Chances are if you had Newton last year you were, at the very least, one of the best teams in your league, if not its champion. Newton threw and ran his way to a unanimous NFL MVP award, and was likely the fantasy MVP as well, especially when you consider his depressed average draft position. Like the No. 1 choice on this list, Newton did it without his best receiver, as Kelvin Benjamin missed the entire season with a torn ACL. While Newton may still be getting better as a real-life quarterback, is it even possible for him to do so in the fantasy realm? He threw for 35 touchdowns on 495 attempts last year, a 7.1% touchdown rate that was the 18th highest in a single season since 1984. Newton also ran for 10 touchdowns and 636 yards. That marked the ninth time since the merger that a quarterback ran for at least eight touchdowns and 500 yards, and just the third that one hit 10 scores and 600 yards. The other two seasons belong to Newton and Daunte Culpepper. All of this is to say that Newton essentially maxed out his production last year. He’s undeniably great, but don’t expect a repeat of 2015.
The Reprogramming of Cam Newton
He’s still dancing, he’s still talking trash. But as training camp begins, Cam Newton is at a crossroads. The Panthers’ offense is evolving, moving away from the approach that won 15 games and made Newton NFL MVP just two seasons ago. Now, the quarterback’s future hinges on one question: Can Cam change?