It’s already time to downgrade Hester, Olsen

Last week, I discussed in my fantasy blog that the addition of Mike Martz as the new offensive coordinator in Chicago was a real positive for the value of Jay Cutler. I also said that it will be a statistical death sentence for Greg Olsen.

Well, that already appears to be the case about seven months before the start of the 2010 season.

In a recent interview with WSCR in Chicago, Martz suggested that one of Olsen’s main roles in the offense will be as a blocker.

“All tight ends, their first responsibility, they have to put their hand down on the line of scrimmage and be a successful blocker, and then they move to receiving,” Martz said. “To just skip by that and say, ‘He’s a terrific receiver,’ well, then you might as well just put another wide receiver in there.”

While Olsen did put up career numbers last season (60 catches for 612 yards and eight touchdowns), owners who had him in their lineups knew that he lacked a consistent level of production.

Now that he’ll be stuck blocking at the line of scrimmage more often, his outlook for 2010 will be bleak.

Remember, no tight end has ever had 40 or more receptions in a Martz-led offense. So while Olsen was a breakout candidate heading into last season, he’ll now be labeled as a potential bust.

Olsen isn’t the only member of the Bears with declining fantasy value.

Martz also said that he envisions using Devin Hester in the slot and reducing his offensive snaps so he can focus more on being a return specialist.

“It would be very difficult for him to play every snap on offense and still play effectively on special teams,” Martz said.

While this news does help the value of the Bears DST, it makes Hester much less of an option in standard leagues. In fact, he’ll be worth no more than a late-round pick in larger leagues.

Chicago’s receivers to target in 2010 drafts are Devin Aromashodu and Johnny Knox, who are in line to start and benefit the most from Martz’s pass-laden system.

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