Every year we give our premium content members a team-by-team, player-by-player look at the NFL season that was. The coverage will be in-depth, but because the Dynasty Capsule series begins immediately after the regular season, we won’t use it to discuss free agency or the draft. Come see us in early May once Mr. Irrelevant is off the board for another 32-article series giving you the same detailed discussion you’ll see below.
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Regression was expected after Newton’s dominant 2015 performance, but his fall was a bit steep. Newton finished as the QB17, although he did miss one game with a concussion. Through the first four games, Newton was on track to finish as a top five fantasy quarterback, but after the concussion in week five, his production dropped precipitously. From weeks five to 16, he finished as the QB18. That is a steep drop for a player picked as the top QB in August 2016 (ADP 34), although his ADP was only slightly impacted in January 2017 (ADP 60; QB3). Newton finished with the second most interceptions of his career (14), and unlike 2015 when he had 35 passing touchdowns, he threw just 19 touchdowns in 2016. If you throw out his magical 2015 season, from 2011 to 2014 Newton has averaged 20 touchdowns passing per season.