We do not use conventional SOS like you see on other sites, instead we developed our own algorithm to determine TRUE opponent strength without bias of schedule and then factor in the strength of similar players those defenses have faced so fat this season.
With all that said, here is a quick breakdown on Palmer’s schedule moving forward:
LEGEND: Week, Opponent, Rank vs QB 1-32 (lowest is best)
Week 7: KC (4)
Week 8: BYE
Week 9: DEN (1)
Week 10: SD (27)
Week 11: MIN (15)
Week 12: CHI (19)
Week 13: MIA (3)
Week 14: GB (10)
Week 15: DET (20)
Week 16: KC (4)
At first glance, you see some tasty matchups right away with KC and DEN. The big question is whether he will be ready for week 7 or if they sit him and use the BYE to get him ready. Hue Jackson will be well suited to make that call because of his history with Palmer. More to come this week on that, although its highly unlikely he starts this Sunday with the BYE looming.
After the BYE he gets a soft landing with DEN and a couple spot matchups with MIZ and KC again in week 16.
Cumulatively, Oakland has the #1 Strength of Schedule for QBs of any NFL team from week 7 – week 16. However if you take week 7 out of that, it drops a bit. Still he faces no top 10 difficult defenses against fantasy QBs besides SD.
Some other stats to consider:
Raiders averaged 30 pass attempts per game, which is low against the league average.
When with CIN, Palmer averaged 7 YPA, which is also low on the league average
He is worth picking up as a spot start QB2 especially if you are looking for a week 9 BYE week filler.