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Greg Olsen Fantasy Football News 2020

TE Greg Olsen has inked a 1-year, $7 million deal with the Seahawks. He reportedly chose Seattle over Buffalo and Washington. Olsen turns 35 in March and has missed 18 games over the last 3 seasons. But the money here suggests the Seahawks are planning to make Olsen their lead TE in 2020. If he can stay healthy, it wouldn't be a shock to see him return to TE1 territory alongside QB Russell Wilson.

The Panthers and TE Greg Olsen announced that they're "mutually parting ways." Olsen has spent the past 9 seasons in Carolina. But he turns 35 in March and has missed 18 games over the last 3 years. Releasing Olsen will save the Panthers $8.1 million against the cap and leave TE Ian Thomas with a big opportunity to capture the starting job. We'll see if Olsen wants to continue his NFL career -- and then how much interest he garners on the open market. Fox Sports has said that they're ready to hire him as an analyst as soon as he retires.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (concussion) put in a full week of practice and is set to return for Sunday’s game against the Colts. It’s possible that he cedes some work to TE Ian Thomas — and QB Will Grier adds more risk to Olsen’s outlook. Consider him more of a TE2 for Week 16.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen said Monday that he's cleared the concussion protocol. Barring a setback, he'll return for this weekend's game against the Colts. Olsen should step back in as Carolina's lead pass-catching TE and will be a low-end fantasy starter for Week 16.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (concussion) is out for Sunday's game against the Seahawks. He returned to limited practices this week but remains in the protocol. That means another game as lead TE for Ian Thomas, who posted a 5-57-1 line on 10 targets with Olsen out last week. Thomas is a viable TE1 for Week 15.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (concussion) was limited again on Thursday and remains in the concussion protocol, HC Ron Rivera said. We'll see how much progress he's able to make over the next 48 hours. Ian Thomas will be in the TE1 mix if Olsen misses Sunday's game against the Seahawks.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (concussion) returned to a limited practice on Wednesday. That gives him a shot to get full clearance ahead of this weekend's game against the Seahawks. We'll get another update tomorrow. Olsen's return would take TE Ian Thomas out of spot-start consideration.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (concussion) is out for Sunday's game against the Falcons. He didn't practice all week and isn't a lock to return for Week 15. Ian Thomas will serve as Carolina's lead TE this weekend. He averaged 5.3 targets, 3.9 catches and 35.5 yards in the 9 games Olsen either missed or left early last year.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen (concussion) remained sidelined for Thursday's practice. He's not going to play against the Falcons this weekend, making TE Ian Thomas a spot-start option. Thomas averaged 3.9 catches and 35.5 yards in the 9 games Olsen either missed or left early last season.

The Panthers have fired HC Ron Rivera. He's been with Carolina since 2011, compiling a 76-63-1 record with 4 playoff appearances. But the Panthers went 7-9 last year and are currently sitting at 5-7. Secondary coach Perry Fewell will take over as interim head coach, OC Norv Turner will move into an assistant role and QB coach Scott Turner will serve as OC for the final 4 games of the season. We're not expecting any tangible fantasy impacts from the moves.

Panthers HC Ron Rivera confirmed after Sunday's loss to the Redskins that TE Greg Olsen is in the concussion protocol. It's his 3rd documented concussion. We'll track Olsen's progress this coming week, but consider him no better than 50/50 for Week 14. Olsen's absence would leave lead TE duties to Ian Thomas, who averaged 3.9 catches and 35.5 yards in the 9 games Olsen missed all of most of last season.

Panthers TE Greg Olsen took a hit to the head in the 3rd quarter of Sunday's game against the Redskins. He appeared to briefly lose consciousness but was eventually able to walk off the field. He's going for a concussion test. Stay tuned for an update.

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.

 
 
 

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