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Cam Newton
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#37 Quarterback

42 Projected Points

ADP: Not Available
Bye: 13
Experience: 10 Yr(s)
Age: 32
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 244
40 Time: 4.56

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Rest Of Way Outlook

Week 14
Newton wasn’t terrible in Sunday’s loss to the Falcons, and his play was not the reason #2 QB P.J. Walker made a cameo. That was the plan of HC Matt Rhule, and he told the Charlotte Observer this week that he plans to keep doing it.

Rhule said before Newton’s 1st start back with the Panthers that Walker might play some. It didn’t happen then. But in the 1st game after Carolina fired OC Joe Brady, Walker stepped in to complete 6 of 12 passes for 75 yards, a TD to Robby Anderson and an INT. He added 2 runs for minus-5 yards.

Newton threw for 178 yards and an INT of his own, on 23 attempts. His 47 yards and a TD on the ground kept him from being a total fantasy dud and pushed him to a QB20 finish for the week.

But with his coach planning to rotate QBs again, it’s tough to like Newton anywhere close to starting territory in Week 15.
Week 12
Newton’s day started great with a designed goal line TD run. But from there…he looked like a QB still shaking off some rust. Also hurt by a poorly performing O-line and some key drops, Cam completed just 5 of 21 passes for 92 yards and 2 ugly picks before getting benched in the 2nd half. Sunday marked Cam’s lowest career passer rating (no surprise there). Next Sunday turns up a much-needed bye; then arrives a potential bounce-back spot at home vs. Atlanta.
Week 11
In a game that was close throughout, Newton threw the ball just 27 times. But wisely, the majority of those throws went to his best playmakers, Christian McCaffrey and D.J. Moore. In addition, most of the passes were short passes that allowed the QB to play under control while efficiently moving the ball. He also used his legs as a threat to keep the defense off balance, and he ran in a 24-yard TD when he froze the defense with a fake toss before running by a pair of overmatched defenders.

Aside from a Week 13 bye, Newton has a solid remaining schedule. Although he faces the No. 1 Bills’ pass defense in Week 15, he has 4 games against defenses in the bottom 8 in terms of fantasy points allowed to QBs. Although he may not have the same arm strength he had when he was younger, he has arguably the best weapons of his career in Christian McCaffrey, D.J. Moore, and Robby Anderson. In addition, don’t forget that Newton ran for almost 600 yards and 12 TDs with the Patriots last season, so he still can boost his fantasy production on the ground.
Week 10
Newton provided an immediate spark to the Panthers red zone offense in Week 10. Newton scored a TD on his first pass and rush attempts of the season. The jury is still out on how well Newton can throw the ball at this stage of his career, but his ability to move the football with his legs should provide a boost to a struggling Panthers offense. This, coupled with the return of Christian McCaffrey, should at least provide the Panthers rushing attack a much-needed shot in the arm.
Early indications from the Panthers say that Cam Newton will be in line to start in Week 11. The hope is Newton is fully recovered from his shoulder and ankle injuries that have limited him over the past few years. This week the Panthers take on a Washington Football Team defense that has allowed the most points to the QB position this season. This matchup along with his rushing potential puts Newton on the 2-QB and superflex map for Week 11.

Basic Stats Preseason Player Analysis

What You Need to Know:

  • A weak supporting cast and questionable arm strength crushed Cam’s passing production in 2020. On 368 attempts, Newton tallied only 8 TDs to 10 INTs.
  • His adjusted completion rate of 78.1% actually T-13th league-wide. But he was among the league’s most conservative QBs with a 7.3-yard average depth of target.
  • Newton didn’t exceed 1 passing TD in a game until Week 17 (3, vs. Jets)
  • The Patriots failed to support Newton with quality pass catchers. His top-3 targets: Jakobi Meyers, Damiere Byrd and James White.
  • Newton’s rushing production is the only thing that saved his spot-start fantasy value. His 31 goal line attempts ranked 3rd most among all ball carriers. So did his 19 carries inside the 5 yard-line.
  • Newton ranked 2nd among QBs in total rush attempts, 3rd in yards and 1st in TDs.
  • After testing positive for COVID, Newton missed 1 game. It marked his only missed game of the 2020 season.
  • After the season, Newton spoke on the difficulty of learning New England’s system. He signed with the team in late June, 2020. "It was all new terminology, Cam said. “I wasn’t just trying to learn a system for what it was, I was learning a 20-year system in two months.”
  • In March, Newton re-signed with New England on a 1-year deal worth $6 million. He can earn up to $14 million total with incentives.
  • HC Bill Belichick has said Newton is the Pats’ starter until someone beats him out. The team used a 1st round pick on Alabama QB Mac Jones, who fell to them at the 15th overall pick.
  • First round QBs very rarely sit for an entire year. So look for Jones to hit the field at some point in 2021.
  • New England significantly bolstered the offense in free agency, adding TEs Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith and WRs Nelson Agholor and Kendrick Bourne. Losing Julian Edelman to retirement won’t have much of a fantasy impact.
  • If RT Trent Brown can remain healthy, the Pats’ O-line will profile as 1 of the league’s best units.
  • High pass volume won’t be likely no matter who’s under center. The Pats had the league’s 2nd highest run rate last year and remain built to lean on their ground game/defense.

Draft Sharks Bottom Line:

Newton looks like a strong bet to start Week 1. Whether or not he keeps the job all year will come down to his performance -- and the development of Mac Jones.

With total games played a mystery, Newton is a potential dud in best ball leagues. But he'll likely end up as a usable piece for standard redraft leagues early on.

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Panthers HC Matt Rhule said Monday that he'll continue to play both Cam Newton and P.J. Walker going forward. Newton was yanked for Walker a couple of times in Sunday's loss to the Falcons, and Rhule is making it sound like that was the plan and not performance related. Newton ended up playing 75% of Carolina's offensive snaps in Week 14. This plan, of course, puts a serious dent in Newton's fantasy value.

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Panthers HC Matt Rhule said after Sunday's game against the Falcons that QB Cam Newton is still his starter. Newton was benched on 2 separate occasions in the loss. He threw an INT and lost a fumble, although he did run for 47 yards and a score. QB P.J. Walker wasn't any better, completing just 6 of 12 passes with 1 TD and 1 INT. Newton will be tough to trust in Week 15 fantasy lineups with the Panthers so willing to give him the hook.

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The Panthers fired OC Joe Brady. It's a quick fall for a guy who was getting head-coaching interviews last offseason. Brady's Panthers finished 17th in Football Outsiders' offensive DVOA last year and are currently sitting 29th in this year's rankings. QB play, of course, has been a problem in Carolina. Senior offensive assistant Jeff Nixon will step in as interim OC, according to The Athletic's Joe Person. Nixon's only OC experience came under current Panthers HC Matt Rhule at Baylor from 2017 to 2019.

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Panthers HC Matt Rhule said Friday that QB Cam Newton "will take the first play" vs. Washington on Sunday. Cool. But Rhule also said QB P.J. Walker will "probably" play, as well. Not cool. We'll look for more details on Carolina's plan. But Newton would be tough to get behind even in Superflex leagues and DFS if he's not going to play 100% of the snaps.

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Panthers HC Matt Rhule said Monday that QB Cam Newton will get most of the 1st-team practice reps this week. It's confirmation that the team is hoping he'll be ready to start Sunday's game vs. Washington. Newton threw 4 passes yesterday, so we didn't get a good look at his arm. But he looked ready to make an impact with his legs. That rushing ability should make him at least a higher-end QB2 in fantasy lineups.

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