News: ESPN reports that Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said he's spent this offseason challenging himself to lose weight and "to become not a stronger player, but a smarter player." He said quarterbacks coach Ken Dorsey and offensive coordinator Mike Shula have helped him in those areas. Newton was the 2011 AP Offensive Rookie of the Year after a season in which he threw for 4,051 yards and scored 35 total touchdowns. In 2012 he threw for 3,869 yards and scored 27 total touchdowns. He also cut down on his interceptions, with 12 last season compared to 17 in his rookie season.
Analysis: Newton should continue to improve in his third season, and we expect him to have another standout campaign. He should be considered a No. 1 Fantasy quarterback in all leagues and a Top 5 player at his position. He's worth drafting as early as Round 3.
News: The Charlotte Observer reports that Panthers quarterback Cam Newton might not run the zone read offense as much as his first two years. At least that's the wish of general manager Dave Gettleman, who wants to go downfield more and mix it with a power run game, which actually started last season. With former offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski now in Cleveland as the Browns' coach, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said they would keep the zone read as more of a wrinkle than a staple. We have it as a mixer, Rivera said. We have it just enough that coordinators have to pay attention to what we do. I think off of it, we can do so many different things.
Analysis: Newton finished strong in 2012 with 3,869 passing yards on 280 of 485 passing (57.7 comp. pct.; 7.98 yards/att.) with 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He actually did better as a rusher compared to his rookie year yardage-wise with 741 yards on 127 carries with eight rush scores (down from 14). After finishing the season strong, Fantasy owners should have faith in Newton as a bona fide No. 1 Fantasy quarterback worth a third-round pick in drafts this summer.
News: The Charlotte Observer reports that Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said he was excited when Mike Shula was promoted to offensive coordinator, and credited Shula for his development over the second half of last season. It was very important. I think that's what they tried to do as far as keep everything as simple as possible, keep everything around the genre that we've kind of been keeping things. It's going to be very exciting, Newton said Friday. I've been talking to (Shula) and he's been giving me some ideas to think about. I think it's going to be a working process, but at the same time we're going to have fun and take it to higher heights. Newton said his relationship with Shula was unbelievable during Shula's two years as quarterbacks coach. I think a lot of credit goes to him with me honing in to a lot of things that he's been coaching me up to do. I don't think it's going to be any different, Newton said. I think he's going to coach me even harder, especially with his microphone as far as coaching has gotten a little bit higher. And guys are going to have to listen to him now.
Analysis: We don't expect Newton to struggle at all with Shula replacing the departed Rob Chudzinski, who became the head coach at Cleveland. Newton should remain a solid No. 1 Fantasy quarterback, and he's worth drafting as early as Round 3 in the majority of leagues.
News: After 14 years Mike Shula is getting another chance to run an NFL offense. The Panthers named Shula as their new offensive coordinator Friday after serving as the team's quarterbacks coach the last two seasons. Carolina chose to hire from within after interviewing candidates from outside the organization. Shula takes over for Rob Chudzinski, who left to become the Browns' head coach. "After going through the interview process we feel that Mike's familiarity with our offense and personnel lends itself to the offensive coordinator position," coach Ron Rivera said. "He has the experience and knowledge to step in and provide continuity in an area that has been productive over the past two years."
Analysis: Shula spent four seasons (1996-99) as the offensive coordinator at Tampa Bay, but the Bucs finished 29th in total offense, 27th in points scored and last in the league in passing during his tenure. They never finished better than 22nd in total offense in any of those four seasons. However, this time around he has the versatile Cam Newton running the offense. Shula has helped with the development of Newton, who was named AP Offensive Rookie of the Year in 2011 and improved statistically in his second season. The Panthers have been ranked seventh and 12th in total offense the past two years. Now with Shula calling the plays, Fantasy owners should have preserve faith in Newton as a solid starting quarterback worth a second-round pick in drafts this summer.
News: Panthers trainer Ryan Vermillion said Wednesday that quarterback Cam Newton had X-rays on his ribs and left ankle after the season but they came back negative. However, the Charlotte Observer reports an MRI showed Newton did suffer a minor high sprain on his ankle. According to Vermillion, Cam "would be a full go and there is no way he would miss a game."
Analysis: Newton missed five plays Sunday against the Saints but returned after a nasty-looking play where he was rolled up by a New Orleans defensive lineman. It was the first time he had missed snaps in his pro career. Newton finished strong in 2012 with 3,869 passing yards on 280 of 485 passing (57.7 comp. pct.; 7.98 yards/att.) with 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He actually did better as a rusher compared to his rookie year yardage-wise with 741 yards on 127 carries with eight rush scores (down from 14). After finishing the season strong, Fantasy owners should have faith in Newton as a bona fide No. 1 Fantasy quarterback worth a second-round pick in drafts this summer.
News: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton's inconsistent season came to an end Sunday in Week 17 at New Orleans with a down game despite the plus matchup. Newton was 16 of 33 passing for 248 yards, no touchdowns and one interception. He also added seven carries for 34 yards. He briefly left the game in the second half with a right ankle injury, but he returned to finish out the victory against New Orleans. He finished the season 280 of 485 passing for 3,869 yards, 19 touchdowns and 12 interceptions and 127 carries for 741 yards and eight touchdowns.
Analysis: Newton had 10 Fantasy points in a standard league. This was the first time he had fewer than 20 Fantasy points in his past seven games, and this was his lowest total since getting seven Fantasy points against Seattle in Week 5. He finished the year with at least 20 Fantasy points in nine games and 11 points or fewer in four others. Still, Newton showed us enough in the second half that he should remain a Top 5 Fantasy quarterback on Draft Day in 2013. He is worth drafting as early as Round 2 next year.
News: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton heads into Week 17 at New Orleans riding an impressive streak. He has at least 20 Fantasy points in six games in a row, and he has scored multiple touchdowns in his past five games overall. Newton scored multiple touchdowns in just three of the first eight games, but one of those outings was against the Saints in Week 2 when he was 14 of 20 passing for 253 yards and a touchdown and had 13 carries for 71 yards and a touchdown. In three career meetings with New Orleans, Newton has passed for 635 yards with four touchdowns and two interceptions, and he has 26 carries for 130 yards and two touchdowns with one lost fumble.
Analysis: This should be a great matchup for Newton since the Saints have allowed 11 quarterbacks to score at least 20 Fantasy points this year. We consider Newton a must-start Fantasy option in all leagues.
News: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had one streak extended and another come to an end in Week 16 against the Raiders. Newton scored twice in the game, once on the ground and once through the air, the fifth consecutive game he has scored at least two touchdowns. Unfortunately, he also threw an interception in the game, snapping a five-game streak without turning the ball over in the passing game. Newton completed 18 of 29 passes for 170 yards, while adding 60 yards on 12 carries. He passed for a 23-yard touchdown in the first quarter and then rushed for a 3-yard score right before halftime. Newton was sacked just twice in the game, as he led the Panthers to a 17-6 win.
Analysis: Newton scored multiple touchdowns in just three of the first eight games, which caused many to brand him a bust after his incredible rookie season. He has turned his play around in a big way in the second half of the season, totaling 13 passing touchdowns and four rushing touchdowns, while tossing just three interceptions over the last seven games. Newton will almost certainly finish with fewer touchdowns than a year ago, as his 27 scores pales in comparison to the 35 he totaled a year ago. Still, he has a strong chance to continue his strong finish next week, as the Panthers close against the Saints. Newton has six total touchdowns and two interceptions in three career games against the Saints, while averaging 211.7 passing years and 43.3 rushing yards per game. New Orleans allows 21.7 Fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season, so keep Newton in the lineup in all Fantasy formats for Week 17.
News: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been one of the NFL's most efficient passers late in the season. Newton has managed a passer rating of 109.8 since Week 11, which trails only Robert Griffin III in that span. He has 13 touchdowns (10 passing) and no interceptions in that five-game span and offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski credits Newton's ability to find secondary targets for his late-season surge. "He's really improved (in his decision making)," Chudzinski said, per The Charlotte Observer. "I've talked about Cam improving and that's one area: not taking sacks, getting rid of the ball, checking it down, getting it to a second read. Those are the things quarterbacks do that can keep drives alive minimize negative plays or not trying to force the ball and throw an interception. You're stringing the plays together."
Analysis: Chudzinski added better film study has helped Newton improve, but he added he still needs to improve on his mechanics. "He's playing more consistent and I think he's getting more confidence," Chudzinski said. "Those are things that just start building and everything feeds off that." There was a point this season where Fantasy owners weren't happy with Newton's production after a shaky first half. He was averaging 17 Fantasy points per game after his first seven games and wasn't living up to the hype of being an early-round Fantasy selection. Oh, how time has changed how Newton is perceived. He has scored at least 20 Fantasy points in six of his last seven games, averaging 28 Fantasy points in that span. Newton has been on such a surge he is now the fifth-highest scoring Fantasy quarterback and meeting Draft Day expectations. Newton should keep the good times rolling Week 16 vs. Oakland. Quarterbacks are averaging 259.9 passing yards and 20.9 Fantasy points per week against Oakland, which is tied for the sixth-highest average in the NFL. Quarterbacks have totaled 25 passing touchdowns, two rushing touchdowns and 10 interceptions against Oakland. Make sure to keep Newton active in Fantasy.
News: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had little trouble moving the ball against the Chargers in Week 15. He completed 19 of 33 passes for 231 yards with two touchdowns in the 31-7 win. His first score came in the first quarter when he dumped the ball off to running back DeAngelo Williams, who took it 45 yards to the end zone. Newton hooked up with wideout Steve Smith on a 4-yard score in the second half for his 18th touchdown strike of the season. Newton, who cut his right index finger just before halftime and twisted an ankle but said he'll be OK, also gained 7 yards on four carries and posted a 99.4 passer rating in the victory.
Analysis: Newton continued his run of solid play Sunday as he has a 10-to-0 touchdown-to-interception ratio in his previous five games. He has also rushed for three scores over that span and is producing for Fantasy owners when it matters most. While his numbers are down from his breakout rookie campaign, the 23-year-old has regained value in recent weeks and should be able to keep things going with the Raiders up next on the schedule. Oakland has struggled on defense all season long so continue to view Newton as a solid option in Week 16.
News: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton enters Week 15 against the Chargers having scored at least three touchdowns in each of the previous three games. He has thrown for seven scores while running for three more over that span. San Diego ranks 22nd in the league in pass defense, giving up over 242 yards per contest, and has allowed an average of 19.5 Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.
Analysis: Newton has come alive for owners of late and has not thrown an interception since Week 10 while compiling 11 total touchdowns since then. He has a passer rating over 100 in three of his last four contests and appears to have another favorable matchup on tap Sunday. The Chargers have allowed 20-plus Fantasy points to quarterbacks four times in the last five games so keep Newton active in the majority of formats for Week 15.
News: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton entered Week 14 saying he was motivated to beat the visiting Falcons not only because he's from Atlanta but also because the Panthers lost to the Falcons on a last-second field goal back in Week 4. Safe to say he got his revenge. Continuing his recent run of strong performances, Newton ran nine times for career-high 116 rushing yards, the majority coming on a 72-yard run in the third quarter in which he weaved his way through defenders, hesitating to get a key block from wide receiver Steve Smith at one point, all the way to the end zone. "The only thing I kept thinking was, I just can't get caught, I just can't get caught,'" Newton told the team's official website. "As I was running, Smitty helped me out a lot, blocking those guys and I got into the end zone." Newton also had two touchdowns through the air, finishing 23 for 35 for 287 yards.
Analysis: Week 14 marked the third straight game in which Newton contributed at least three touchdowns, whether rushing or passing. It also marked the fourth straight game in which he didn't commit a turnover after committing 17 in his first nine games. The Fantasy owners who stuck with the sophomore quarterback after his disappointing start are reaping the rewards now, when they need his production the most. His matchup Week 15 at San Diego isn't especially favorable or unfavorable, but the way he's been playing recently, you want him active no matter who he's facing.
News: Back when he was struggling earlier this season, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton did at least have one impressive performance Week 4 at Atlanta, throwing for 215 yards and rushing for 86 with three total touchdowns. Now that he's on a roll, averaging 263.3 passing yards with six touchdowns to no interceptions over his last three games, he could be in line for even bigger numbers against those same Falcons in Week 14. He's even more motivated this time around after the Panthers lost on a last-second field goal in Week 4. "To lose a game like that is always hard, especially when I personally feel like I could have done something that could have had a part in a win," Newton told the Panthers' official website Thursday. "And with me being from Atlanta, that's an added dimension to the game. I want to win this game."
Analysis: An improved turnover rate might be the biggest reason for Newton's recent turnaround. After committing six turnovers in the Panthers' first three games this season, he has committed just seven in their last nine. "That's been a high emphasis since then, protecting the football," Newton said. It should be the emphasis for any team facing the Falcons, who now rank fourth in the league in turnovers after intercepting Saints quarterback Drew Brees five times last week. The Falcons have also allowed the fifth-fewest Fantasy points to quarterbacks this season. Still, considering how well Newton has played of late and how well he played against the Falcons earlier this season, you should probably have him active in Fantasy.
News: Although his team came up short Week 13, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton turned in another stellar Fantasy performance in a 27-21 loss against the Chiefs. After totaling four touchdowns Week 12, Newton threw for three touchdowns Sunday. He connected with tight end Greg Olsen on a 47-yard score in the first quarter, then a 23-yard score with Steve Smith in the second quarter and finished his day off with an 8-yard passing touchdown to Louis Murphy in the fourth quarter. Newton had multiple chances for four passing touchdowns, including a potential 52-yard scoring play to Brandon LaFell, who couldn't haul in the wide-open reception in the second half. Newton added a team-high 78 rushing yards as well.
Analysis: We have been waiting for these kind of performances from Newton for a long time. He has combined to total 75 Fantasy points (standard formats) in his last two games. He has surpassed 30 Fantasy points in each of the last two weeks after doing so just once in his first 10 games. Newton is averaging 27 Fantasy points in his last five games and is back to being a reliable Fantasy start. The Panthers host the Falcons Week 13. Newton had 34 Fantasy points in Week 4 against Atlanta, totaling 215 passing yards, 86 rushing yards and three touchdowns (one rushing).
News: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (right wrist) is active and starting Week 13 at Kansas City. He was listed as probable on the injury report.
Analysis: Newton, plagued by inconsistency for most of the season, registered 358 total yards and four touchdowns (two rushing) during a win over Philadelphia last Monday. The Chiefs rank 10th in the league defending the pass (219.9 yards allowed per game), while placing 24th at stopping the run (126.1 yards per game). Quarterbacks average 231.1 passing yards and 20.8 Fantasy points per week against the Chiefs, which is the ninth-highest average in the league. Also, nine quarterbacks have thrown for multiple touchdowns, while players at the position have totaled 22 passing touchdowns to seven interceptions in 11 games against Kansas City. Consider Newton a solid start in all Fantasy formats for Week 13.
News: Carolina quarterback Cam Newton was listed as probable on the team's injury report for Week 13 at Kansas City with a minor wrist issue. Newton was a full participant in practice throughout the past week and is not in danger of missing Sunday's game, according to the Charlotte Observer. Newton, plagued by inconsistency for most of the season, registered 358 total yards and four touchdowns (two rushing) during a win over Philadelphia last Monday. The Chiefs rank 10th in the league defending the pass (219.9 yards allowed per game), while placing 24th at stopping the run (126.1 yards per game).
Analysis: Many Fantasy owners drafted Newton as a top five Fantasy quarterback, but he hasn't looked the part much. He has managed more than 30 Fantasy points (standard) just twice this season, and only crept into the top 10 Fantasy quarterback rankings after his stellar performance Monday. Now, all we can hope is Newton's confidence is soaring and he is ready to live up to his Draft Day hype down the stretch. Week 13 against the Chiefs presents a favorable matchup for Newton. Quarterbacks average 231.1 passing yards and 20.8 Fantasy points per week against the Chiefs, which is the ninth-highest average in the league. Also, nine quarterbacks have thrown for multiple touchdowns, while players at the position have totaled 22 passing touchdowns to seven interceptions in 11 games against Kansas City. Consider Newton a solid start in all Fantasy formats for Week 13.
News:Cam Newton's second-year in the NFL hasn't been a walk in the park, but after watching his starting quarterback torch Philadelphia Monday night for 358 total yards and four touchdowns (two rushing), coach Ron Rivera was encouraged by his progress. "People are throwing a lot of things at him, throwing things that have worked against him at him, and hes learning to understand them, Rivera said. "Hes got a long way to go -- he knows it and we know it -- and its a growing process. A game like (Monday) against a team that does as much as they do -- the fronts, the looks, the stunts, the coverages, the shifts -- it was a tough game. But he made a lot of good decisions because hes growing as a quarterback.
Analysis: Newton came into the 2012 season with a ton of expectations after an outstanding rookie campaign. Many Fantasy owners drafted Newton as a Top 5 Fantasy quarterback, but he hasn't looked the part much. He has managed more than 30 points (standard) just twice this season. He just crept into the Top 10 Fantasy quarterback rankings after his stellar performance Monday. Now, all we can hope is Newton's confidence is soaring and he is ready to live up to his Draft Day hype down the stretch. Week 13 against the Chiefs presents a favorable matchup for Newton. Quarterbacks average 231.1 passing yards and 20.8 Fantasy points per week against the Chiefs, which is the ninth-highest average in the league. Also, nine quarterbacks have thrown for multiple touchdowns, and quarterbacks have 22 passing touchdowns to seven interceptions in 11 games against the Chiefs. Consider Newton a viable Fantasy start in all formats.
News: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton did something against the Eagles in Week 12 that he hadn't done thus far in his young career -- throw and run for multiple touchdowns. He threw for two scores in the first half and ran in two after halftime to lead Carolina to the 30-22 win. Newton hooked up with tight end Gary Barnidge for a 24-yard touchdown in the first quarter before finding wideout Brandon LaFell from 43 yards out later in the half. He found the end zone from 1 yard out on the first drive of the third quarter -- capping off a 95-yard scoring drive -- before icing the game with his 2-yard touchdown run in the fourth. Newton completed 18 of 28 passes for 306 yards and led his team with 52 yards on 15 carries in the victory. "We took some plays off his plate and really tried to balance it out and spread it among other players and he has really responded very well to those things," coach Ron Rivera said. "I think we had to interpret it as giving him a breath once in a while. These last few weeks, he's played like the guy we believe he could become."
Analysis: After some early season struggles, Newton has come alive in recent weeks and has been more efficient of late. He has a 6-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio in the previous four games and has ran for three scores over that span. The offense in Carolina continues to run through the 23-year-old as he has three 300-yard passing performances and leads the Panthers with 446 yards rushing thus far. Newton should have little trouble keeping things going in Week 13 against the Chiefs so owners that drafted him as a No. 1 Fantasy quarterback should feel free to get the reigning Offensive Rookie of the Year active in all formats.
News: After tossing eight interceptions over the first seven games this season, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has been picked off just twice over the last three while posting an 88 passer rating. He will look to keep his efficient ways going in Week 12 against the Eagles. Philadelphia ranks 13th in the league in pass defense, giving up 222 yards per contest, and has allowed an average of 19.6 Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks.
Analysis: Newton has been fairly disappointing in Fantasy after his breakout rookie campaign as his numbers are down across the board. Still, he has been playing better of late and appears to have a favorable matchup in the Eagles on Monday night. Philadelphia has surrendered 19 total touchdowns to quarterbacks while recording just seven interceptions so the 23-year-old should be able to put up some stats. Consider Newton a viable option in the majority of Fantasy formats for Week 12.
News: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton failed to capitalize on a solid matchup against the Bucs, a team that had allowed the most passing yards per game in the NFL this season. Newton completed 16 passes for 252 yards and a touchdown, while rushing 11 times for 40 yards.
Analysis: Newton had just 10 passing yards after the first quarter, so he got better as the game went along. He had a couple noticeable overthrows of Steve Smith (during the team's first drive and again in the red zone in the second quarter) and missed Greg Olsen early, as well. He did see a couple drops from his receivers -- including a forehead-slapping Louis Murphy one -- but it was still a shaky performance from Newton overall, in a game he should have dominated. Newton's value is definitely down from 2011, but he remains capable of having big games, especially with a solid receiving corps. The Panthers face a hit-or-miss Eagles defense in Week 12. Newton should be started in most leagues, but he's far from the slam dunk he was last season.
News: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton, mired in a bit of a down year after a stellar rookie campaign, has a Fantasy gift waiting for him in Week 11: a matchup against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a team that has allowed the most passing yards per game in the NFL. Additionally, in the last four games, the Bucs have allowed opposing quarterbacks to score 35 or more Fantasy points twice, and have given up an average of 28.75 points per game in that span.
Analysis: Newton has already faced Tampa Bay this year, in Week 1, when he passed for 303 yards and a touchdown. His four rushing yards, however, were a sign of things to come; Newton, who rushed for double-digit yards every game last year, already has three weeks this season in which he's run for single-digit yards (and his per-game rushing average is down by about five yards). While lacking the dazzling 400-yard passing performances from 2011, Newton has passed for 300 or more yards twice this year, and Sunday looks like a set-up for a third, matching his total 300-plus yard games from 2011. If you need more reason to like Newton against Tampa Bay, consider this: in three career games, he has nine touchdowns. Against a weak pass defense, armed with a solid No. 1 receiver and capable complements, Newton should put together a big game in Week 11 and can be started in most leagues.
News: Carolina quarterback Cam Newton had trouble getting off the ground on Sunday of Week 10 during a loss against Denver. The Broncos sacked Newton a career-high seven times in the game as he committed two turnovers. Newton was picked off twice by Denver in the game, including Tony Carter's 40-yard return for a touchdown in the third quarter. Newton did his best to get the Panthers back involved, but it was a blowout in the end. Newton finished 21 of 36 for 241 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions in the game to finish with a quarterback rating of 74.0. Newton was also sacked once for a safety in the fourth quarter. He found tight end Greg Olsen twice for touchdowns. Newton rushed four times for 7 yards.
Analysis: Newton made some effective throws against the Denver defense but the Broncos had him on his behind early and often in the Week 10 loss as he suffered a career-high for sacks against him. He could not avoid the rush and was pressured into making several mistakes, including throwing an interception returned for a touchdown. Newton has just four passing touchdowns in his last five games but has continued to be a worthy Fantasy option thanks to his legs. Heading into Week 11 against Tampa Bay, Newton will remain a solid Fantasy option.
News: Carolina quarterback Cam Newton heads into the Week 10 game at home against Denver having another solid season in his second in the NFL. Newton has 5,953 passing yards and 27 touchdowns with 1,053 rushing yards and 18 rushing scores over his first 24 career games. He is the only player in NFL history with over 5,000 passing yards, 25 or more passing touchdowns, 1,000 or more rushing yards and 15 or more rushing TDs in his first two NFL seasons and his second isn't even over yet. Playing the Broncos, Newton has gone 3-1 in his career against AFC opponents.
Analysis: Newton had a solid performance against the Redskins last week with 201 passing yards and a touchdown and a rushing TD as well. He's yet to toss more than two TDs in a game, but gets it done with his legs like few other QBs in the NFL. Denver has been middle of the pack this season against quarterbacks but have only allowed 39 rushing yards to the position. Newton might not have his best game, but he'll do enough to remain a worthy Fantasy option in all leagues and formats for the Week 10 contest.
News: Carolina quarterback Cam Newton was expected to have a big performance in the Week 9 game at Washington Sunday. Newton did just that as he led the Panthers to a victory. Newton threw for 201 yards on 13 of 23 passing, including a beautiful 19-yard touchdown pass to Steve Smith in the second quarter. Newton added a rushing touchdown as he finished with eight carries for 37 yards on the ground. Newton did not throw an interception in the game and finished with a quarterback rating of 100.1.
Analysis: Newton wasn't having the game many expected against a terrible Redskins defense until late in the third quarter when he completed an 82-yard pass to Armanti Edwards and rushed for a touchdown shortly after on the same drive. In the end, Newton put up solid production as he has for the most part all year for Carolina. Newton has really only had two poor games and has otherwise been able to gain Fantasy points with his legs if at times his arm fails him. Newton will head into Week 10 against Denver as a solid Fantasy option in all leagues and formats.
News: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton set the NFL world on fire as a rookie, so his subpar play as a second-year pro continues to be a source of frustration for the former No. 1 overall pick. "I've learned so much about myself," Newton told WJFK-FM Wednesday. "Has it been humbling? Yes." Newton enters Week 9 against the Redskins with his numbers in an across-the-board decline, but Washington could provide the cure for some of what ails him. Newton completed 18 of 23 passes for 256 yards and a touchdown against the Redskins last season, while adding another 59 yards and a score on the ground.
Analysis: The Redskins defense has been opposing quarterbacks best friend this season, as they are allowing 22.8 Fantasy points per game so far. Opposing passers are averaging 316.5 yards per game through the air, while topping 300 yards In all but two of eight games so far. Newton has been a major disappointment this season, but if he is going to turn around his season in the second half this is as good a chance as any to begin. It has been tough to rely on Cam this season, but this matchup makes him worth trusting for Week 9.
News:Cam Newton passed for over 300 yards but struggled in pretty much every other way in the team's heartbreaking Week 8 loss at Chicago. Newton's passing was off for much of the game as he completed just over half of his passes for 314 yards, but he failed to score. He did have a path to the end zone on a run but fumbled just short of the goal line only to have the ball recovered by Louis Murphy for a Panthers score. Newton also sent a pass behind Steve Smith in the fourth quarter and right into the hands of cornerback Tim Jennings for a pick six for the Bears defense. He was intercepted twice; Jennings had both interceptions, getting his first one on a pass Newton intended to throw away. Newton added 37 rush yards but on only five carries as the Panthers dialed up their run game for plenty of this game in an attempt to take pressure off of Newton.
Analysis: While Newton did connect with Steve Smith for a season-best 118 receiving yards, he missed on many other passes and ultimately let the Bears back into this with his second interception. The play calling in the game was actually pretty good and the Panthers running backs did as well as they could against the Bears' stiff defensive front. This one's on Newton, and even though he has a tremendous match up in front of him in Week 9 at Washington, Fantasy owners should be a bit nervous in starting him. Chances are he'll be ranked as a Top 12 choice since the Washington pass defense is so terrible and the Redskins can't provide a pass rush, but it might take some bravery to start him. He also has some favorable matchups left down the stretch, so think twice before you decide to trade him.
News: Things won't get easier for Cam Newton when the Panthers play at Chicago in Week 8. True, Newton demolished the Bears for 374 passing yards and a passing touchdown along with 35 rushing yards and two rushing scores in 2011 but hasn't had a game like that in 2012. Newton has one game this season over 300 yards passing and has just two games with multiple touchdowns in six tries. Meanwhile the Bears have yet to allow any opposing passer to connect for multiple scores in a game against them this season (the Cowboys hit them for two passing touchdowns split between two quarterbacks). Additionally the Bears' run defense has been lights out, putting doubt in Newton's rushing abilities on Sunday. Newton seemed refocused on the matters at hand this week after the 1-5 Panthers fired general manager Marty Hurney. "I'm very eager to play on Sunday, but most importantly to get back to taking ownership day-by-day of playing this game and knowing what to do on each and every play and making it work," Newton said. "Everything that we want to achieve is still out there for us to achieve. We're going to take each day, each play by itself."
Analysis: Panthers coach Ron Rivera also admitted this week that the team tried to "stay ahead of the curve" and regressed as a result. If Newton had an easier matchup and went back to basics, we might give him the benefit of the doubt. But the Bears defense is among the best in the NFL and a quarterback who has thrown six interceptions and lost three fumbles this season can't be trusted for a clean game against them. This is a good week to bench Newton for the likes of Philip Rivers (at CLE), Brandon Weeden (vs. SD) and even Sam Bradford (vs. NE) in hopes of making the most with another passer in a favorable matchup. When Newton plays at the Redskins and their weak pass defense in Week 9, he's worth riding again.
News: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton did a nice job running the ball Sunday against the Cowboys in Week 7, and his passing totals were respectable. But Newton had two turnovers that hurt his Fantasy production. Newton was 21 of 37 passing for 233 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He also added six carries for 64 yards with a lost fumble. Now, the fumble came at the end of the game with the Panthers doing laterals in a last-ditch effort to score, but it still counts against his total. Newton's touchdown pass went to Brandon LaFell from 5 yards out in the second quarter.
Analysis: Newton has two games with at least 27 Fantasy points and four games with 17 points or less. He has a difficult matchup in Week 8 at Chicago, and you might consider Newton a No. 2 Fantasy quarterback against the Bears. It's hard to bench Newton in most leagues, but Chicago's defense has been lights out while Newton has struggled more times than not.
News: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said he feels refreshed coming off the bye in Week 6, and he's ready for his matchup with Dallas in Week 7. Newton spent the bye weekend visiting a haunted house, go-kart racing, watching movies, playing video games and doing plenty of "self-evaluation." He said after talking with his father Cecil Newton he also has a deeper appreciation for his job. "God gives only a few people opportunities like this and it's easy for people to take it for granted," Newton said Wednesday. "It gave me time to reflect and appreciate this lovely, wonderful game that I play." We hope the good Newton shows up against the Cowboys. He has two games with at least 27 Fantasy points and three games with 14 points or less.
Analysis: Newton has the chance to play well this week. Dallas has allowed an average of 254.5 passing yards in its past two games against Jay Cutler and Joe Flacco with three touchdowns and no interceptions over that span. The Cowboys are concerned with Newton. "He's a whole different breed," Cowboys star defensive end DeMarcus Ware said. "He's a running back, a guy that can play quarterback. The thing is he doesn't make a lot of (bad) decisions." We know it's hard to trust Newton fully based on the way he's played this season, but we would still start him as a No. 1 option. Just hope the bye week has helped him figure out how to once again play at a high level.
News: Panthers coach Ron Rivera told reporters Monday he feels Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is pressing. Newton had one of his worst games during a Week 5 loss to Seattle, completing 41.4 percent of his passes (12 of 29) and was sacked four times. Rivera said Newton is trying to hit too many downfield passes. I think he's pressing, personally I do. He wants to make things happen so much, Rivera said, per the Charlotte Observer. He's trying very hard to do those things, do the right things. It's all part of him developing as a football player. It's not just to advance the ball quickly. But it's to work the different levels, different options and different combinations that are there. They take this away, come down and get this. I think sometimes he holds it a little bit. He's waiting for that guy to clear, and sometimes it's too late.
Analysis: The Panthers' vertical stretch offense does rely on downfield throws, but Rivera said Newton has to learn shorter passes are better than longer ones at certain times. Well, it seems the Panthers have a practice plan in place for Newton heading into their bye Week 6. Newton will have plenty of time to work on improving his consistency leading up to Week 7 against the Cowboys. Newton has been a huge Fantasy disappointment through five games, but you know what kind of potential he brings to your lineup. Let's hope he comes out of the bye an improved passer and ready to have a strong finish to the season.
News: Carolina quarterback Cam Newton went 12 for 29 passing for 141 yards and failed to throw for a touchdown for the second time in the past three games during the Panthers' 16-12 loss to Seattle in Week 5. Newton, whose four-game overall touchdown streak ended (he had rushing scores in the past three weeks), did not record an interception. His yardage total -- as well as his lowly 41.4 completion percentage -- marked a season low as he averaged just 4.8 yards per attempt. Newton's passing output has decreased in every game since he racked up 303 yards in the season opener at Tampa Bay. There was one positive from his outing as he paced the Panthers in rushing with 42 yards on seven carries. He also fumbled during Sunday's game, the third time he's put the ball on the ground this season.
Analysis: First Newton's passing started to fade as he failed to complete more than 63 percent of his attempts in the past two games entering Week 5. Now it appears Newton's running prowess has been stirred as he's now been held under 50 rushing yards three times, including two outing with less than 10 yards. But his development as a passer remains a concern as he's recorded more interceptions (five) than touchdown passes (four). Newton missed a potential easy touchdown when he threw a pass at an open receiver's feet in the end zone during the fourth quarter. Newton had just three outings all of last season without a touchdown pass and will attempt to avoid matching that mark already during Week 7 against Dallas. The Panthers are idle next Sunday, and Newton should be viewed as a quality option versus the Cowboys. He is hardly a must-start at this point.
News: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton might have taken the league by storm as a rookie last season, but his performance entering Week 5 against the Seahawks shows he still has plenty to learn about the NFL. "At times you think you've graduated to a different level, but it's still the NFL," Newton told NFL.com. "If that was the case, you wouldn't see Peyton Manning throw interceptions. You wouldn't see Tom Brady and guys who have played this game for such a long time make mistakes. Newton has disappointed so far, with more interceptions (5) than touchdown passes (4) this season. He showed plenty of fight and some solid improvement in Week 4, scoring three touchdowns, but now he has the task of taking on a fierce Seahawks defense.
Analysis: There has not been a team in the NFL that has been better about limiting the damage from opposing quarterbacks than Seattle this season, which does not bode well for Newtons continued development. The Seahawks have held two out of four quarterbacks to single-digit Fantasy scoring, including reigning league MVP Aaron Rodgers in Week 3. This looks like an incredibly tough matchup for Newton, though the Seahawks have also yet to face a team with a dynamic running quarterback like Newton. Newton has been a minor disappointment, but he still ranks 10th among quarterbacks in Fantasy scoring this season, so consider him a viable starting Fantasy option for Week 5 Sunday.
News: After throwing three interceptions against the Giants last week, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton looked like a completely different player Week 4 at Atlanta. Relying mostly on short passes in the beginning, he got more and more comfortable as the game went on, finishing 15 of 24 for 215 yards and two touchdowns. Both of the touchdowns came on short tosses that turned into big gains -- the first a 17-yarder to Greg Olsen and the second a 36-yarder to Kealoha Pilares. Newton also got back to making plays with his legs, including a 4-yard touchdown lunge that came right after a 15-yard scamper late in the third quarter. His long run on the day was 32 yards. He finished with nine carries for 86 yards.
Analysis: That's the Newton Fantasy owners owners thought they were getting when they selected him with a second-round pick. Of course, this week didn't seem like the most logical time for that kind of performance. The Falcons entered the game with an NFL-leading seven interceptions, and Newton had struggled with those last time out. He also was caught pouting on the sidelines at the end of Week 3, which had some people questioning his frame of mind. But the Panthers devised a game plan to help restore his confidence, and lo and behold, he had his best game of the season. Though the Panthers ultimately lost in Week 4, Newton played well enough to regain the trust of Fantasy owners. Even with a less-than-stellar matchup Week 5 against the Seahawks, he should be starting in most leagues.
News: Heading into Week 4 at Atlanta, the confidence of Panthers quarterback Cam Newton may not be at an all-time high. He's coming off a three-interception performance against the Giants last week, and through three games, no full-time starting quarterback has thrown fewer touchdown passes than his two. Things got so bad during the loss to the Giants that wide receiver Steve Smith told Newton to get up and watch backup Derek Anderson play at the end of the game instead of sulking on the bench -- an incident that led to rumors of Newton seeking professional help to deal with adversity, which the second-year quarterback has denied. The Falcons could be poised to turn Week 4 into another miserable afternoon for Newton, who posted two of his four worst passer ratings of 2011 against them. The Falcons lead the league in interceptions with seven and have allowed the second-fewest Fantasy points to quarterbacks this season.
Analysis: Even if Newton's quarterback ratings weren't so hot against the Falcons last season, his rushing ability helped salvage his Fantasy numbers in those games. He might not be so lucky this time around. Under the tutelage of new defensive coordinator Mike Nolan, the Falcons have an aggressive approach to defending the passing game -- one that gives its defensive backs an offensive mentality instead of just reacting to what the other side does. If it worked against Peyton Manning and Philip Rivers, you have to think Newton could be vulnerable to it as well. In the end, his rushing ability might save him, but for this matchup, he's less than a must-start in Fantasy.
News: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton got off to a slow start against the Giants Thursday, and he was never really able to get going from there, in a 36-7 loss. Newton finished the first half just 5 of 12 passing, with just 90 yards through the air and none on the ground on two carries. He was intercepted once in the first half, and things did not get much better from there, as he ultimately threw three interceptions in the game. Newton ended up completing just 16 of 30 passes overall, for 242 yards and the three picks, while rushing for just six yards on six carries. He did add one rushing touchdown, his second game in a row with a score on the ground.
Analysis: Newton has been a disappointment overall so far, as two of his three opponents have been able to completely minimize his impact on the ground. Though Newton rushed for 71 yards and a score in Week 2 against the Saints, he has been limited to just 10 yards total in the other two contests. Newton now has four overall touchdowns and five interceptions through three games this season; at this point as a rookie, he had six touchdowns and four interceptions, so his pace has certainly slowed. Newton will try to bounce back in Week 4 against the Falcons, in a game that could easily turn into a shootout, so Fantasy owners have to keep him active; his potential is too great to leave on your bench.
News: After his season-opening performance seemed like an aberration, Carolina quarterback Cam Newton quickly regained his form -- both passing and running -- in Week 2 and fueled the Panthers to an impressive victory over New Orleans. He will look to carry over that success into Week 3 against the Giants on Thursday despite a short practice week. Newton paced Carolina's running game with 71 yards on 13 rushes and plunged into the end zone with his first rushing score of the season. It was the ninth time in his young career he rushed for more than 50 yards.
Analysis: Newton certainly resembled his trademark self last Sunday and quickly dismissed his season-opening showing when he gained just four yards at Tampa Bay. The 23-year-old eclipsed that total in the first quarter with a nifty 40-yard scramble that showcased one of his greatest attributes -- his speed. He also connected with six different receivers as he reeled off nearly 13 yards per pass attempt to keep the Saints defense constantly guessing. New York has held firm against mobile quarterbacks in recent years and permitted opposing signal-callers to amass more than 50 rushing yards only twice since the start of the 2007 campaign. Overall, the Giants are yielding an average of 23.0 Fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks early this season. Keep Newton active as a must-start in all Fantasy formats.
News: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton had a big afternoon on the ground during Week 2 against the Saints. Newton had a career-high 71 yards rushing on 13 carries as he strolled into the end zone from 5 yards out in the fourth quarter. He broke for a 40-yard run near the end of the first quarter on an option play. Newton also completed a short screen pass to Jonathan Stewart, who took it 17 yards for a touchdown. He looked poised in the pocket, completing 14 of 20 passes for 253 yards and a touchdown in a 35-27 victory. Newton was sacked once by Cameron Jordan and also lost a fumble in the second quarter. He has five total touchdowns against New Orleans in his career.
Analysis: Newton looked like the quarterback we saw during his rookie season, unlike his Week 1 performance. Newton rushed for just four yards during the opener, but was able to expose a weak New Orleans defense. He also seemed to find a new favorite target in Brandon LaFell, who was targeted a team-high eight times and stretched the field for some big plays. Newton broke for over 300 total yards for the ninth time in his young career. Newton seems like he's back on track and hitting his stride as he'll get set to face the Giants at home on short rest Thursday night. He has yet to face the Giants during his career but has scored 19 total touchdowns through nine career games at home. Fantasy owners should continue to view Newton as a must-start Fantasy quarterback heading into Week 3.
News: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is looking for redemption heading into his Week 2 showdown against the Saints after not faring pretty well against the Bucs during the season opener. Newton threw for 303 yards and a touchdown, but was intercepted twice during the opener. "In typical Cam fashion, he put it on himself and the things he felt he could have done better, could have handled better," Ron Rivera said. "When you throw for over 300 yards, you're obviously doing something good." The Saints' defense was dismantled by Robert Griffin III during the opener, allowing 320 yards and two touchdowns against the rookie.
Analysis: Newton will pose a similar duel threat possibility that Griffin posed against the Saints this week. Although the similarities are there between the two, the second-year pro had some below-average performances against the Saints. He averaged 191 yards passing and 29.5 yards on the ground per game with a total of four touchdowns (one rushing) and two interceptions in two games against New Orleans in his short career. The Saints allowed the 10th-most Fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks last season, including 24 touchdown passes and just nine interceptions. Newton will look to get off to a fast start Sunday which is one of the things he couldn't accomplish in the previous week, as he was held out of the end zone for the entire first half against the Bucs. Newton is considered a must-start option in the majority of Fantasy formats as he'll try to get back on track in front of the home crowd during Week 2.
News: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton looked a little off during Week 1 against the Buccaneers. Newton completed 23 of his 33 pass attempts for 303 yards in the 16-10 defeat but was picked off twice, including by Ronde Barber on Carolina's second possession of the second half. He was also picked off on his next offensive series by Ahmad Black in what ended up being the last play of the third quarter. Newton's lone touchdown reception came on a 22-yard strike to Brandon LaFell but he was unable to lead the Panthers back into the end zone. He was held to just 4 yards rushing on five carries and was sacked three times in the loss. "You can't win with turnovers," Newton said. "Without any of those interceptions, I think we find a way to win this football game."
Analysis: Newton looked a bit unnerved for most of the afternoon as the Buccaneers did a good job keeping him in the pocket. He was unable to use his legs and forced several passes into small windows, which led to his two turnovers. To be fair, Newton didn't have much of a run game to work with as Tampa Bay limited Carolina to just 10 yards rushing. While Newton's performance was certainly a bit disappointing, Fantasy owners should hit the panic button just yet. The 23-year-old still made plenty of nice throws and proved last season he is more than capable of rebounding from a tough game. He will look to get himself on track when Carolina takes on the Saints at home in Week 2. New Orleans' defense had all sorts of problems slowing down Robert Griffin III this week and Newton accounted for 441 total yards (382 passing, 59 rushing) and four total touchdowns (three passing, one rushing) in the team's two meetings last season. Consider Newton a viable Fantasy start next Sunday.
News: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has fared very well against Carolina's Week 1opponent -- Tampa Bay. Newton found the end zone eight total times (four rushing, four passing) in the team's two meetings last season while racking up a combined 594 yards through the air and on the ground. The 23-year-old became the only player in NFL history to throw for 4,000-plus yards (4,051) and rush for over 500 yards (706) in a single season. His 35 total touchdowns (21 passing, 14 rushing) were also a rookie record and Newton's 14 rushing TDs were the most ever by a QB in a season. The Buccaneers allowed an average of 394.4 yards per game in 2011 (238.4 passing, 156.1 rushing) and a league-worst 30.9 points per contest. Tampa Bay also yielded an average of 20.9 Fantasy points to opposing QBs, which ranked 29th overall.
Analysis: Newton bust on the scene his rookie season and will now be trying to avoid the dreaded sophomore jinx. The former Auburn University standout couldn't have asked for a better Week 1 matchup as he absolutely torched Tampa Bay last season. While coach Ron Rivera told CBSSports.com NFL Insider Pat Kirwan that he wants Newton to improve on his cision making as a passer, he still wants the 23-year-old to use his legs and added it would be optimal" if he ran up to eight times per week. Last year Newton ran the ball an average of 7.9 times per game so owners should expect the same this year. While the 14 TDs he racked up on the ground last season will be tough to match, most are expecting him to see a slight boost in his passing numbers. Newton proved to be a sure-fire No. 1 QB last season and should be considered just that in Week 1 at Tampa Bay.
News: Speaking on SiriusXM NFL Radio on Tuesday, Panthers coach Ron Rivera told CBSSports.com NFL Insider Pat Kirwan he'd like quarterback Cam Newton to improve on his decision making as a passer and take what the defense gives him, utilizing his running backs. But he also said he doesn't want Newton to stop running and said it would be "optimal" if he ran up to eight times per week. Last year, Newton ran for 706 yards and 14 touchdowns on 126 carries -- or roughly 7.9 times per game. "Running six or seven carries per game doesn't expose him," Rivera said. "Running in certain situations ... most were called, it's not like he scrambled all the time. Those 6, 7, 8 times is probably optimal."
Analysis: Newton was particularly devastating at the goal line, somewhere he'll surely continue to attack defenses until they find a way to slow him down. His arm is also very effective and has much more room for improvement than his legs. He's well worth a pick in late Round 2 in standard formats and has a very nice matchup at Tampa Bay in Week 1.
News: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton threw his second touchdown of the preseason on Sunday night against the Jets. He found wide receiver Louis Murphy from 3 yards out in the second quarter and completed 6 of 15 passes for 60 yards in the 17-12 win. Newton also lost a fumble while being sacked twice but gained 16 yards on two carries. "Offensively, we have to do a better job sustaining drives," Newton said. "We got some first downs, but we stalled at the end."
Analysis: Newton completed 16 of 32 passes for 196 yards with two scores in his three preseason games and is expected to sit out the finale in anticipation of Week 1 against the Buccaneers. After taking the league, and Fantasy, by storm during his rookie campaign, big things are expected from the 23-year-old this season. Along with racking up a ton of yards through the air, Newton also possess the ability to score on the ground, which is a rarity in Fantasy. Target the reigning NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year in the early rounds on Draft Day as a No. 1 Fantasy quarterback. In two games against Tampa Bay a year ago, Newton threw for 375 yards with four touchdowns and added another 119 yards and four scores on the ground.
News: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton turned in an impressive performance during his second preseason game against the Dolphins Friday night. Newton, who participated in the first three series, completed 8 of 11 passes for 119 yards and a touchdown. He led the Panthers to 17 points in his first three drives, including a six-play, 80-yard drive which was capped off with a short pass to DeAngelo Williams for a nine-yard touchdown pass. "Last week I felt kind of rushed," Newton said. "Coach (Ron Rivera) told me I wasn't going to be in that long and I kind of panicked to a degree. I didn't let the game come to me. Today I knew I had a lot more time to work and when you know that you're in there for longer than a couple of series you try to let the game come to you."
Analysis: Newton was nearly flawless against Miami's weak secondary. After a record-breaking rookie season, expectations are sky high for Newton entering his second season, as he continues to prove why he was such a highly touted selection in the first round last year. His spot on the team is obviously secure, so there is very little we can glean from preseason numbers. And there isn't much that could happen in the preseason that would hurt Newton's Fantasy value, no matter how many snaps he takes. He is a sure-fire No. 1 Fantasy quarterback heading into the season, and should be taken in the first few rounds on Draft Day.
News: Panthers quarterback Cam Newton made a brief debut in the teams preseason opener against the Texans Saturday, going 2 for 6 with 17 passing yards while appearing in just two drives before being pulled from the game. Newton added 16 rushing yards on two scrambles, but was not asked to do much, as the first-team offense played just seven minutes together.
Analysis: After a record-breaking rookie season, expectations are sky high for Newton entering his second season, but nobody was expecting to see much from him or any of the starters in this game. The next few games should give Newton some more opportunities, but his spot on the team is secure, so there is very little we can glean from preseason numbers anyways. And there isn't much that could happen in the preseason that would hurt Newton's Fantasy value, no matter how many snaps he takes. He is a sure-fire No. 1 Fantasy quarterback heading into the season, and should be taken in the first few rounds on Draft Day.
News: After a record-breaking rookie season that affirmed his selection as the top overall pick of the 2011 NFL Draft, Carolina quarterback Cam Newton said he wants to improve on the "little things" during his second year in the NFL. "Just working on being great," Newton told The Charlotte Observer about his preparations. "It's the little things. Everybody wants to win the big hoo-rah, the Super Bowl. But let's worry about today." Newton shattered Peyton Manning's rookie passing record with 4,051 yards -- 10th most in the league -- and threw for 21 touchdowns. He also added a staggering 706 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground to capture AP Offensive Rookie of the Year honors.
Analysis: Newton's follow-up to his sensational rookie campaign has been a heavily discussed topic throughout the offseason. Will he provide a dynamic encore? Will he stumble as defenses develop schemes to harass him and keep him confined to the pocket? Either way, Newton said he is prepared. "I play quarterback. That's the most scrutinized, criticized and critiqued position of all of sports," he said. "So when you play this position, you have to have a certain leadership that everybody looks for." Newton will still be heavily involved in both phases of the Panthers' offense, and is worthy of being grabbed within the first 25 picks of standard Fantasy drafts, with enhanced value in leagues that start multiple quarterbacks.
News: In a Q&A with the Charlotte Observer, Panthers head coach Ron Rivera said that quarterback Cam Newton is fully aware of a potential sophomore slump and made it clear to the coach very early in the offseason process that he will do what it takes to avoid it. "[I]f there's anybody that's going work through it, he's going to work through it," Rivera said of Newton. "When the season was over, one of the things he said was he wanted to find a way to make sure he didn't have one. I think the less we talk about it, the less we get caught up in it, the better. It's like the Madden curse, he really wanted to be the cover. ... Instead of running from it, saying, oh, I hope it doesn't happen -- it's not going to happen. I'm not going to let it happen. I think that's his approach to the sophomore slump."
Analysis: Newton has put in a lot of time this offseason with the Panthers and it's believed that he won't be lazy about improving his game. Remember, defensive coaches are breaking down Newton's 2011 season looking for leaks, and they'll try new things to combat him this fall. But the fact remains that Newton has proven to be a strong quarterback with uncanny rushing skills, and his uber-productive ways lead to big Fantasy numbers. Though it's tough to envision him rushing for 14 touchdowns again, he should come close to 4,000 yards passing and still be a factor as a rusher out of the backfield. He's a No. 1 Fantasy option expected to be snared with a pick between 12th and 25th in standard drafts and a Top 10 pick in formats that start multiple quarterbacks.
News: Panthers QB Cam Newton was award the 2011 Associated Press NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year award on Saturday. Newton set an NFL record for touchdowns rushing in a season by a quarterback with 14 and became the first player in league history to throw for 4,000 yards and rush for 500. He helped Carolina improve from 2-14 to 6-10, throwing for 21 touchdowns. Newton is the second straight No. 1 overall draft pick to take the honor in voting by a nationwide panel of 50 media who regularly cover the league. Rams QB Sam Bradford won it last year.
Analysis: Newton is going to be a star in the NFL for many years, and Fantasy owners will reap the benefits. He should be considered a No. 1 Fantasy QB heading into 2012, and he is worth drafting as early as Round 2 in all formats. Expect Newton to go off the board right after Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady.
News: Panthers QB Cam Newton threw for 4,051 yards and scored 35 touchdowns - 21 passing, 14 rushing - and is a strong contender for the AP's Offensive Rookie of the Year award despite 17 interceptions. On several occasions he made incredible plays, including on a 49-yard touchdown run against Tampa Bay in which he juked out a linebacker and outraced defenders to the end zone. "It's still a learning process for me," Newton said. "I mean I learned so much the entire season. I can do so many things better. I have so much respect for this league that a lot of people don't understand what it takes to be a player in the National Football League, let alone the quarterback."
Analysis: Newton is going to be a star in the NFL for many years, and Fantasy owners will reap the benefits. He should be considered a No. 1 Fantasy QB heading into 2012, and he is worth drafting as early as Round 2 in all formats. Expect Newton to go off the board right after Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady.
News: Expected to post big stats against his division rivals, Panthers QB Cam Newton couldn't get anything going against the Saints and finished with one of his weakest statistical performances of the season. Newton completed 15 of 25 passes for 158 yards with one touchdown to Steve Smith and an interception. He also rushed for 32 yards on six tries. Still, head coach Ron Rivera is optimistic about Newton's future. "He's special," Rivera said. "The truth of the matter is that there are certain instances and certain areas that we (as a team and staff) have to catch up. We can be a very, very good football team. That's just it. I really believe that."
Analysis: Newton's rookie season is still sensational as he's the first quarterback in NFL history with 4,000 yards passing and 500 yards rushing. He completed 60 pct. of his passes for 4,051 yards with 21 touchdowns and 17 interceptions along with 706 rush yards and 14 rushing touchdowns. There could be some small changes to the Panthers offense this offseason but nothing that will hurt his value in 2012. Expect Newton to be taken as a No. 1 Fantasy QB after the top-shelf talent -- Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady -- get picked. Round 3 sounds about right.
News: Panthers QB Cam Newton had a solid performance in Week 16 against the Buccaneers and set the all-time rookie record for passing yards in the process. He completed 12 of 17 passes for 171 yards with three touchdowns, giving him 3,893 passing yards on the year. Colts QB Peyton Manning held the previous record (3,739 yards). Newton threw a 91-yard scoring strike to WR Brandon LaFell in the first half before tossing two more touchdowns after halftime. He also scored on a 49-yard run in the third quarter, giving him 14 rushing touchdowns. Newton, who totaled 65 yards on six carries, posted a 142.4 passer rating in the 48-16 win.
Analysis: Newton continues to have a breakout rookie campaign for the Panthers and is proving why he was the No. 1 overall selection in the 2011 draft. Along with completing nearly 60 percent of his passes, he has a 20-to-16 touchdown-to-interception ratio with 34 total scores. He should only continue to grow, both as a QB and Fantasy option, so keep an eye on his progress going forward. With New Orleans due up in the season finale, continue to roll with Newton as a solid option in the majority of Fantasy leagues.
News: Panthers QB Cam Newton has recorded eight total touchdowns over his last three games and will be looking for more in Week 16 against the Buccaneers. Tampa Bay ranks 26th in the league in pass defense, giving up over 248 yards per contest, and has allowed an average of 20 Fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks. When he faced the division foe earlier in the year, Newton threw for 204 yards with a touchdown and also had three scores on the ground.
Analysis: Newton continues to have a breakout rookie campaign in Fantasy as he has thrown for 3,722 yards with 17 touchdowns, and also has 13 rushing scores. While he does have 16 interceptions, he played an efficient game the last time he faced the Buccaneers and should be in for another productive performance on Saturday. Continue to roll with Newton as a No. 1 Fantasy QB for Week 16.
News: Facing his toughest challenge yet against a defense that entered the game ranked third against the pass and fourth against the run Week 15 at Houston, Panthers rookie QB Cam Newton threw for a season-low 149 yards on 13 of 23 passing. But thanks to two early touchdowns, he still had a productive afternoon. He found WR Steve Smith on a 26-yard laser in the first quarter and connected with TE Jeremy Shockey on a 9-yard toss in the second. Newton also ran for 55 yards on seven carries.
Analysis: The Panthers' early lead prevented Newton from having a big passing game, but he took care of the football and played a big role in the rushing attack, picking up 40 of his 55 years in the second half. The result was an adequate performance Fantasy-wise -- the kind that made him still well worth starting in standard leagues. Newton's dual role as the team's primary passer and primary rusher keeps him productive even when he's at less than his best, and he only figures to get better with a favorable matchup Week 16 against the Buccaneers. Keep Newton active in all Fantasy leagues.
News: Coming off a 276-yard performance against the Falcons last week in which he bounced back from two of his least-productive passing games this season, Panthers QB Cam Newton enters Week 15 at Houston needing only 167 passing yards to break Peyton Manning's rookie record of 3,739 set in 1998. Im lucky, Newton said, blessed to have my limbs intact. It's not such a given he'll reach that number, though, considering the Texans defense represents arguably his biggest challenge yet. The Texans rank third against the pass, allowing 183.5 yards per game. They've allowed opposing quarterbacks to complete only 50.2 percent of their passes -- lowest in the NFL -- and are tied for fifth with 17 interceptions. They've also given up the third-fewest Fantasy points to quarterbacks this season.
Analysis: For all of Newton's success as a rookie, he does have 16 interceptions, tied for third-most in the league, so with this matchup, you have to expect him to commit a couple turnovers. Of course, turnovers haven't been such a hindrance to his Fantasy production in the past. He threw four interceptions at Detroit in Week 11 and still had one of his most productive games of the season. His role as both the team's primary passer and primary rusher makes him practically invulnerable to matchups, but then again, he hasn't faced a defense as dominant as the Texans, who also happen to rank fourth against the run. You'll have to lower your expectations for Newton just a little this week, but he still figures to be productive enough to serve as a No. 1 Fantasy QB.
News: Panthers QB Cam Newton, who had arguably the worst game of his career when he last faced the Falcons in Week 6, was looking to put that performance behind him with the Falcons in town Week 14. And for two quarters, he did exactly that, completing 9 of 13 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns as the Panthers went ahead 23-7. He compiled an impressive 146.5 quarterback rating during that time. But in the second half, it all came apart. Instead of two touchdown passes, he threw two interceptions (including one on a poor decision where he tried the shovel the ball ahead to RB Jonathan Stewart with his non-throwing left hand as he was falling to the ground), leading his team to zero points as the Falcons surged back to win 31-23. In all, Newton completed 19 of 39 passes for 276 yards. He also ran seven times for 36 yards. His quarterback rating for the two halves combined was only 67.9.
Analysis: Talk about a tale of two halves. Newton went from looking as polished as ever to looking as overmatched as ever, consistently overthrowing his receivers and making ill-advised decisions in the second half. The overall performance was still pretty good Fantasy-wise -- the 276 passing yards were his most in three games -- but you were probably expecting more after the way he performed in the first half. Newton has been a top-five Fantasy QB this season and, between his rushing and passing ability, is usually good for at least two touchdowns. Even with a tough matchup Week 15 at Houston, he remains a must-start Fantasy QB.
News: Panthers QB Cam Newton, who had arguably the worst performance of his young career Week 6 at Atlanta, throwing three interceptions and zero touchdowns for a 44.6 rating, has a chance to redeem himself with the Falcons coming to town in Week 14. Newton has six rushing touchdowns in his last three games as the Panthers have emphasized the running game lately, ranking fifth in rushing offense this season, but he may need to rely more on his arm this week against a Falcons defense that ranks third against the run. Fortunately, he's plenty capable as a passer, having thrown for at least 200 yards in 11 of 12 games. The Falcons rank 21st against the pass, allowing 239.8 yards per game, and have given up the 14th-most Fantasy points to quarterbacks this season.
Analysis: The Falcons defense isn't a bad one, but it's not known for its ability to generate turnovers. As long as Newton avoids another three-interception performance, he should be in line for another big game. As an equal threat rushing and passing the ball and the team's choice to carry the ball inside the 5-yard line, he's clearly a top-five Fantasy QB and a must-start option every week.
News: Carolina QB Cam Newton only went 12 for 21 passing for 204 yards with a touchdown and no interceptions on Sunday of Week 13 at Tampa Bay. Of course, those numbers don't reflect the impact he had on the game. Newton was actually the team's leading receiver until late in the game as caught a Legedu Naanee pass early for 27 yards. Newton rushed 14 times in the game for 54 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. Newton accounted for four touchdowns overall in the blowout victory. Newton set the single-season record for rushing touchdowns by a quarterback with 13, breaking Steve Grogan's record of 12 set in 1976.
Analysis: Newton now has 13 passing touchdowns compared to 14 interceptions on the season, but those numbers are softened by his 13 rushing touchdowns. With 26 total touchdowns on the year, Newton has been fantastic as a rookie. Newton is facing the Falcons at home in Week 14 and will hope to play better against Atlanta this time around. The Falcons rudely welcomed the rookie into the league in the two team's first meeting in Week 6 when Newton went 21 for 35 for 237 yards with no touchdowns and three interceptions. Newton did rush seven times for 47 yards and a TD in that game, but it was still one of his worst performances in the NFL thus far. Newton hasn't been effective throwing the football lately, but he remains very effective on the ground. We expect he'll continue in that regard heading into his second game against the Falcons. We think he'll perform slightly better this time around. Consider Newton a low-end No. 1 Fantasy QB for the Week 14 game.
News: Carolina QB Cam Newton has thrown one touchdown pass with five interceptions in his last three games combined heading into Week 13 at Tampa Bay. That said, Newton continues to put up hordes of Fantasy points and he's scored in double figures in every game this season. Newton has 10 rushing touchdowns on the season and only two NFL quarterbacks have ever had more as Kordell Stewart had 11 in 1997 and Steve Grogan had 12 in 1976. Playing on the road Week 13, Newton has been nothing but solid away from home this season.
Analysis: Newton continues to put up monster numbers in his rookie season in the NFL. The quarterback hasn't been great with his arm of late, but has still been one of the best around in Fantasy thanks to his legs. Newton should be able to throw the ball more freely against the Buccaneers Week 13, so consider him a No. 1 Fantasy QB.
News: Panthers QB Cam Newton didn't accomplish much in the passing game in Week 12, but his legs helped to carry his team to a 27-19 victory over the Colts. Newton completed 20 of 27 passes for just 208 yards, which was his second-smallest passing output for the season. However, the rookie play-caller rushed for 53 yards on nine carries, including a 14-yard touchdown run in the second quarter that was Carolina's first trip to the end zone in the game. It was Newton's 10th rushing touchdown of the season. Only two quarterbacks have ever had more -- Kordell Stewart (11) with Pittsburgh in 1997 and Steve Grogan (12) with New England in 1976. Newton did not pass for a touchdown, but he also did not throw any interceptions for the first time in three games.
Analysis: Newton's passing production has been spotty, particularly in recent weeks, but he almost always finds a way to contribute for Fantasy owners. His Week 13 opponent, the Buccaneers, aren't particularly good at defending the pass or the run, so Newton should be primed for another good week. He should be kept active in nearly all formats.
News: Panthers QB Cam Newton threw four interceptions against the Lions in Week 11, boosting him to a third-place tie in the category for the season. Fortunately, in Week 12, Newton will go up against the Colts who have managed only five picks -- the second-lowest total in the league --- all year long. They also have just four fumble recoveries, so turnovers should not be an issue for Newton. It will also help the rookie's cause that the Colts have the 11th-worst passing defense in the league.
Analysis: More often than not, Newton has been a worthwhile start as a Fantasy QB, but with a plum matchup in Week 12, he becomes a must-start option for the coming scoring period. Be sure to get Newton off your bench, regardless of format, at least for this one week.
News:Cam Newton threw four interceptions, including picks to end three of the Panthers' four final drives of the game, but still amassed nice stats to help Fantasy owners. Playing at the Lions in Week 11, Newton completed 22 of 38 passes for 280 yards with a passing score to Steve Smith (they also connected for a two-point conversion). He also scored on the ground twice adding 37 yards along the way. The Lions defensive front was able to pressure Newton all game long, forcing the mistakes.
Analysis: Thank goodness for Newton's prowess on the ground or else he'd be a nightmare for Fantasy owners. Newton will move from a dangerous, threatening defense to one of the league's worst in Week 12 when the Panthers visit the hapless Colts. Four of the last seven quarterbacks to face the Colts have had over 25 Fantasy points against them. If you own Newton, chances are you'll want to start him and expect a big game at Indy.
News: Last week Cam Newton was stifled by a Titans defense that not only did a good job covering WR Steve Smith but also contained the quarterback and forced him into some bad passes. Newton will take on a defense similar in scheme but better in pass coverage in the Lions in Week 11. Only two QBs have totaled multiple TDs against the Lions this season (Tony Romo, Matt Ryan) and both had at least two turnovers in their game. The Lions have also been good about not allowing 100-yard WRs -- they've yielded two on the year and none since Week 4. It's possible that Steve Smith, who has been the recipient of just over 35 pct. of Newton's passing yardage and four of his touchdowns, could be in for another tough game, and that would put a crimp in Newton's passing stats. In general the Lions rank fourth against the pass, but 27th against the run, so Newton might have to use his legs more than usual. In the three games Smith has failed to get 10 Fantasy points, Newton has had 16 or fewer Fantasy points in every one, so he needs Smith to get going in order to have a big Fantasy game.
Analysis: It makes sense, right? If Newton is to put up big stats, he'll need Smith to do it. The Lions have been pretty good about holding down top-tier receivers so there could be some trepidation in starting Cam. But that said, Newton has yet to have poor back-to-back games in his career. What's more, most Fantasy owners can't bench Newton because their backups are weak or on bye. If you have the chance to sit Newton for a reliable passer, consider it. Otherwise, figure that Newton might have some trouble but ultimately produce some stats akin to a low-end No. 1 QB in Week 11.
News: The Titans did something in Week 10 that most teams haven't been able to do this season -- contain Panthers rookie QB Cam Newton. He failed to record a touchdown for the first time all season and failed to throw a touchdown for just the second time in his young career. Newton, who came into the game probable with a shoulder injury, completed 23 of 40 passes for 212 yards and one interception in the 30-3 loss. He also rushed for a team-high 55 yards on seven carries.
Analysis: You can't blame the shoulder injury for Newton's struggles. He had great zip on his passes Sunday. It's just that the Titans had a great game plan to slow him down. They brought constant pressure and had great coverage on his receivers, particularly Steve Smith, who was held to 33 yards on five catches. Hopefully this drought won't continue, so keep Newton active in all Fantasy formats heading into Week 11 at Detroit.
News: Panthers QB Cam Newton was cleared to play Sunday morning after being added to the injury report late in the week with a shoulder injury. He will start Week 10 vs. Tennessee. The Titans are allowing QBs to average 18.3 Fantasy points per week, and four QBs -- Kyle Orton, Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Schaub and Andy Dalton just last week -- have tossed multiple TDs against Tennessee.
Analysis: Newton will be on a "pitch count" meaning that he won't attempt a slew of passes. We could see him running a little more and handing off a little more, but he'll likely still throw close to 30 times, if not more. We're still liking him as a very solid No. 1 Fantasy QB, especially against these Titans.
News: The Panthers added QB Cam Newton to the injury report on Friday with a sore shoulder. He's listed as probable and is expected to play vs. Tennessee in Week 10. The Titans are allowing QBs to average 18.3 Fantasy points per week, and four QBs -- Kyle Orton, Ben Roethlisberger, Matt Schaub and Andy Dalton just last week -- have tossed multiple TDs against Tennessee.
Analysis: Newton will be on a "pitch count" meaning that he won't attempt a slew of passes. We could see him running a little more and handing off a little more, but he'll likely still throw close to 30 times, if not more. We're still liking him as a very solid No. 1 Fantasy QB, especially against these Titans.
News: Carolina coach Ron Rivera raves about Cam Newton s potential. The rookie QB is making professional football interesting again in the Carolinas. But in the Oct. 30 loss to the Vikings, Newton directed three consecutive 3-and-outs in the decisive third quarter. I want to see consistent play and not have lulls, Rivera said. With the Panthers coming off a bye, Newton gets back to work Week 10 vs. Tennessee. The Titans are allowing QBs to average 18.3 Fantasy points per week, and four QBs -- Kyle Orton, Ben Roehtlisberger, Matt Schuab and Andy Dalton -- have tossed multiple TDs against Tennessee.
Analysis: Newton is rewriting the book on how we look at rookie QBs. However, Newton is in a class of his own, so it's going to be tough for future rookie QBs to stack up. It seems no matter the matchup Newton is likely to post favorable Fantasy numbers. Get him back into active Fantasy lineups as Carolina is coming off its bye.
News: Panthers rookie QB Cam Newton had one of the best days of his young career, but it wasn't enough to avoid a 24-21 loss to the Vikings in Week 8. Newton completed 22 of 35 passes for 290 yards with no interceptions. He also connected with his receivers for all three of Carolina's scores, throwing touchdown passes to Jeremy Shockey, Greg Olsen and Steve Smtih. Newton led the team in rushing, carrying the ball six times for 53 yards. The only blemishes on Newton's day were a pair of fumbles on sacks, both of which were recovered by the Vikings, who scored on both ensuing drives.
Analysis: Newton's fumbles may have been decisive in the Panthers' Week 8 loss, but there was very little that he did to prevent Fantasy owners from winning. Owners will need to stash Newton in Week 9, as the Panthers will have their bye week, but he will be worth starting in virtually all formats yet again, when Newton will go up against a mediocre Titans pass defense in Week 10.
News: Panthers QB Cam Newton was not listed as inactive for Week 8 against the Vikings, though he suffered from a stomach virus earlier in the week. However, he had been expected to play.
Analysis: Newton's virus shouldn't slow him down, and he gets a favorable matchup in Week 8 against Minnesota. He can be used as a No. 1 Fantasy QB for this week.
News:The Charlotte Observer reports Panthers QB Cam Newton was dealing with a stomach virus Friday. However, he took all the practice reps and is listed as probable for Week 8 vs. Minnesota.
Analysis: In Week 7, Newton had both a passing and a rushing touchdown, which gave him a unique place in NFL history. He became the first player to have at least seven passing touchdowns and seven rushing touchdowns in his first seven games in the league. Newton has reached the end zone, either by the air or by ground, at least once in every game so far. In Week 8, Newton will face a Vikings defense that is likely to help him extend his streak. The Vikings have the third-worst passing defense in terms of yardage allowed per game, and they have allowed a total of 11 passing touchdowns and five rushing touchdowns this season. Use Newton as a No. 1 Fantasy QB for Week 8.
News: In Week 7, Panthers QB Cam Newton had both a passing and a rushing touchdown, which gave him a unique place in NFL history. He became the first player to have at least seven passing touchdowns and seven rushing touchdowns in his first seven games in the league. Newton has reached the end zone, either by the air or by ground, at least once in every game so far. In Week 8, Newton will face a Vikings defense that is likely to help him extend his streak. The Vikings have the third-worst passing defense in terms of yardage allowed per game, and they have allowed a total of 11 passing touchdowns and five rushing touchdowns this season.
Analysis: Newton has an outstanding matchup in Week 8, and given how porous the Vikings' passing defense has been, the rookie has a good shot at his first game with 300-plus passing yards in four weeks. He enters this week as the third-highest scoring quarterback in standard formats, and there is no reason to expect Newton's production to falter. Use him as a No. 1 QB for the coming week.
News: Carolina QB Cam Newton had another big game on Sunday in a win over Washington. Newton's throwing day started slowly, but he rushed for a 16-yard TD in the third quarter and that opened the flood gates. Newton ended up going 18 for 23 in the game for 256 yards with a touchdown pass to Brandon LaFell in the fourth quarter. Newton did not turn the ball over in the game and he added 10 rushing attempts for 59 yards and the score. Newton now has 15 total touchdowns on the year for the Panthers.
Analysis: Newton did more of the same in the Week 7 game against the Redskins. While his passing wasn't on full display, Newton still did the things Fantasy owners have come to expect from him. Newton broke a couple long runs and scored a touchdown with his legs. Newton has been easily a No. 1 Fantasy QB this season and that is only going to continue going forward. Consider the rookie Newton a must-start for the Week 8 game against the Vikings.
News: Carolina QB Cam Newton heads into Week 7 against Washington coming off one of his worst games as a professional. Newton failed to throw a TD pass for the first time in his career Week 6 at Atlanta and he finished with just 237 yards and three interceptions. In fact, Newton has only topped 300 yards once in his last four games and has five touchdown passes compared to eight interceptions in his last five contests. Plus, the Redskins are allowing the seventh-fewest Fantasy points per game to opposing quarterbacks this season.
Analysis: While the Redskins have been great on defense and Newton's passing numbers have waned after back-to-back 400-yard efforts to start his career, we still think he's worth starting in all Fantasy leagues. Washington gave up the most Fantasy points it has all season in Week 6 against Michael Vick and the Eagles and Washington struggles slightly against very mobile quarterbacks. Newton, on the other hand, has made his Fantasy living by scrambling the football. Newton has topped 26 Fantasy points four times in six games this season and his worst effort was the 14 he recorded last week in Atlanta. Newton might struggle in Week 7, but he'll still do enough to make him worth starting in all Fantasy formats.
News: Looking to bounce back from a 219-yard performance against the Saints in Week 5, Panthers QB Cam Newton was instead held under 300 passing yards for the third time in four games Week 6 at Atlanta, unable to take advantage of a defense that entered the game ranked 28th against the pass. He did get a respectable 237 yards on 21 of 35 passing, but he also threw three interceptions, the last one coming on a forced throw into the end zone on the final play of the game. Newton was held without a touchdown pass for the first time in his career, his lone score coming on a 14-yard run in the third quarter. He finished with six carries for 50 yards.
Analysis: Newton's performance wasn't as bad as his final numbers looked, but he made some of the rookie mistakes that he was able to avoid in his first five games, throwing a pass into traffic in the end zone near the end of the first half, leading to his first interception, and lobbing a screen pass within reach of a defense lineman in the fourth quarter, leading to his second interception. Fortunately, he was able to make up for those mistakes in Fantasy by rushing for 50 yards. He'll endure some growing pains as a rookie, but his rushing ability will keep him from burying you in Fantasy when he has a bad game. Though this one came at an unexpected time, he's still worth using as a No. 1 Fantasy QB when the Panthers host the Redskins in Week 7.
News: So far this season, Panthers QB Cam Newton has had a hand in 12 of the team's 13 touchdowns -- seven passing and five rushing -- and it's easy to see why. Of the 27 plays the Panthers have had inside their opponent's 10-yard line, Newton has carried the ball 15 times, all of those coming on designed running plays. In addition to the touchdowns, Newton has already thrown for more yards in five starts than Jimmy Clausen did in 11 starts for the Panthers this year. Though he collected only 224 yards through the air last week, he has a good chance of bouncing back to the 300-400 range on the road in Week 6 against a Falcons defense that ranks 28th against the pass, allowing 294.2 yards per game.
Analysis: Unlike most quarterbacks, Newton is the team's primary red-zone threat, and he's likely to stay that way. When a quarterback hands off to a running back in that situation, it becomes nine blockers against 11 defenders. But when you have a quarterback like Newton, it becomes 10 against 11. "That's one place where the field is so compact it's hard to get good numbers," Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski said. "So with a quarterback as a runner, the numbers even out." Combine the touchdowns with Newton's ability to throw for a high numbers of yards, as will likely be the case in Week 6, and he's clearly an elite quarterback in Fantasy. If you haven't turned over your starting spot to Newton yet, you better make sure your alternative is honestly the better play this week. Most likely, he isn't.
News: QB Cam Newton kept the Carolina offense churning again in Week 5, but the Panthers couldn't secure a win against the Saints, losing 30-27. Newton completed 16 of 31 passes for two touchdowns -- a 54-yard pass to Steve Smith in the first quarter and a 5-yard pass to Greg Olsen in the fourth quarter. Newton also threw an interception on the first play of the game, and rushed for 27 yards and one touchdown -- his fifth rushing touchdown of the season.
Analysis: Newton has at least one passing touchdown in each game this season and a rushing score in four of five. However, he also has at least one interception in four of five games, but that might be the only stat that proves he is still a rookie QB. Newton has really defied the odds through the first five weeks and has already become a high-end Fantasy QB. Keep him active heading into Week 6 against the Falcons.
News: Panthers QB Cam Newton will face the Saints for the first time in his career Week 5 and he isn't taking the matchup lightly. "Its a big pressure team and they try to confuse your offense with so many different looks," Newton said. "Its probably the most complex defense weve faced, outside of maybe the Packers. They bring it, simple and plain. We just have to stay one step ahead of them."
Analysis: Newton hasn't struggled much in his first four games in the NFL. He has failed to throw for 300-plus yards just once and that was because of bad weather in Week 3. He is the only NFL player to record four-plus passing and four-plus rushing touchdowns in his first four NFL games. He is surprisingly a must-start Fantasy option this early into his career no matter the opponent. The Saints are allowing QBs to average 21.5 Fantasy points per week, which is ninth highest in the NFL.
News: Carolina QB Cam Newton didn't put up ridiculous video game numbers on Sunday in Chicago. He also got to play in good weather without a monsoon keeping his figures down as happened in Week 3. Newton played well in defeat on Sunday of Week 4 as he went 27 for 46 for 374 passing yards with a touchdown and an interception. Newton threw a 3-yard TD pass to Greg Olsen in the game's final seconds. He also rushed eight times for 35 yards and two touchdowns in the game.
Analysis: Newton has four NFL games under his belt and Sunday's contest tells you a lot about his value. He didn't throw for 400 yards, but he also didn't have to play in torrential rain. What occurred was solid production in the tune of three total touchdowns and almost 375 yards passing against the Bears. That is solid production and Newton now has nine total touchdowns in four games. Facing the Saints in Week 5, Newton should be able to throw the ball around pretty good against a defense that entered Week 4 having allowed seven touchdowns with just one interception. Teams have been able to torch the New Orleans secondary and Newton and Steve Smith could certainly take advantage. Consider Newton a solid No. 1 Fantasy QB for the Week 5 game against the Saints.
News:Cam Newton throttled the Cardinals and drove the Packers mad in his first two games but played horribly in Week 3 vs. the Jaguars. Until the final drive of the game, many of his mid- and long-range passes were off the mark and would have been intercepted against a better defense. And Newton had plenty of time to throw either because of a lack of a pass rush or because he moved out of the pocket and bought himself some time. It took him a while to finally connect with Steve Smith and it came on a short bubble screen; his tight ends really helped salvage his stat line. As for the weather being a factor, we counted 11 pass attempts where rain might have been a factor -- and only three passes when it was truly pouring (two completions for 1 total yard). A wet field might have contributed to some issues in the second half but Newton attempted just two passes that traveled longer than 15 yards (0 for 2).
Analysis: Newton absolutely has to show better accuracy or else a stronger defense will eat him up. Even though he had stunning numbers in his first two games he totaled four interceptions so it's been an issue that kind of exploded in Week 3. Coming up he'll take on a savvy Bears defense that runs a good Cover-2 scheme, so they'll work hard to take away the deep ball from Newton. Tack on the Bears' strong pass rush (eight sacks so far) and Newton won't have the time to throw long. Check-downs might be in store for Newton in this game, and he could work his way to good totals doing that, but if he's as errant as he's been then the Bears will capitalize. Consider all options before settling on Newton as your Week 4 starter.
News: Panthers QB Cam Newton, who entered the game with the second-most passing yards in the NFL after topping 400 yards in each of his first two games, looked more like a rookie in Week 3 against a Jaguars defense that ranked in the middle of the pack against the pass coming into the game. Newton struggled with his accuracy early and could no longer rely on the deep ball once heavy rain began to fall in the second quarter. He rallied late, finishing with 158 yards on 18 of 34 passing to lead the Panthers to victory. The critical play was a 16-yard touchdown pass to TE Greg Olsen in the fourth quarter. Newton also connected with Olsen on the subsequent two-point conversion. On the ground, Newton had seven carries for 27 yards.
Analysis: The Jaguars relied on the Cover 2 defense against Newton early, which may have thrown him off, but more than anything, he was consistently overthrowing receivers, particularly on deep balls. Still, he eventually got back on track and perhaps would have sooner if not for the heavy rain that began to fall in the second quarter, lowering visibility and accounting for a few dropped passes. Even with the obstacles, Newton didn't commit any turnovers and managed to lead his team to victory, so you should still feel pretty good about his Fantasy viability even as a rookie. This performance just shows he's not the most predictable option yet. With a tough matchup Week 4 at Chicago, Newton is more of a No. 2 Fantasy QB than a No. 1.
News: As expected, Panthers QB Cam Newton is active and will play Week 3 against the Jaguars. He was dealing with a slight ankle injury in practice this week. Newton enters the game as the NFL's second-leading passer, behind only Tom Brady.
Analysis: Newton has thrown for more than 400 yards in each of his first two games. The Jaguars have fared better against the run than the pass this season, so you can expect Newton to air it out again. Considering this matchup is his best one yet, he's safe to use as a No. 1 Fantasy QB this week.
News: Panthers rookie QB Cam Newton, who through two games is the NFL's second-leading passer, behind only Tom Brady, could end up with a third straight 400-yard game to begin his career. The Panthers haven't made much use of the running game so far this season, and that doesn't figure to change in Week 3 against a Jaguars defense that ranks fifth against the run, allowing 72.0 yards per game and 3.2 yards per carry. By comparison, the Jaguars rank 14th against the pass -- and that's after facing Matt Hasselbeck and Mark Sanchez in their first two games.
Analysis: If the Panthers are going to pick up their first win of the season, their best chance is by relying on Newton again. Fantasy owners have already come to see Newton as a viable starting option after watching him throw for over 400 yards against both the Cardinals and the Packers. Considering this matchup is his best one yet, you should probably think of him as a No. 1 Fantasy QB. You wouldn't necessarily want to sit a true stud for him, but it's hard to imagine Newton disappointing with this matchup given the way the Panthers have used him so far. He is dealing with a slight ankle injury, but he hasn't missed practice and should be fine for the game.
News: Carolina QB Cam Newton was a full participant in practice Wednesday after twisting his ankle during last Sunday's loss to Green Bay in Week 2. Newton received treatment on the ankle earlier this week, but is expected to play against Jacksonville in Week 3.
Analysis: Fantasy owners shouldn't fret seeing Newton's name on the injury report as he is expected to be fully prepared for the Jaguars, barring a setback. Newton's rookie season has started efficiently and he has completed 62.7 percent of his passes while amassing an astounding 854 passing yards -- second-most in the NFL. Fantasy owners should consider him a rising QB option for Week 3 against Jacksonville, which has surrendered an average of 19.8 Fantasy points per game this season.
News: Panthers QB Cam Newton received treatment Monday after twisting his ankle in Sunday's loss to Green Bay, but it's nothing serious and won't keep him out of Week 3 against Jacksonville.
Analysis: No one really could have imagined the start Newton has gotten off to in his career. After Sunday's performance, he is now the third-highest scoring Fantasy QB after two weeks, trailing only Tom Brady and Drew Brees. Not bad for a guy that wasn't drafted until the mid-rounds in Fantasy. Even though he is a rookie, you really have to consider starting Newton heading into Fantasy Week 3.
News: Carolina rookie QB Cam Newton somehow managed to his own record-breaking NFL debut in Week 1 against the Cardinals. Newton faced the Packers at home in Week 2, and threw for 432 yards one week after tossing for 422 yards to break a record in an NFL debut. Newton also ran for a 4-yard touchdown with 37 seconds left in the game and led the team in rushing with 10 carries for 53 yards and the score. Newton went 28 for 46 with a 3-yard TD pass to Brandon LaFell on the game's opening drive. He started the game 6 for 7 for 90 yards and the score and kept it flying from there. "I knew he would be good, but if I told you I knew he'd be this good this early, I'd be lying to you," said Packers nose tackle B.J. Raji. That said, Newton also was intercepted three times and could have been picked once or twice more in the game. Plus, he was sacked four times.
Analysis: Despite the interceptions and sacks taken in the Week 2 game, you still have to consider this a fabulous performance by the rookie. He led his team back in this game and pulled to within seven points after his TD run. The No. 1 overall pick in the NFL draft and Heisman Trophy winner completed 28 of 46 passes and also showed plenty of mobility -- he made Clay Matthews miss on tackles at least three times -- and finished as Carolina's top rusher with 53 yards and a score. Newton has 854 yards passing, 71 yards rushing and five total touchdowns after two career NFL games played. Facing the Jaguars in Week 3, consider Newton a potential starting option across the board.
News: Carolina QB Cam Newton is looking for an encore after his 422-yard performance with two touchdowns and a pick Week 1 at Arizona. Newton faces a stiffer test against Green Bay Week 2 after throwing for the most yards every by a player in his NFL debut. That said, the Packers did allow Drew Brees to throw for 419 yards and three touchdowns in Week 1.
Analysis: Newton had about the easiest matchup he's going to have all year in Week 1 against the Cardinals. They were atrocious and we expect a whole lot more out of Green Bay in Week 2. In fact, we doubt Newton is going to come to equaling his Week 1 output. If he does it again Week 2, start him going forward. For now, hold off one more week and consider Newton a low-end No. 2 Fantasy QB against the Packers.
News: Panthers QB Cam Newton got off to a red-hot start during Week 1 against the Cardinals. Newton, who was making his first career NFL start on Sunday, threw for over 400 yards and accounted for three total touchdowns in the 28-21 defeat. Two of his scores came threw the air, including a 77-yard strike to Steve Smith in the first quarter, which got Carolina on the scoreboard. Newton also hooked up with Smith for a 26-yarder in the second quarter just before halftime, as he was able to beat rookie CB Patrick Peterson in the corner of the end zone. He also ran for a score and finished 24 for 37 for 422 yards with a pair touchdowns and a interception. Newton racked up a QB rating of 110.4 and became the first NFL rookie to throw for over 400 yards in his debut.
Analysis: Newton certainly showed why he was the No. 1 overall pick last spring, as he looked like anything but a rookie during his NFL debut. The 22-year-old had no problem driving the Panthers up and down the field by using his arm and feet and completed a pas to eight different WRs in the contest. Sure he made a few mistakes, including throwing a bad interception and taking a few unnecessary sacks, but overall Fantasy owners should be more than thrilled with his performance. However, keep in mind Arizona's secondary is not considered one of the best among league standards, so he might have a tough time duplicating his performance when the Packers come to town in Week 2. Green Bay surrendered almost 400 yards passing in Week 1, but that was against the Saints, who were playing from behind the whole game. While Newton certainly proved he belongs in the NFL, owners should continue to temper expectations and consider him a No. 2 Fantasy QB heading into next week.
News: QB Cam Newton will make his first career NFL start during Week 1 as the Panthers head out west to face the Cardinals on Sunday afternoon. Arizona boasted the league's 10th best pass defense last season, allowing 228 yards per game and 22 touchdowns through the air. The Cardinals also allowed an average of 14.8 Fantasy points to opposing QBs per game last season.
Analysis: Newton started three of the four games the Panthers played during the preseason and threw for a combined 300 yards and one touchdown during his first taste of the professional football. While he has been tabbed the starter heading into Week 1, expect the team to take a very cautious approach with him, especially in the early stages of the year. Fantasy owners should take a wait-and-see approach with Newton and consider him merely a low-end No. 2 Fantasy QB heading into Sunday's matchup against the Cardinals.
News: Panthers head coach Ron Rivera officially named Cam Newton as his starting quarterback going into the regular season following Thursday's preseason finale. Newton threw his first TD as a pro in Carolina's 33-17 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Thursday night. "Even with this position given, it doesn't stop here," Newton said. "I can't just sit back and say, 'I've arrived,' because we've got a long way to go. ... The record begins now." The Heisman Trophy winner and No. 1 draft pick out of Auburn played only the first series. He was 3 of 5 for 25 yards with the 10-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Shockey against a Steelers defense that rested Troy Polamalu and several other key players. Rivera later anointed Newton as their starter Sept. 11 at Arizona.
Analysis: Newton finished the preseason without throwing an interception, though he threw just the one touchdown. Expect the team to take a very cautious approach with him, especially in the early stages. While he will be a very attractive pick in long-term keeper format, his value in seasonal leagues is minimal. Fantasy owners consider the Auburn product to be worth just a late pick at-best in standard Fantasy formats to serve as a No. 2 QB.
News: Panthers coach Ron Rivera has named QB Cam Newton the starter for Thursday night's game against Pittsburgh but hasn't yet said whether Newton will start the season opener against Arizona. Newton started last week against the Bengals and finished 6 of 19 passing for 75 yards, but he also ran for 49 yards and a score.
Analysis: Newton was subpar at best in his second preseason start, but he'll get a third nod on Thursday. There is little word on how much he will play, considering starters usually don't play much in the preseason finale. The Panthers QB situation is unique though, so stay tuned. Newton has flashed both good and bad over the last month or so, which is to be expected. Fantasy owners consider the Auburn product to be worth just a late pick at-best in standard Fantasy formats to serve as a No. 2 QB.
News: Panthers rookie QB Cam Newton got his second straight preseason start Thursday against the Bengals, and he saw more playing time than previously in the exhibition games. He started off efficient as a runner and thrower, but the effort tailed off as he remained in the game. Newton completed just 6 of 19 pass attempts on the night, but he was able to run for 49 yards on four carries. In the process, he scored his first NFL touchdown on a 16-yard scamper in the first quarter.
Analysis: Newton was short on a few throws and was forced to run at other points, but he did not turn the ball over. It should be noted that he had No. 1 WR Steve Smith on the field for the first time, and he targeted him eight times. The team has not made the official decision on whether he is the regular-season starter or not, but all signs point to him being handed the keys despite the lackluster effort. Newton has plenty of upside and all the athleticism in the world, but he is worth just a late pick at-best in standard Fantasy formats to serve as a No. 2 QB.
News: Despite an uninspiring start on Friday against the Dolphins, Panthers coach Ron Rivera said QB Cam Newton will start Thursday night against the Bengals and play three quarters. "It will give us an opportunity to see how he'll handle the whole game experience and we'll go from there," Rivera told reporters. However, the coach held off on naming him the regular-season starter. Newton is eventually expected to win the starting job once the regular season begins.
Analysis: Newton was promising in his first preseason action, going 8 of 19 passing for 134 yards before Friday's letdown against the solid Miami defense. He will get plenty of time to showcase his talents in three quarters on Thursday, so Fantasy owners should keep an eye on how he does -- as it may be the tipping point in coach Rivera's final decision. Newton has all the athleticism and physical tools to be successful in the league, but he will have an uphill battle with subpar weapons around him in year 1. As long as he starts, the Auburn product could be worth drafting with a late-round pick as a No. 2 Fantasy QB in deep formats despite this performance.
News:Cam Newton threw a Hail Mary pass that fell incomplete on the final play of the first half Friday night, and that's the closest he came to reaching the end zone. Newton played the entire first half, when the Panthers managed only three first downs, had the ball for less than eight minutes and fell behind 17-0. Newton went 7 for 14 for 66 yards, and he ran four times for 18 yards. Head coach Ron Rivera declined to say when he'll decide whether to start Newton or Jimmy Clausen in the regular-season opener Sept. 11 against Arizona. "They were efficient at best," Rivera said. "They made some good reads, made some good decisions but missed a couple of throws. That was disappointing."
Analysis: It's worth noting that No. 1 WR Steve Smith did not play in this game, but Newton should have the chance to work with Smith plenty as the preseason goes on. We still expect Newton to start for the Panthers this year, and he could be worth drafting with a late-round pick as a No. 2 Fantasy QB in deep formats despite this performance. He is definitely worth drafting in dynasty and keeper leagues, and we like him with a late first-round selection in rookie-only formats.
News: Panthers rookie QB Cam Newton will start Friday night's preseason game against Miami, coach Ron Rivera announced Wednesday. As for whether Newton will start the regular season opener on Sept. 11, Rivera said, "People do want to read into it, but just know that we have a plan and we're sticking to it. And as we go through the process sometime next week, we'll have a real good feel for what we're going to do as we go into the regular season." Rivera said the first-team offense will play about half of Friday's game and that Jimmy Clausen will get reps with the first teamers, thus keeping the QB competition even. "We'll do like we did last week, where Cam came in and played with the first group in the second quarter," Rivera said. "Again, we want to make sure everybody gets a chance to play and work with the guys and keep that competition going."
Analysis: We're excited to see what Newton can do in his chance as the starter, and we expect him to open the season as the No. 1 QB ahead of Clausen. Newton should be considered a low-end No. 2 Fantasy QB in standard leagues on Draft Day, but he should be drafted with a first-round pick in rookie-only formats.
News: The Charlotte Observer reports that Panthers coach Ron Rivera said he will name a starting quarterback by next week, before the team's third preseason game on Aug. 25. Just as the team did in Saturday's preseason opener, Jimmy Clausen started off as the No. 1 QB Monday and rookie Cam Newton backed him up in Monday's practice.
Analysis: The general consensus is that Newton will have his shot to play this season, and the remaining question is when. Rivera will get another game of tape on the two before making the decision, which bodes well for the No. 1 overall pick after a solid NFL debut in which he finished 8 of 19 passing for 134 yards. Keep an eye on the situation, though we view Newton as a No. 2 Fantasy QB in deep formats for now. Don't select him until the late rounds on Draft Day in standard formats.
News: Panther rookie QB Cam Newton made his NFL debut Saturday night against the Giants, and he came off the bench behind starter Jimmy Clausen. Newton was 8 of 19 passing for 134 yards, and he felt there was room to improve. "I did all right," Newton said. "I can always do better. It will take me going back and looking at the film and see what I can do better later on."
Analysis: Clausen finished the game 4 of 7 passing for 69 yards with a touchdown and an interception. It's worth noting that No. 1 WR Steve Smith did not play in this game with a finger injury, but Newton should have the chance to work with Smith plenty as the preseason goes on. We still expect Newton to start for the Panthers this year, and he could be worth drafting with a late-round pick as a No. 2 Fantasy QB in deep formats. He is definitely worth drafting in dynasty and keeper leagues, and we like him with a first-round selection in rookie-only formats.
News: Panthers quarterback Jimmy Clausen said he has been told by coach Ron Rivera that he'll start Saturday night's preseason home opener against the Giants. That's not a big surprise considering Clausen has been getting all of the reps with the first-team offense. Earlier in the week Rivera said he wants to give both of his young quarterbacks a chance to run with the first team before making a decision on who'll start the team's Sept. 11 regular season opener at Arizona. Rivera "told both me and Cam that he's going to play the best guy out there," Clausen said. "Myself and Cam have had ups and downs throughout camp and we're still learning. We're still young and I think (Saturday) is another big test. I can't wait to get out there."
Analysis: We suspect that Newton will be given the opportunity to jump Clausen on the depth chart before the season. He's got a good arm and his mobility will be a tremendous asset. We could see Newton being a nice one-week replacement during the season when faced with a good matchup, but not a worthwhile draft pick in Fantasy leagues.
News: The Panthers released their first depth chart of the preseason, with Jimmy Clausen listed as their starting quarterback ahead of rookie Cam Newton. Clausen has been getting a majority of the first-team reps so far in training camp with Newton getting mostly time with the second team.
Analysis: Newton's time will come, but it does appear that he will have to begin the season on the sidelines. The Panthers have not made their development plan for Newton's first season completely clear, and Newton is expected to get a chance to start and see time with the first team during the preseason, but Fantasy owners should continue to view the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft as a long-term option. For now, he should be viewed as a No. 3 Fantasy QB in seasonal formats, but a first-round option in rookie-only leagues.
News: Carolina rookie QB Cam Newton put on a show for the more than 15,000 fans Saturday during the team's annual Fan Fest at Bank of America Stadium. The No. 1 overall pick looked extremely comfortable in his new home stadium, making short work of a two-minute drill on offense by throwing a 70-yard touchdown pass to TE Gary Barnidge and then adding a 65-yard scoring strike to David Clowney later on. "It felt great," Newton said. "For me this whole process has been a rollercoaster ride - up and down, up and down. But the one thing I've been trying to focus on in practice is being more consistent. ... New plays are going in every day. I'm just trying to learn each day."
Analysis: Panthers coach Ron Rivera isn't saying who will start the regular season opener on Sept. 11 against Arizona -- Newton of Jimmy Clausen -- but it's pretty easy to tell who the fans' choice is. On Saturday they booed Clausen when he threw incomplete passes and cheered when Newton did just about anything. "The quarterbacks are doing what has not been done around here in a long time," veteran WR Steve Smith said. Fantasy owners should wait to see how Newton fares in the preseason before getting caught in the early excitement. For now, he should be viewed as a No. 2 Fantasy QB in seasonal formats, but a first-round option in rookie-only leagues.
News: When asked about his early impressions of No. 1 overall pick Cam Newton, Panthers coach Ron Rivera replied, "Wow!" He went on to say, He does some things that really lights you up and gets you excited, just as Jimmy (Clausen) did."
Analysis: The Panthers are staking their future on Newton's development, so it's not shocking to hear his new head coach talk him up. Clausen has been working mostly with the first team as camp has opened, but that doesn't mean anything right now. We expect Newton to emerge as the Panthers' starting QB, but he will have his ups and downs as a rookie. Draft Newton as nothing more than a No. 2 Fantasy QB in seasonal formats. He is a first-round option, however, in rookie-only drafts.
News: Multiple sources report that the Panthers signed QB Cam Newton, the No. 1 overall pick in April's NFL Draft. The deal is worth $22 million in fully guaranteed money over four years. Newton is now eligible to participate in training camp since he is under contract.
Analysis: Newton walks into a situation in Carolina with a new coach, but the team has shored up it's personnel in front of the rookie. TE Greg Olsen was acquired via trade and the team re-signed top-notch RB DeAngelo Williams. Several reports also indicate that No. 1 WR Steve Smith will stay with the team, to provide decent weapons for the dynamic QB heading into his first pro season. Still, Fantasy owners should consider him to be a low-end No. 2 Fantasy QB in the majority of standard leagues for now. Keep an eye on Newton's progress in camp and in the preseason to see if he develops a rapport with Smith and Olsen, which could make him a solid late-round pickup on Draft Day. He's a first-round option in rookie leagues.
News: CBSSports.com NFL columnist Pete Prisco reports that although there has been a lot of speculation that Panthers WR Steve Smith could be traded, it almost certainly is not going to happen, according to a league source. Smith, who was said to be upset with the losing in Carolina and the overall direction of the team, has come to grips with where the organization is heading, including the drafting of QB Cam Newton. Smith, who turned 32 this year, was said to be a target of several teams needing receiver help. At one point, the Panthers were considering dealing Smith, according to the source, but that has subsided in the past few days as Smith has grown to accept where he is with the team.
Analysis: This is great news for Newton, who needed Smith to have any chance of having a quality WR corps. He now has a true No. 1 target, and keeping Smith will help in his development. Newton is still just a low-end No. 2 Fantasy QB in the majority of standard leagues, but if he develops a rapport with Smith right away that will improve his value. In keeper and dynasty leagues plan on drafting Newton with a late-round pick, and he should be considered a first-round option in rookie-only formats.
News: The Charlotte Observer reports that Panthers rookie QB Cam Newton, who continues to work out with former NFL QB Chris Weinke this offseason, has "about 90 percent" of Carolina's playbook already installed. The two have been working out all offseason during the lockout. Weinke gives Newton the play call, using the precise Panthers' terminology (including line protections). Newton repeats the play as he would in the huddle, then simulates a huddle break by slapping the ball. Newton calls out the Panthers' cadence at the line of scrimmage, then drops backs and makes the throw. "He wants to be great," Weinke said.
Analysis: Newton has the chance to help Fantasy owners as a No. 2 QB based on his ability to run and pass. He is worth a late-round pick in deep seasonal leagues and for owners in dynasty/keeper leagues he's worth a middle- to late-round pick. Expect him to end up between fourth and 10th overall in rookie-only drafts.
News: The Charlotte Observer reports that the Carolina players have been impressed with rookie QB Cam Newton in player-organized workouts. Newton received a playbook the day after he was taken with the No. 1 overall pick in the April draft. He spent a few weeks after the draft going over the playbook with former NFL quarterbacks Chris Weinke and Ken Dorsey. Weinke was with the Panthers from 2001-2006, while Dorsey played for Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski at the University of Miami. Newton said those cram sessions paid off when he arrived in Charlotte. "One thing we've been focused on is constantly working on something. Whether it's consistency in the passing game or this particular protection, these particular routes, the run game. It's been helping me," Newton said. "As I come out here, it's familiar to me as it's being spit out to me." TE Jeremy Shockey said it was obvious Newton had been studying. "He had the playsheet. He had everything. So he knows a lot of it," Shockey said. "He's got a lot of way to go. Knowing it's one (thing), but running it against a team you really don't know is a different story."
Analysis: Newton has the chance to help Fantasy owners as a No. 2 QB based on his ability to run and pass. He is worth a late-round pick in deep seasonal leagues and for owners in dynasty/keeper leagues he's worth a middle- to late-round pick. Expect him to end up between fourth and 10th overall in rookie-only drafts.
News: Panthers rookie QB Cam Newton and close to 50 of his new teammates completed two weeks of player-organized workouts Thursday morning. Newton says he's "got a grip" of the Carolina playbook despite not being able to talk to coaches because of the labor dispute. But Newton acknowledges there's a learning curve learning to read defenses and adjusting to the speed of the pro game.
Analysis: On one hand, it's a plus that he's working out with teammates and digging into the offense when it was construed back in March and April that he would be more focused on things unrelated to football. On the other hand, Newton's admission on not reading defenses effectively could be a telling sign that he'll struggle early on. If he can overcome that and make his hard work pay off, Newton has a shot at being a capable No. 2 Fantasy QB. He is worth a late-round pick in deep seasonal leagues and for owners in dynasty/keeper leagues he's worth a middle- to late-round pick. Expect him to end up between fourth and 10th overall in rookie-only drafts.
News: The Charlotte Observer reports that Panthers QB Cam Newton worked out with teammates Tuesday in Charlotte. Newton joined about 50 teammates in the players-only sessions.
Analysis: Newton, the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft, has been working on his skills in Florida with former NFL quarterbacks Ken Dorsey, who played under Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski at the NFL and college levels, and Chris Weinke, a former Panther. Heading into this year, Newton has the chance to help Fantasy owners as a No. 2 QB based on his ability to run and pass. He is worth a late-round pick in deep seasonal leagues and for owners in dynasty/keeper leagues he's worth a middle- to late-round pick. Expect him to end up between fourth and 10th overall in rookie-only drafts.
News: The Gaston Gazette reports the Panthers players will be holding their own private practices beginning June 1, and rookie QB Cam Newton is expected to join the workouts. Newton, the No. 1 overall pick in the NFL Draft, has been working on his skills in Florida with former NFL quarterbacks Ken Dorsey, who played under Panthers offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski at the NFL and college levels, and Chris Weinke, a former Panther.
Analysis: Heading into this year, Newton has the chance to help Fantasy owners as a No. 2 QB based on his ability to run and pass. He is worth a late-round pick in deep seasonal leagues and for owners in dynasty/keeper leagues he's worth a middle- to late-round pick. Expect him to end up between fourth and 10th overall in rookie-only drafts.
News: For a guy who talked about being an "icon" and an "entertainer," Cam Newton is sure putting in a lot of time playing football. The Panthers can't be disappointed in that. Newton is working out with former NFL QBs Chris Weinke and Ken Dorsey in Bradenton, Fla., studying the Panthers' new playbook and getting ready for his rookie campaign. Weinke is a former Panthers quarterback while Dorsey has knowledge of the Panthers' new playbook (offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski worked with Dorsey at the University of Miami). And so far, Weinke is blown away by Newton's effort to be ready to start in Week 1. "This guy wants it bad," Weinke told USA Today. "The guy's got as much drive as anybody I've seen. The misperception from outside is that he was going to be challenged by the intricacies and the verbiage of the NFL. And I have not seen that at all. ... Knowing (Panthers GM) Marty Hurney and the people they brought in on Ron Rivera's new coaching staff, what they uncovered in their due diligence on Cam is exactly what I've see from him. They had no question marks. And now I understand what they mean because this kid is sharp and has the ability to be a big-time player."
Analysis: You might not have Newton's name circled on your rank list, but you have to like hearing news such as this. During the draft process headlines about Newton's ego and off-field interests/concerns overshadowed his legit football talent. Now he's working on getting down Chudzinski's offense with two experienced NFL passers and learning as much as he can without the benefit of the Panthers' coaching staff. If this training pays off, Newton has a shot at being a capable No. 2 Fantasy QB. He is worth a late-round pick in deep seasonal leagues and for owners in dynasty/keeper leagues he's worth a middle- to late-round pick. Expect him to end up between fourth and 10th overall in rookie-only drafts.
News:Cam Newton says he's can't worry about the NFL lockout putting him behind the learning curve in his pro career. The NFL's top overall draft pick by the Panthers says he was fortunate to get a play book and is spending long days studying and working out. Newton has been spending his time in Bradenton, Fla., where he's been working out and refining his game with former NFL quarterback Chris Weinke.
Analysis: Another former QB, Brett Favre, has offered to work with Newton, but his main education will come when he can get on the field with the Panthers once the lockout is lifted. Heading into this year, Newton has the chance to help Fantasy owners as a No. 2 QB based on his ability to run and pass. He is worth a late-round pick in deep seasonal leagues and for owners in dynasty/keeper leagues he's worth a middle- to late-round pick. Expect him to end up between fourth and 10th overall in rookie-only drafts.
News: Retired QB Brett Favre has offered to tutor new Panthers rookie QB Cam Newton, according to The Sporting News. Agent Bus Cook represents both players. "Brett has offered to do that before with Cam," Cook said. "He would obviously be delighted to work with Cam. They've met and they've talked." Newton was the No. 1 overall pick out of Auburn, and Favre has retired after playing with the Vikings the past two years.
Analysis: Newton could likely use the help from Favre, but it's unknown if the two will find a place to work together or if Newton even wants the help. Heading into this year, Newton has the chance to help Fantasy owners as a No. 2 QB based on his ability to run and pass. He is worth a late-round pick in deep seasonal leagues and for owners in dynasty/keeper leagues he's worth a middle- to late-round pick. Expect him to end up between fourth and 10th overall in rookie-only drafts.
News: The Panthers made Auburn QB Cam Newton the No. 1 overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft, giving them an athletic passer with a polarizing personality to help them on and off the field. At 6-foot-5 and 248 pounds, Newton combined brute strength to barrel over defenders on the run with a strong arm. He accounted for 50 touchdowns, a 14-0 record, won the Heisman Trophy and led the Tigers to the national championship. Panthers head coach Ron Rivera stressed Newton isn't designed to be a "franchise savior," but said he'll get a shot to play as a rookie and compete with Jimmy Clausen. Rivera acknowledged they may have to scale down the playbook so as not to overwhelm him, but they'll also add elements to take advantage of his skills. "I started with eight guys in my mind," Rivera said of the top pick. "It became seven and then four and I tried to ride that for as long as I could. But everything kept pointing back to Cam."
Analysis: Newton is far from a perfect passer, but the blueprint is there for him to be a very productive quarterback. His mid-range accuracy needs work and his love and knowledge of the game needs to be proven. Fantasy owners should forget about him in standard seasonal leagues, but for those owners in dynasty/keeper leagues he's worth a middle- to late-round pick. Expect him to end up between fourth and 10th overall in rookie-only drafts.