Greg Olsen | Chicago Bears | 6-foot-5, 255 pounds | 4th year
2010 Projected NFL/Fantasy Football Statistics
Pros: He's the most talented pass-catching tight end in Chicago's offense, and the Bears could be throwing the ball a lot more with Mike Martz leading this offense. Olsen is coming off his most productive season, catching 60 passes for 612 yards and eight touchdowns, which continued an upward trend.
Cons: Martz's offense has rarely featured this position even when given talented receiving options (the San Francisco 49ers' Vernon Davis is one example). The new offensive coordinator has come out and said Olsen needs to improve his blocking before being given a consistent receiving role. Chicago has 12-year vet Desmond Clark on the roster; he is a far superior blocker to Olsen.
Fantasy tip: Fantasy owners are taking Olsen in the 13th round, on average, as a borderline No. 1 tight end. Possibly he's a decent No. 2, if you are forced to roster two at this position, when you can play him for the matchups. However, you're probably best left leaving him for someone else given the history of this position in Martz's offense.
About Bryce McRae
Bryce McRae is a Managing Editor with KFFL and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1999. He joined KFFL as a volunteer writer in March 2005 before becoming a Hot off the Wire Analyst in March 2006. He began working in his current capacity in September 2008. His work has appeared on fantasy sports sites such as Yahoo! and CBS Sportsline as well as in print. He graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2008 with a B.A. in History and U.S. Studies.
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