Arizona Cardinals (7-8-1; 2nd in NFC West)
Carson Palmer – The Cardinals were expected to compete for a Super Bowl in 2016 – after all, they came within one game of representing the NFC in 2015. So there’s no doubt their 2016 season, when they didn’t even come close to making the playoffs, was a massive disappointment. In 15 games – missing one in October with a concussion – Palmer posted 365/598 passing for 4237 yards (61.0%, 7.09 YPA), with 26 TDs and 14 INT. With 21.3 FPG, he ranked 13th at the QB position. All in all, Palmer’s bottom line wasn’t awful, but he was constantly under siege behind a banged-up offensive line, and he was throwing to a WR corps that was decimated by injury and/or bad decisions (Michael Floyd). It led to inconsistency in Palmer’s play, and his ceiling was significantly lower than it was in 2015. Palmer opened 2016 with two top-12 weeks at the QB position. He would total just four the rest of the season combined. Given how consistent a top-12 option he was in 2015, Palmer being relegated to more streaming duty was a massive downfall for him. Palmer threw for 300 or more yards six times, but 12 of his 26 TDs came in those games, so he wasn’t exactly helping you out a ton when he threw for fewer than 300 yards. Nonetheless, he threw for fewer than 200 yards just once, so despite Palmer’s ceiling not being as consistently high as it was a year previous, his floor wasn’t enough to kill you if you rolled with him on a weekly basis. In all, Palmer made bad decisions too often, but he wasn’t helped by the team around him. His play may well be slipping as he edges closer to 40, but the Cardinals have no choice but to try to make one last run with him, if he chooses not to retire, that is (he is not expected to).
David Johnson – DJ is good. That’s really all there is to it. Something will have to go hideously wrong in 2017 if he isn...