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    Sleeping With The Staff: Quarterback Busts

    RotoExperts Staff August 19, 2014 4:14PM EDT
    Every year come Fantasy Football season, we poll the staff at RotoExperts to come up with a list of potential sleeper and bust candidates. Sometimes there is a consensus pick and sometimes not. This season according to our writers, Cam Newton may look more like “Scam” Newton with shaky receivers and coming off ankle surgery. We’ll see if he can post his fourth straight season as a Top 5 quarterback, and prove the doubters wrong.

     

    Writer Player Name Reasoning
    Kyle Soppe Cam Newton The offseason ankle surgery doesn’t scare me much from a health standpoint, but I believe it could alter how this athletic freak is used. He also lacks the offensive talent around him to make him an elite option. The ability to run is nice, but in a volume based passing league, I’m not sold on Newton as a Top 10 quarterback.
    George Kurtz Cam Newton Now I’m not saying you shouldn’t draft Newton, just not as a Top 5 QB or in the first five or six rounds. We all know about the WR situation in Carolina, but throw in the off-season ankle surgery that Newton had and maybe he won’t be running the ball as often as he used to.
    Jake Ciely Andy Dalton Hue Jackson. As with Eli Manning, the main reason is a coach. Dalton won’t near 586 attempts, and when he falls back into the 520-530 range, the Fantasy value will fall too. More running and less passing for the Bengals means Dalton will be a mid-QB2 and a draft value disappointment.
    Bobby McMann Andrew Luck This is all about expectations. Luck is being drafted as a Top 5 QB because of his upside, but his numbers might not even land him inside the Top 10 at year’s end. I’d rather wait a few more rounds and grab a value pick like Matt Ryan or Jay Cutler as my starter.
    Michael Florio Cam Newton Kevlin Benjamin, Jerricho Cotchery, DeAngelo Williams and Greg Olsen. Do those sound like the weapons of an elite QB? Newton’s passing yards have decreased each year he has been in the NFL, and due to his lack of weapons, likely will again. His legs will make him a viable option, but many drafting him to be a difference maker will regret that pick.
    Adam Ronis Cam Newton Newton has been a Top 5 QB in his first three seasons, but he has a slew of new receivers, is coming off ankle surgery and there are some questions on the offensive line.
    Scott Engel Cam Newton Not just a lack of weaponry, but his offensive line is shaky. You may actually end up cutting him.
    Sarah Bojarski Cam Newton Even if you believe that Newton’s offseason ankle surgery won’t be a hindrance to one of the most mobile quarterbacks in the game, you have to have concerns about the lack of receivers and the lack of time Newton will be spending with his receiving corps. Rookie Kelvin Benjamin is listed atop the depth chart at receiver for the Panthers, and while the potential is there, I fear it’s going to be a rough season for Carolina all the way around.
    Pat Mayo Phillip Rivers Ranked first in CMP%, fourth in TDs, fifth in yards and finished as the sixth most valuable QB. That’s going to be tough to duplicate. Good backup, bad starter.
    Evan Tarracciano Nick Foles Cam Newton is the obvious choice here, but I wanted to dig a little deeper. Foles was last year’s poster boy of why paying attention to the waiver wire is so critical. From Weeks 9-17 he led the NFL in points (even over Peyton Manning) due to Chip Kelly’s creative vertical passing attack. However, the loss of DeSeason Jackson is a big blow, and with Jeremy Maclin still recovering from ACL surgery and a year of teams prepping to stop the Eagle’s unique play calling, don’t bank on a repeat of 2013’s numbers.

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