Olsen, 29, is fresh off a career year after setting franchise records for receptions (84) and receiving yards (1,008) by a tight end in a season. He cracked the 1,000-yard threshold for the first time in eight seasons in the NFL. He has 5,188 yards and 52 touchdowns in his career, and is the only tight end to catch at least five touchdown passes every year since 2008.
Olsen caught two of three passes thrown his way for 27 yards. He has 84 catches for 1,008 yards and six touchdowns this season. Benjamin turned in five targets into one catch for 9 yards. He finishes his rookie campaign with 73 catches for 1,008 yards and nine touchdowns.
The Panthers will advance to the first round of the playoffs next week against Arizona.
Those who assumed
Olsen was held without a catch through three quarters and finished with one for 21 yards. It was his second-lowest output of the year. He was targeted just three times in the game.
He needs 19 yards at Atlanta next Sunday to earn his first 1,000-yard season.
Going without quarterback Cam Newton, who's sidelined by two fractures in his back, may seem like bad news for the
Benjamin had eight catches for 104 yards Week 15 against Tampa Bay. It was his second game in his last six with more than 75 receiving yards. He's had six of those games in all this season. Two of them have come in Anderson's two starts.
Olsen had 10 catches for 110 yards Week 15 against Tampa Bay. It was his second game in his last seven with more than 75 receiving yards. He's had four of those games in all this season. Two of them have come in Anderson's two starts.
Both players also got 13 targets in Week 15, equaling a season high for Benjamin and setting a season high for Olsen.
Of course, Anderson's 40 pass attempts were more than Newton has had in all but two starts this season, but maybe that's the point. The plays Newton contributes with his legs rob from the potential plays he could make with his arm, which limits Benjamin's and Olsen's targets. If nothing else, it means you should stick with Benjamin and Olsen in Fantasy even if Newton remains sidelined for Week 16 against Cleveland.
Olsen, who has just one touchdown in his last eight games, has three 100-yard outings in 2014. The Panthers are back in action Week 16 vs. Cleveland.
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