By Chris Zolli, Panthers Correspondent, Thu, Nov 13th 3:01pm EST
Cam Newton admits that he has been playing through pain in Panthers' losses. He has an injured foot, ankle, and thumb. (Source: Sports Illustrated
Fantasy Impact: Newton has been hit more than 500 times in his NFL career, double the effect on any other QB, and these hits may be taking there toll. During the 2014 season, Newton is completing 58.1% of passes with ten touchdowns and eight interceptions; his completion percentage is down 3.6% from last year and his yards per attempt is the lowest of his three plus year career. Although he is a threat in the running game, with 263 rushing yards and a 100 yard rushing game this year, Newton needs to focus on injury prevention and work more on his passing game. He did have his first 300 yard passing game of the season and rookie Kelvin Benjamin has established himself as a red zone threat, so there is an opportunity for Newton to still have a significant fantasy value this year. He may not be worthy of a QB1 for the 2014 season, but he is a great option in a two QB league with his explosive potential. These injuries need to be monitored, though, as Derek Anderson waits in the wings for the Panthers.