By Anthony Knox
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Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald have both been given extensions by the Arizona Cardinals, ensuring that both men stay on the team through at least next season. While the move is great for the Cardinals organization, it’s a bittersweet move for the Fantasy Football community.
Carson Palmer has been with Arizona for the last three seasons. His 2014 campaign ended with an ACL injury that forced him to miss 10 games, but his other two seasons he played all 16 games. In those two seasons, Palmer averaged the following stats:
If you take those stats and apply them to Fantasy Football points, Palmer scores 325 points per season and 20 per game. Considering his average draft position is 7.08, which is a solid starting quarterback for your team.
Larry Fitzgerald has played for the Arizona Cardinals for his entire NFL career. In 12 seasons, he has missed six games! It makes sense that the Cardinals wanted to ensure Fitzgerald finishes his career with them, and his numbers support their reasoning. Fitzgerald’s numbers with Carson Palmer also show why they would want to keep both of them:
Larry Fitzgerald puts up some of his best numbers when Carson Palmer is throwing him the ball. One target and 35 yards difference without Palmer is not that big of a deal considering he catches 13 more passes and scores two more touchdowns with him!
The reason the Fantasy Football community probably feels this move is bittersweet is because everyone is predicting that John Brown and/or Michael Floyd are going to be take over as the primary receiver for Arizona. Floyd has played two full seasons with Palmer and Brown has played one.
Michael Floyd and John Brown have had success with Carson Palmer, as illustrated in the stats below:
Larry Fitzgerald is Carson Palmer’s favorite target, and it shows. The Arizona Cardinals receiving corps can be a little foggy come draft day, but the silver lining is Palmer. Aside from whatever else he does with the Cardinals offensive players, his baseline is 3,033 passing yards and 23 passing touchdowns. That is a guaranteed 16 points per week, and I’ll take that all day!