Commentary

Pass Plays: Newton will struggle

Who to get, who has had a sustainable performance, and who to trade, if you can

Originally Published: September 13, 2011
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider
Newton/SmithBob Donnan/US PresswireCam Newton had a masterful performance in Week 1. Can he play at that level all year?

Last week, we announced that the Pass Plays series was being retired, but the series is actually going to pull a Brett Favre and end its retirement by making a comeback, with some key additions.

The series will still feature as its centerpiece a review of the most overvalued and undervalued fantasy players from the passing game, which can include quarterbacks, wide receivers, tight ends and running backs. But as an added bonus, it will also feature two new elements. They are:

• "Pass/Fail" is a section that uses a variety of metrics to determine if the current performance of certain commonly-owned players seems sustainable. This test will end with a Pass or Fail grade that can be used to guide fantasy owners toward the right move to make with those players.

• "Pass It On" uses tape review and metrics to help make a trade recommendation for a player whose recent performance suggests he is either a buy-low or sell-high candidate.

Now that we have the introductions complete, let's get this started!


Pass Plays

Rather than concentrating on some waiver choices some may already have bid on (Cam Newton, Randall Cobb, etc.), here are a few players who should be available to just about any owner.

Deion Branch (available in 34.6 percent of ESPN leagues)

Tom Brady and Wes Welker are getting the most attention from the Patriots' dominant showing on "Monday Night Football," but don't overlook Branch's performance.


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