Posted: 2:33 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 23, 2013
By Jack Choros
Carolina Panthers tight end Greg Olsen (foot) practiced on both Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the team's official website. Olsen is listed as probable for Thursday's game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Fantasy impact: Olsen is a reliable pass catcher that is considered to be just outside the elite class of fantasy tight ends. He's had a few years to work with quarterback Cam Newton now so you pretty much know what you're going to get out of him when you have him in your lineup.
Olsen has at least four receptions in every game but one this year. Perhaps the only downside to owning him is that he only has one touchdown on the season. That said, Newton has been playing better of late and that should help Olsen's numbers.
With Buccaneers corner Darrelle Revis likely spending much of the evening shadowing wide receiver Steve Smith, look for Newton to turn to his tight end as a safety valve on a frequent basis. Start Olsen as you normally would this week.