If you know anything about me, then you know I am not a proponent of not taking a QB early in drafts this season. There is one case where I might take a chance on a guy. Now, I would only do this move if he dropped to the 3rd round somewhere, but this guy could end up being the #1 player in all of fantasy football by years end. That guy is Cam Newton.
A ton of people in the fantasy community are calling for regression, but I don’t see it happening. He went nuts last season with no OTAs and a limited training camp. This season he will have the benefit of having a full offseason to get even better acclimated in Rob Chudinski’a offense.
After watching Newton in the 2011 preseason I wasn’t so sure he was destined for greatness as a rookie. Obviously I was wrong. Newton went nuts in week 1 and never looked back no matter how many times experts predicted it would happen week in and week out. He finished the season 4,051 yards and 21 TDs, but it was ability as a runner that made him a fantasy star. Cameron went for an additional 709 yards on the ground and a whopping 15 TDs. This was the main reason that he finished as the 4th best QB at 27.6 points per game. Monster season.
There is no way he can repeat the rushing yards and TDs, right? Who can say? Maybe this freak of nature goes for 20 rushing TDs. When guys like Greg Cosell and Ron Jaworski rave about the kids ability as a PASSER, I’m all ears. I’m calling for progression as a passer vs the 7th best pass schedule and if he can keep grabbing points on the ground, he will threaten the top spot. His ADP is at the end of the 2nd round and that may prove to be a bargain by years end.
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