In a move that should thrill fantasy owners, the Oakland Raiders have traded Carson Palmer to the Arizona Cardinals for a conditional seventh-round selection in 2014. The move makes one of the best wide receivers of our generation, Larry Fitzgerald, a lot easier to draft in 2013.
Palmer, 33, is coming off a respectable season with 4,018 passing yards, 23 total touchdowns and 14 interceptions in 15 games. Those numbers were good enough for him to finish 17th in fantasy points at his position. While owners shouldn’t expect a huge increase in those totals in 2013, Palmer clearly stays on the radar as a No. 2 fantasy quarterback.
The big winner here is Fitzgerald, who couldn’t even crack the top 40 in fantasy points among wide receivers last season with the quartet of Kevin Kolb, John Skelton, Ryan Lindley and Brian Hoyer throwing him the football. Sure, Palmer isn’t the same quarterback he was during his time with the Cincinnati Bengals, but he’s certainly an upgrade over all of the aforementioned four players.
As long as the Cardinals make some improvements to their offensive line, which should happen starting with the NFL Draft, Palmer can still be a nice matchup-based starter — and he’ll be looking in Fitzgerald’s direction a ton. The veteran is back in the conversation as one of the top 10-12 wide receivers in fantasy football and worth a third-round selection in 2013 drafts.
Michael Fabiano is an award-winning fantasy football analyst on NFL.com and NFL Network and a member of the Fantasy Sports Writers Association (FSWA) Hall of Fame. Have a burning question on anything fantasy related? Tweet it to @Michael_Fabiano or send a question via Facebook!