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QB Cam Newton - Carolina Panthers

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

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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 - 8, 4, 5, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 8, 8, 8, 8, 8, 9, 9, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14
Overall Redraft - 67, 38, 38, 49, 50, 54, 57, 59, 60
QB Dynasty - 3, 2, 3, 4, 5, 5
Overall Dynasty - 31, 16, 23, 26, 37, 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 16 300 495 * * * 107 * * *
2014 PROJ-Henry 16 297 480 * * * 105 * * *
2014 PROJ-Wood 16 307 490 * * * 120 * * *
2014 PROJ-Tremblay 16 294 480 * * * 116 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 65
QB: 7

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Footballguys Articles

Thoughts on Cam Newton's Ankle Surgery
  Jene Bramel - March 18
NFC Roster Check Pre-Free Agency
  Jeff Tefertiller - March 8
The Gut Check No.300: Gut Checks Part I
  Matt Waldman - July 7
Pre-Camp QB Tiers
  Sigmund Bloom - July 24
How to Attack Your Large-League PPR Draft
  Jeff Tefertiller - July 24
Player Spotlight: Ryan Tannehill
  Kyle Wachtel - July 24
How to Attack Your Small-League Draft
  Jeff Tefertiller - July 23
Dynasty: Punting Quarterback Theory
  Chad Parsons - July 23
Preseason Watch List: NFC South
  Jason Wood - July 22
Training Camp Injury Storylines
  Jene Bramel - July 18

Articles from around the web

Warning signs for young QBs
  Christopher Harris - July 21
Sammy Watkins draws early praise from EJ Manuel
  Marcas Grant - July 21
Fantasy football 2014 draft prep: Carolina Panthers team preview
  Michael Beller - July 21
QB Primer: Following the Peyton Principle is no passing fancy
  Brad Evans - July 16
Searching for Undervalued QBs
  Steve Schwarz - July 11
Which NFL veterans had their fantasy value impacted by the draft?
  David Gonos - July 6
Cam Concerns Overblown
  Thomas J. Harrigan - June 28
Spin Doctors: Robert Griffin vs. Cam Newton vs. Tom Brady vs. Andrew Luck
  Scott Pianowski - June 27
Fantasy football busts and risky players for 2014
  Tim Heaney - June 24
The Neutral Zone - Cam Newton
  Brad Duffendack - June 16

Latest News

Panthers | Cam Newton taking it easy in practice (Tue Jul 29, 12:09 AM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) isn't running outside of the pocket during training camp, but he has been able to plant in the pocket to make throws without any complications.

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Panthers | Cam Newton not 100 percent (Fri Jul 25, 08:38 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) said his ankle is not 100 percent at this point, but it is getting better each day.

Our View: Newton is working his way back, and the Panthers aren't going to rush him. The plan is to have Newton ready for the start of the regular season.
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Panthers | Cam Newton cleared (Thu Jul 24, 12:35 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) was cleared for practice, according to general manager David Gettleman.

Our View: Newton's offseason ankle surgery was never seen a real threat to his fantasy value this year, so this positive news should not affect his fantasy stock.
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Panthers | Cam Newton limited during workout (Sat Jul 19, 10:37 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (ankle) was limited in his mobility when he worked out with some of his wide receivers last week.

Our View: No surprise here. Newton is going to be somewhat limited leading up to the start of the regular season. We like that he went out and put in some extra time with what is largely a brand new WR corps.
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Panthers | Cam Newton works out with receivers (Fri Jul 18, 10:39 AM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton held a three-day throwing session with WR Kelvin Benjamin, QBs Joe Webb and Matt Blanchard, one tight end and nine other receivers this week.

Our View: It's good for Newton to establish chemistry with a whole new group of receivers. The Panthers passing game is not going to give us many fireworks this year in fantasy, but look to a guy like Benjamin later in your draft. He's big and can leap out of the building. This could make him a prime red-zone target this year. Benjamin is lumbering off the line of scrimmage and not as physical as a player his size should be. His current ADP is WR48 (10.11) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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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