Top NFL Fantasy Value Quarterbacks – Cam Newton
The NFL 2015 season is on the way soon and now is the time for mock draft managers to get a leg up on the competition with comprehensive research to pave the way for a profitable campaign.
Today we look at Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton and his potential value for fantasy football roster selection. The Panthers made a huge financial commitment to Cam Newton notifying the league and fan base that he is their starting quarterback for years to come. Newton signed a five year $103.8 million dollar contract extension during the offseason
This was for a quarterback that is just 30-31-1 as a starter and 1-2 in the playoffs. Plus Newton cannot complete at least 60% of his passes as he falls just under that number at 59.5% completion percentage. That ranks him 23rd in the league in accuracy for one of the top five highest paid quarterbacks in the NFL. The Panthers quarterback is very athletic and a threat to run. He takes tons of hits and has been prone to injury in the past. Newton had a healthy offseason but heading into the 2014 season Cam was coming into camp off ankle surgery.
Those who put their money on Cam Newton for cash leagues are banking on the fact they see upside on the Panthers quarterback about his ability to improve his skills. Also financial supporters are sold on his playmakers and his protection in the passing game. The leadership intangibles are there for Cam as he led the club to two consecutive playoff appearances and he is maturing as a player in this league.
The Carolina coaching staff is working on Newton’s mechanics heading into the 2015 season. He is a strong armed quarterback but his poor footwork has impacted his accuracy in the pocket. His four years in the league has improved his ability to read opposing defenses better and that’s a plus for him to have played under center in 62 games. Also 2014 was a rebuilding year for Carolina in the wide receiver position with the team allowing Steve Smith to walk and Cam losing his top four targets from the 2013 campaign.
In 2014 Newton hit on 58.5% of his throws for 3127 yards with 18 touchdowns and 12 picks. He took a very high 38 sacks and his quarterback rating was 82.1%. His favorite target in the passing game was tight end Greg Olsen who caught 84 passes for 1008 yards and six touchdowns. His top target from the wide receiver position was Kelvin Benjamin who had 73 receptions for 1008 yards and nine touchdowns. Benjamin enters his second season in the NFL after a successful rookie campaign for the wide out from Florida St. The grind of the long NFL season may have taken a toll on Benjamin last year as the wide out averaged less than ten yards per reception over the final four games of the season including playoffs combined.
Cam Newton needs help in the receiver position. With their second pick in the NFL draft the team took former Michigan Wolverine wide out Devin Funchess. He is a big man who stands 6’ 4” tall weighs 232 pounds and has speed. Funchess is versatile as he can line up in the slot. The Panthers have good size in the passing game with Olsen and Benjamin standing 6’ 5” tall. Newton will have plenty of big targets to exploit undersized defensive backs in 2015 on critical third down and red zone plays. Additional receivers filling out the roster are veterans Jerricho Cotchery, Ted Ginn Jr and Stephen Hill. The former New York Jet Hill is another big target that stands 6’ 4” tall and is entering just his fourth season in the pros.
To help in the offensive line the Panthers drafted in the fourth round right tackle in Daryl Williams from Oklahoma who stands 6’ 5” tall and weighs in at 327 pounds. Panthers center Ryan Kalil has logged in nine seasons in the NFL and is one of the best at the position.
The Panthers have given their young quarterback weapons to work with. Cam Newton is developing and improving under the center. The 2015 season could be the best stat wise for the Panthers signal caller. He has six divisional games against the Saints, Falcons and Buccaneers who all ranked in the bottom quartile in the league in passing yards allowed last year.
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