Here are our fantasy takes on the NFL news of the day …
Carson Palmer deal possible?: During a recent interview on Rich Eisen’s podcast, current NBC Sunday Night Football analyst and former Bengals wideout Cris Collinsworth suggested that owner Mike Brown will ultimately change his mind and trade Palmer. Up to this point, Brown has been steadfast in his stance that he will not deal the veteran quarterback, and it’s looking more and more like rookie Andy Dalton will be under center when the Bengals open the 2011 season in Cleveland. So if Brown does decide to deal Palmer, what would be the best destination from a fantasy perspective? Personally, I’d love to see him in Miami. Imagine what his presence would do to the value of Brandon Marshall, Davone Bess and Daniel Thomas? Another possible landing spot is Seattle, where he’d play under former USC coach Pete Carroll and immediately improve that offense. Regardless, dealing Palmer would make what is already a deep fantasy quarterback position even deeper.
Orton throws to Fitzgerald: In the middle of a long lockout, sometimes you make a non-story into a story. So when reports came out that Kyle Orton and Larry Fitzgerald got together to work out earlier this week, it peaked the interest of fantasy owners. After all, Orton has been rumored to be on the trading block, and the Cardinals are in serious need of a quarterback. Sure, the team has been strongly linked to Kevin Kolb, but Orton would be a great fit as well. He might even be a better fit when it comes to Fitzgerald’s draft value. If he can post 90 receptions and 1,137 yards with Derek Anderson, Max Hall and John Skelton throwing him the football, imagine the numbers Fitzgerald would post with Orton at the helm? Let’s hope this fantasy “non-story” becomes a reality.
Locker could start in 2011: Titans OC Chris Palmer told fans this week that if Jake Locker is the best quarterback on the roster, he’ll be under center when the team opens the regular season in Jacksonville. But if you ask me, the Titans’ No. 1 quarterback isn’t yet on the roster — that quarterback is Matt Hasselbeck. As John Glennon of the Nashville Tennessean reminds us, Palmer and Hasselbeck have long been friends. What’s more, Hasselbeck is a nice fit for the offense and could be a great stopgap while Locker better learns the pro game. His presence in the offense would also make Kenny Britt (barring a league-imposed suspension for his off-field issues) a more attractive breakout candidate. Sounds like a match made in fantasy heaven.