Carson Palmer

Carson Palmer

Arizona Cardinals

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By Brian Tesch, Cardinals Correspondent, Mon, Jan 5th 1:16pm EST

In a story updating his progress from a torn ACL, Carson Palmer stated that he is optimistic that he will return "sooner rather than later." and also said he's probably one of the few players already excited for OTAs and minicamps. Palmer also said that he "absolutely" would be 100 percent at the start of the 2015 season. (Source:

Fantasy Impact: While Palmer paints a rosy picture of recovery, his optimism is actually somewhat well founded, as postoperative recovery from a torn ACL takes 6-9 months, putting him back on the field in May at best case, and in August at worst. It is encouraging to hear optimism out of Arizona, and coach Bruce Arinas even stated "(Palmer) takes great care of himself, so I don't see why he couldn't play for two or three more years." If Palmer recovers, he could be a very interesting pick in 2QB formats, and the success of Michael Floyd, John Brown, and possibly Larry Fitzgerald hinge on Palmer making a full and speedy recovery.


By Brian Tesch, Cardinals Correspondent, Wed, Nov 19th 1:43pm EST

Carson Palmer underwent successful surgery to repair his torn right ACL on Tuesday. Bruce Arians stated that hes "hoping [for] July 1st". As a return date. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: Palmer had recently signed a contract extension before tearing his right ACL, ending his season. The soon to be 35 year old Palmer is the QB of the present in Arizona, but no one knows how many fantasy relevant years he has ahead of him.


By Brian Tesch, Cardinals Correspondent, Thu, Nov 13th 11:28pm EST

The Cardinals officially placed Carson Palmer on Injured Reserve due to an ACL tear, hereby ending his 2014 season. (Source: Athlon Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Palmer tore the same ACL in a 2006 Wild Card playoff game against Pittsburgh. Palmer should be back by the start of 2015. He should remain a low-end QB1, and could be very useful in 2QB leagues. We wish him a speedy and full recovery.


By Mike Wright, Cardinals Correspondent, Mon, Nov 10th 12:35pm EST

Carson Palmer was carted off the field during Sunday's game against the Rams after going down with a knee injury. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Nothing has been confirmed at this point, but all speculation is leaning towards a torn ACL for Palmer. Palmer had been playing elite football and just signed a contract extension with the Cardinals. Fantasy owners will need to look elsewhere for a stretch-run QB.


By Mike Wright, Cardinals Correspondent, Fri, Nov 7th 6:06pm EST

Carson Palmer has agreed to a new 3-year $50 million contract with the Arizona Cardinals. (Source: Bleacher Report)

Fantasy Impact: Palmer has been outstanding in the last year-and-a-half and now he's being rewarded for it. Since the Cardinals bye week last year, they are among the winningest teams in the NFL. Palmer's contract is guaranteed for 2015 but not for 2016-2017. He will average around $16 million a year. Say goodbye to the foreseeable prospects of Logan Thomas, Carson Palmer will be running the Arizona offense for a while.


By Riley Moore, Cardinals Correspondent, Sun, Oct 12th 1:32pm EDT

Carson Palmer will start for Arizona against Washington in Week 6, according to Ian Rapoport. (Source: Ian Rapoport on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Palmer's return, theoretically will make everyone on the offense better. However, it remains to be seen how effective Palmer will be; it is possible that he was rushed back in order to avoid having to start Logan Thomas. Be very cautious if you are going to start Palmer or any of the Arizona offensive players this week.


By Riley Moore, Cardinals Correspondent, Fri, Oct 3rd 5:25pm EDT

The Cardinals tweeted today that Drew Stanton will be starting Sunday's game against Denver. This is due to a regression of Palmer's nerve injury which has been troubling him for several weeks. (Source: Arizona Cardinals on Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Despite Palmer's regression, the Cardinals havn't missed a beat with Stanton under center. Cardinal receivers should not be significantly impacted, look for them to put up similar numbers as they did during the previous two games. Stanton however, shouldn't be on your fantasy radar outside of extremely deep 2QB formats.


By Tony Perugini, Cardinals Correspondent, Thu, Oct 2nd 2:26pm EDT

Arizona QB Carson Palmer seems to have suffered a setback recovering from his should injury. (Source: ESPN)

Fantasy Impact: According to the report, Palmer will seek out a specialist for a second opinion on his injured shoulder. Rumors have begun to flow around about the team possibly putting Palmer on the injured reserve/ designated to return list, but Head Coach Bruce Arians stated "We're not even close to that yet". Still, the news is disconcerning considering Palmer has shown flashes of great plays and the ability to get his star WRs the ball. Monitor his progress closely in the coming weeks.


By Riley Moore, Cardinals Correspondent, Wed, Sep 24th 3:17pm EDT

Carson Palmer is throwing again. Kent Somers of reported that in a 10 minute segment of practice which was open to the public, Palmer threw "10-15 yd passes" at a "medium velocity." This is a huge improvement from last week when it was reported that Palmer could not even grip the football. In a text message to ESPN Palmer said that he will "definitely" be ready to take over the starting quarterback job in week 5, after the Cardinals' Week 4 bye. (Source: ESPN,

Fantasy Impact: Assuming that Palmer has no further setbacks, he can return to your lineup for week five. It may be smart to be conservative and hold off on starting him until he has demonstrated that his pass velocity and accuracy are unaffected. Palmer's return boosts the potential of Arizona receivers John Brown, Michael Floyd, and Larry Fitzgerald, who have been catching passes from Drew Stanton over the past two weeks.


By Tony Perugini, Cardinals Correspondent, Thu, Sep 18th 9:50pm EDT

Carson Palmer was limited in practice Thursday as he is still dealing with a shoulder injury that caused him to sit out week 2. (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: This news is not what fantasy owners want to hear. With Palmer on the field the offense seems a lot more smooth. If he is forced to miss another week, Drew Stanton will get his second start. This news will also affect Michael Floyd owners as Stanton showed that he seems to favor Larry Fitzgerald. Michael Floyd recorded 1 reception with Stanton in at QB in week 2 while Fitzgerald recorded 6 receptions. This week, the Cardinals play the 49ers.


By Tony Perugini, Cardinals Correspondent, Mon, Sep 15th 9:01pm EDT

Arizona Cardinals head coach Bruce Arians said he was "concerned" over Carson Palmer's shoulder injury that kept him out of Sunday's game. He also went on to hint that it could be a minor issue as well. (Source: Rotoworld)

Fantasy Impact: This is not the news fantasy owners wanted to hear out of Arizona. Not only is this bad news for Palmer, but it could prove negative for Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald owners as well. Palmer has shown that he can get his two star receivers the ball, but backup QB Drew Stanton, who filled in for Palmer on Sunday, seemed to struggle against a poor New York Giants defense, only passing for 167 yards. Hopefully we will see Palmer back in action in a week or two.


By Brian Tesch, Cardinals Correspondent, Sun, Sep 14th 11:08am EDT

Updating a previous news item, Palmer's 50% chance to play has dropped to 0%, as he tested his shoulder and cannot go, Drew Stanton will get the start. (Source: Ian Rapoport via twitter)

Fantasy Impact: We'll know more about just exactly what Palmer has been dealing with shortly, right now its being referred to as a shoulder injury. Palmer is still worth rostering, as we don't know just how severe this injury is. However, this news lowers the fantasy ceiling of Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd.


By Brian Tesch, Cardinals Correspondent, Sun, Sep 14th 10:57am EDT

Per Schefter's source, Palmer (shoulder) has not thrown a pass since Monday, and is 50-50 to play today. Palmer is listed as questionable on the official injury report. (Source: Adam Schefter via Twitter)

Fantasy Impact: Nearly every Cardinal that is fantasy relevant (Palmer/Ellington/Fitzgerald) is dealing with some sort of malady this week. While a little more specific than a hockey injury report of "upper body injury", we don't exactly know specifically what is wrong with Palmer, other than it's his shoulder that is holding him back. Head Coach Bruce Arians stated Friday that Palmer is dealing with a "nerve thing", leading ESPN's Stephania Bell to theorize that Palmer is dealing with a pinched nerve. Palmer makes a very attractive plug and play starter in 8-12 team leagues/primo QB2 in 2 QB leagues, if he's healthy.


By Tony Perugini, Cardinals Correspondent, Tue, Sep 9th 7:43pm EDT

Carson Palmer went 24 of 37 for 304 yards through the air and tossing 2 TDs in Arizona's win on Monday night. (Source: CBS Sports)

Fantasy Impact: Carson Palmer looked a lot more comfortable in Bruce Arians offense than he did all of last season. This game was the 33rd time Palmer has passed for over 300 yards in a game for his career. Palmer was also able to put in 4 carries for 29 yards on the ground, something we haven't seen in his arsenal before. Going forward, as long as Palmer has Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd to throw too, he will be a very solid QB2 with low QB1 upside. Look for another solid game from Palmer in week 2 as the Cardinals travel to New York to play a Giants defense that was just torched by Matthew Stafford for 346 passing yards.


By TD Monk, Cardinals Correspondent, Sat, Aug 9th 9:01pm EDT

Carson Palmer's day is done after one series during the Cardinals preseason opener against the Texans. He went a perfect 5-for-5 which included a 7-yard touchdown to Larry Fitzgerald. (Source: TD Monk)

Fantasy Impact: Palmer looked sharp despite the offensive line allowing a sack forcing a third and long situation. He proceeded to throw a 24 yard completion to rookie WR John Brown for a first down and then a 38 yarder to TE Rob Housler before hooking up with Fitzgerald on the touchdown. Palmer projects to be one of the better QB2 options this season.

Breaking Football | Mar 24th
Palmer's knee and age are red flags but he still has the weapons and system to be a top-15 fantasy passer. He's obviously a risky pick, however, and you can't hang your season on him.