Greg Olsen TE CAR 3 Months

Greg Olsen caught four passes for 55 yards in the Panthers' Divisional Round loss to the 49ers.

Olsen's big play occurred in the second quarter when he split San Francisco's safeties deep for a 35-yard completion. He was otherwise limited to chain-moving type gains. Olsen turns 29 in March and is owed $5.5 million in 2014. He'll surely return to Carolina as one of the team's only reliable pass catchers. For fantasy purposes, Olsen is a low-ceiling TE1.

Greg Olsen TE CAR 4 Months

Greg Olsen caught six passes for 42 yards and one touchdown in Sunday's Week 17 win at Atlanta.

With Steve Smith (knee) sidelined, Olsen came up huge. He caught an absolute laser from Cam Newton to give the Panthers a third-quarter lead they would never relinquish and also converted a big third down with a diving catch in the fourth quarter. Olsen was consistently solid all year long, catching at least four passes in 13 of 16 games and finding the end zone six times. He'll get a chance to rest his foot as the Panthers have secured a bye in the first round of the playoffs.

Greg Olsen TE CAR 4 Months

Greg Olsen caught four passes for 35 yards in Carolina's Week 16 win over the Saints.

Olsen's seven targets led the team on a day where Steve Smith missed the majority of the proceedings with a knee injury. The yardage just wasn't there as Cam Newton struggled to find open receivers, often missing high. Olsen now has at least four catches in 12 of 15 games this season.

Greg Olsen TE CAR 4 Months

Greg Olsen (foot) is listed as probable for Week 16.

Olsen racked up eight receptions against New Orleans in these teams' Week 14 meeting. Rotoworld's Pat Daugherty ranks Olsen No. 4 among Week 16 fantasy tight end starts, behind only Jimmy Graham, Vernon Davis, and Julius Thomas. RotoPat's full rankings for fantasy title week are accessible at the link below.

Greg Olsen TE CAR 4 Months

Greg Olsen (foot) returned to Panthers practice Thursday, getting in a full session.

It's Olsen's usual routine. One of the most consistent tight ends in the league, Olsen is a top-five play for Week 16.

Greg Olsen TE CAR 4 Months

Greg Olsen (foot) did not practice Wednesday.

Olsen usually takes it easy on Wednesdays before returning to team work on Thursdays and Fridays. He'll be good to go as a mid-range TE1 against the Saints.

Greg Olsen TE CAR 4 Months

Greg Olsen caught five passes for 88 yards in Sunday's Week 15 win over the Jets.

Olsen has turned into the primary downfield receiver for Cam Newton this season and managed two 20-plus yard catches this week. He finished with a team-high eight targets, but failed to find the end-zone for the second straight game. Olsen is averaging six catches and 71 receiving yards over his last three contests and will remain a mid-range TE1 against the Saints in Week 16.

Greg Olsen TE CAR 4 Months2 Comments

Greg Olsen (foot) returned to practice Thursday.

Olsen took Wednesday off to rest his sore foot, but his availability for Sunday's game against the Jets was never in doubt. Averaging 5.7 catches for 52.7 yards with two touchdowns over the last four games, Olsen will be a fine low-upside TE1.

Greg Olsen TE CAR 4 Months

Greg Olsen (foot) did not practice Wednesday.

Olsen has been dealing with his foot injury for most of the season, so the Panthers are likely just getting him some rest. He'll be a low-end TE1 in Week 15 against a struggling Jets secondary.

Greg Olsen TE CAR 4 Months

Greg Olsen caught eight passes for 40 yards in the Panthers' Week 14 loss to the Saints.

With Cam Newton forced to check down all game, Olsen led the Panthers with 12 targets. He was held out of the end-zone for the second straight week, but continues to be heavily involved in the passing game. Olsen will be a mid-range TE2 for the second week of the fantasy playoffs. He'll get a matchup with the Jets in Week 15.