Should Cam Newton be taken in the late rounds of seasonal leagues?
Let's do one of those "better-or-worse" exercises they make you do in the eye doctor's chair. You know, which is better: A, or B? This way, or this other way? Only instead of blurred letters up on the wall, let's visualize quarterbacks, and see which one you'd rather have on your fantasy team.
Thought so. Your fantasy vision is 20-20!
While it may be obvious to fantasy owners which Panthers' quarterback has the greatest potential upside, that's not the same, of course, as saying which quarterback is best positioned to start for Carolina right now. So no one is saying to go out and draft the Panthers' rookie to carry your fantasy team. (Cam Newton ... or Peyton Manning? That's easy, too!)
Obviously, there's a steep learning curve for rookie quarterbacks. And especially for rookie quarterbacks with as few college starts on their résumé as Newton has. Ask NFL folks whether Newton is ready or not, and you'll get answers on both extremes. In fact, there's not a lot of middle ground when it comes to Newton. He produces more extreme emotions than anyone else this side of Sarah Palin. But like him or loathe, it's worth a late-round flier to find out which side is right.