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 - #14 128.70 SD Active 11 years 33 6'5 228

2015 Outlook: Solid/Safe Pick

Last updated on Jun-18-2015 by Shawn Childs

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

Latest Update

Jul-03-15 Chargers TE Ladarius Green to take over for suspended Antonio Gates

Now that Philip Rivers' top target Antonio Gates has been suspended for the first four weeks of 2015, there is a major void in the Chargers offense. Fourth-year tight end Ladarius Green is set to fill the role. Coming off an injury plagued, disappointing 2014 campaign, he will be given the opportunity to showcase his talents for the first quadrant of 2015. While his 40 career receptions and three touchdowns isn't quite as prolific as Gates' 788 receptions and 99 TDs, Green has shown flashes of potential. In 2013, he did enough to make himself breakout candidate for 2014. Turns out Gates had more gas in the tank than many had thought. The first four weeks of this season could go a long way in determining Green's long-term future in San Diego.

Fantasy Analysis:

Green may very well be a worthy starter for Weeks 1-4 this season. The question is, how high do you draft him? After Week 4, he could very well fade back into obscurity, leaving fantasy owners scrambling for a replacement option. Green is currently being drafted as the TE23, however, I expect his ADP to spike considerably in the coming weeks. I like him in the TE15-to-20 range. The issue is you either need to draft Gates as well or another backup plan.

FFToolbox NFL News & Rumors

7/3 - Chargers TE Ladarius Green to take over for suspended Antonio Gates
6/29 - Chargers WR Stevie Johnson has good chemistry with Philip Rivers
6/29 - Chargers RB Danny Woodhead looks healthy again
6/18 - Chargers TE Antonio Gates is pacing himself in practice and feels 'great'
6/17 - Chargers WR Keenan Allen showing more 'focus' and 'determination' this offseason
6/17 - Chargers TE Ladarius Green 'looks really good' in camp
6/15 - Chargers RB Danny Woodhead is looking great at camp

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2014 Mock Draft Results

Month Position Franchise/Comments
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 21
FFToolbox Mock Draft July 14
July 14, 2014
12.09 Fantasy Taz - Rivers was a Top-5 QB in 2013 once he got some decent play from his offensive line. If the O-line continues with it's strong play Rivers will finish as a Top-12 QB easily and is a great addition at the end of the 12th.
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