Carson Palmer was touted as a sleeper in 2015, and he didn't disappoint with a career season. Palmer was the No. 5 Fantasy quarterback in standard leagues with 4,671 passing yards, 35 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, and he also ran for a score. The passing yards and touchdowns were career highs and the interceptions were a career low for a 16-game season. It was impressive that Palmer played every game for the Cardinals after coming off a torn ACL in 2014, and he also benefits from a great system with coach Bruce Arians and tremendous receivers. Larry Fitzgerald, Michael Floyd and John Brown might be the best trio in the NFL, and Palmer just gets to sit back and find the best matchup on any given play. He also has David Johnson out of the backfield, so Palmer should be exceptional once again. He is a Top 10 Fantasy quarterback in all leagues, worth drafting with a mid-round pick.
Palmer (hand) was a participant at the start of the Cardinals' offseason program Monday, the Arizona Republic reports. During the Cardinals' Week 15 walloping of the Eagles, Palmer emerged with a finger concern, which was eventually diagnosed as a dislocated right index finger. His practice status was impacted in the immediate aftermath, but the veteran signal-caller assured the media that the injury wouldn't affect his playoff performance at the conclusion of the regular season. After the Cardinals were eliminated in the NFC championship game, partly due to Palmer's six-turnover showing, the stats from Week 16 onward revealed a telling picture. Through the first 14 games, he boasted a 106.7 quarterback rating on the backs of 64.3 percent passing, 305.5 yards per game, and 32 touchdowns versus nine interceptions. However, his figures fell to 74.1, 58.6, 244.5, and 7:8, respectively, in the final four contests, including postseason. Upon withdrawing from the Pro Bowl, he noted a desire to allow his right hand to "heal up," which appears to be the case with his activity at voluntary workouts this week.
Palmer won't play in Sunday's Pro Bowl, citing his right hand, The Arizona Republic reports. On Monday, he said, "I'm going to let my hand heal up." Elected to the initial Pro Bowl roster after setting career highs with 4,671 yards and 35 touchdowns, Palmer sputtered down the stretch, with a combined eight interceptions over the Cardinals' final four contests, including four in Sunday's NFC championship game defeat at Carolina. There was a belief that a dislocated right index finger suffered in Week 15 may have been the culprit, but the quarterback and head coach Bruce Arians repeatedly denied the ailment as the source of any perceived woes. With two seasons remaining on his current contract, Palmer will team with Arians to direct the Cardinals' aerial assault for the foreseeable future. However, it's difficult to predict how long the 36-year-old signal caller can keep up the pace.
Palmer completed 23 of 40 passes for 235 yards, one touchdown and four interceptions in Sunday's NFC championship game loss to Carolina. He fumbled twice during the contest. With Arizona trailing 24-7 late in the first half, Palmer lost a fumble on a sack, but his defense responded with an interception of Cam Newton, setting Arizona up in position to draw within two scores before halftime. Palmer promptly threw an end-zone interception. It was that kind of game for Palmer, who threw eight total picks over his last four games. For much of the season, Palmer was an extension of head coach Bruce Arians' gutsy, throw-it-deep style. It will be interesting to see if Palmer rebounds to become that same player after struggling when the lights got brightest this season.
Palmer (finger) completed 25 of 41 passes for 349 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions in Saturday's 26-20 divisonal round overtime victory over the Packers. The 36-year-old finally secured his first career playoff victory, and certainly accomplished the feat in memorable fashion. Although he threw an early fourth-quarter interception in the end zone with the Cardinals trailing 13-10, Palmer bounced back by leading a 14-play, 80-yard drive that culminated in a nine-yard touchdown to Michael Floyd that was deflected into his hands off of Larry Fitzgerald. However, the 13-year veteran's crowning moment came in the third play of overtime, when he escaped pressure and threw across his body to Fitzgerald, who raced all the way down to the Packers five-yard line. Palmer subsequently completed a five-yard shovel pass to Fitzgerald to seal the victory, and send the Cardinals to the NFC Championship Game. Although he'll have his work cut out for him against either the Panthers or Seahawks defenses, Palmer and the Cardinals have demonstrated the ability to move the ball on virtually any opponent this season.
Palmer (finger) is active for Saturday's divisional round contest against the Packers, Mark Dalton of the Cardinals' official site reports. Palmer landed on the injury report in advance of the Cardinals' postseason opener due to a dislocated right index finger that has lingered since Week 15. However, after a full slate of practice reps, he'll be under center in search of the first playoff win of his 12-year career.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/12||New England Patriots||16||19.78|
|2||09/18||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||25||22.06|
|4||10/02||Los Angeles Rams||10||18.56|
|5||10/07||@San Francisco 49ers||7||18.06|
|6||10/18||New York Jets||11||18.75|
|10||11/13||San Francisco 49ers||7||18.06|
|15||12/18||New Orleans Saints||33||29.31|
|17||01/01||@Los Angeles Rams||10||18.56|
|3 Year Avg||63.4||3524||23||12||17||0||267|