Cam Newton's Instant Fantasy Reaction After Week 8 Performance vs. Buccaneers

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistOctober 24, 2013

TAMPA, FL - OCTOBER 24:  Cam Newton #1 of the Carolina Panthers warms up during a game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium on October 24, 2013 in Tampa, Florida.  (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)

Cam Newton has run his way back into the must-start category on your fantasy football team.

The third-year quarterback is having one of his best fantasy performances of the season against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Thursday night. He finished with 221 yards on 23-of-32 passing with two touchdowns and zero interceptions. He added 50 yards and a touchdown on the ground.

Perhaps what's more encouraging is the larger picture, which shows Newton has improved in a big way since that Week 5 debacle against the Arizona Cardinals, in which he threw three interceptions and lost one fumble.

In his next three games, he's failed to throw a single interception, combining for 667 yards and six touchdowns.

Quarterback guru George Whitfield Jr. delves a little deeper.

Cam Newton's last 10 quarters: 48-of-61 (78.7 pct), 595 yards, 5 TDs, 0 Ints, 134.6 rating.

— George Whitfield Jr. (@georgewhitfield) October 25, 2013

Fans had been waiting to see if Newton could string a few good performances together until they decided if he was indeed taking a step forward this season or would continue his regression from last season.

After what is now his third week of good football, it's probably the right time to say that Newton is officially back.