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Fantasy Football Player Notes

Week 1 Rankings

Cam Newton Note
Cam Newton photo 12. Cam Newton (vs . MIA)
There are a lot of question marks surrounding the former NFL MVP. Not only did he have multiple surgeries and is starting over in a new offense, but he's now 31 years old and might lose some of his mobility that made him so valuable in fantasy football. The Dolphins as his first opponent should be interesting, as they're a team with many changes on the defensive side of the ball. Oddly enough, most of those changes include former Patriots. On top of that, Brian Flores is their head coach, who knows Bill Belichick and Josh McDaniels all too well. In two games against the Dolphins last year, Tom Brady threw for 485 yards and four touchdowns, so it wasn't like they couldn't gameplan efficiently against Flores' defense. Knowing the Patriots running back situation is questionable at best, they're likely going to lean on Newton a bit more than they'd like in Week 1. The Dolphins did allow a league-high 39 passing touchdowns last year, including at least two passing touchdowns to 14-of-16 quarterbacks, but their secondary has been overhauled and now has legitimate talent. The scheme also limited the rushing totals of quarterbacks, as they allowed just 128 rushing yards to quarterbacks all season long. Almost half of them were to Josh Allen, someone who's often compared to Cam Newton. For what that's worth, Allen crushed this defense for 256 passing yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 56 yards and a touchdown. Newton has many variables, but he should produce low-end QB1/high-end QB2 numbers. We know there's upside for more, though they're not likely to be a well-oiled machine out of the gate.
31 weeks ago
Brian Hoyer Note
Brian Hoyer photo 48. Brian Hoyer (vs . MIA)