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This week points to another disappointing performance by Newton.
That concludes my drop list this week, so let's focus on analysis and matchups.
Cam Newton versus Carson Palmer
It's a known fact the NFL is a copycat league. With that being said, last week Tennessee exposed the Panthers' offensive line and demonstrated how to defend against Cam Newton.
Pressure. Tennessee held Newton to his second-lowest fantasy performance and held him to his only game thus far without a running or passing touchdown.
Detroit has held quarterbacks they've faced to the 5th-lowest fantasy points this season. Only Tony Romo amassed over 300 yards passing and multiple touchdowns against them.
I am not suggesting you bench Cam Newton, but if Palmer is available in your league and you can afford to drop an under-performing fantasy player, this is the week to do it.
I would have to rank Cam below the following quarterbacks this week: Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady, Carson Palmer, Tony Romo, Eli Manning, Tarvaris Jackson and Matthew Stafford.
Detroit's front four will be a true test of Newton's ability to adapt to pressure this week, a test I am unwilling to gamble on considering Oakland's matchup and Palmer's potential stats.
Palmer proved last week he still has the arm and accuracy to spread pass defenses thin. Add Denarius Moore and the lethal combination of throwing power, accuracy and speed against one of the league's slowest secondary, and you have a beautiful scenario for fantasy points.
Minnesota has allowed multi-touchdown games for all opposing quarterbacks with the exception of Kevin Kolb, Josh Freeman and Matt Cassel.
Palmer has already thrown for 6.5 touchdowns in his last two-and-a-half games, thus adding to the speculation he will once again pass for over two touchdowns this week.
Cam Newton: 200 passing yards, 50 rush yards, one TD, two INT
Carson Palmer: 330 yards, three TDs