Cam Newton's Instant Fantasy Reaction Heading into 2013 Fantasy Playoffs

Chris Roling@@Chris_RolingFeatured ColumnistDecember 1, 2013

Dec 1, 2013; Charlotte, NC, USA; Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton (1) celebrates after a touchdown during the game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Bank of America Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Sam Sharpe-USA TODAY Sports
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Cam Newton remains one of fantasy football's most reliable options as owners head to the postseason.

At a position where consistency can be difficult to find, Newton is as reliable as it gets. In Week 13, he was once again a top fantasy performer with 263 yards passing and 68 more rushing to go with two interceptions and three total touchdowns.    

The output gained Newton 26 points, which marked the seventh time in eight games the Auburn product has scored 14 or more points and the ninth time overall. ESPN illustrates his alarming consistency well:

It's concerning at first glance that Newton encounters New Orleans in two of his next three matchups. After all, the Saints are a top-three team against the quarterback position with an average of 11.3 points allowed per game.

However, the nice thing about Newton is he does not score in a conventional quarterback sense and will rack up production on the ground. New Orleans allows 309.9 total yards per game. Sandwiched in between matchups with the Saints is a battle against the New York Jets, a team that allows 16.9 points to the position per game. 

Regardless of matchup, Newton is one of the most reliable quarterbacks going into the home stretch thanks to his unconventional means for the position. In the face of tough pass defenses, he will adapt and still carry owners to playoff success.


Note: All fantasy scoring info courtesy of ESPN standard leagues. Points against info courtesy of ESPN.