Can Cam Newton Deliver a Fantasy Football Championship?

Ryan Lester@LestersLegendsSenior Writer IDecember 9, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC - DECEMBER 09: Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers reacts after running for a first down against the Atlanta Falcons during play at Bank of America Stadium on December 9, 2012 in Charlotte, North Carolina. (Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images)
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Earlier this year, I asked if Cam Newton owners should hit the panic button. I preached patience, and he has rewarded his owners with three incredible performances in a row. Can he continue to put up big numbers?

Newton had been decent for most of the year but was not living up to the expectations that he came into the season with. Things started to turn in Week 12, when he threw for 306 yards and two touchdowns while picking up 52 yards and two more scores on the ground against the Philadelphia Eagles. That was the type of game that fantasy owners were banking on.

In Week 13, he didn't run a touchdown in, but he had 78 yards rushing. He only threw for 232 yards against the Kansas City Chiefs, but his three touchdown passes made up for it.

Week 14 is the start of the fantasy football playoffs in most leagues. Cam got his owners off to a great start with an early 72-yard touchdown run. He finished the day with 287 yards passing and two touchdowns. On the ground, he had 116 rushing yards and a touchdown. A performance like that will almost assure that his owners will live to fight another day.

Next week, he faces the San Diego Chargers. They are by no means a defensive stalwart. With Steve Smith and Greg Olsen giving Cam a terrific one-two punch, I like Cam's prospects.

In Week 16, which is the championship week in most leagues, Cam has a juicy matchup against the Oakland Raiders. Even if your league plays the season out, you'll be happy to know that the Panthers finish up against the New Orleans Saints.

It was a bit of a bumpy road for Cam Newton. I don't know if the lack of team success got to him, but Cam has turned it on, and the Panthers have responded by winning two of their past three games. Perhaps he can quietly provide the fantasy championship that you expected from him.

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