Cam Newton Fantasy News

Lack of receiving threat could hinder Carolina rushing game
Thursday, April 10, 2014, 12:00pm

NFL.com - [Full Article]

During a Thursday interview on NFL Network's "NFL AM," running back DeAngelo Williams sounded particularly exasperated that the Panthers lost "all" of their wide receivers this offseason.

When asked if the lack of receiving weapons puts more pressure on the running game, Williams pointed to general manager Dave Gettleman's office.

"It puts more pressure on the front office because you make these moves, getting rid of our four receivers, but you got to bring in guys," he said. "No slight to Cotchery and Avant that we just signed. I don't know many receivers on other teams, so I'm not saying they're no-name guys, but our guys made their names all by themselves ... I mean, I don't know where we go from there."

Williams also noted that Cam Newton's recent ankle surgery makes the turnover at receiver more troubling because the quarterback won't be able to get his timing down with the new pass-catchers.

"I don't have any concerns so to speak," he said about the offense in the regular season. "I just don't want to see eight, nine guys in the box week in and week out because we're working on our timing."

Fantasy Impact:

Newton's stock has taken a hit given the current state of the Carolina receiving corps. The team will need to find 1-2 talented rookies who are ready to contribute immediately.

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Cam Newton's foot surgery is successful
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 11:27am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton underwent surgery on Wednesday afternoon to repair ligament damage in his left ankle.

The full recovery process is four months, which would take Newton until the start of training camp. However, he could be freed to throw on a limited basis before then.

"Dr. (Robert) Anderson did not find anything unexpected in the procedure and the surgery went well," Carolina head athletic trainer Ryan Vermillion said in a statement.

Fantasy Impact:

This is the second red flag in Newton's offseason, the other being the Panthers' woeful WR situation. They cut Steve L Smith and let both Brandon LaFell and Ted Ginn walk as well.

Cam Newton to have ankle surgery
Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 3:41pm

Joseph Person, Twitter - [Full Article]

Panthers confirm Cam Newton having ankle surgery tomorrow in Charlotte.

Update: The Panthers' official Twitter reported that "The surgery will be done by Panthers team physician Robert Anderson and will require a recovery of approximately four months."

Fantasy Impact:

Newton was dealing with an ankle injury late last season but didn't miss any time. A four month timetable would put Newton's return in late July. Given the current state of the Carolina receiving corps, Newton will not have an ideal offseason heading into his fourth year in the league.

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Cam Newton's toe injury 'not a bid deal'
Monday, December 16, 2013, 2:16pm

Charlotte Observer - [Full Article]

The toe injury sustained by Panthers quarterback Cam Newton against the Jets on Sunday was "not that big a deal," Panthers coach Ron Rivera said Monday.

Newton injured his toe at the end of a 7-yard scramble on the Panthers' final offensive play of the first half, and was taken into the locker room before halftime to be examined.

Newton did not undergo X-rays on the toe, and Rivera said it is not being characterized as "turf toe."

Newton was the last Panthers' player to return to the field after halftime. But he didn't miss a snap.

Fantasy Impact:

The Panthers host the Saints in Week 16. Newton only had 12 rushing yards in the game but Rivera said his mobility wasn't limited. He should be good to go for your fantasy finals.

Saturday, October 12, 2013, 9:09am

Sports Illustrated - [Full Article]

Panthers QB Cam Newton is certainly limited in his read progressions and has a tendency of locking onto one receiver, but his teammates have to help him out.

Carolina’s pass protection has bordered on awful—the Panthers are fifth-worst in our ratings—and dropped passes by receivers have been huge. Steve Smith (two) and Brandon LaFell had drops that would have been big plays or touchdowns against the Cardinals last weekend.

Fantasy Impact:

Newton hasn't lived up to draft-day expectations so far. This week, he ranks seventh among our QBs. The potential is always there for Cam thanks to his running ability, but so far he's been at least a little bit of a disappointment.

Cam Newton, offense expected to ramp it up
Sunday, August 18, 2013, 11:19am

Charolette Observer - [Full Article]

Through two preseason games, the Carolina Panthers offense hardly resembles itself from the previous two seasons.

There have been no read options, no quarterback keepers, zero Wildcat formations and barely any play action.

But this isn’t what the Panthers’ offense under Mike Shula is predicted to look like in his first year as offensive coordinator after taking over the position vacated by Rob Chudzinski. Instead, Carolina – like every team in the NFL – is running a vanilla brand of its playbook, using what quarterback Cam Newton calls its “bread and butter” plays and apparently leaving out the jelly.

Fantasy Impact:

Newton has had just four play-action snaps in his 45 total plays this season. That's not how the season should play out, but the team does want to keep Newton in the pocket more. That hasn't really affected his draft rank. He sits behind the top-three Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning as pretty much the fourth-best option for QBs in drafts. With an ADP of the fourth round, if you really want Cam you should have a shot at getting him.

Friday, August 16, 2013, 7:10pm

Charlotte Observer - [Full Article]

In eight series over the first two exhibitions, Panthers QB Cam Newton has guided just one touchdown drive – on a short field (18 yards) last week following Norman’s interception of Chicago quarterback Jay Cutler. The other seven series have produced four punts, two field goals and an interception.

Newton completed eight of 17 passes for 112 yards Thursday. It was the kind of inconsistent performance Newton has said he wants to eliminate.

Newton overthrew Steve Smith several times, including a fade route after the Panthers had driven inside the Eagles’ 10 late in the first half. But Rivera was not worried about Newton’s showing.

“I thought he did some nice things. He got us down there twice in scoring position,” Rivera said. “We did miss a couple throws. But he was running for his life twice, and both times he overthrew the ball. I'm not sure you put that on the quarterback alone.”

New offensive coordinator Mike Shula kept his calls conservative, but it's hard to know how much of that is his philosophy or simply not wanting to reveal too much.

Fantasy Impact:

Newton got off to a slow start in 2012, but finished on a tear. We wouldn't worry too much about preseason struggles, though it should be noted that he's playing for a new offensive coordinator this season.

Cam Newton getting time in the pocket
Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 6:40pm

Charolette Observer - [Full Article]

Third-year Panthers quarterback Cam Newton spent most of training camp in the pocket, with new offensive coordinator Mike Shula only occasionally breaking out the read option.

Newton interacted more with teammates – whether it was making one-handed catches before practice or playing cards between meetings.

Fantasy Impact:

Seems like all good signs for Newton. The story also added he's been working real well with WR1 Steve Smith. He could easily be the fourth QB taken in just about any draft, behind Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Peyton Manning. He'll still collect the rushing yards and TDs despite the team wanting him to stay in the pocket more.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 6:29pm

Charolette Observer - [Full Article]

Panthers WR Steve Smith, 34, has to slow down at some point, but it hasn’t happened yet. He snares everything with his hands, gets behind defensive backs and has good chemistry with QB Cam Newton.

Fantasy Impact:

We rank Smith 20th and as a low-end WR2. If you wait on WR, he's certainly a guy you can probably live with in the 7th round.

Jonathan Stewart out indefinitely
Thursday, July 25, 2013, 1:28pm

Joe Person, Twitter - [Full Article]

Panthers RB Jonathan Stewart says he won't practice tomorrow, did not say when he might be available. Had surgery on both ankles this off-season.

The sixth-year running back said the left ankle has healed well while the right one is “still an issue.”

Fantasy Impact:

Throw in the fact that the Charlotte Observer listed DeAngelo Williams first on its pre-camp depth chart, and it looks like Williams will be a very nice value at his current ADP (10.07). He's worth a pick in the 8th-10th rounds given the uncertainty surrounding Stewart's health. Don't forget that Mike Tolbert and Cam Newton will be vulturing most of the rushing TDs, so don't reach on Williams.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013, 12:37pm

National Football Post - [Full Article]

QB Cam Newton came to the Panthers as strictly a shotgun passer. But he has made significant strides under center. Last year in 375 shotgun attempts, Newton had a passer rating of 82.9 according to STATS LLC. In 110 snaps under center, he had a passer rating of 97.4. His completion percentage also was better under center--.590 to .573. So more snaps under center, particularly using play action, might be a part of OC Mike Shula’s vision for the QB.

“That just shows me what his football mind is about,” Shula said. “He has a great football mind.”

Fantasy Impact:

Early in the 2012 season, there was talk of a sophomore slump for Newton, as he had only accounted for eight total touchdowns (five pass, three rush) in his first seven games after averaging 2.2 total TDs per game in 2011. Starting in Week 9, he scored 19 TDs in his final nine games, a 2.1 TD per game average. He should continue to progress as an NFL quarterback in 2013.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 9:36am

Charlotte Observer - [Full Article]

In the passing game, Panthers QB Cam Newton demonstrated great timing with tight end Greg Olsen throughout the spring.

Fantasy Impact:

The Panthers seem to be moving away from the zone read, wanting Newton to make more plays from the pocket, so this could be a telling sign that Olsen will be counted on. TE is a deep fantasy position, and if you don't feel you need to take one of the studs early, Olsen's ADP is surprisingly the 12th round, yet we have him ranked 8th on our TE list. At that point of the draft, you may even be able to nab him as your TE2.

Panthers de-emphasizing zone read
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 9:25am

Charlotte Observer - [Full Article]

The Panthers did not run a lot of zone read during OTAs, and it appears the option package will be de-emphasized under first-year offensive coordinator Mike Shula.

Third-year quarterback Cam Newton looks comfortable running a more user-friendly offense.

Fantasy Impact:

This could all mean a bit of a drop in Newton's fantasy rushing production, as it seems the Panthers want him to run a little less. He has 1,447 yards rushing and 22 rushing TDs over his first two years. That also means a possible bump up in value for RBs Jonathan Stewart and DeAngelo Williams. We still rank Newton third among our QBs and have him available in the fourth round along with Tom Brady and Peyton Manning.