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QB Cam Newton - Carolina Panthers

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

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Newton has a hairline fracture in his ribs, but head coach Ron Rivera is still optimistic that he will play in the season opener on Sunday, September 7.


Though Cam Newton didn't fulfill the lofty expectations of many fantasy owners during 2013, he still finished as the sixth-best fantasy quarterback in the NFL 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 last year, and also a drop in his average yards-per-carry (to 5.3 yards per rush), but he still remains one of the premier dual-threat quarterbacks in the NFL. Nobody complains about 5.3 yards per rush at this level, friends. Newton has finished as a top-five fantasy quarterback twice during his three-year career (in 2011 and 2012), with a sixth-place finish during 2013 as noted above. The biggest concern for Newton entering 2013 is the same as ever - a dearth of quality wide receivers to throw the football at during regular season. Steve Smith, the anchor of this receiving corps for many years, is now a Raven after being released in the offseason, leaving a depth chart that lacks a headline playmaker. Ancients Jerricho Cotchery (he'll be 32 when regular season starts) and Jason Avant (31 years old as of April 20, 2014) are currently on top of the depth chart. Cotchery did grab 10 TDs for Pittsburgh last season (76 targets for 46/602/10) but he had a grand total of two receiving TDs during his prior two seasons with the Steelers. Avant managed around 50 receptions per season at his peak with his previous NFL team, the Eagles, from 2010-2012 - but he finished 2013 with 76 targets for 38/447/2 receiving, a 50% reception percentage. Tiquan Underwood, the current #3 wideout, hit his career high-water mark during 2012 while with Tampa Bay (14 games played yielding 55 targets for 28/425/2 receiving), managing 46 targtes for 24/440/0 over 12 games with Tampa last year. As you can see, the supporting cast at wide receiver doesn't bode well for a sudden spike in Newton's passing numbers during 2014. Newton does have a solid tight end in Greg Olsen (a career-high 111 targets for 73/816/6 receiving last year), and Ed Dickson (43 targets for 25/273/1 receiving last season) joined the Panthers from Baltimore to provide an experienced #2 tight end - perhaps they'll be able to do enough in two-tight-end personnel packages to partially offset the mediocre wide receiving corps. Any excitement that fantasy owners feel about the Panther's wide receivers' stable is provided by their first draft pick, Kelvin Benjamin, selected at 1.28. There is a wide range of opinions about Benjamin's readiness to be a pro receiver - some feel his size and leaping abilities will make him a favorite target of Newton, while others fret about Benjamin's lack of polished route running and his tendency to drop catchable balls. We'll see what sort of chemistry Newton is able to create with Benjamin during the preseason. (May 23)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 9, 6, 7, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10, 10, 10, 11, 11, 11, 11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 14, 14, 15
Overall Redraft - 89, 57, 58, 59, 60
QB Dynasty - 3, 2, 3, 4, 5, 9
Overall Dynasty - 33, 23, 27, 29, 38, 53

Stats and Projections

2011 CAR 16 310 517 4051 21 17 126 706 14
2012 CAR 16 280 485 3869 19 12 127 741 8
2013 CAR 16 292 473 3379 24 13 111 585 6 1
2014 PROJ-Dodds 16 288 478 * * * 107 * * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 16 297 480 * * * 105 * * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 15 290 462 * * * 100 * * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 16 291 474 * * * 116 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 67
QB: 9

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Latest News

Panthers | Cam Newton expects to play (Thu Aug 28, 12:47 AM) - Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) said Wednesday, Aug. 27, that he will be ready for the regular season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers despite fracturing his ribs last week. 'There's no doubt in my mind,' Newton said.

Our View: The ribs will be a long term concern as they are the sort of thing which can linger and cause issues down the road. However, we're happy to see that he will be ready to go Week 1. We have him as a borderline QB1 because of the issues at wide receiver, but his ability to run with the ball and overall skills make him a guy who will be able to overcome his surroundings and put fantasy points on the board.
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Panthers | Cam Newton expect to be ready (Thu Aug 28, 12:47 AM) - Updating a previous report, Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) said Wednesday, Aug. 27, that he will be ready for the regular season opener against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers despite fracturing his ribs last week. 'There's no doubt in my mind,' Newton said.

Our View: Good news for Newton owners. There have been some concerns because of both the ribs and the lack of proven receivers. We still have him as a fringe QB1 as we believe he has the talent to overcome his surroundings. His ability to run the ball adds to his value as well.
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Panthers | Cam Newton won't be limited (Wed Aug 27, 05:09 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ribs) will not be running a limited offense due to his rib injury. The team will still run the zone read.

Our View: The Panthers need to say that to deny the Bucs a tactical edge of not having to prepare for the zone read, but the Panthers would be smart to limit Newton's exposure so early in the season when he is not 100%.
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Panthers | Cam Newton will be ready (Wed Aug 27, 12:33 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (rib) said he fully expects to be ready to play Week 1.

Our View: The Panthers may choose to call someone else's number at the goal line while Newton heals. He probably is not a good play with a brand new offensive line and set of receivers in week 1 at Tampa.
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Panthers | Cam Newton has fractured rib (Sun Aug 24, 04:54 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (rib) has a hairline fracture in one of his ribs and will not play in the final preseason game next week.

Our View: The team will have to be careful here. Rib injuries come down to pain tolerance, so Newton will have to grin and bear it while he's recovering. Head coach Ron Rivera said he thinks Newton will be ready for Week 1.
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2014 Schedule

1@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
2vs Detroit Lions
3vs Pittsburgh Steelers
4@ Baltimore Ravens
5vs Chicago Bears
6@ Cincinnati Bengals
7@ Green Bay Packers
8vs Seattle Seahawks
9vs New Orleans Saints
10@ Philadelphia Eagles
11vs Atlanta Falcons
12--- BYE WEEK ---
13@ Minnesota Vikings
14@ New Orleans Saints
15vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
16vs Cleveland Browns
17@ Atlanta Falcons