There are few certainties in life and even fewer in fantasy football. It can be extremely difficult to sift through all the projections, hype, bias, and rumors to find that rock steady performer who will deliver week in and week out. Luckily for you, I have the time and non-existent social life to be able to do so.
In life, there are death and taxes. In fantasy football, there is Greg Olsen.
Since entering the league with Chicago back in 07′, the self proclaimed “G-reg” has been the model of consistency and predictability at a position thinner than Todd Pinkston’s Arms.
Consider the Tight End position this year in fantasy football. You have Rob Gronkowski and Jimmy Graham, who are in a tier of their own and will go early in most drafts. After these two monsters come off the board, you should have your sights set on Olsen. Here are the rest of the names who matter at the tight end position:
Martellus Bennett – With John Fox at the helm and Cutler still at QB I look for the team to turn to the run game more often than last season to keep the ball out of Cutler’s hands.
While Bennett will still get his, I think Olsen has a higher upside this season as Bennett will be competing with Forte, Jeffrey and even Eddie Royal for targets.
Travis Kelce- Already dealing with injury issues and is saddled with a Alex Smith for a QB. In Reid’s run and screen offense, expect the ball to find Charles and Maclin as often as possible.
Which means you can expect Kelce’s numbers to dip even if he stays healthy.
Jason Witten – If you haven’t heard, Cowboys like to run and run often behind that massive offense line. Plus Witten is old. Stay away.
Jordan Cameron – If he could stay on the field he would be worth a look but until then, no thanks.
Zach Ertz – Poised to have a breakout season this year. Where have I heard that before? Oh, right. The last 3 seasons.
Dwayne Allen – Another player plagued by injury last season and with so many other weapons on the Colts offense it is hard to see Allen having a big season.
Julius Thomas – Having watched him in preseason he seems to have already developed some chemistry with Bortles. However, broke his hand and will be out at least the first 4 games.
Antonio Gates – Suspended first 4 games this season. Plus he is old. See Above – Witten, Jason.
Delanie Walker and Kyle Rudolph – Unproven quarterback play and offenses that are anemic more often than not. Stay away.
Pay attention to the following:
Since Olsen entered the league in 2007 he has:
7 straight seasons playing all 16 games.
7 straight seasons with at least 5 touchdowns
4 straight seasons with at least 90 targets
3 straight seasons with at least 800 yards.
Olsen has been Cam Newtown’s security blanket since arriving in Carolina. Add to this the fact that Kelvin Benjamin (Olsen’s main competition for targets) is done for the season with an ACL injury and his replacement, Devin Funchess, is a rookie already dealing with a recurring hamstring issue.
With the injuries the Panthers have sustained at receiver and Olsen’s rock steady consistency, expect Olsen to become not just the check down option he’s always been, but the focal point of the Carolina passing attack. Draft him for your tight end position and put your mind at ease.
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