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Player Spotlight: Cam Newton

A detailed look at Cam Newton's fantasy prospects

POSITIVES

  • Newton has been a Top-6 fantasy quarterback in four of six seasons, including a dominant #1 finish in 2015
  • The offensive line, while imperfect, should be improved from a season ago
  • The Panthers prioritized adding offensive talent in support of Newton, including 1st (McCaffrey) and 2nd (Samuel) round rookies

NEGATIVES

  • Newton is recovering from offseason (March) surgery on his throwing shoulder
  • The wide receiving corps and offensive line are, by no means, proven assets
  • Newton's 2015 passing statistics were the outlier, but fantasy owners seem to think otherwise

What Goes Up, Must Come Down

Cam Newton entered last season as the reigning league MVP, for a good reason. He combined for 45 touchdowns while leading the Panthers to a league-best 15-1 record. Newton’s 445.5 fantasy points were the 5th most in league history, but his performance was arguably the best in history. Why such a bold statement? Because Newton’s average draft position in 2015 was QB13. He was coming off a career-worst QB17 season, and many wondered if he hit the wall. As a result, fantasy owners landed Newton late but ended up cruising to league titles because of the draft day value disparity.

Last year’s fantasy owners experienced the opposite end of the spectrum. Newton was the consensus #1 quarterback and was drafted in the early rounds. In 2-QB leagues, Newton was frequently a Top-3 overall choice. Sadly, Newton fell on hard times, and the Panthers followed suit; finishing 6-10 and in last place in the NFC South. Newton was a beaten man last year, and it showed.

  • 270 completions (2nd worst of his career)
  • 52.9% completion rate (easily the worst of his career)
  • 6.88 yards per attempt (career-worst)
  • 3.7% touchdown rate (career-worst)
  • 2.7% interception rate (2nd worst)
  • 90 rushing attempts (career-low)
  • 4.0 yards per rush (career-worst)
  • QB17 ranking (tied, career-low)

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