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QB Cam Newton - Carolina Panthers

6-5, 248Born: 5-10-1989College: AuburnDrafted: Round 1, pick 1

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Summary

Though Cam Newton didn't fulfill the lofty expectations of many fantasy owners during 2014 (or 2013, for that matter), he still finished as the sixth-best fantasy quarterback in the NFL during 2013 due to his combination of passing (292/473 for 3,379 yards passing, 24 TDs and 13 interceptions thrown) and rushing (111/585/6) abilities. There was a drop-off in his frequency rushing the football, going from 126 and 127 rushes during his first two seasons to 111, and also a drop in his average yards-per-carry (to 5.3 yards per rush), and that trend continued during 2014 with just 103 carries for 539 yards and five rushing scores. Nobody complains about 5.3 yards per rush at this level, though, friends, and Newton did miss two games during 2014 (the season opener and week 15) - early in the year he was still rehabbing a surgically repaired ankle and then he missed Week 15 after being injured in a spectacular accident that flipped over his truck. The two lost games along with a lack of targets at wide receiver combined to depress Newton's fantasy scoring as a passer (262/448 for 3,127 yards, 18 TDs and 12 interceptions thrown), landing him at #17 among all fantasy starters by the end of last year. Newton has finished as a top-five fantasy quarterback twice during his four-year career (in 2011 and 2012), with a sixth-place finish during 2013 and his #17 showing during 2014, as noted above. The Panthers added Devin Funchess to the wide receiver stable during the 2015 NFL Draft and also picked up Jarrett Boykin in free agency (he was formerly the third wide receiver for the Packers before Davante Adams arrived in Green Bay last year) on a one-year 'prove it' contract, so there are more tools in Newton's tool box entering 2015 than there were for last season. We'll see if Funchess pans out, and whether Boykin can win a prominent role in the offense during training camp/preseason. When Steve Smith was around in Carolina, Newton was closer to 4,000 yards passing a year than 3,000 - he definitely has the ability to bounce back in the passing department this year. The personnel surrounding Newton are the big question marks. Newton is reported to be in excellent health this offseason, so we shouldn't see a delay in his appearances during 2015. The team signed Newton to a five year, $103.8 million contract on June 2, with $60 million of that total guaranteed - it's safe to say that Newton is locked in as the starting quarterback for the Panthers for the foreseeable future. (August 21)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 9, 4, 4, 6, 7, 8, 8, 9, 9, 9, 10, 10, 10, 10, 10, 11, 11, 11, 11, 13, 14, 15
Overall Redraft - 65, 27, 43, 44, 53, 54, 59, 59, 59, 60
QB Dynasty - 4, 3, 3, 4, 4, 4, 5, 5
Overall Dynasty - 56, 41, 43, 56

Stats and Projections

YEARGCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
2012 CAR 16 280 485 3869 19 12 127 741 8
2013 CAR 16 292 473 3379 24 13 111 585 6 1
2014 CAR 14 262 448 3127 18 12 103 539 5 5
2015 PROJ-Dodds 16 301 490 * * * 100 * * *
2015 PROJ-Henry 16 307 515 * * * 105 * * *
2015 PROJ-Wood 16 298 495 * * * 120 * * *
2015 PROJ-Tremblay 16 316 524 * * * 119 * * *

* - Footballguys Insiders can see full projections on this page. See just below for how to sign up.

Average Draft Position

Overall: 71
QB: 9

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Latest News

Panthers | Cam Newton has confidence in Devin Funchess (Mon Aug 24, 06:37 PM) - Carolina Panthers rookie QB Cam Newton said he has full confidence in rookie WR Devin Funchess stepping into the starting wide receiver role for the Panthers with WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) out for the season. Funchess sat out the team's second preseason game with a tight hamstring, but he's expected to play against the New England Patriots Friday, Aug. 28. 'He's a competitor,' Newton said of the former Michigan star. 'He's a guy that wants to be great. We talk often. I'm pretty much a person that he can trust and that I know I can trust when the game comes on the line. We just need to get him to 100%.'

Our View: That's great and all, but we don't share Newton's confidence. Funchess looked lost on the field sometimes in college, and he doesn't attack the ball in the air with authority the way that Kelvin Benjamin does. Over the last three years at Michigan, Funchess was credited with a whopping 20 drops. Good luck with that.
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Panthers | Cam Newton struggles Saturday (Sun Aug 23, 09:32 AM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton went 4-for-10 for 42 yards and one interception in the second preseason game Saturday, Aug. 22.

Our View: Newton is going to be fighting an uphill battle all season unless Devin Funchess is a revelation and Jonathan Stewart can stay healthy under a feature back workload. He's near the bottom of the mid-low QB1 tier now.
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Panthers | Cam Newton better with Kelvin Benjamin (Thu Aug 20, 02:58 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton has completed 59% of his passes when WR Kelvin Benjamin has been on the field, with 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions, but only 55% when Benjamin has been sidelined with two touchdowns and three interceptions.

Our View: This is why the news of Benjamin's lost season is devastating. Already considered a borderline QB1 this season, this injury, plus the nagging hamstring injury plaguing Devin Funchess really seem to pour cold water on Newton's value. He's still a borderline QB1, but it's tough to feel excited with this group of receivers and this offensive line. The only one coming off this disaster in good shape is tight end Greg Olsen, who continues to be a top five fantasy tight end.
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Panthers | Greg Olsen to see more targets (Wed Aug 19, 10:19 PM) - Carolina Panthers WR Greg Olsen is expected to be the No. 1 target for QB Cam Newton following the loss of WR Kelvin Benjamin (knee) to a season-ending anterior cruciate ligament injury.

Our View: Olsen has to be the number one target for Newton now that Kelvin Benjamin is out for the year. Right now, Olsen's ADP doesn't truly reflect his status as the team's top target. Olsen is going off the board at TE4 (5.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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Panthers | Cam Newton a big rushing success (Mon Aug 17, 05:28 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton has averaged 8.25 rushing touchdowns per season since 2011. That's more than the entire Jacksonville Jaguars team and as many as the St. Louis Rams over the same time frame.

Our View: That's awesome--and accurate--but his rushing touchdowns have gone down each year he's been in the league. Last season, Newton only had a career-low five rushing touchdowns--that's almost 10 less than the 14 he had as a rookie in 2011. This season, Newton should get about four or five scores on the ground.

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2015 Schedule

1@ Jacksonville Jaguars
2vs Houston Texans
3vs New Orleans Saints
4@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
5--- BYE WEEK ---
6@ Seattle Seahawks
7vs Philadelphia Eagles
8vs Indianapolis Colts
9vs Green Bay Packers
10@ Tennessee Titans
11vs Washington Redskins
12@ Dallas Cowboys
13@ New Orleans Saints
14vs Atlanta Falcons
15@ New York Giants
16@ Atlanta Falcons
17vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers