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by Brandon Niles

ARI QB Carson Palmer - Week 7 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 7 at Rams (game in London)

Carson Palmer had a great game against the Bucs last week, putting up 283 yards, 3 touchdowns, and a pick in a shootout. Palmer has been steady since his Week 1 debacle, and should provide solid streaming and week-to-week value for fantasy owners looking to upgrade.

This week, Palmer faces a Rams defense been better against the pass than the run, and that is tied for fifth in interceptions, which might cause some turnovers for Palmer. That being said, he’s been steady as of late and should be a fringe starter in most league formats. This could be another shootout, and Palmer should have enough volume to put up numbers.

by Brandon Niles

ARI QB Carson Palmer - Week 6 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 6 vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Carson Palmer didn’t do a lot against a vulnerable Eagles defense last week, but he still wound up with 291 yards, 1 touchdown, and he didn’t throw a pick. Palmer looks a little better in recent weeks than he did in his three-interception Week 1 performance, putting him back in high streaming and backup territory in most leagues.

The Bucs have given up the fifth-most points per game to the QB position so far this season, which should provide a nice opportunity for Palmer to have a bounce back game. He’s a nice streaming option and a quality starter for fantasy owners filling bye weeks or making up for injuries.

by Brandon Niles

ARI QB Carson Palmer - Week 5 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 5 at Philadelphia Eagles

Carson Palmer had 357 yards, a touchdown, and a pick against the 49ers last week. He’s now thrown for at least 300 yards in three straight games after a terrible Week 1 outing against the Lions. Palmer has also thrown 4 touchdowns compared to 2 interceptions over his last three games.

This week, Palmer has a lot of upside against the Eagles, who gave up 347 yards and a pair of touchdowns to the Chargers last week. Only the Bucs and Patriots are allowing more passing yards per game than the Eagles this year. Expect a shootout, and for Palmer to be an excellent streaming option in most leagues.

by Brandon Niles

ARI QB Carson Palmer - Week 4 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 4 vs. San Francisco 49ers

Carson Palmer showed up against the Cowboys last week, even though he wound up losing the game. He threw the ball 48 times for 325 yards and a pair of touchdowns and flashed glimpses of what made him an MVP candidate two years ago.

This week, Palmer faces a 49ers team that has given up 6 touchdown passes through the air so far this season, including allowing Jared Goff to throw 3 against them last week. Palmer should be an excellent streaming option in all league formats this week.

by Brandon Niles

ARI QB Carson Palmer - Week 3 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 3 vs. Dallas Cowboys

Carson Palmer had 332 yards, a touchdown, and a pick against the Colts last week, as the Cardinals narrowly squeaked out a victory over a terrible team. Palmer looks like a spot starter, at best, at this point in his career and fantasy owners should be weary of him if he’s not in a great matchup.

The Cowboys destroyed the Giants in Week 1, and then got shredded for 4 touchdown passes by the Broncos last week. The real Cowboys defense likely is somewhere in the middle. Expect QB2 numbers from Palmer, making him a low-end streaming option in most leagues.

by Brandon Niles

ARI QB Carson Palmer - Week 2 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 2 at Indianapolis Colts

Carson Palmer had a rough start to the season, throwing three interceptions in a loss to the Lions. He did have 268 yards and a touchdown as well though, and it was encouraging to see him throw the ball 48 times. Palmer has always been a guy who will take risks, but it does appear as though father time is catching up to the 37-year-old veteran quarterback.

This week, Palmer is actually a very nice streaming option against the Colts, who gave up 306 yards and a touchdown to Jared Goff last week in a lopsided defeat. Palmer should sling it, especially with David Johnson shelved for the next few months. If he can keep the turnovers down, Palmer could be in for a big game.

by Brandon Niles

ARI QB Carson Palmer - Week 1 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 1 at Detroit Lions

After a MVP-caliber 2015, Carson Palmer came back to earth last year, throwing for 4,233 yards, 26 touchdowns, and 14 interceptions. Palmer is still a steady option, but at 37 years old, he’s unlikely to return to form, and a continuous regression is more likely. Palmer has always been a gunslinger who takes risks—that won’t change in his old age.

This week, Palmer is a QB2 option against the Lions. Detroit struggled against the pass last year, giving up 33 touchdown passes—more than any team other than the Browns—but they made some upgrades to their front-seven and Palmer’s newfound inconsistency makes him difficult to trust. Unless you’re a Winston or Luck owner and you already need a replacement, Palmer should remain on your bench in most league formats.

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