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Philip Rivers | San Diego Chargers | QB

2012 Experience: 9th season

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Fantasy Football Outlook: 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.

Passing Stats Rushing Stats
Yards TD INT Yards TD
2012 Projected Stats 4,601 29 15 34 0
2012 Fantasy Football Draft Prep: ADP's | Rankings | Mocks | Cheat Sheets + Auction Values
Year Age G GS Cmp Att Cmp% Yds TD Int Y/G Rate Sk
2004 23 2 0 5 8 62.5 33 1 0 16.5 110.9 0
2005 24 2 0 12 22 54.5 115 0 1 57.5 50.4 3
2006* 25 16 16 284 460 61.7 3388 22 9 211.8 92.0 27
2007 26 16 16 277 460 60.2 3152 21 15 197.0 82.4 22
2008 27 16 16 312 478 65.3 4009 34 11 250.6 105.5 25
2009* 28 16 16 317 486 65.2 4254 28 9 265.9 104.4 25
2010* 29 16 16 357 541 66.0 4710 30 13 294.4 101.8 38
2011* 30 16 16 366 582 62.9 4624 27 20 289.0 88.7 30
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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.

Passing Stats Rushing Stats
Yards TD INT Yards TD
2012 Projected Stats 4,601 29 15 34 0

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.

While Drew Brees, Michael Vick, Peyton Manning, Tom Brady and Aaron Rodgers are all solid candidates for a starting fantasy quarterback, it’s hard to look past Rivers as great fit for your squad.

Passing Stats Rushing Stats
Yards TD INT Yards TD
2011 Projected Stats 4,638 33 13 56 0

2010 Preview

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.

Audio: QB Philip Rivers | 2010 NFL Fantasy Football Player Rankings

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.

Assets

- Strong Arm

- 4,000 Yards / 30 Touchdown Producer

- Great Offense

- Great Weather All Year

- Friendly Division

Liabilities

- 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


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Projected Rankings Against the Pass And Schedule Link For Philip Rivers Found Below.

13th Hardest Schedule Against The Pass | Chargers Team Schedule

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