Fantasy Rankings: Cincinnati Bengals' Carson Palmer

Fantasy RankingsContributor IJune 11, 2009

IRVING, TX - OCTOBER 05:  Quarterback Carson Palmer #9 of the Cincinnati Bengals drops back to pass against the Dallas Cowboys at Texas Stadium on October 5, 2008 in Irving, Texas.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

Palmer and the Bengals Fall Apart in 2008

Many fantasy football teams fell on hard times with their quarterback situation because of Carson Palmer. What little amount Palmer did play in 2008 was a horrible performance. But in the end, that was just it—he didn't play much because of an arm injury.

For a while, there was talk that Palmer would undergo Tommy John surgery on his throwing arm, but No. 9 choose to let the injury heal naturally.

So far in the offseason, it looks like Palmer is back and healthy again so this decision of no surgery was probably a good one.

Bengals Choose Kicker over TJ Houshmanzadeh

This offseason, the Bengals ownership didn't do Palmer any favors when they opted to not use their franchise tag on TJ Houshmanzadeh and instead used it franchised their kicker.

With moves like that, it's no wonder the Bengals suck just about every season. Houshmanzadeh, Palmer and Chad Ochocinco should all get keys to the city for winning a division title in '05.

At least ownership did sign Lavernious Coles to replace Houshmanzadeh in the offense. This will still provide Carson with two solid targets going into 2009.

Rumors are also flying around Bengals camp that troubled wide receiver Chris Henry is looking great as well. Henry has always had talent, and right now, Cincinnati needs him more than ever before.

Carson Palmer's Fantasy Football Value

For the past few years, Palmer has been a top-five quarterback in fantasy football drafts. But not this season, as his value will drop way down. The main reason is because we all will never really know if Palmer is back from his arm problem until he holds up for the entire 2009 season.

As for your fantasy draft, look to select Palmer as a backup quarterback for your team. As the season wears on and he proves himself he could be a valuable asset down the stretch, If Palmer's arm is back, then you will have a steal of a pick in No. 9 this year for fantasy football.

Fantasy Assets

  • Touchdown maker
  • Good receivers
  • Bad defense (needs to throw a lot)

Fantasy Liabilities

  • Needs to prove his arm is healthy
  • Loss of Houshmandzadeh hurts
  • Bad organization