Let's be honest: Nobody expects a 42 percent preseason passer to duplicate his masterful performance from his first career regular-season start. Newton could faceplant in a much tougher matchup against the Packers this week. For fantasy purposes, though, he showed an upside that makes him worthy of the top waiver claim this week. No quarterback in college football ran for more yards in any season from 2000 to 2009 than Newton did at Auburn last season, and his weapons are better than advertised. Steve Smith and Greg Olsen are both Pro Bowl caliber talents. If Vince Young could finish as the 13th ranked quarterback as a rookie thanks to 552 rushing yards and seven running touchdowns, Newton can surpass that mark.
Recommendation: Should be owned in all leagues.
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