From 2005 through 2007, Carson Palmer was a fantasy QB stud, averaging 4000 passing yards and 27 TDs per season. But injuries robbed him of his 2008 season, while recovery and diminished aerial weapons made him a lackluster producer in 2009. This may explain why his ADP in fantasy drafts is currently 17th among quarterbacks. Behind guys like Matt Ryan, Matthew Stafford and Joe Flacco.
There is reason to believe heading into 2010 that Palmer will revert to his pre-injury form and out perform all of them, and perhaps once again put up top 10 numbers.
The Cincinnati Bengals are certainly counting on Palmer to return to form. He's now had two full years to recover from the injuries that have kept him in fantasy limbo the last two seasons.
With the addition of rookies like tight end Jermaine Gresham and Jordan Shipley, he has some new quality weapons to go along with Chad Ochocinco and newly acquired grid iron diva, Terrell Owens.
Terrell Owens addition while seemingly minor may be huge. He still has something to prove. He wants to win, now, and paired with Ochocinco the two and their massive egos will push each other all season to out do the other.
Add to that a revived running game with Cedric Benson, and the emergence of Bernard Scott, and fans can expect to see more offense in 2010 than in recent years.
I believe Palmer will put up numbers that will make him a fantasy steal in 2010, enough so that he could be your number one QB. Yet his price tag at ADP 115 overall, is good for a QB2 and he can generally be had in the 10th round.