The Panthers added Kelvin Benjamin to an offense that went to the Super Bowl. And yet Cam Newton struggled following an MVP season. With additions of rookies Christian McCaffrey and Curtis Samuel, Newton has new weapons. Can Cam return to his MVP form? Can you trust Kelvin Benjamin?
Cam Newton throws a touchdown to the back of the endzone to Ted Ginn Jr. pic.twitter.com/n0DXZbJ7nh
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Cam Newton wasn’t expected to match the numbers of his MVP season, but last year was a disappointment. His completion percentage dropped to 53% while his interceptions increased to 14, the most since his rookie year. Newton had offseason surgery on his throwing arm but is expected to be ready to for the season. Being drafted as QB7, Newton offers extreme value there. Coming off the board in rounds 6-7, you get a potential MVP candidate after constructing most of your team.
Sleeper: Kelvin Benjamin
Kelvin Benjamin came back from a torn ACL but had a disappointing season. After leading all wide receivers in fantasy points after week 2, Benjamin was inconsistent through the rest of the season. Finishing with less points than DeAndre Hopkins and Allen Robinson who had down seasons, by their standards. Being drafted after receivers like Julian Edelman and Brandon Marshall, Benjamin offers serious upside. If Benjamin is your WR2, you should feel confident setting your lineup.
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Greg Olsen is one of the few tight ends you can trust in fantasy. Newton’s favorite target and a redzone threat, Olsen is a consensus top five tight end.
Bust: Christian McCaffrey
Christian McCaffrey put up insane numbers at Stanford. After drafting him with the eight pick in the 2017 NFL Draft, the Panthers intend to get McCaffrey the ball. His offseason ADP is a third round pick in 10 team leagues, which is a little too high.
Jonathan Stewart still drags defenders with the best of them pic.twitter.com/PVysETePzP
— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) June 28, 2017
In PPR leagues he definitely has value in this spot but Jonathan Stewart in still in Carolina. While McCaffrey will get more touches, Stewart will likely handle the goal-line work. McCaffrey will rack up yardage but could struggle to score enough to be an RB2 in standard leagues.