Philip Rivers Fantasy News

Schefter: Rams, Eagles swap Sam Bradford and Nick Foles

Tuesday, March 10, 2015, 4:18pm

Adam Schefter, Twitter - [Full Article]

Rams close to trading QB Sam Bradford to Philadelphia for Nick Foles and draft-pick compensation, per sources.

Update: This deal has been finalized.

In addition to Foles, the Rams will also get Philadelphia's fourth-round pick in 2015 and second-round pick in 2016. The Eagles will get St. Louis' fifth-round pick in 2015 in addition to Bradford.

The Eagles can also pick up a conditional pick in 2016 based on how many snaps Bradford takes. If Bradford plays less than 50 percent the Eagles will get a 4th-round pick, if he does not play at all it becomes a 3rd-rounder. If Bradford plays more than 50 percent of snaps the Eagles will not receive any additional compensation.

Fantasy Impact:

Change is afoot. Foles’ second season as the starter in Philadelphia didn’t go as well as his first. After a ridiculous 27-to-2 touchdown-to-interception ratio in 2013, Foles tossed 13 touchdowns against 10 picks last year. It wasn’t all his fault, however, as he was playing behind a patchwork offensive line and didn’t have as much time to throw. In the seven games that he finished in 2014, he averaged 16.9 fantasy points, which is about what Philip Rivers scored as the #12 QB on the season. Foles ultimately broke his collarbone in Week 9 and missed the final eight games of the season. He'll be penciled in as the starter in St. Louis, but this is a scheme/system downgrade, and the Rams' receiving corps is currently lacking established talent. As for Bradford, he'll get a fresh start in a friendly offense, though the Eagles just lost Jeremy Maclin. It's a familiar situation for Bradford, who has never had the benefit of a strong supporting cast. Both quarterbacks will be QB2 types heading into the summer.

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'At this point' Chargers QB Philip Rivers won't need surgery on his back

Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 10:54am

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers appears to have avoided surgery on his ailing back, which affected his play down the stretch of the 2014 season.

Rivers told 101 KGB FM radio in San Diego on Monday that he currently does not need surgery to repair the balky back.

"At this point, the back injury is not requiring surgery," Rivers said. "We'll kind of revisit it in a month or so. But everything is improving. I'm back to my regular workouts and running around. Me and my wife played a little tennis the other day. I've hit the golf ball a few times, so I'm actually on the up and up. So I'm pretty excited."

Fantasy Impact:

Rivers played at an extremely high level for the first half of the season, completing 68.3 percent of his passes for 277 yards, 2.5 TD and just 0.6 interceptions through Week 8. He posted #3 QB numbers in that span, but he was the #19 QB down the stretch after injuring his hand in Week 9 against the Dolphins. He then suffered back and rib injuries and threw for multiple touchdowns in just two of his final eight games (and averaged 1.6 INT) as the Chargers fell out of playoff contention. If he's fully healthy entering the 2015 season, he will once again be a fine value pick in the later rounds, but owners should be prepared to stream if the injuries start to pile up.

Monday, December 29, 2014, 6:00pm

Fox Sports - [Full Article]

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers says he doesn't know if he's going to need surgery on his ailing back now that the Chargers' season is over.

Says Rivers: ''I can't rule it out but it's too early to know.''

Fantasy Impact:

Late in the season, reports surfaced that Rivers had a bulging disc in his lower back. Rivers wouldn't confirm or deny it on Monday, but added that ''it's not exactly accurate.'' Likewise, he wouldn't be specific about the chest injury he was listed as having, the story went on to say.

Friday, December 26, 2014, 6:53pm

Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest, back, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 17. Rivers will be fine to face Kansas City in what amounts to a must-win game.

Philip Rivers feels better this week

Tuesday, December 23, 2014, 8:11pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Philip Rivers practiced on Tuesday this week, a sign that his back is in better shape heading into Sunday’s final regular-season game against AFC West rival Kansas City.

Rivers did not practice on Tuesday or Wednesday of last week in order to rest a bulging disk in his back. Chargers head coach Mike McCoy said earlier this week Rivers is expected to play on Sunday.

“I definitely feel better than last week,” Rivers said.

Fantasy Impact:

Rivers said last week that he had to take the time off so that he could physically be ready to play against San Francisco. But that’s not the case this week. Rivers may be a go for Week 17, but as of Tuesday RB Ryan Mathews and WR Keenan Allen remain question marks.

Philip Rivers dealing with bulging disk in back

Monday, December 22, 2014, 4:01pm

ESPN - [Full Article]

Chargers coach Mike McCoy said that quarterback Philip Rivers is expected to play on Sunday against the Chiefs. Rivers has been dealing with a bulging disk in his back that was injured against the Baltimore Ravens. McCoy said whether Rivers will continue playing with the injury is a group decision, and that it’s not career threatening.

“If that was the case and we didn’t think he could play this Sunday, we wouldn’t put him in there,” McCoy said. “We have plenty of medical advice, not just with Philip, but with everyone in this organization and in the NFL. Everyone has had some form of injury that they deal with at some point of the year. Philip will play on Sunday.”

Fantasy Impact:

Rivers did not practice on Monday and Tuesday last week to rest his ailing back. The Chargers could take a similar tact with Rivers this week.

Friday, December 19, 2014, 6:02pm

Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest, back, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 16. It’s a bad matchup and he’ll be without his top receiver, Keenan Allen, and his top running back, Ryan Mathews.

Thursday, December 18, 2014, 6:14pm

Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest, back) did not practice Wednesday. It’s a bad matchup and he’ll be without his top receiver, Keenan Allen.

Reports say Keenan Allen has ankle injury

Sunday, December 14, 2014, 8:14pm

Pro Football Talk - [Full Article]

Chargers WR Keenan Allen was hauled back to the locker room after trainers look him over on the sidelines during the team's game with Denver. There’s no official word on his condition, but his right ankle was taped earlier, and that’s the leg he had elevated before being taken away.

Fantasy Impact:

Allen was eventually carted off. It would be a big loss to the Chargers and fantasy owners as Allen was playing well coming into this week's game. Malcom Floyd
Eddie Royal, Seyi Ajirotutu and Dontrelle Inman would be Philip Rivers' targets if Allen is forced to miss time.

Friday, December 12, 2014, 6:26pm

Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest, back, probable) took full practice reps all week and is probable for Week 15. Rivers should be fine for an AFC West showdown against Denver.

Thursday, December 11, 2014, 6:32pm

Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest) practiced fully Wednesday. Rivers should be fine for an AFC West showdown against Denver.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014, 6:25pm

Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest) practiced fully Wednesday. Rivers should be fine for an AFC West showdown against Denver.

Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm

Patriots QB Tom Brady (ankle, probable) took full practice reps again Thursday and is probable for Week 14. Brady will be ready to go in a showdown with Philip Rivers.

Friday, December 5, 2014, 6:38pm

Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest, probable) took full practice reps again Friday and is probable for Week 14. Rivers continues to practice in full. He should post good numbers against New England.

Ryan Mathews (shoulder) injured, but returns in Week 12

Monday, November 24, 2014, 9:20am

Union-Tribune - [Full Article]

With Ryan Mathews having missed so much time and the confidence existing in his backfield mates, the Chargers were committed to a rotation at the position, possibly to a fault. Mathews was rotated out following a 19-yard run in the second quarter, and the drive stalled shortly thereafter with a quarterback Philip Rivers interception on third-and-goal.

For that matter, Mathews spent much of the second quarter on the sideline, as the Chargers were in their two-minute offense to end it.

He was the offense's central point to begin the third quarter, capped the team's opening drive with a 32-yard touchdown. The scoring run was the longest of his career.
Mathews exited with a shoulder injury when at least one player, perhaps two, fell on top of him. He returned late in the fourth quarter.

Fantasy Impact:

The Chargers are committed to keep Mathews fresh and healthy, although that didn't seem to help this week. But they want Donald Brown and now Branden Oliver to get their work so Mathews is ready to go at key parts of the game, and perhaps more importantly, in the playoffs. Mathews was banged up last year after a stretch of 20-plus carries to end the season and wasn't himself in the postseason. As a result, Mathews' fantasy value will likely be capped, but so far he's making the most of his touches. It's also not a friendly SOS pretty much the rest of the season.

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