2013 Fantasy Outlook: Philip Rivers
Philip Rivers | San Diego Chargers | QB
2013 Experience: 10th Season
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Fantasy Football Outlook: After a terrific 2010 season, it’s been a couple of hard-luck season for Rivers to the point where some are questioning if this is a make or break year for the veteran quarterback in San Diego.
While Rivers has made his share of mistakes in recent years, I feel old GM A.J. Smith did a poor job of attempting to give him a respectable offensive line.
Many fantasy owners may not know his name yet but he lost a key receiver when second-year man Vincent Brown had a defender fall on his ankle and it broke in a preseason game while scoring a touchdown. Brown was poised for a breakout year as he was pushing for a starting job and would’ve passed Robert Meachem with ease.
Thankfully Danario Alexander came on down the stretch and I feel Rivers is a terrific QB2 to add on your squad this season. With Brown back and the addition of Keenan Allen in the draft we should feel good about the depth of talent Rivers has to work with at the skill positions.
His downfall could be the offensive line and that’s what holds him back from low-end QB1 consideration on draft day. Going as the 20th quarterback off the board in recent ADP trends, you can have him at the end of your draft and he is worthy of a roster spot.
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Summer of 2012: Fantasy Projections
After a great season in 2010, without Vincent Jackson for most of the year, and Antonio Gates for half of the year, it seemed like a no-brainer to project Philip Rivers as a top five quarterback. As we found out, things didn’t exactly work out well for Rivers, as offensive line struggles and possible injury held him back.
Even Greg Cosell pointed out (start time 52:01) Rivers seemed to struggle with a muddy pocket and appeared to be pushing the football, rather than driving it as he had in the past.
When we have a star player looking hurt or struggling throughout the season with no clear injury listed, I like to reserve my final thoughts about them until the season ends. This is because we tend to find out if a player has to go in for surgery, which would indicate he clearly was nursing a problem, but he could play through it.
While it’s likely Rivers had an ailment (looked better in December) there is no public knowledge of him going in for surgery and in an April interview, Rivers denied having anything wrong physically.
What To Make Of Rivers?
Yes, Rivers had a high interception total and struggled with consistent fantasy production, but he still had 27 touchdowns and over 4,600 yards passing. Not too bad for a bust player who is currently going as the 10th overall quarterback selected in recent ADP trends.
Top receiver Vincent Jackson is gone, but Rivers has already proven he can play at an elite level without him so I’m not going to guesstimate Jackson’s absence will hurt his fantasy production. Instead, I will focus on the positive with the addition of vertical threat Robert Meachem and the likely emergence of Vincent Brown to provide reasons why Rivers can bounce back.
As long as Rivers looks physically like the quarterback we’re used to seeing from the past, then he’s primed for a better year, even with a below average offensive line.
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Summer of 2011: Fantasy Projections
Philip Rivers has been a solid touchdown maker for the past three season but in 2011, Rivers finally put together the yardage numbers that make him one of the elite fantasy quarterbacks. What’s most impressive about Rivers numbers is that he did it all without Vincent Jackson until December, an injured Antonio Gates and a revolving door of no name pass catchers.
To see Rivers have such a solid performance with so much adversary should make fantasy owners feel good about his odds of repeating his production. Rivers should benefit from a full season with Jackson and there are rumors that the Chargers will make a run for Panthers’ veteran Steve Smith when the lockout ends.
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Philip Rivers has broken into the top fantasy quarterback rankings in the past few years as LT has aged. With gifted receivers all around him, look for Rivers to post strong numbers in 2010.
2010 Fantasy Football Outlook
2009 Fantasy Year In Review: Philip Rivers put another strong fantasy season together as LaDainian Tomlinson continued to show he was a shell of his former self. An aggressive pass first approach makes the Chargers clearly one of the better offenses in all the NFL.
With talented pass catchers all around him, Rivers is a threat to throw for well over 4,000 yards and thirty plus touchdowns every year.
2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings: Maybe the Chargers would’ve been better off keeping Drew Brees but Rivers is certainly no slouch. With Rivers at the helm, this team is going to be a threat to win a Super Bowl for a long time as he has a very good bill of health throughout his career.
Some weeks the Chargers may not have to throw much because they have the game in hand but overall Rivers will be a productive fantasy quarterback on your team throughout the fantasy football season.
- Strong Arm
- 4,000 Yards / 30 Touchdown Producer
- Great Offense
- Great Weather All Year
- Friendly Division
- Could Use A Better No.2 Receiver
More Fantasy Football Player Info About Philip Rivers
Philip Rivers | San Diego Chargers | No. 17 | QB
Height: 6-5 Weight: 228 | Born: 12/8/1981
2009 games played 16 | games started 16
2010 Experience: 7th season
Bye Week Conflicts (WK 10): Saints, Packers, Raiders
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