The Oakland Raiders have reportedly dealt away two draft picks to the Cincinnati Bengals for QB Carson Palmer and the deal could have significant repercussions both on the field and in the world of fantasy football. The Raiders look to be going all in for the 2011 season as they dealt away a 2012 first round pick and a 2013 second round pick that could become a first if the Raiders win a playoff game before then.
For fantasy football owners, the value of Carson Palmer to the Raiders likely depends on your thoughts on Palmer. Some have felt he has been nothing more than an average QB at best in recent seasons. Others see him as a guy who could benefit from returning to his relationship with Hue Jackson, who worked with Palmer's offenses in Cincinnati and USC.
No matter who the Raiders have at quarterback, this offense runs through Darren McFadden. However, if Palmer can bounce back from some recent season struggles, most of the skill position players could benefit. Jacoby Ford, Darrius Heyward-Bey and Denarius Moore could see some more passes their way. McFadden as well will continue to be a solid weapon in the pass game.
For the fantasy value of these players, it comes down to what Carson Palmer can bring to the table. It actually remains to be seen whether he is an upgrade over what Jason Campbell had done to date. It may take a couple weeks to figure out where exactly we stand in terms of fantasy football. I am slightly optimistic about the fantasy improvement, but cautious nonetheless.