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What to do with Cam Newton in Week 1 fantasy football

The Patriots’ new captain is given an optimal opponent in Week 1. We break down if you should play or fade Cam Newton.

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If 2020 wasn’t strange enough, for the first time in the 21st century, Tom Brady is not a New England Patriot. Instead, he will spend the cold weather months down in Florida with the Tampa Bay Bucs. His replacement, Cam Newton, made the inverse move from an NFC South team up to the AFC East champions. And in many fantasy analysts’ minds, Super Cam may be more of an upgrade rather than simply a replacement.

Fantasy Football analysis: New England Patriots QB Cam Newton

The Patriots open the season in Massachusetts against the Dolphins. Of course, home field advantage isn’t everything that it used to be while NFL teams limit or prohibit fan attendance due to the ongoing pandemic. But that advantage isn’t as necessary when you’re matched up with one of the worst teams in the league. The Fins allowed the most points of any team last season (494), and as they look to continue the rebuild process, they provide Newton a golden opportunity to kick off his New England career with a bang.

It’s no secret that Cam can get it done with his legs (7.25 rushing TDs per season through his first eight). And it’s no secret that the Dolphins seriously struggled against the run last season (sixth-worst in rushing yards allowed per game). But now, with Josh McDaniels’ optimal offensive play-calling, I expect the Patriots to put more emphasis on Newton’s passing skills to avoid any potential injuries. Still, don’t be surprised to see Cam get those goal line touches. As I said earlier, this is a dream matchup for the 31-year-old to prove himself a worthy heir to the Patriots throne.

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