at the position puts Olsen in the TE1 mix, but he's at major risk of re-injury. He's broken the same foot twice over the past 13 months.

NFL Network's Ian Rapoport hears that "there is confidence" that Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) will be back for next Sunday's game against the Redskins. That'd be just 5 weeks after he broke his right foot for the 2nd time. Olsen will be a big re-injury risk when he gets back out there. But the dearth of quality TE options will make him a strong option for plenty of fantasy teams.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen returned to the practice field on Thursday, less than 4 weeks after re-fracturing his foot. Here's video of him running a route at something close to full speed. We're not expecting Olsen to play against the Giants on Sunday, but a Week 6 return looks possible. He's worth grabbing and stashing now if he's available in your league.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (foot) is putting off surgery and hoping to return in 4-5 weeks, according to NFL Network's Ian Rapoport. That's an aggressive timetable, especially after Olsen missed 8 weeks with the same injury last year. He figures to be at a high risk of re-injury if he does come back so soon. We'll continue to monitor his progress. Olsen is only worth stashing in leagues with deep benches or an IR spot.

The Panthers announced that TE Greg Olsen re-broke his right foot and is considered "month-to-month," although he surprisingly isn't having surgery. Olsen missed 9 total games with the same injury last year -- 8 to start and then 1 more after aggravating the issue. Expect him to be out at least that long this time around. Olsen is droppable in redraft leagues. His absence leaves 4th-round rookie Ian Thomas as Carolina's primary pass-catching TE. The Indiana product boasts a 91st percentile SPARQ score and posted a 3-37-1 line this preseason. He's worth an add in TE-premium leagues like the FFPC. WR Devin Funchess and RB Christian McCaffrey should also see more targets with Olsen sidelined.

 
 
 

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