Dec 29, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA; San Francisco 49ers quarterbackColin Kaepernick
(7) and Arizona Cardinals quarterbackCarson Palmer
(3) talks after the game at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Kartozian-USA TODAY Sports
The NFC West has been known for their stout defenses over the past decade, but the quarterback play has picked up as of late.
The San Francisco 49ers have transitioned from an era with Jeff Garcia, several below average fill-ins, and Alex Smith under-center to Colin Kaepernick. Kaepernick seems to have the franchise by its horns now and will be their quarterback for years to come.
Seattle’s Russell Wilson joins Kaepernick in recent franchise-quarterbacks in the NFC West. Wilson has a very similar play style as Kaepernick in which both guys are able to create plays using their feet. Wilson rushed for a quarterback-high 849 yards last year.
The St. Louis Rams traded former first overall draft pick Sam Bradford to the Philadelphia Eagles during the offseason in exchange for Nick Foles. Foles, a former University of Arizona Wildcat, joins the Rams in a rebuilding phase on the offensive side of the ball. Bradford always had problems of staying on the field for the Rams, but Foles only played eight games for the Eagles last year due to a shoulder injury.
Finally, Carson Palmer will return from injury for the Arizona Cardinals this year. Palmer led the Cardinals to a 6-0 start to the season in 2014, but those were the only six games Palmer played in after injuring his ACL. The Cardinals offense relies on Palmer’s arm to navigate down the field and his health goes a long way to determining the success the Cardinals have this year.
In the following slides you will find the four NFC West quarterbacks ranked by their fantasy football value and stat projections for the 2015 NFL season…