Week 9 - While Carson Palmer will probably never reach QB1 status again in fantasy football, he is a serviceable backup/ QB2 for fantasy owners this season. In week 8 he threw for 209 yards, 2 TD’s and 1 INT. If you need a good backup QB on your roster, give Palmer a look.
Week 6 - Palmer draws a tough matchup against the Falcons in week 6, but with the Falcons taking an early lead, we can see Carson throwing the ball 35 times or more this game. He is a solid QB2 in formats that use two QB’s.
Week 5 - Palmer had a sub-par week 4 against the Broncos throwing for 202 yards and 0 TD’s. He gets a bye in week 5 to reflect on his mistakes, and should be a solid QB2 when he gets back in action in week 6.
Week 4 - Palmer has been terrific from a fantasy perspective this season, averaging over 19 fantasy points per game. Week 4 he gets a nice matchup against the Broncos, and is a QB2 that should be on 100% of fantasy rosters going forward.
Week 3 - Palmer has averaged 18.25 fantasy points per game in his first 2 weeks of 2012, but faces a stiff matchup in the Steelers for week 3. Don’t consider Palmer an option in 1 QB formats, but he is a low QB2 in formats that use two quarterbacks.
Week 2 – Palmer had decent first game vs. the Chargers as he posted 17.88 fantasy points. We still feel the player to own on the Raiders is Darren McFadden, and will need to see another solid week to bump Palmer into the realm of recommended QB2.
Week 1 – Carson Palmer enters week one as a low #2 QB in leagues that use a 2 QB system. His opponent, the Chargers, had the 13th best passing defense last season, and in 1 QB formats Palmer should be benched for the season opener.
The Raiders went all out in 2011 to acquire the services of Carson Palmer, as they thought the move would put them over the top and into the playoffs. As we all know, that move didn’t pan out, and now in year 2 the Raiders will be looking for Palmer to take them to the promised land in 2012. His numbers were skewed because he was learning a new system, and 2012 should be a better year for Palmer. With a sub-par receiving core, we don’t expect him to have a monster season, and for that reason recommend him as a #2 or backup QB for fantasy football 2012.
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