Greg Olsen—Chicago Bears
Why We Like Him:
Olsen showed steady improvement in his second NFL season and finished as a top ten fantasy tight end despite starting only seven games in 2008. With Kyle Orton leading the offense, Olsen finished last season ranked 10th in receptions (54), seventh in touchdowns (5), ninth in targets (82) and 12th in yards (574).
The Chicago coaching staff liked what they saw, and put him in the starting lineup for the final three games of the year. Olsen responded by catching 17 passes for 124 yards and two scores.
With Pro Bowl quarterback Jay Cutler now running the show in the Windy City, look for an increase in targets and some much bigger numbers for Olsen in 2009. Think of Tony Scheffler (when he’s not hurt) with more athleticism and less talent around him to steal targets.
Why We Don’t Like Him:
Olsen is young and has a world of potential, so there isn’t much to not like. Desmond Clark is likely to steal some of his snaps this season, and unless the Bears are able to develop their receiving unit, opposing defenses will be able to key in on Olsen over the middle. Chicago needs a dependable receiver who can step up and stretch the field.
Fantasy Outlook: SLEEPER ALERT
We’re projecting a break-out year for Olsen in 2009. The best part is he comes at a great value. The first tight ends drafted are likely to be Gonzalez, Gates, Witten, Clark, Daniels, and Cooley, meaning Olsen has the potential to fall down the boards and land in your lap at a discounted price.
He’s young, athletic, has excellent hands, and functions more like an outside wide receiver than a tight end. The addition of Cutler will improve the Chicago Bears all the way around, with Olsen being one of the biggest beneficiaries.
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