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Fantasy Analysis | 1414095808
Cam Newton too hard to predict
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

In Week 8, the Panthers host the Seahawks, who have been a tough matchup for quarterbacks in recent years. Not so much this year, though. The Seahawks rank 16th against the pass, surrendering 239.0 yards per game, and have allowed the fifth-highest passer rating of any team this season. They've also given up the ninth-most Fantasy points per game to quarterbacks.

So the matchup really isn't the concern for Cam Newton this week. Cam Newton himself is. After breaking out with 284 passing yards and 107 rushing yards Week 6 at Cincinnati, he had a chance to solidify his place in Fantasy in what figured to be a high-scoring affair Week 7 at Green Bay. But while he once again contributed as a rusher with seven carries for 41 yards -- another sign that his surgically repaired ankle is feeling better -- he wasn't productive enough throwing the ball to satisfy his Fantasy owners.

Of course, the Packers have allowed the lowest quarterback rating of any team this season, so maybe Newton is more the quarterback we saw two weeks ago than not. Unlike Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard, I'd have him in my top 12 for this week, but just barely. 

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Panthers ready for challenge of facing Seahawks' Richard Sherman
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton said he won't be afraid to throw against Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman in Week 8. However, he knows he has to be careful when he challenges one of the league's best cornerbacks.

"If the play is called for me to read it to Richard’s side, by all means I’m going to do it," Newton said, per ESPN. "And I’m going to give each and every receiver an opportunity to make plays.  I’m not going to force it. I’m not going to be an idiot. I’m going to do a great job of protecting the football and be aggressively patient in taking what the defense gives me."

Sherman will likely draw rookie receiver Kelvin Benjamin for most of the afternoon Sunday. Benjamin is ready for the challenge.

"You can tell he loves the game," Benjamin said. "He brings the passion to it. He has fun. He talks a lot of smack out there, but this is football. I’m just going to come out there and match his intensity; play fast and be sound in all my assignments."

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Panthers QB Cam Newton takes step back vs. Green Bay
by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

Panthers quarterback Cam Newton took a step back and had two of his offensive lineman go down with injuries in a disappointing performance Week 7 at Green Bay.

Newton was intercepted by Casey Hayward late in the third quarter before bouncing back with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Kelvin Benjamin in the fourth quarter. With the game well out of hand in the fourth quarter, Newton was subbed out for Derek Anderson, who fired a touchdown pass to Brenton Bersin late in the game.

Newton compiled 205 passing yards while completing 17 of 31 passes. He threw for a touchdown and was intercepted once, registering a 72.6 passer rating. He was sacked three times and rushed for 41 yards on seven carries in a 38-17 defeat.

Newton and the Panthers will look to get back on track Week 8 at home against Seattle.

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Rivera: Cam Newton playing best football of his career
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

Ron Rivera has proclaimed to the team website that Panthers quarterback Cam Newton is "playing the best he ever has."

Newton ranks in the middle of the pack among NFL quarterbacks in several statistical categories, but he is on the best pace of his career in passing yards and near his best in touchdowns and completion percentage.

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Fantasy Analysis | 1413171520
Cam Newton ready to dominate again
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

Working his way back from offseason ankle surgery, Panthers quarterback Cam Newton was reluctant to leave the pocket in his first four games, rushing for just 42 yards on 14 carries. But he ripped the Band-Aid off Week 6 at Cincinnati, rushing for 107 yards on 17 carries. He even scored a touchdown on what looked like a designed running play late in the third quarter, taking the ball straight up the middle for 12 yards. It was just second career game with 100-plus rushing yards and his first since 2012.

With that weapon again at his disposal, suddenly his passing numbers are looking pretty good. He threw for another two scores -- his second straight game with that many -- and a season-high 284 yards. He has thrown for at least 250 yards in four of his first five games.

As arguably the most productive dual-threat quarterback in the game (apologies to Russell Wilson), Newton is a must-start in Fantasy when he's right, and he certainly appears to be right with a 7-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio and now a 100-yard game to his credit. Time to get him active for what could be a shootout Week 7 at Green Bay.

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2012Carolina Panthers1600.000000.0000
2013Carolina Panthers1622.000000.0000
2014Carolina Panthers600.000000.0000
YearTeamGFumLostFum ForcedOwn RecOpp RecYdsTot RecTD
2011Carolina Panthers1652030030
2012Carolina Panthers16103030030
2013Carolina Panthers1631010010
2014Carolina Panthers632010010
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