Greg Olsen

Greg Olsen


Chance of Injury in 2021: question mark 96%
Chance of Injury per Game: question mark 18.2%
Projected Games missed for 2021: question mark 3.5
Durability: question mark 7

High Risk


Greg Olsen Player Overview

What You Need to Know:

  • Olsen finished 13th among TEs in PPR points in a bad Panthers passing game last year.
  • Russell Wilson will be the best QB he’s ever played with.
  • But volume is a concern on Seattle’s run-leaning offense.
  • And Olsen is now 35 — an age at which only 6 TEs have reached 100 PPR points since the 1970 merger.

QB upgrade

If Olsen’s move to Seattle happened 5 years ago, we’d be a lot more excited about his fantasy prospects.

Russell Wilson will be the best QB he’s ever played with. Since entering the league in 2012, Wilson ranks 14th in completion rate, 4th in yards per attempt and 3rd in TD rate among 44 QBs with 1,000+ attempts over that span. QB Jay Cutler, who Olsen spent 2009 and 2010 with in Chicago, ranks outside the top 20 in all 3 of those stats. Ditto for Cam Newton, who was Olsen’s QB for the majority of his first 8 seasons in Carolina. Last year’s Panthers were a disaster, finishing 27th in completion rate, 28th in yards per attempt and 32nd in TD rate -- with Kyle Allen as the primary QB.

Too old?

So that’s the good news for Olsen. The bad news is that he turned 35 in March. There simply haven’t been many TEs to turn in fantasy-relevant seasons at that age. Since the 1970 merger, only 6 TEs have reached 100 PPR points at 35 or older. 100 PPR points would have ranked 22nd among TEs last year.

Olsen is coming off a decent bounce-back 2019 campaign. After missing 16 total games across the previous 2 years with foot trouble, he played in 14 last season, missing 2 with a concussion. He tallied a 52-597-2 line and 13th-place PPR finish. And remember that it came in a bad Panthers passing game.

Volume concern

So maybe there’s some gas left in the tank here. But even in that case, Olsen figures to struggle for enough volume to be a reliable fantasy play. The Seahawks have ranked 32nd and 23rd in passing attempts the past 2 years under OC Brian Schottenheimer, who…

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Greg Olsen Injury History

Date League Injury Details
Dec 1, 2019 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Olsen left the Week 13 game against Washington early with a concussion. He missed two games
Dec 2, 2018 NFL Pedal Plantar Fascia Tear Grade 3 Olsen ruptured the plantar fascia in his right foot and missed the season's final 4 games.
Sep 9, 2018 NFL Pedal Foot Fracture Olsen fractured his right foot in the 1st quarter against the Cowboys. He missed 3 games, surrounding a Week 4 bye, but returned.
Nov 26, 2017 NFL Pedal Foot Olsen experienced soreness in his repaired right foot after his 1st game back from short-term IR. He missed the next game but suffered no structural damage.
Sep 17, 2017 NFL Pedal Foot Fracture Olsen suffered a right foot fracture in the Week 2 win over Buffalo. He had surgery and landed on IR but was designated to return when eligible in late November.
Dec 19, 2016 NFL Arm Elbow Sprain Olsen played with a huge brace on his right elbow after hurting it the week before. He missed no significant game time.
Dec 13, 2015 NFL Knee Strain Grade 1 Olsen hurt his left knee and missed the 2nd half. He returned the following week.
Dec 20, 2014 NFL Knee Strain Grade 1 Olsen sustained a minor knee strain and wasn't forced to miss any time as a result.
Oct 5, 2014 NFL Pedal Ankle Sprain/Pull Unspecified Grade 1 Olsen suffered an ankle sprain but returned to the game and continued to play through it.
Aug 14, 2014 NFL Leg Calf Strain Olsen missed a bit of preseason time after getting "kicked in the calf," according to the team.
Oct 6, 2013 NFL Pedal Foot Sprain Olsen injured his left foot/ankle during his Week 5 matchup but played through it. He put up poor stats in Weeks 6-8 but seemed to be fully recovered by Week 9.
Jan 1, 2012 NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Olsen missed the 2nd half of the regular-season finale after suffering a concussion.
Oct 16, 2011 NFL Pedal Toe Turf Toe Olsen suffered from a turf toe injury but didn't miss any games because of it.
Aug 12, 2009 NFL Inguinal Hip Strain Olsen missed some practice time and the 1st preseason game with a minor hip injury.
Aug 30, 2007 NFL Knee Strain Grade 1 Olsen was injured in the final preseason game against the Browns with a knee sprain and was forced to miss Week 1 and 2.
Oct 14, 2006 Non-NFL Head Cranial Concussion Grade 1 Olsen suffered a concussion against FIU on Oct. 14 and missed the next game (at Duke).
Nov 20, 2004 Non-NFL Hand Wrist Fracture Olsen re-injured his fractured wrist and missed the final 2 games, including the bowl game Dec. 30.
Oct 30, 2004 Non-NFL Hand Wrist Fracture Olsen suffered a wrist fracture against UNC and missed the following game. He returned for the next contest, Nov. 13 at Virginia.