The Lowdown: Sam Bradford’s Injury and Questioning Carson Palmer

Sam Bradford

From NJ.com:

“If I’m not ready for 11 on 11 by training camp, then something has gone horribly wrong,” Bradford said. “That’s the plan right now. We’re going to keep plugging away and be ready when camp starts.”

In his five year career, Sam Bradford has managed to play all 16 games just twice. I don’t think Bradford would even be on most fantasy drafters radar, if it wasn’t one for one thing. He’s in Chip Kelly’s system and that’s what makes him appealing. We’ve seen Mark Sanchez and Nick Foles be successful under Kelly’s play calling, so there’s no reason to not have some optimism that Bradford can do the same provided that he stays healthy. The RotoViz staff is a little bit more bullish than some on Bradford. Our staff projections have him projected as QB18, while his current ADP is QB27. Dr. Jeff Budoff went in depth on Bradford’s injury and Jacob Meyers wonders if Sam Bradford is good for Jordan Matthews fantasy value.

Carson Palmer

From ESPN.com:

“If he was healthy and coming off a playoff run, the rankings would’ve certainly been different.

They would’ve reflected a general shift in perception toward Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer. If he was healthy, Palmer would be considered one of the best quarterbacks in the league.

But he’s 35 and coming off the second ACL injury of his career, and coaches and evaluators around the NFL cited that as a major reason for ranking Palmer as a Tier 3 quarterback in a rating of all 32 quarterbacks, according to ESPN NFL Insider Mike SandoInsider.”

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While the insiders have Carson Palmer ranked as tier 3 quarterback since he’s coming of an ACL injury, the talent is still there for him to be fantasy relevant. Palmer did participate in 11-on-11s at OTAs which means he seems to be progressing just fine. I don’t mind investing in Palmer because he has one of the better receiving corps in the NFL. Aside from his weapons, Palmer’s price tag mitigates any risk that comes with him because it won’t cost you much to acquire him.

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The RotoViz sim scores look OK for Palmer, if he hit his median projection in standard leagues he would be right around 250 fantasy points, not a bad return on investment for where he’s being drafted. Dr. Jeff Budoff thinks there is potential that Palmer’s injury could have negative effects on him, but if Palmer can stay on the field it could mean a breakout season is in store for John Brown.