Cam Newton will miss Week 15; Derek Anderson has fantasy value
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will miss Week 15 and Derek Anderson will start. We break down the fantasy implications.
Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton will miss Week 15 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Quarterback Derek Anderson confirmed that he has been told he’d start the game, the team confirmed on Wednesday. Newton sustained two fractures in his lower back during a car accident on Tuesday, and while Newton’s injuries are not expected to hamper his career long term, he’ll have to miss this game. His playing status for the rest of the season should also be considered in doubt.
Newton’s vehicle overturned several times, so it’s incredibly fortunate that he’s not dealing with more serious injuries. But even if the fractures aren’t that big of a deal, they’re serious enough to keep him sidelined. The Panthers are technically in the middle of a playoff race in the bad NFC South, but for Newton and the Panthers, it’s all about ensuring he recovers properly from an accident that could have gone a whole lot worse.
Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners should be looking to Anderson as the starter this week. Anderson completed 24 of 34 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns with no picks in Week 1 when Newton missed that game with fractured ribs. Anderson has been solid in mop-up duty as well this season. Fantasy owners could do a whole lot worse than Anderson at this point.