Hey, it's time to start thinking fantasy football. At least I guess that is the case. But there were a pair of Arizona Cardinals players who showed up on a list of 20 things that would not shock the fantasy world.
NFL.com's Mike Fabiano includes Cardinals quarterback Carson Palmer and receiver John Brown among the 20 things that that wouldn't shock him in fantasy football for 2015.
On Carson Palmer:
It wouldn't shock me if ... Carson Palmer finishes as a top-10 fantasy quarterback: You might think I'm nuts, but hear me out. Palmer averaged 0.72 fantasy points per completion last season under the guidance of Arians. That equated to over 17 points per game, which when projected over a full 16 games puts Palmer right in that top 10 mix at the quarterback spot.
If you just look at his six games from last season, had he played all 16 games, he would have have over 4300 passing yards, 29 TDs and only eight interceptions. At nearly two touchdown passes a game, that is solid fantasy production. Can he stay healthy? I think we can come to the conclusion he will play well if he does.
Dating back to the last half of 2013, in his last 15 games, he has thrown for over 3700 yards, 27 TDs and 12 INTs.
On John Brown:
It wouldn't shock me if ... John Brown leads Cardinals wideouts in fantasy points: The Cardinals love Brown. No, I mean they really love him. Just ask coach Bruce Arians, who can help smaller wideouts develop into stars. From a fantasy standpoint, Brown could become a nice bargain when you consider he'll be selected after Larry Fitzgerald and Michael Floyd.
Would anyone be shocked by this? Yes, Larry Fitzgerald is still Fitz. But for the second offseason in a row, Brown is the talk of the offense. It almost feels like he is the number one receiver target these days. We will see.