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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 had surgery to repair a partially torn rotator cuff in his throwing shoulder in March of 2017. He is projected to return for the start of training camp and began throwing again in late June.
Newton won't be as bad as he was last year when he was struggling with injuries and poor play, and he won't as good as he was in 2015, when was the clear #1 quarterback. He'll fall somewhere in between, and as long as he has some big weeks driven by goal line runs and red zone efficiency, he'll be worth his mid-round price in best ball leagues, where you can pair him with a more consistent quarterback to lessen the pain from his down weeks.


The first item to cover while considering Cam Newton's 2017 prospects is his ongoing recovery from right shoulder rotator cuff surgery. The Panthers are saying Newton will return in time for camp. They're also saying he won't be allowed to throw with the team until 16 weeks after his end of March surgery. Expect the Panthers and Newton to be very cautious with his rehab. Recovery from shoulder surgeries in overhead throwing athletes can be tricky. Four months before throwing with the team means the end of July, as training camp begins. If Newton meets that goal, it's a great indicator he'll be at full strength as the season begins. What all the above means is that fantasy owners drafting before late August may not have seen Newton in game-speed action after the surgery/rehab. This is something to keep in mind as we consider how badly Newton's numbers cratered from 2015 (296/496 for 3,837 yards, 35 TDs and 10 interceptions passing, with 132/636/10 rushing) to 2016 (270/510 for 3,509 yards, 19 TDs with 14 interceptions thrown, and 90/359/5 rushing). Newton was the 17th-ranked fantasy quarterback during 2016, friends. Also of concern - the Panthers' depth chart at wide receiver isn't scintillating, especially with the departure of Ted Ginn Jr. to NFC South rival New Orleans during free agency. Kelvin Benjamin reported for an offseason organized team activity 'a little heavy' according to head coach Ron Rivera. Benjamin's conditioning was not elite during 2016 according to multiple accounts out of Charlotte - he's going to have to do much better this season. Behind Benjamin is the so-far disappointing Devin Funchess (with his sub-40% reception percentage) and then a bevy of youngsters, led by 2017 draftee Curtis Samuel, and 2016 practice-squad player (and 2015 collegiate sensation) Keyarris Garrett. Suffice it so say that the depth chart at wide receiver is fluid for the Panthers entering preseason/training camp. (June 7)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 7, 4, 6, 6, 6, 6, 6, 7, 7, 7, 8, 9, 9, 9, 10, 10, 10, 11, 12, 18, 21
Overall Redraft - 74, 32, 51, 60
QB Dynasty - 3, 1, 3, 3, 4, 6, 7
Overall Dynasty - 44, 16, 41, 45, 60, 65, 68

Stats and Projections

2014 CAR 14 262 448 3127 18 12 103 539 5 5
2015 CAR 16 296 496 3837 35 10 132 636 10 4
2016 CAR 15 270 510 3509 19 14 90 359 5 2
2017 PROJ-Dodds 15 291 510 * * * 86 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 15 294 515 * * * 85 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 14 280 480 * * * 90 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 306 543 * * * 96 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 69
QB: 7

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Latest News

Panthers | Cam Newton working with teammates (Wed Jul 19, 02:41 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton (shoulder) is throwing to teammates during workouts in Baltimore, according to head coach Ron Rivera.

Our View: There were previous reports about Newton working out with rookie first-round pick RB Christian McCaffrey before the start of training camp. Newton has got better weapons around him this year and we could see fewer rushing attempts for him as they replace that with short passes to dangerous weapons like McCaffrey or rookie WR Curtis Samuel.
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Panthers | Christian McCaffrey to work out with QB (Sat Jul 15, 04:56 PM) - Carolina Panthers RB Christian McCaffrey said he is expects to catch passes from QB Cam Newton (shoulder) this weekend and next weekend.

Our View: McCaffrey is just plain dangerous. As a runner, he's explosive inside or outside the tackles and he has the patience of a Le'Veon Bell. As a receiver, McCaffrey is incredibly quick and agile in space and is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball. He should become a favorite target (and a favorite teammate) of Newton quickly. McCaffrey is going off the board at RB15 (3.10) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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Panthers | Ron Rivera confident in offense (Mon Jul 10, 04:37 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton may be instructed to run less this year, but head coach Ron Rivera still believes the Panthers will have an explosive offense. Rivera said his goal is for the Panthers to remain a run-focused team without Newton having to run too much.

Our View: Rivera should be confident in the offense as they have better weapons alongside Newton in 2017. Running back Christian McCaffrey is a dangerous runner who is a threat to score anytime he touches the ball. The Panthers made him a top-10 pick in the 2017 NFL draft, and McCaffrey is a versatile weapon who doesn't have to come off the field. Wide receiver Curtis Samuel is a big play just waiting to happen. Drafted in the second round this year, Samuel can turn short passes into long gains with his speed and agility. Newton may run less this year, but the Panthers offense may be more dangerous than ever.
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Panthers | Cam Newton instructed to run less (Mon Jul 10, 12:51 PM) - Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton has been encouraged to get the ball out quicker and run less often, according to head coach Ron Rivera.

Our View: Newton is recovering from offseason shoulder surgery, and the team doesn't want to get him beat up this year. He had a career low 90 rushing attempts last season, and that number could be even a little less this season. With new weapons like RB Christian McCaffrey and WR Curtis Samuel, Newton has better options around him. Short passes/dump offs can replace his scrambling and maintain his fantasy value. Newton can still be a top-10 fantasy quarterback even if he scrambles less often. He's currently QB8 (8.07) in 12-team PPR leagues.
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2017 Schedule

1@ San Francisco 49ers
2vs Buffalo Bills
3vs New Orleans Saints
4@ New England Patriots
5@ Detroit Lions
6vs Philadelphia Eagles
7@ Chicago Bears
8@ Tampa Bay Buccaneers
9vs Atlanta Falcons
10vs Miami Dolphins
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ New York Jets
13@ New Orleans Saints
14vs Minnesota Vikings
15vs Green Bay Packers
16vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
17@ Atlanta Falcons