Win. Your. League.

Receive 3 Free Downloads More Details

QB Carson Palmer - Arizona Cardinals

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

Main      Career stats      Game Logs      Game Recaps      Split Stats      Play-by-play      Latest News

Photo: Joe Nicholson, US Presswire

Preseason player page

News you need to know

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

Detailed matchup analysis coming soon.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
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 23 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.

More

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.
link to story   

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.

link to story   

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.
link to story   

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.

link to story   

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.
link to story   

More News

Arizona Cardinals Team Links

Depth Chart      Season Stats      Targets      Red Zone      Game Logs

Staff Dynasty Rankings

QB Dynasty - 37, 32, 37, 39, 41

Footballguys Articles

From The Gut
  Sigmund Bloom - June 6
NFC Roster Check Pre-Free Agency
  Jeff Tefertiller - March 8
Start Rate and Consistency: Quarterbacks
  Chad Parsons - July 8
Quarterback By Committee 2014
  Chase Stuart - June 19
Rearview QB
  Chase Stuart - June 5
Coaching Carousel: Hue Jackson
  Kyle Wachtel - June 10
Week 8 Offensive Sleepers
  Bob Henry - October 22
Dynasty News You Can Use: Week 8
  Jeff Tefertiller - October 21
Gut Check No.314: 2014 Fantasy If . . . Then
  Matt Waldman - September 1
Money Talks (Free Agent Bidding Advice): Week 8
  Jeff Pasquino - October 21

Articles from around the web

Post-Draft Dynasty Ranks - QB
  Mike Clay - May 20
11 Top 2013 Players Headed Towards Bust Status In 2014
  Mark Morales-Smith - June 2
QBs in Focus: Pressure and the Blitz
  Steve Palazzolo - June 5
Michael Floyd: The Division Belle
  Patrick Thorman - June 5
QBs in Focus: Drop-back Depth
  Steve Palazzolo - June 7
A Look At Quarterback ACL Tears. Will Robert Griffin Bounce Back?
  Tyler Bolton-Fuhrman - June 11
Late-Season Bloomers - Heading Into 2014 With Momentum
  John Paulsen - June 16
NFC Team-By-Team OTA Notes
  Adam Levitan - June 20
Offensive Line Winners
  Anthony Stalter - June 23
Who Are the Most Consistent Fantasy Football Quarterbacks?
  John Paulsen - June 24

Schedule

8vs Philadelphia Eagles
9@ Dallas Cowboys
10vs St. Louis Rams
11vs Detroit Lions
12@ Seattle Seahawks
13@ Atlanta Falcons
14vs Kansas City Chiefs
15@ St. Louis Rams
16vs Seattle Seahawks
17@ San Francisco 49ers