2013 Fantasy Football: Use Caution Drafting Cam Newton

By Andy Schmidt
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If there was one player in fantasy football that made his owners very happy during the second half of the season, it was Cam Newton. Newton had a terrible beginning of the 2012 National Football League season but rebounded very nicely in the second half and finished as a top-10 fantasy player. I think that Newton may have trouble doing it again next season though.

While Newton is a great dual threat, a lot of his work comes from the running game behind him with the Carolina Panthers. I fear for Newton and fantasy football owners that those running backs just aren’t going to be as good in 2013. If that is the case, Newton tumbles big-time. Jonathan Stewart is a free agent and if Stewart leaves, that hurts Newton’s value as DeAngelo Williams has been way too erratic at running back.

If I was drafting right now for next season, Newton is a late second-round player or early third-round selection. There are probably four or five quarterbacks that I would take before I took my chances on Newton. Newton is simply too inconsistent for my liking at the quarterback position. There are dual threats like Robert Griffin III that will go higher and deserve to. I’m sure there are a lot of fantasy football players who read this and like where Newton is ranked here because that means he is slipping and will be under the radar for 2013. That is very possible but drafting Newton will be a risky decision that could come back to bite a lot of fantasy football owners.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.

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