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Cam Newton Fantasy Outlook Improves Drastically With the Patriots

Max Staley
Cam Newton's fantasy outlook could be really strong with the New England Patriots.
Cam Newton's fantasy outlook could be really strong with the New England Patriots. / Jacob Kupferman/Getty Images

Cam Newton integrating into the New England Patriots' system is going to be one of the most interesting real-life football stories of the 2020 season, and the same goes for his fantasy football outlook.

Newton suddenly becomes one of the most intriguing quarterbacks in fantasy, but his injury history obviously makes him a significant risk.

Cam Newton Fantasy Value

The reports of Cam Newton's demise have been greatly exaggerated. When healthy, he's still one of the most dynamic players in the sport, and he's always been a top-notch fantasy producer.

Over the first half of the 2018 campaign, Newton averaged 236.6 passing yards per game, throwing 15 touchdowns to 4 interceptions. He also added 42.8 rushing yards per contest, and another 4 scores on the ground. He was fantasy's QB4 during that eight-game stretch.

But then a shoulder injury began to sap some of Superman's strength. Over his final six games, Newton's efficiency plummeted and he stopped running as frequently. While he increased his passing yards per game (250.3), he tossed just 9 TDs to 9 INTs, averaged just 24.3 rushing yards per contest and didn't tally a single rushing TD. On a per-game basis, he was fantasy's QB19.

If he's healthy, he's going to produce. But his health is far from guaranteed.

Newton does present a risk in New England beyond just the injury issues, though. This is more or less the same lackluster skill-position group that gave Tom Brady so much trouble last year. But if there's anyone who can overcome that, it's probably Newton.

During his 2015 MVP season, Newton didn't have a single wide receiver amass more than 750 yards, and only Greg Olsen managed to break 1,000 receiving yards.

Even with the injury issues and questionable supporting cast, Newton carries significant upside in Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels' system. He has also historically dominated the AFC East, which certainly bodes well for the former league MVP.

Right now, Newton is best viewed as a low-end QB1, with legitimate top-5 upside if all goes to plan. But if you do draft him, it's probably smart to pair him with a high-end backup.

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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.