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Newton Getting It Done With His Legs

The one thing that set Cam Newton apart from other quarterbacks in fantasy football, was without question his legs. On Sunday against the Falcons, Newton’s passing line was solid but not terrific as he was 15 of 24 for 215 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. However, Newton ran circles around the Falcons’ defense, going off for nine carries while picking up 86 yards and a touchdown.

Newton’s best rushing performance prior to that game was against the New Orleans Saints when he had 13 carries for 71 yards. Against the Buccaneers, Newton had five carries for four yards and against the Giants he had six carries for six yards. It should come as no surprise then, that in the two games where he had over 70 yards rushing and a touchdown, the Panthers averaged 31.5 points per game and posted a 1-1 record. In the two games where he was held to less than 10 yards rushing, the Panthers averaged 8.5 points per game and are 0-2. If that doesn’t convince defenses what the value of making Newton beat you with his arm instead of his legs is, than perhaps nothing will.

In fantasy football for money, those who have Newton will have to hope that he can get the job done on the ground. Newton is a suitable starting quarterback in the NFL for the Carolina Panthers with just his arm. But he is not fantasy football for money starting quarterback material without his legs. Newton will continue to impress when he runs and underwhelm when he doesn’t. So the important thing to look at when considering whether or not he should start week to week should be the strength of the opponent’s defense against the run as much as their strength against the pass. Next week, Newton and the Panthers face Seattle who is 2nd in the league in rushing defense.


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