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How to handle Cam Newton injury in Week 4 fantasy football

The Carolina Panthers ruled out Cam Newton at the start of the week, and do not have a timeline for his return from a Lisfranc foot injury. We break down the fantasy implications for Kyle Allen in Week 4.

Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton greets Carolina Panthers quarterback Kyle Allen before a preseason game between the New England Patriots and the Carolina Panthers on August 22, 2019, at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts. Photo by Fred Kfoury III/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Carolina Panthers have to face their second straight opponent with Cam Newton starting at quarterback. The team announced at the beginning of Week 4 that Newton would not be playing due to a Lisfranc injury, and Kyle Allen will start in his place.

Newton injured his foot in the preseason, but tried to tough it out and acknowledged he was playing injured in a video released Friday evening. He aggravated the injury in Week 2, and at this point there is no timeline for his return.

Fantasy impact: Allen had a monster start last week against Arizona, throwing for 261 yards and four touchdowns in a 38-20 of the Cardinals. He had some solid numbers in a couple opportunities last season, but this still caught most of us off-guard.

This week, he faces a Houston Texans defense that is struggling against the pass. Losing Jadeveon Clowney and Tyrann Mathieu, among others, has resulted in a defense that is giving up the sixth most fantasy points to quarterbacks. Allen is not a must-start at this point, but if he puts together a strong road performance, he becomes an intriguing option on the waiver wire.

As for his pass catchers, I would still keep expectations a little lower, but they showed last week they can be incredibly productive even without Newton.