Greg Olsen is a must-start in Week 9

      November 2, 2012 @ 11:07:49 PDT

Do you happen to be a Rob Gronkowski, Dustin Keller or Vernon Davis owner? If you're a Davis owner you've probably been searching for an adequate backup tight end recently, anyway.

Carolina Panthers TE Greg Olsen
Big week in store

Cory Bonini gave you a decent bye-week filler for the next few weeks in Dwayne Allen yesterday.

An even better bet, although he's only available in 38 percent of Yahoo! Leagues, is Carolina's Greg Olsen. If you already own him and are debating whether to slide him into a starting spot, just go ahead and do it already!

Although Cam Newton and the Panthers' offense has struggled to find any kind of consistency this year, Olsen remains one of their best weapons. He's been targeted 44 times this year by Newton, which is the 12th most in the NFL, above notable tight ends such as Jermichael Finley (43), Antonio Gates (42) and Vernon Davis (36). He's also hauling in well over half of those looks (29).

Olsen has been thrown to five times each in the past two games, but with Brandon LaFell (concussion) doubtful to play this weekend, expect more involvement in the offense for Olsen. Now that Jonathan Stewart is the clear lead back, I expect the offense to be more comfortable and sustain more drives.

And they are going up against the Washington Redskins

Even though the 'Skins haven't been able to slow opposing wideouts down through the air - they give up an average of 29.3 standard fantasy points to receivers per week - expect Washington to try to take Steve Smith out of the equation, which should free up plenty of space for Olsen down the middle of the field.

Against tight ends, Washington gives up the most fantasy points on average (11.5) than any other team in the NFL. They also allow 6.50 receptions, 69.6 yards, 10.7 yards per catch and 0.88 touchdowns per game.

All of that should make you feel confident about starting Olsen this week. I believe there is a very likely chance that the Panthers win this one and Olsen finds paydirt for the second time this season.

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About Keith Hernandez

Keith, an editor with KFFL, joined the team as a Hot off the Wire analyst in 2008 and has been playing fantasy sports since 2005. He is involved in MLB, NFL and NASCAR content. He graduated from the University of California-San Diego in 2005 with a B.A. in Communications and was a four-year starter as a member of the baseball program.

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