Fantasy Football Profile: Carson Palmer

Jul 22, 2009

Carson Palmer throwing
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Carson Palmer is one of the more difficult players to predict this year.  He is coming of an elbow injury, his top WR T.J. Houshmandzadeh split for the riches in Seattle, and his obnoxious former top WR Chad Ochocinco basically admitted he phoned in the 2008 season.  However, when he’s healthy Palmer has as much talent as any QB in the league, Laveranues Coles should fill Housh’s void, Chris Henry should play a
full season, and if Ochocinco commits himself he can become a dynamic WR again.

He has a decent schedule with two games against the Browns, the Broncos, the Lions, and the Chiefs.  His fantasy playoff schedule works out so he doesn’t have to face either the Ravens or the Steelers.  He goes up against Minnesota, San Diego, and Kansas City, which doesn’t seem too bad.

Palmer averaged around 4000 yards and 28 TDs from 2005-2007 and has a career completion percentage of 63.7%.  The Bengals drafted TE Chase Coffman, who should help the passing game, and Andre Smith, who should bolster the line.  The talent is there.  It all hinges on #85 whether or not he’s going to be elite again.  I’m figuring him to be a top ten QB that finishes with 3800 yards and 25 TDs, which should be an excellent value in the 6th-8th round.

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2 Responses so far | Have Your Say!

  1. Frank
    July 22nd, 2009 at 9:21 am #

    Oh we Bengal fans can only hope for a healthy Palmer with an offensive line giving him time in the pocket. Let’s face it, a good line creates the conditions for havoc in the defensive backfield.

    Chad is pathetic but vowing to return. (blah, blah, blah) … Carson says Chris Henry will burst forward this week (gosh knows we can hope so). Coles is a good addition, but I still worry about the line.

  2. LestersLegends
    July 22nd, 2009 at 9:49 am #

    It would be nice to see them put their nonsense behind them and play some football.

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