Daily Dr. Roto - Thursday, July 24

Daily Dr. Roto - Thursday, July 24

Dr. Roto addresses his high valuation of Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton in his exclusive QB rankings found here on ScoutFantasy.com.

ROTO VISIONARY BLOG - JULY 24

I think many of you might have been surprised to see that I had QB Cam Newton ranked so high in my Top 20 QB Rankings. In fact, for those of you who were daily listeners to my SiriusXM morning radio show, you might remember the diatribe that I had about Newton being the most overrated QB in Fantasy Football this season. So, you might ask, “Hey Doc, why the change of heart?”

The simple fact is that Fantasy Football is a numbers game. I need to score more points than my opponent each week in order to win. When I draft my teams I look for point differential, the number of points which separates one player from another. In a total points league (according to my visionary projections), Newton really is the 5th highest rated QB.

Let’s take a closer look:

25 passing TDs x 4 = 100

3800 passing yards / 20 passing yards per pt = 190

550 rushing yards x .10 pt. = 55 points

6 rushing TDs x 6 points each = 36 points

Total Points: 381

I think these are reasonably conservative statistics for Newton. In fact, he could rush for even more yards this season.

The problem comes from the fact that if Newton does not score points with his legs, he is incredibly inconsistent with his arm. Add to it that he lost his best WR in Steve Smith, and the Panthers employ a run heavy offensive scheme, it is easy to see why most teams will avoid Newton on draft day.

Will I take Cam Newton this year? I doubt it. Is he a Top 5 QB according to the rankings? Yes.

Want to chat with Dr. Roto and get expert advice? Discuss today's views with Dr. Roto on the all new Scout Fantasy Forums.

ScoutFantasy.com Recommended Stories


  • You must consider these NINE players! You simply must. And while doing so, allow us to tell you about FanDuel's Fantasy Football Championship. You could be one of 100 finalists winning a trip to the…

  • Scout Fantasy's Director Scott Atkins won big last week on DraftKings, beating about 6,000 other teams to win a vacation to the Bahamas, a four-night trip to Atlantis Paradise Island. Plus Tommy G,…

  • Dr. Roto is here to provide a closer look at key matchups from every game left on the schedule in Week 8. Cincinnati QB Andy Dalton and his Bengals need this win over Baltimore or they'll fall even…

  • Every week, Fantasy Football Expert Jeb Gorham digs in his list of rankings to find the best sleepers for deeper formats. Consider giving these players a chance, but be aware of the risk! Tampa Bay…

  • Check out this classic video of Dan Larson battling an acrobatic sailfish on a trip to the world-famous Tropic Star Lodge in Panama.

Up Next


Tweets