Fantasy owners who took a shot with Panthers quarterback, Cam Newton are still feeling the pain a year later. He was a buy-low quarterback last year and turned into an absolute bust leaving owners scrambling for a viable quarterback.
Newton was banged up from the start of the season and being in car accident half way through the year didn’t help either. Despite an abysmal record, Carolina actually won the the NFC South for the second year in a row and Cam Newton even found his Superman form (Kind of) towards the end of the season.
Which Cam Newton will we see going into 2015? On paper, Carolina’s receiving core has significantly improved since last season. Kelvin Benjamin should build off of his impressive rookie year; Carolina acquired Ted Ginn Jr. during the off-season and drafted a big target in Devin Funchess out of Michigan. It looks like Superman will have more talent to throw to this year. If Newton can play the way he did towards the end of the 2014 season, his numbers should certainly improve from last season.
Carolina has become one of the better defensive teams in the NFL, and has bailed out Newton when he’s struggled. Newton should be healthy in this upcoming season, but his offensive line has not improved much since last year, where they struggled to keep him standing upright. Newton has also shown an alarming tendency to throw the ball way too high when he’s under any kind of pressure.
Fantasy owners need to be very cautious before drafting Newton. He’s a feast or famine fantasy option and only a very solid fantasy team can survive with him at the helm.