The 85 yards were the most he's had in a game this season and the fourth-most he's had in three seasons with the Panthers. He got most of his yardage on two long catches -- a 30-yarder to set up a touchdown run for quarterback Cam Newton in the second quarter and a 28-yarder to set up a touchdown catch for Ted Ginn in the third.
Olsen is averaging 8.0 targets in his last three games compared to 4.3 in his previous six. He'll look to continue the trend Week 14 at New Orleans.
Olsen's touchdown production began in Week 8 against the Bucs, his opponent this Sunday. The Bucs have been middle-of-the-road against tight ends, giving up five touchdowns this season to the position (with two coming last week against the Lions).
Olsen is worth a start based on his recent scoring streak. But beware -- if he doesn't catch a touchdown, you could be looking at a four-point day. So weigh his downside against the touchdown output when deciding which tight end to start Olsen over.
Olsen was mostly held in check throughout the game, as he hauled in five of nine passes thrown his way for 34 yards. Fortunately, the Dolphins lost him in the back of the end zone with 46 seconds left in the game, as he brought in a 1-yard touchdown pass.
Olsen has five touchdowns on the season, four of which have come in the last five games. He will try to keep his solid play up in Week 13 against the Buccaneers.
The Dolphins allowed nine catches for 146 yards and a touchdown in Week 11, ending a very strong defensive run against tight ends that saw them allow no touchdowns in a five-game stretch. On the whole, however, Miami's season-long trend against tight ends has been good for opponents, who are averaging 10.2 Fantasy points per game against them, overall.
The Dolphins have mostly figured things out against tight ends after a slow start, but they are still clearly vulnerable on the defensive side of the ball. Olsen should be considered a pretty solid starting option for Week 12.
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