NFL Week 8 Fantasy Football: Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton Is the Best Player

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NFL Week 8 Fantasy Football: Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton Is the Best Player
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Before the 2011 NFL season, most experts didn’t even consider Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton to be a fantasy football factor.

ESPN’s Christopher Harris even claimed, “He shows no evidence of being anywhere close to even average NFL ability. He doesn't see the defense. He doesn't improvise well. He doesn't throw it where he should. It's painfully obvious.”

Cam Newton burst onto the 2011 fantasy football scene as quickly as anyone in the history of fantasy football, scoring over 37 fantasy points in standard scoring leagues in Week 1 (a total of 440 yards passing and rushing plus three touchdowns).

Even after a fantasy points explosion, many still thought it was a fluke. Most just chalked up his big day to the bad Cardinals' secondary.

After Week 1, SB Nation’s David Fucillo said, “If you want to play it safe, Newton is not the guy for you.”

Six weeks later, Newton has scored the third most fantasy points, surpassed only by Aaron Rodgers and Drew Brees.

Here are the top five reasons Cam Newton is the best fantasy football player in 2011.

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