Cam Newton and 4 Stars Who Have Had Better Fantasy Years Than Reality
Many fans lament to the rise of fantasy football and the increased emphasis that it puts on meaningless statistics, which gives rise to praise for players whose teams may not actually be winning.
For every Aaron Rodgers, who puts up gaudy statistics along with victories for his team, there is a Cam Newton whose production is impressive but doesn't always translate to victories for his team.
Sometimes it is hard to reconcile the idea that a player can have a successful season even if his team doesn't, but more often than not nobody is accusing players like Newton of hogging stats and only worrying about themselves. A lot of these players might just be waiting for the rest of the team to catch up with them and watch the good things spring from there.
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The Panthers have reason to be hopeful as Cam Newton has shown flashes of brilliance in his rookie season.
Despite being a statistical darling due to his rushing and passing prowess, Newton's production has not always led to consistent victories in Carolina. Still, in terms of fantasy, fans have love when the Panthers are behind because that means that Newton will be looking to throw.
The expectations have already been exceeded for Newton and the Panthers this season, and as far as fantasy goes, Newton may be a lot of teams MVP, but until real wins match the amount of fantasy wins that Newton leads his team to, the dream is better than reality.
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The production of LeSean McCoy has been a lone bright spot for the Eagles this season. Although, even the bright spots can bring out the wrath of Philly fans and McCoy fantasy owners because of how little he gets used sometimes.
McCoy is near the top of point production for RB's in many fantasy leagues, even though his real team is close to the bottom of the standings in their division.
Andy Reid might want to start hitching his wagon to McCoy down the stretch because it might be the thing that saves his job.
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To look at the points that Vincent Jackson is consistently putting up on fantasy football, one might be shocked to know that his real team, the San Diego Chargers have lost six straight games.
In fact, it could be the connection between the two that has kept both Philip Rivers and Jackson in the top 10 point producers at their position in fantasy football.
Too bad for the Chargers that those points do not count in the AFC West.
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Tim Tebow finds himself on this list almost inexplicably since his team is now 5-1 with him starting at QB. Still, even though Tebow's Broncos find ways to get wins, and Tebow himself is a solid fantasy point producer nobody can seem to put their finger on why.
Maybe if you play in a league where QBs are docked points for low completion percentage or ugly form, then you aren't as excited about Tebow, but not many leagues follow those rules. Instead, Tebow racks up points with his legs, a pass or two that may be for a touchdown and not turning the ball over and losing points.
When it comes to Tebow, the fantasy points and the wins on the field are much better than the reality of watching how it all gets done...for the most part. Even in this list, all that is "Tebow" cannot be adequately explained.