From a fantasy football perspective, no quarterback has been more frustrating during the 2012 season than Cam Newton of the Carolina Panthers. After recording 4,000+ passing yards and 700+ rushing yards to go along with 35 total touchdowns during his rookie season in 2011, expectations were high for the former Heisman Trophy winner in his second season, but that was far from the case over the first 10 games.
Lucky for fantasy owners–Newton may finally have broken out of his slump thanks to a strong performance against the Philadelphia Eagles on Monday night.
Newton helped the Panthers pull off a 30-22 win over the Eagles on Monday after completing 18 of 28 passes for 306 yards and two touchdowns while contributing 52 rushing yards and two rushing touchdowns as well. For a player that had recorded just two 300-yard games and 13 total touchdowns heading into Monday’s game, a four-touchdown performance against Philadelphia was just what Newton needed to get things on track this season.
Hopefully, this isn’t just a one-time thing for Newton and he can display these type of performances over the final five games of the regular season to end 2012 on a positive note. There’s nothing fantasy owners would love more than to see Newton put up similar numbers to last year as playoffs are set to get in full swing over the next couple of weeks considering most of them spent a first or second round pick on him.
Then again, this was a really terrible Eagles’ defense Newton was playing against–so who knows what to expect at this point.
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