Cam Newton, QB, Panthers: Fantasy Football Outlook
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Cam Newton, QB, Panthers

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight
QB - #10 64.83 CAR Questionable 4 years 25 6'5 245

2014 Outlook: Solid/Safe Pick

Last updated on Jun-28-2014 by Mark Morales-Smith

Cam Newton is coming back from offseason ankle surgery and he is expected to be 100-percent by late June to early July. The ankle should have no effect on his play. A lot has been made of Newton's receiving corps (or lack thereof). They are really not that bad and he has a few of veterans who know how to get open. Cotchery, Underwood, and Avant have all performed very well in limited opportunities. None of them are a true No. 1 receiver; however, each can make a play when called upon. He also has young receivers Tavarres King and Marvin McNutt. Both have upside and showed some of that during last year's preseason, Neither have amounted to anything just yet and both ended up buried on the bench. The Panthers' top pass-catcher may be tight end Greg Olsen, whom they backed up with Ed Dickson for insurance. Carolina also drafted Kelvin Benjamin out of Florida State with their first round pick. He is a huge target that can pull the ball down out of a crowd. When Newton's in trouble, Benjamin is a guy that can be thrown to even when covered. Newton can also leans on a stable of running backs. It goes without saying that Newton may be the best running QB in the league, especially in the red zone. His size allows him to do a lot more between the tackles than a Mike Vick or RG3 can. This may be the year Newton really pulls away from the pack as a superstar; he'll just need his passing stats to pick up where his rushes end.

Editor's note: Leagues which reward six points for passing TDs slightly reduce the value of dual-threat QBs like Newton.

Latest Update

Jul-21-14 Panthers QB Cam Newton experiencing limited mobility

The Charlotte Observer reports that Panthers QB Newton is not 100% after undergoing ankle surgery this offseason. Newton worked out with the Panthers receivers last week, but was unable to give full effort due to concerns about the ankle. The fourth-year quarterback did not miss any games last season due to the injury, but complained of stiffness following the Panthers' playoff game versus the 49ers. He opted to have surgery in March to "tighten" some of the ankle ligaments.

Fantasy Analysis:

This news is absolutely concerning, coming, as it does, so close to the start of training camp. Newton's offseason surgery and subsequent recovery have largely flown under the radar, but this report should worry fantasy owners at least a bit. As the Observer article mentions, the Panthers have a new group of receivers this year, with whom Newton will need time to develop chemistry. But more importantly, Newton is a quarterback who depends on his legs for a fair portion of his fantasy value. Rushing, and especially rushing touchdowns, are a huge part of his allure. If he's limited at all in that aspect of his game, his fantasy value will take a major hit. Newton is currently being drafted seventh amongst fantasy quarterbacks.

FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors

7/21 - Panthers QB Cam Newton experiencing limited mobility
7/16 - Jerricho Cotchery expected to be Panthers' No. 1 WR, 'every spot after that is open'
7/11 - Panthers QB Cam Newton will get together with his WRs next week

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2013 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
2013 FFToolbox Staff Mock Draft #1
June 18th, 2013
5.03 FFToolbox - Jamie Blackburn - Seemed like good value here. Can't see him regressing too much this season, and his legs make him a fairly safe bet as a QB in the 5th round. Even though QB is deep this season, I often feel that if I wait past the 5th or 6th round, I don't like what is left at the position, and wish I had pulled the trigger earlier. And I am not a fan of quarterback-by-committee... give me a starter with a high floor.
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #2
July 2nd 2013
6.11 Scout PRO 
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #1
June 25th, 2013
4.07 DynastyLeague Football - Normally I wait on QBs but the 4 pts for passing touchdowns and 6 pts for rushing touchdowns made Cam worth the grab here. With Brees and Rodgers already taken I feared I would get left on the outside looking in of a QB run.
2013 FFToolbox Expert Mock Draft #3
July 9th, 2013
6.05 DraftSharks - If you can get Newton as your starter in normal drafts, go for it. I certainly followed the value board here. As the draft went on, I found myself wishing I'd waited for Tony Romo. But looking back at the results, I don't love any of the RBs or WRs who went between this pick and my next. QBs will rarely slide like they did here.
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