In addition to his 3,302 passing yards and 22 passing TDs in 2017, Newton gained 754 yards and scored six times on the ground. At 28, Newton led all NFL QBs in rushing and established a career mark, eclipsing the 741 yards he had in 2012. In Week 10 against Miami, Newton threw for 254 yards and four touchdowns, and he added another 95 yards rushing. He threw at least three TDs in five games last year. Newton’s numbers dipped a bit in 2016, as he struggled with shoulder issues. However, in 2015, he threw for 3,837 yards and 35 touchdowns and added 636 yards and 10 TDs on the ground. Newton’s incredible performance in 2015 earned him MVP honors. In his seven NFL seasons, Newton has averaged 3,582 passing yards, 23 passing touchdowns, 617 rushing yards and eight rushing TDs. Most fantasy owners would sign on for those numbers in a heartbeat, and Newton's heart might've skipped a beat when Carolina spent its first-round draft choice on electric WR D.J. Moore. Newton has missed only three starts in seven seasons.
Last season, 17 QBs -- including Andy Dalton -- threw for more yards than Newton. Newton went for less than 200 yards passing in nine of 16 regular-season games in 2017. Newton was picked off 16 times last season, the most since his rookie year. His 2017 passer rating was 80.7, a bit below his career mark of 85.3, and way off his 99.4 rating of 2015.
An average season for Newton makes him an above-average fantasy QB. He has produced a few clunkers, however. Most importantly, fantasy owners selecting Newton need to understand that his success will more likely be dictated on the ground than through the air. The good news is the Panthers seem to understand this and, for now, they appear to be letting “Cam be Cam.” As long as that continues under new OC Norv Turner, Newton is a solid choice to lead your fantasy team.