I know that Cam Newton has finished as a top five fantasy football quarterback the past two seasons. I know that he is a dual-threat with his legs and his arm, and I know that his rushing touchdowns give him a distinct advantage. With that being said, I had too many occasions where I had to decide between Nick Foles or Newton this past season. From week to week, it really is a gamble to find out what Newton you are going to get. Are you getting the guy who is going to have four total touchdowns or are you going to have the guy who throws for 300 yards but has three interceptions? This was my first — and most likely my last — year of owning Newton.
In 2012, Newton had seven games where he scored 15 or fewer fantasy points in standard scoring leagues. He also had three games where he scored 30 or more points, and he scored 20 or more points in four games. In a 16-game season, Newton scored less than 15 fantasy points for almost half of the season. The numbers were very similar in the 2013 season as well. Newton once again had seven games where he scored 15 or fewer fantasy points, and he had two games where he scored six or fewer points. While he only had one game with 30 points in 2013, Newton did have five games with 20 or more points.
One of the biggest factors in drafting a player for me is consistency. I would rather have a quarterback who is going to score me 17 points each week like clockwork than a guy like Newton who is going to make you want to pull out your hair every other week.