Cam Newton vs. Saints:
With Newton finishing the season just as strong as he started it, the debate amongst fantasy annalists and owners should be a fun one this offseason as we question whether Newton should be the top-ranked quarterback for the 2012 season.
While Newton has a clear edge over his competition in the running game, my season-ending conclusion would be to rank him third or fourth next year, mainly because he’s only played at a top level for one year.
Just look at Michael Vick as a prime example of what the offseason can do for opposing teams; coming into next year, they'll focus on him as a primary player to stop.
That said, Newton does come in as my top quarterback this week; the Panthers are playing like a team primed to finish the season strong, and if they beat the Saints (assuming the Saints beat the Falcons Monday), they would ensure that the 49ers would get a first-round bye and not their division foe.
Expect Newton to post at least 325 total yards of offense and three touchdowns in what should be a high-scoring game.
Please Note: ** means player could receive early rest on final week.
|1||Cam Newton||vs. Saints|
|6||Philip Rivers||vs. Raiders|
|7||Matthew Stafford**||vs. Packers|
|11||Tony Romo (I)||vs. Giants|
|13||Kyle Orton||vs. Broncos|
|14||Ben Roethlisberger (I)||vs. Browns|
|16||Mark Sanchez||vs. Dolphins|
|18||Rex Grossman||vs. Eagles|