Can we trust Newton? Remember when Cam Newton burst onto the scene in 2011 and topped 400 passing yards in each of his first two starts as a rookie? “Wow, let the good times roll!” thought his owners. Then he went on to post either mediocre or disappointing weeks until … well, pretty much now. He threw for 308 yards and no TDs against the Cardinals a couple weeks ago, then threw for 242 yards and three TDs yesterday. Hmm. We’ve seen these outbursts from Cam in the past, but is it finally time to start him on a weekly basis? A lot depends on what you’re expecting from him on a weekly basis, but if you’re going by history, the answer to the question is no. Newton is a guy who will typically get you around 230 yards with a touchdown and a pick more often than not. The Panthers have spent so many recent draft picks remodeling the defense that it’s time to get some offensive playmakers to help out. Cam could become an absolute fantasy stud if the team can somehow land a true WR1 for him by next season. Steve Smith’s best days are well in the rear-view mirror.
Is Gronk a lost cause for 2013? Those of you who own Rob Gronkowski are probably getting tired of the ongoing soap opera, but it may just be beginning. there is some weird internal shoving match going on between the team doctors, the coaching staff and Gronkowski’s independent doctors. Each of them are giving a different opinion on whether Gronk really is cleared to play. His team docs say he should have been back a month ago. His own docs say he’s not ready yet. I’m left wondering whether he’ll have any fantasy value at all whenever he finally does return. Tom Brady continues to turn water into wine with his plug-in WRs, and it’ll take some time for Gronk to get up to game speed. As your elected America’s Team official, I’m suggesting we try to move Gronk in a trade … and if there are no takers, we just dump him altogether. Thoughts?
WR Shorts has joint injury: It’s really insane to think the Jags could have made it an even closer game against the Broncos had Shorts been able to finish the game, but he left early with what is now diagnosed as an “an AC joint injury under his clavicle.” This news comes in addition to the rumor that Shorts has been dealing with sore ribs. Grr. I own Shorts in several leagues, and even though Jacksonville’s record is abysmal, Shorts was one of a scant few reliable start options on that roster. Even with Justin Blackmon emerging into a solid start, His status is questionable for Week 7, and I can’t believe I’m about to say this, but I’ll miss him if he’s not able to go.