Cam Newton has been away from the Patriots since testing optimistic for COVID-19 late final week, however with New England’s recreation towards the Broncos moved to Monday at 5 p.m. ET, he has an opportunity to play regardless of lacking observe all week. His presence would have a big effect on Week 5 fantasy begin ’em, sit ’em selections, however anybody holding out for Newton higher be able to hit the waiver wire and seize an emergency fill-in quarterback.
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Is Cam Newton taking part in Monday night time?
Newton has been away from Patriots services since testing optimistic for COVID-19 late final week, however he is been getting ready for this Monday’s recreation towards Denver by attending conferences through Zoom. So long as he continues to check damaging for COVID between now and Monday, it is attainable for him to play towards the Broncos.
It is unclear if the Patriots would truly let him play after every week of inactivity, however after watching Brian Hoyer and Jarrett Stidham wrestle final Monday in a loss to the Chiefs, Newton may very properly be the best choice. If he is lively, fantasy house owners will need him of their lineups towards a Broncos protection permitting the ninth-most fantasy factors per recreation to QBs. Nonetheless, as a result of we doubtless will not know his standing till proper earlier than recreation time, you are taking an enormous threat by ready for him.
Jarrett Stidham will surely be obtainable as a late pivot, as would whoever begins for the Broncos (in all probability Drew Lock), however neither are interesting choices. Justin Herbert and Ryan Tannehill are owned in slightly below 50 % of Yahoo leagues, so that they may be obtainable, as properly, and each have favorable matchups on paper. You may get by with ready for Newton if a kind of gamers is out there in your league, and it would not damage so as to add one prematurely simply to be protected.
Newton’s presence would assist everybody on the Patriots offense, although it would not actually alter every other begin ’em, sit ’em selections. Julian Edelman is a borderline WR3 both method, and Damien Harris makes for a strong RB2/flex. James White is at all times in play as a flex in PPR leagues, too. The most important affect Newton’s presence would have is on the Broncos D/ST, which might go from a legit sleeper to a stayaway, as New England would undoubtedly go along with a run-heavy assault that will restrict defensive fantasy factors.