• Cam Newton
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  • 248 lbs
  • 6' 5"
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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

CAR QB Cam Newton - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 at Arizona Cardinals

Cam Newton put up 333 yards against the Buccaneers last week, but he failed to find the end zone and had a costly fumble. Cam also didn’t gain any rushing yards and he doesn’t look right health-wise. He may still be recovering from his shoulder injury and now he has a foot issue. Even if he winds up starting, fantasy owners should look elsewhere if possible, despite a pretty good matchup against the Cardinals. It’s too risky to bank on him until he looks healthy again.

by Brandon Niles

CAR QB Cam Newton - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cam Newton had a rough start to the season, throwing for 239 yards, an interception and a fumble in an opening-day loss to the Rams. It was a tight game, however, and one in which the Panthers leaned on the run game and on short passes to the versatile Christian McCaffrey. Expect a similar strategy throughout the rest of the season, although if Cam can take a little better care of the ball, some of those drives should yield better results. He’s still a good fantasy option week-to-week.

Against the Buccaneers in Week 2, Cam should have an easier time. The 49ers offense struggled against them in Week 1, but only the Raiders allowed more points per game last season. While it’s possible they are markedly improved, it’s more likely the 49ers sputtered out of the gate. Cam is a high-upside QB1 option in most weeks, and he should bounce back against a team he threw four touchdowns and 547 yards against over two matchups last year.

by Brandon Niles

CAR QB Cam Newton - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 vs. Los Angeles Rams

Cam Newton is coming off a bit of a down year by his standards. While his 3,395 passing yards and 24 touchdowns are pretty much on par with his usual production, his 488 rushing yards were the second-least of his career, and he had a career-low four rushing touchdowns. Part of that was coaching and scheme, but much of it was a career of hard hits keeping him at less than 100% health for much of the season. He missed two games as well, and he enters the year with questions about his shoulder.

That being said, he’s supposed to be ready to go against the Rams, and he has a great matchup to start the season. The Rams were disappointing on defense last year, ranking in the bottom half of the league in points allowed, and they lost Ndamukong Suh in the offseason. If Cam is healthy, he should be in line for a great game. We have him as a top-five option this week and he should be active in all leagues.

by Brandon Niles

CAR QB Cam Newton - 2019 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

Cam Newton’s best fantasy asset is his ability to make up for bad passing games with rushing production. Last year, he rushed for 488 yards and four touchdowns to go along with 3,395 yards and 24 touchdowns through the air. In his first season under Norv Turner, he completed a career-high 67.9% of his passes and he has arguably the best pass-catching back in the league in Christian McCaffrey to help him out. D.J. Moore, Curtis Samuel and McCaffrey create a tremendous array of weapons for Newton and as long as he stays healthy, he should be a consistent fantasy producer.

Fantasy Downside

Newton’s body has been breaking down over the past few seasons due to the number of vicious hits he’s subjected to. He’s had at least 90 carries every season of his eight-year career, and defenders tee off on him. He’s coming off a shoulder surgery and at age 30, he could struggle to take the same punishment he’s used to. He missed two games last season and was banged up all year.

2019 Bottom Line

Newton has some risk associated with him because of his potential for injury, but he’s currently being undervalued. He’s accounted for at least 28 touchdowns in three of his past four seasons and has arguably the best set of weapons he’s ever had. He’s a bargain at his ninth-round ADP and is evidence that the quarterback position continues to be filled with talent in the middle rounds.

by Brandon Niles

CAR QB Cam Newton - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 15 vs. New Orleans Saints

Cam Newton struggled against a surprisingly stingy Browns defense last week, throwing for 265 yards and a pick, while adding 23 yards on the ground. Newton has largely been productive this season, despite the Panthers being in the middle of a devastating five-game losing streak. His 473 yards and four touchdowns on the ground give him a high floor in most leagues, making him a steady fantasy option.

This week, Newton will face a Saints defense that has allowed the third-most fantasy points to the quarterback position this season. In a game where both teams could be airing it out, Newton has a chance to put up big numbers. While his turnovers have been concerning, fantasy owners should keep him active this week in a great matchup.

by Brandon Niles

CAR QB Cam Newton - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 at Cleveland Browns

Cam Newton had four interceptions against the Buccaneers last week, but he threw for 300 yards and a pair of touchdowns. He also added 33 yards on the ground. Newton and the Panthers have lost four games in a row, but he’s thrown nine touchdown passes in that time and should still be considered an excellent week-to-week fantasy starter.

This week, Newton faces a Browns defense that has been very average against quarterback this year. He’s been banged up the last couple of weeks, so fantasy owners should monitor his status, but if he’s active, he should be in all lineups. The Browns offense should keep the game interesting and it could be a high-scoring affair.

by Brandon Niles

CAR QB Cam Newton - Week 13 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 13 at Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Cam Newton only threw for 256 yards, two touchdowns and a pick last week in a close loss to the Seahawks, but he added 63 yards on the ground on eight rushing attempts, turning in a solid fantasy performance overall. Newton’s had a pretty high floor throughout the season, failing to provide multiple touchdowns only once all season. His 417 yards and four touchdowns on the ground make him a threat to score big numbers in any given week.

Newton should do well against the Buccaneers this week. Panthers handled Tampa Bay four weeks ago, limiting Newton to only 25 pass attempts, but only the Bengals and Falcons have allowed more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks this season than the Buccaneers. Cam is an every-week starter with exceptional upside in a great matchup. Start him.

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