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QB Carson Palmer - Arizona Cardinals

6-5, 230Born: 12-27-1979College: Southern CaliforniaDrafted: Round 1, pick 1

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Oct 20): Palmer isn't quite the wild gunslinger that he has been in the past, but his ability to play more within himself as his arm strength comes back in admirable, and still producing quality fantasy numbers. This week against Philadelphia, Palmer is arguably a top 10 play, and the NFC West defenses don't look as scary as they did before the season.

General News (Wed Oct 22): threw at team headquarters Tuesday, Oct. 21, and is "real close" to 100% percent, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

Week 8: vs Philadelphia Eagles

Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. The return of Carson Palmer continues to produce quality results - he again had two TD passes (he's done so in each of the two games since he returned to action), with 22/31 for 253 yards, with one interception and one sack taken for -11 yards. Michael Floyd is back in the fantasy scene with Palmer throwing the ball - he's seen 10 targets for 7/94/2 receiving over the past two games, while Larry Fitzgerald has handled 11 for 10/119/1. Andre Ellington (18 for 12/98/0), John Brown (11 for 6/84/0) and tight end John Carlson (10 for 6/34/0) have also been involved regularly with Palmer calling the shots again. The Eagles' pass D is very generous with TDs, having surrendered 13 so far this season, vs. a mere three interceptions (tied for 24th in the NFL) generated. They rank 23rd in the NFL averaging 256.5 net passing yards given out per game, and have 19 sacks to their credit (tied for eighth in the NFL). The Eagles sacked the Giants' quarterbacks eight times two weeks ago (for -43 yards) while holding them to 17/28 for 168 net yards, and zero TDs or interceptions. Two games back, Philadelphia allowed three passing TDs to Austin Davis (29/49 341 yards, zero interceptions thrown, with four sacks taken for -34 yards). On balance, this is a sub-par unit almost all the way across the board despite the good game against Eli Manning and company. Advantage, Palmer and company.

Recent Stats and Projections

6 vs WAS 28 44 250 2 0 1 -3 0 0
7 at OAK 22 31 253 2 1 0 0 0 0
8 vs PHI PROJ-Dodds 22 36 * * * 2 * * *
8 vs PHI PROJ-Tremblay 22 35 * * * 2 * * *
8 vs PHI PROJ-Bloom 22 34 * * * 1 * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2014 Week 6 vs WAS (28 / 44 / 250 / 2 / 0 pass, 1 / -3 / 0 rush)

With injuries continuing to decimate the Cardinals defense, stability on the offensive side of the ball was imperative, and the return of Carson Palmer provided just that. After having missed 4 straight weeks and only really seeing his first significant practice snaps on Friday, Palmer exceeded expectations in his return. The Cardinals opened the game with the same play action Tight End crossing route they began their week two game against the Giants with, giving Palmer a quickly defined read and easy throw to establish an early rhythm. While there were misreads and errant throws, not to mention a dropped red-zone interception, by and large Palmer did what he does best; work through his progressions, spread the ball around and pick up chunk yardage. The offensive line had some issues with both protection and penalties this week and its possible the shuffling of Quarterbacks, and their various cadence, rhythms and pocket movement hurt the unit up front a bit, but many of those penalties were either drive killers, or turned touchdowns into field goals in the red-zone, contributing to The Cardinals continued red-zone issues this season. Those will have to get cleaned up for The Cardinals to stay atop the NFC West. Palmer cautioned after the game that he "is not out of the woods yet," so his shoulder health will be something to continue to monitor, but in his limited time this season, Palmer has been downright excellent.

2014 Week 7 vs OAK (22 / 31 / 253 / 2 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

In truth Palmer put together a better box score than game performance on Sunday, but was still able to do enough well to lead his team to victory. While Palmer again spread the ball around nicely throughout the offense, something he's been praised for in his limited playing time this season, there was a clear overreliance on Andre Ellington and the short-passing game. Ellington's 9 targets represented one more than Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd combined for. That is not Bruce Arians offense. The Cardinals' interception-free streak also came to an end Sunday, with Palmer overthrowing a wide-open John Carlson on an easy seam-route. Palmer's touchdown throw to Michael Floyd, however, featured an excellent read and perfect execution. Arizona lined up in a 4-WR set, with 3 to the left and 1 wide to the right. With Floyd on the outside of the 3-receiver set, Palmer watched as the safety slowly moved towards center field, leaving single-coverage on the outside. John Brown's intermediate route held the safety just long enough for Palmer to throw one up and let Michael Floyd do the rest. Perfect read and great execution from both Palmer and Floyd. There are positive signs for this offense to be sure; that was the run-game's best effort all season and Palmer continues to play well against pressure, but the schedule now gets immeasurably more difficult and the offense must begin clicking with much more consistency if they want to keep their spot atop the NFC West.


Latest News

Cardinals | Carson Palmer close to 100% (Tue Oct 21, 09:59 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) threw at team headquarters Tuesday, Oct. 21, and is 'real close' to 100% percent, according to head coach Bruce Arians.

Our View: That's good news for the Cardinals. The team just operates better when Palmer is under center. Guys like Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd are better fantasy plays when Palmer is starting.
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Cardinals | Carson Palmer expected to play (Fri Oct 17, 05:26 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) fully participated in practice Friday, Oct. 17, and is listed as probable for Week 7.

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Cardinals | Contract talks begin for Carson Palmer (Thu Oct 16, 08:25 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer's agent, David Dunn, and the team have opened contract negotiations. 'I won't get into specific points of the negotiations but we've had some dialogue with Dave Dunn,' Arizona Cardinals general manager Steve Keim said. 'He (Palmer) has done a great job for us.'

Our View: We'll see if Palmer can work something out with the Cardinals in the near future here. He's got a $12 million cap number this year, and he's set to hit free agency in 2015.
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Cardinals | Carson Palmer limited in practice (Wed Oct 15, 10:17 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) was listed as a limited participant for practice Wednesday, Oct. 15, due to his right shoulder ailment.

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Cardinals | Carson Palmer fully practices (Wed Oct 15, 03:30 PM) - Arizona Cardinals QB Carson Palmer (shoulder) fully participated in practice Wednesday, Oct. 15. Head coach Bruce Arians said Palmer's arm is still not 100 percent but is more than serviceable.

Our View: Palmer was back last week, and he certainly made an impact on the offense. His presence in the starting lineup boosts the fantasy value of both Michael Floyd and Larry Fitzgerald.
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