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Cam Newton @ Saints -

With Cam Newton finishing the season just as strong as he started it, the debate amongst fantasy annalists and owners, should be a fun one this off-season as we question whether Newton should be the top-ranked quarterback for the 2012 season. While Newton has a clear edge over his competition in the running game, my season-ending conclusion would be to rank him third or fourth next year, mainly because he’s only played at a top level for one year.

Just look at Michael Vick as a prime example of what the off-season can do for opposing teams, as they focus on him as a primary player to stop, coming into next year. Other start fantasy quarterbacks like Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees and Tom Brady have all established that they can put up top flight production and do it on a year to year basis.

That said, Newton does come in as my top quarterback this week, as the Panthers are playing like a team primed to finish the season strong, and if they beat the Saints (assuming the Saints beat the Falcons Monday), they would ensure that the 49ers would get a first-round bye and not their division foe. Expect Newton to post at least 325 total yards of offense and three touchdowns in what should be a high-scoring game.

Last Updated – Dec. 26th

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Please Note – ** means player could receive early rest on final week.

1 Cam Newton @ Saints
2 Drew Brees Panthers
3 Tom Brady Bills
4 Eli Manning Cowboys
5 Michael Vick Redskins
6 Philip Rivers @ Raiders
7 Matthew Stafford** @ Packers
8 Aaron Rodgers** Lions
9 Matt Ryan** Buccaneers
10 Tim Tebow Chiefs
11 Tony Romo (I) @ Giantsa
12 Joe Webb Bears
13 Kyle Orton @ Broncos
14 Ben Roethlisberger (I) @ Browns
15 Carson Palmer Chargers
16 Mark Sanchez @ Dolphins
17 John Skelton Seahawks
18 Rex Grossman @ Eagles
19 Joe Flacco Bears
20 Andy Dalton Ravens

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