The 2014 offseason has not been kind to Cam Newton's perceived fantasy value.
Despite finishing 2013 as the fourth-best fantasy quarterback, Newton's popularity within the fantasy football community has dipped considerably compared to where he was at this time last year. His ADP hovers well within Round 7, while Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard of CBS Sports have him ranked 13th and 15th, respectively, among QBs.
ESPN continues to recognize his value as a top-five QB, primarily because he could threaten triple-digit fantasy points as a rusher alone.
But the prevailing narrative is that he's not a guy you want, because of the offense around him and the lack of weapons at his disposal.
While it's true that his receiving core looks bad, there are reasons to believe that he's every bit as valuable as he was at this time last season.