Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers: Fantasy Football Outlook

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Philip Rivers, QB, Chargers

Position/Rank ADP NFL Team Status Experience Age Height Weight
QB - #12 142.34 SD Active 12 years 34 6'5 228

2015 Outlook: Solid/Safe Pick

Last updated on Dec-13-2015 by Shawn Childs


Week 14 DFS Update (12/13): Rivers has three games with one TD or less in three of his last four starts. On the year he has seven games with more than 300 yards passing and four games with three TDs or more. In Week 11, he threw for a season low 178 yards and no TDs vs. the Chiefs. Entering this week, Rivers will have even less weapons with WR Steve Johnson battling a groin injury and WR Dontrelle Inman suffering a neck strain on a bad hit that led to a ride on a stretcher. Kansas City ranks 10th in the league QB Fantasy defense, with six of their last seven opponents scoring fewer than 20 Fantasy points. With no run game, weak offensive line, and injuries at the WR position, Rivers will have only BBs in his gun.

Week 13 DFS Update (12/3): After two straight short weeks, Rivers regained his top form vs. the Jaguars (300 yards and four TDs). He now has seven games with 300 yards passing or more and four games with three TDs or more. Last season he threw for 484 yards and four TDs in two games against the Broncos. Denver remains the top defense vs. QBs, with nine teams scoring fewer than 20 Fantasy points. Last week the Broncos allowed over two passing TDs for the first time all year. For Rivers to have success he needs his RBs and TEs to be active in the passing game.

Update (11/25): Rivers has been a tremendous option this season. He slipped a bit after a terrible Week 11, but is still a high-end QB1 option this season. So far he's already completed 288-of-420 pass attempts for 3,211 yards and 19 TDs. Rivers was a tough guy to gauge at the beginning of the season, but has paid serious dividends to Fantasy owners that invested in him. However, with a decimated group of pass-catchers, it's going to be tough to keep up this pace, even for a QB as talented and experienced as Rivers.

Rivers has a 88-56 record in his career. He is a very good NFL QB who makes the talent around him better. Last year he attempted the second-most passes (570) in his career. His lack of pass protection over the last five years has led to an average of 36.6 sacks per year. The increased pressure and no running game led to too many errors in the passing game (18 INTs). Philip has thrown 30 TDs or more in four of his last seven years. In 2014, he had four 300-yard passing games and seven games with three TDs or more. The Chargers would much rather run a ball-control offense to keep their defense off the field. With growth in the running game, Phillip will be an upside game manager which makeS him a tough start from week-to-week in the Fantasy market. If game score dictates, Rivers is more than capable of delivering impact games. His receiving corps isn't elite with Gates another step closer to the end of his career. Philip will be a borderline top-12 QB with 4,000 or more yards and 28 or more TDs.

San Diego Chargers QB Phillip Rivers & Denver Broncos QB Peyton Manning

2015 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
Expert Mock
August 5th, 2015
13.06 RotoCurve - Rathburn - Lock for 30 TD every year, lack of superior run game/OL means they will keep throwing. (Comments Added Thu Aug 6 4:23:28 p.m. ET 2015)
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