Dickson will serve as Carolina's top tight end in the absence of Greg Olsen, who is expected to miss 6-to-8 weeks with a broken foot, Brendan Marks of The Charlotte Observer reports. Olsen hasn't missed a game with the Panthers, which explains why Dickson has only 39 catches in 50 regular-season games since joining the team. He did catch 54 of 89 targets for 528 yards and five touchdowns for the Ravens in 2011, but his hands aren't particularly reliable, and he doesn't have a knack for getting open. While unlikely to emerge as a major threat down the seam in Olsen's mold, Dickson has at least shown some ability to pick up yards after the catch on short passes. He'll begin his tenure as the No. 1 tight end with a friendly matchup against the Saints.
Dickson caught two of three targets for 26 yards in Sunday's 9-3 win over the Bills. Dickson's production wasn't anything to write home about, but his fantasy stock should rise in the coming weeks after teammate Greg Olsen broke his foot Sunday. With Olsen slated for an extended absence, Dickson becomes Carolina's top tight end, which is usually conducive to regular looks from quarterback Cam Newton. While nobody will mistake Dickson for Olsen, the Pro Bowler, the veteran should nonetheless benefit from more snaps and targets as he's promoted to the starting lineup.
Dickson caught one of three targets for 13 yards in Thursday's preseason game against the Panthers. Dickson's status as Greg Olsen's backup doesn't lend much fantasy value, but the veteran does catch a pass or two every now and then, as was the case in Thursday's exhibition.
Dickson caught 10 passes (on 19 targets) for 134 yards and a touchdown in 16 games played this season. Dickson has yet to top 17 receptions in any of his three seasons in Carolina, where he's served as Pro-Bowler Greg Olsen's backup at tight end since joining from the Ravens. With another year left on his contract with the Panthers, Dickson figures to occupy the same role next season, keeping his fantasy value severely restricted.
Dickson caught his lone target for 28 yards Monday against the Redskins. Dickson set a new season high with his yardage Monday, evidencing his significantly limited fantasy stock.
|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|3||09/24||New Orleans Saints||29||13.00|
|4||10/01||@New England Patriots||28||12.00|
|8||10/29||@Tampa Bay Buccaneers||7||4.00|
|12||11/26||@New York Jets||22||8.00|
|13||12/03||@New Orleans Saints||29||13.00|
|15||12/17||Green Bay Packers||2||1.00|
|16||12/24||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||7||4.00|
|3 Year Avg||21||12||123||1||9||10.25||18|