Newton was the third ranked fantasy quarterback in 2013, despite not having any dominant skill position players to help his numbers. He has even less targets this off-season, the worst receiving core in the NFL could keep him from reaching his full fantasy potential.
Cam Newton enters his fourth season trying to rectify his worst season in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers, having fallen short in many key offensive categories compared to his career norm. Despite a similar amount of pass attempts compared to 2012, his passing yards dipped dramatically from 3,869 to 3,379, he had just half of his normal 20+ yard passes and while he did throw for a career best touchdown total, that total was only 24. What keeps Newton fantasy football relevant though is his legs. But even his rushing stats took a dip in 2013. Rushing for a career worst 585 yards and 6 touchdowns, he fell just short of 4,000 all-purpose yards. What hurts his value in my mind is that a large percentage of his fantasy football value comes from his legs and that is a major no-no in the NFL. Don't believe me? Ask Michael Vick. Newton is still only 24-years-old and would have better stats if the Panthers threw an upgrade of offensive talent around him, but Carolina will have to find a way to increase his effectiveness in the passing game while minimizing his rushing efforts if they want to keep their quarterback on the field.