Analyzing Carson Palmer’s 2012 Fantasy Value
Can anyone figure out the Oakland Raiders? The organization has been in shambles for a while now. They are synonymous with disaster; especially with Al Davis’ late leadership. However, they were 8-8 last season. Considering all the distractions and injuries, that’s really not all that bad.
When the “sort of retired” Carson Palmer was acquired from the Bengals after Jason Campbell went down with a broken collar bone, many looked at this as another blunderous match; destined for failure. But, considering, Palmer played decent and helped the Raiders at least show signs of life. Did Palmer show enough life and production that justifies you to consider him for your fantasy roster?
Call me crazy, but I’m going to say yes. Obviously not as a QB1, but possibly a mid to low QB2. I like what Palmer showed towards the end of the year with Denarious Moore and Darius Heyward-Bey. They started to get a rhythm and click a little. From week 9 on, Palmer had 15 fantasy points or higher in all except three games. I wouldn’t mind having a QB2 on my roster that gave me those potential numbers. Although Michael Bush played well, Palmer didn’t have McFadden. This year, if McFadden can stay healthy, along with Moore and Heyward-Bey on the outside, Palmer will have some decent weapons to boost his numbers and your fantasy points.
This season, it looks like Palmer will be in the west coast offense. Can he be productive at his age in this offense? A new coach and the history of injuries surrounding this team hurt Palmer’s value a bit . It’s hard to imagine the offense being productive if any major name were to go down. Also, the offensive line is not what you would classify as “stable.” A lot of questions surround the Raiders this season.
Last season, the Raiders finished 11th in the NFL with 247 passing yards per game and 7th in rushing with 131.9 yards per game. Palmer averaged 270 yards/game from week 9 on. The Raiders showed some flashes and ended the year mentally positive. I think that gives Palmer some added value as a QB2. I think the Raiders will have to try and come from behind in a lot of games this season, which means more passing yards and attempts for Palmer. That might make his value and fantasy stock rise.