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Fantasy Football Week 4: Carolina Panthers' Cam Newton Has Fantastic Performance

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 30:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers reacts after a touchdown against the Atlanta Falcons at Georgia Dome on September 30, 2012 in Atlanta, Georgia.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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Jamal CollierAnalyst IIISeptember 30, 2012

Cam Newton continued his fantasy football masterwork against NFC South opponents (not named the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) on Sunday. The Carolina Panthers’ sophomore passer dropped a 30-bomb on the Atlanta Falcons (in standard scoring) in Atlanta during Week 4.

Newton’s passing yardage continues to decline as the season progresses (303 in Week 1, 253 in Week 2, 242 in Week 3 and 215 in Week 4). But, for the first time this year, he threw a pair of touchdowns.

He threw one in each of the season’s first two weeks and was unable to get one to go in Week 3 against the Giants at home.

He was also able to cut the turnovers out of his repertoire for the first time this season. He had two interceptions in Week 1, a fumble in Week 2 and three picks in Week 3.

But the biggest contribution to Cam’s fantasy day was the return of his rushing numbers. The Falcons don’t exactly sport a stiff run defense.

They were exposed again Week 4 behind Newton’s 86 rushing yards on nine carries. He also scored a rushing touchdown for the third consecutive week. Those numbers are encouraging for Cam’s fantasy owners as the Panthers take on the Seattle Seahawks at home in Week 5.

The Seahawks harassed Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers in the infamous Monday Night Football game of Week 3.

But that was in Seattle.

They looked different on the road, dropping their second straight road contest this season in St. Louis in Week 4.

Cam should have plenty of opportunities to make his signature big plays for the Panthers (and his fantasy owners in Week 5). I’ll be interested to see if he can get his rushing yards in consecutive weeks for the first time this season.

The Panthers have a bye in Week 6 and follow that up with tough defensive matchups with the Dallas Cowboys (at home) and Chicago Bears (on the road).


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