Fantasy football: Cam Newton won’t reach 2011 production

No repeat: Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton has had his share of struggles this season. As Marc Sessler points out, “the team’s self-appointed “Superman” has bumped up against a wall in his second season, ranking 23rd in passing while throwing just four touchdowns all year.” NFL.com senior analyst Gil Brandt also looked at Newton’s issues, noting defenses have “been able to handle the Panthers’ college-style attack, hurting Newton as a runner.” As fantasy football owners, we’ve seen this before. A player has a stellar season, only to fall into obscurity the next. The Auburn product is currently 13th among all fantasy quarterbacks, totaling just 87.06 points this season. He will have some good games sprinkled in down the stretch, but owners might want to consider trading him while they can. He faces the Cowboys top-ranked secondary this week, followed by a Bears defense which leads the league in picks and in stopping the run. It’s already the mid-way point of the fantasy season, so can you really wait until Week 9 to start seeing production? Get what you can for him, while you can, and bolster your team for a late-run into playoff contention.

Bounce-back: As bad as Buffalo Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was last week, expect him to be equally as good this week. The matchup prompted NFL Fantasy LIVE’s Adam Rank to name Fitz among his Week 7 sleepers, noting his opponent the “Tennessee Titans, have allowed the third-most points to fantasy quarterbacks this year.” Also take into consideration that the Harvard product is a different player at home. In his two home games, he has averaged 9.2 yards per pass, dwarfing his 5.4 average on the road. He hasn’t thrown for fewer than two touchdowns at home, and he’s even added 48 yards rushing. If you’re in a bind this week, or your current starter faces a tough matchup, start Fitz with confidence.

Slow on Suggs: Though Baltimore Ravens linebacker Terrell Suggs did make his return to practice this week, NFL.com’s Albert Breer reports that a source with knowledge has “no idea” when Suggs will return to the lineup. In other words, the Ravens’ rush defense will continue to get pummeled by the run. The unit has allowed seven rushing scores and an average of 136 yards per game to opposing runners. With fantasy’s top-rusher Arian Foster next up for the Ravens, a stellar day is in order. While he has not rushed for over 86 yards at home, he’s had two multiple score games. As for Andre Johnson’s struggles, let’s put that behind us. When cornerback Lardarius Webb suffered his season-ending injury against the Cowboys last week, all Dez Bryant did was rack up two scores and 95 yards receiving. Keep in mind it could have been much more had he not had a case of the dropsies. This is the week your Texans’ players return to form.

-Adrian Mojica
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