Remember about a month ago when I told everyone that Cam Newton should be the number one player to acquire via trade? Well, the trade deadline has passed, but Newton will please those fantasy owners who went after him.
Newton is has scored at least 20 fantasy points over the past two weeks, including Monday night’s 41- point performance against whatever is left of the Philadelphia Eagles. He threw for 306 yards and two touchdowns. Pretty good game, right? Not so fast. Newton also added 14 carries for 52 yards and two more scores. This is the type of production fantasy owners have been waiting to see after drafting him in the first or second round.
Now the question is, can Cam continue to impress?
Yes. Si. Heck yes. However you want to put it, expect Newton to finish the 2012 campaign strong. In fact, the sophomore out of Auburn could potentially lead owners to fantasy gold.
Look, Cam may have started the season off in a bit of a slump. But one thing is for sure, it wasn’t due to lack of talent. We know how incredibly gifted Newton is. I mean, we saw it all last season as Cam scored 35 total touchdowns in his rookie year. The Panthers offense seems to be getting into a little bit of a rhythm, although the team just lost Jonathan Stewart to a high ankle sprain.
Finally, let’s look at the upcoming opponents for Newton and company.
It all starts with Sunday’s match-up with the Kansas City Chiefs, allowing the seventh-most fantasy points to signal callers. After that, a tough match-up against the Atlanta Falcons (which could be a shootout), then the San Diego Chargers, Oakland Raiders and New Orleans Saints. Of course, that game against the Saints is in Week 17, and not all fantasy leagues play during then. However, if you do play during that time, it’ll be your fantasy championship. Can’t ask for a better match-up.
While Newton started off slow, fantasy owners can expect him to finish red hot. Look for that Superman touchdown celebration quite a bit.
Adam Pfeifer is a featured fantasy football columnist for Rant Sports.
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