The Carolina Panthers will take on their rival, the Seattle Seahawks Sunday night in what is sure to be a slugfest. But, not on the defensive side of the coin. The Panthers and Seahawks have been known to put up some points lately when these two teams meet. But the question for Fantasy Football team owners is, what to do with Cam Newton?
In the six games Newton has played against the Seahawks, he has not had his typical performance. Newton faced the Seahawks defense twice last year in which he completed 36/58 passes for 430 with 3 touchdowns and 3 interceptions. This is one of those 50/50 situations here where you know how good Newton is but you also know how good the Seahawks defense is as well.[embedit snippet=”2″]
But, when looking for that Fantasy starter you must look beyond the numbers sometimes and focus on the real game and what’s at stake. The Seahawks are playing for the playoffs, while the Panthers is playing for pride. What’s more dangerous, a team with nothing to lose or a team with everything to lose?
The Panthers passing attack has had only 3-300 yard games this season and against this defense, it will not be a fourth. Newton can beat you through the air and with his legs but the Seahawks has been his kryptonite of sorts. If the Panthers can somehow get the ground game going early that may open up passing lanes for Greg Olsen. But, the hard truth for Newton is, there’s no need for him to rely on Kelvin Benjamin or Ted Ginn Jr Sunday night as Sherman and Co will have a blanket surrounding them the entire game.
Start or Sit Cam Newton in week 13? No, Newton must ride the bench against the Seahawks.