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Fantasy outlook: Cam Newton

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By Dan Parr

Should fantasy owners follow Marty Hurney's lead and take a chance on Cam Newton in drafts this year?

Players in keeper leagues have to take a longer-term view, but in most formats, Newton will be worth nothing more than a late-round flier and fits best as a backup in deep leagues. He will be learning how to run a pro-style offense on the fly and has a lot to overcome in a short period of time.

He's a rare athlete and has great potential, but the Panthers may not want to rush him onto the field, and they still have Jimmy Clausen, who could open the season as the starter while Newton gets coached up. There is depth at running back in Carolina and the offensive line is one of the league's best when healthy, so eventually, Newton will be in position to succeed.

Just don't expect him to step right in and give a fantasy team a boost.

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