Fantasy Football 2013: Top Players on New Teams Worth Drafting

Kyle NewportFeatured ColumnistAugust 18, 2013

GREEN BAY, WI - AUGUST 09:  Carson Palmer #3 of the Arizona Cardinals throws a pass against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on August 9, 2013 in Green Bay, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The 2013 NFL season features numerous top players on new teams, which is always an intriguing topic for fantasy football. Arizona Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer leads the list of those players in new places who will be worth taking in fantasy drafts.

Entering a new system with new teammates doesn't always mean that things will work out for the best, but whether it's because of their talent or the players around them, the guys on this list are in for big fantasy seasons this year.

Here's a list of players who fantasy owners should consider drafting.


Greg Jennings, WR, Minnesota Vikings

After spending seven seasons in Green Bay, Greg Jennings left the Packers to sign a five-year deal with the rival Minnesota Vikings.

Leaving Aaron Rodgers for Christian Ponder may not be the best career move, but Jennings has the talent to be a star anywhere.

If he can stay healthy this year, the Vikings could return to the postseason.

The 29-year-old wideout has never had fewer than 1,000 receiving yards when he has played in 16 games, which he has done three times. He has also played in 13 games twice and recorded more than 900 receiving yards.

There's no doubt that Minnesota relies on running back Adrian Peterson to move the ball. Still, signing Jennings and drafting Cordarrelle Patterson gives the Vikings a couple of playmakers on the outside. Patterson should keep defenses honest and let Jennings play against one defender more often.

Jennings will need to stay healthy. If he does, fantasy owners will benefit from having him on their team as a solid second receiver.


Carson Palmer, QB, Arizona Cardinals

After having Chad Johnson and Terrell Owens near the end of his time with the Cincinnati Bengals, Carson Palmer has not had much to work with since moving on from the team that drafted him.

Ending his stint in Oakland, the Raiders traded Palmer to the Arizona Cardinals this offseason. The Raiders are looking to rebuild, and the Cardinals are looking to contend. The move seemed like a great decision by both sides.

Palmer is set to have a great season in the desert. He will have weapons to work with and a good defense to keep his team in games.

The 33-year-old veteran threw for more than 4,000 yards and 22 touchdowns last season. In addition, he has completed over 60 percent of his passes when he has played in a full season, and his interception rate of 2.5 percent last season was one of the lowest in his career. 

With Larry Fitzgerald at receiver, the duo are due for big numbers. Fitzgerald managed to get nearly 800 receiving yards with an utter mess at the quarterback position last year. He had 1,000 receiving yards in five consecutive seasons before last year.

Second-year player Michael Floyd started to show promise near the end of the season, and he hauled in at least two catches in each of the last nine games.

The Cardinals will have to go up against the San Francisco 49ers and the Seattle Seahawks, as well as an improving St. Louis Rams squad. Arizona may not be the most talented team in the division, but Palmer will have a big season with Fitzgerald catching passes.

Arizona likes to throw the ball, and they'll look downfield more often under new head coach Bruce Arians. The Cards have the receivers to be effective, and Palmer gives the team a quarterback who can hit his guys deep.

Palmer will be a steal to whichever owners pick him up in the middle of the draft.


Steven Jackson, RB, Atlanta Falcons

The Atlanta Falcons were looking to improve their roster, and signing veteran running back Steven Jackson was the best option available.

As the face of a struggling Rams franchise, Jackson has rushed for at least 1,000 yards in every season since his rookie campaign. The touchdowns haven't come for the veteran, but that will change in Atlanta.

Atlanta is one of the top teams in the league. They have Matt Ryan, Julio Jones, Roddy White and Tony Gonzalez. The offense is going to move the ball, so Jackson will be expected to score this year.

Former Falcon Michael Turner scored at least 10 touchdowns in each of his five seasons with the team, so Jackson will have plenty of opportunities to pad his stats.

Jackson will be able to run the ball at the end of games as Atlanta tries to run out the clock. Although the team is loaded on offense, Jackson will still be able to be productive.


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