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Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers were sitting at 6-2 midway through last season until Newton's nagging shoulder injury derailed the Panthers' year. 

The Panthers went on to lose their final six games of the season, and Newton's lackluster performance likely ended many of his fantasy owner's title hopes as well.  

Newton needs surgery to fix his injured shoulder, but the injury does not seem as serious as it once appeared. However, it's important to note that this is Newton's second shoulder surgery in three years, and this could still have a big impact on his fantasy value next year. 

Furthermore, the Carolina Panthers' new owner, David Tepper, has gone on the record and said he would be willing to hold Newton out for the year if need be. 

While that seems to be off the table now, it does suggest that the Panthers will be playing it safe with Newton when he returns from surgery. And Christian McCaffery established himself as the backfield workhorse this year, so the Panthers could easily reduce Newton's workload by relying more on McCaffery next season. 

All in all, it looks like Newton is going to be ready to go next season, but injury concerns should make fantasy owners hesitant to draft him as a QB1. His rushing ability still gives him a big upside, but fantasy owners would be wise to pair Newton with an established back up if they draft him early. 

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