No move made by the NFL trade deadline meant more for fantasy football owners than the Carson Palmer trade. Palmer has a chance to make more of an impact this season than the recently traded St. Louis Rams WR Brandon Lloyd and the “where have you been” running back Ronnie Brown from Philadelphia to Detroit. Brown, like every back currently playing for Detroit not named Jahvid Best, is a stop-gap option at best.
No move made by the NFL trade deadline meant more for fantasy football owners than the Carson Palmer trade.
As you’ll see below, Palmer tops the “Can’t Wait!” Waiver Wire Pickups for this week, even though he’s likely three weeks away from even making his debut.
Palmer has a chance to make more of an impact this season than the recently traded St. Louis Rams WR Brandon Lloyd and the “where have you been” running back Ronnie Brown from Philadelphia to Detroit. Brown, like every back currently playing for Detroit not named Jahvid Best, is a stop-gap option at best.
Even with Best suffering his second concussion this year in the loss against San Francisco, I wouldn’t count on Brown doing much of anything for now. With 13 carries and 38 yards to his name in six games this season, I wouldn’t waste my time putting out a flyer for the guy. Not until he does something!
Lloyd is looking like Lloyd again — an underachieving receiver that can show flashes of greatness just as quickly as he shows mediocrity — and will play for an underachieving Rams team that hasn’t won a game.
Seems fitting. And quarterback Sam Bradford is hurt (high ankle sprain), so I doubt he’ll have much of any impact this year. But at least he’s reunited with genius offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels, who has led the Rams to the 25th ranked offense in the league.
So there’s that.
Palmer will have a group of young, hungry and dedicated receivers to throw the ball to and a running back that will keep defenses honest all game. I haven’t been a huge Palmer fan in recent years, but in terms of fantasy, the former Cincinnati Bengal was the 13th ranked fantasy quarterback last season in standard leagues.
He’ll be worth storing on your roster and seeing what he does Week 9 against the Denver Broncos.
Can’t Wait! Waiver Wire Pickups
The Dallas Cowboys have made it a habit of falling below expectations in recent years. In fantasy, the same can’t be said for most. Unless you’re talking about Felix Jones (DAL).
There are currently 32 better options at running back than Jones in standard leagues and with a high ankle sprain, he’ll be out a while. Jones has one 100-yard game under his belt and has fumbled three times this year. And even before his injury against New England, Jones failed to impress against a suspect rush defense.
Demarco Murray looked solid against the Patriots, so scoop him up if you have the chance.
Also, Rex Grossman (WSH) has been dethroned from the starting QB job. Get John Beck if you need a bye-week QB. And there’s buzz that the Broncos traded Lloyd because Demariyus Thomas (remember him?) could be close to healthy. The guy isn’t a bad wideout and if he stays healthy, could be a nice target for Tim Tebow.
QB: Palmer (OAK), John Beck (WSH)
RB: Murray (DAL), Maurice Morris (DET)
WR: Thomas (DEN), Torrey Smith (BAL)
Breakin’ Bread List
Aaron Rodgers (GB) is the leading candidate so far as the Pick Six Weekly (PSW) Midseason MVP (by the way, we’re two weeks away from unveiling the PSW Midseason All-Stars, so stay tuned). He’s been amazing. Not to mention, he’s been amazing against Minnesota since he took over the reigns of the Packers.
Rodgers averages 264 yards passing, two touchdowns and 0.5 interceptions against Minnesota, and the Vikings have only gotten worse on defense since 2008. Yeah, Rodgers will be breakin’ bread yet again this week.
QB: Rodgers (GB) at Minnesota, Drew Brees (NO) vs. Indianapolis
RB: Darren McFadden (OAK) vs. Kansas City, Ray Rice (BAL) at Jacksonville
WR: Calvin Johnson (DET) vs. Atlanta, Dwayne Bowe (KC) at Oakland
The Purple Drank list — presented by Jim Schwartz and Jim Harbaugh
This whole thing has been overexposed already, but I couldn’t resist. Last week’s end-of-game handshake between San Francisco coach Jim Harbaugh and Detroit coach Jim Schwartz was the perfect example of what happens when you cross an overly-exuberant winning coach with a sore loser coach who can be as equally obnoxious with his own emotions.
Both needed to calm down.
Both tried to show up one another throughout the game and during the handshake. And both are hard to tolerate in large doses — kind of like Purple Drank.
Harbaugh’s been a jerk since coaching Stanford (right USC fans?) and probably longer than that. Schwartz picked up his media-savvy as a defensive coordinator with Jeff Fisher in Tennessee and rides on his moral high horse just like Fisher. Fact is, he’s just as much of a jerk as Harbaugh.
QB: Kyle Boller (OAK) vs. Kansas City, Matt Moore (MIA) vs. Denver
RB: Tim Hightower (WSH) at Carolina, Peyton Hillis (CLE) vs. Seattle
WR: Plaxico Burress (NYJ) vs. San Diego, Brandon Lloyd (STL) at Dallas
Don’t sleep on my sleepers
Christian Ponder will start for Minnesota. Is he any good? I don’t know. But I’ll take him for a sleeper this week. And with Buffalo, Cincy, New England, the NY Giants, Philadelphia and San Fran on byes, there’s many of you who will need a bye-week QB. So why not?
QB: Ponder (MIN) vs. Green Bay, Curtis Painter (IND) at New Orleans
RB: Monterio Hardesty (CLE) vs. Seattle, Jackie Battle (KC) at Oakland
WR: Damian Williams (TEN) vs. Houston, Jason Hill (JAC) vs. Baltimore
Joey Baskerville writes his column every Wednesday. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or @jmark79 on Twitter.