Philip Rivers Fantasy News
Ryan Mathews is still San Diego's 'bell cow' RB
Thursday, March 20, 2014, 11:54am
“We know Ryan is our bell cow,” Chargers GM Tom Telesco said. “He’s our No. 1 back. He had an excellent year last year. And we all know what Danny Woodhead can do in his role. We saw that for 16 games last year. And we think Donald can come in and add to that, too, and give us some different options. And a different style, too. The more weapons we can have for Philip Rivers, the better.”
Mathews finished as the #12 RB in standard formats, which is the second time in three seasons that he has posted RB1-type numbers. He'll be a risk/reward pick in 2014 given his injury history. He is currently going in the middle of the 5th round and will be a nice value there if he can stay healthy.
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Tuesday, January 14, 2014, 12:20pm
The biggest beneficiary in the Ken Whisenhunt hire should be Jake Locker, the Titans’ talented but injury-prone quarterback. Whisenhunt has worked successfully with young quarterbacks (Ben Roethlisberger in Pittsburgh), old quarterbacks (Kurt Warner in Arizona) and in-between quarterbacks (Philip Rivers in San Diego).
But it also ups the pressure on Locker. Entering his fourth pro season, he is at a crossroads. At some point this year, Whisenhunt will decide if Locker is indeed a franchise quarterback or if the Titans need to go a different direction.
Personally, I think it is a terrific pairing. Locker has worked in two different offensive systems — the first one run by Chris Palmer, the more recent by Dowell Loggains — over the past three seasons. Whisenhunt will provide new direction.
Titans hire Ken Whisenhunt as head coach
Monday, January 13, 2014, 8:31pm
Whisenhunt replaces Mike Munchak, who parted with the team after three seasons and a 22-26 record.
Whisenhunt led a revitalized Chargers offense led by QB Philip Rivers, RB Ryan Mathews and WR Keenan Allen. His first order of business will decide who is the future at QB. Jake Locker has been inconsistent, but the Titans hold the #11 pick. Ryan Fitzpatrick could hold down the fort for a year if necessary.
Monday, November 18, 2013, 8:34pm
At 6-6, 240-pounds, he’s quickly making his presence felt with big play after big play. After appearing in only four games as a rookie, Green is blossoming before the Bolts very eyes. In 10 games this year, he has caught 11 balls for 229 yards, averaging a gaudy 20.8 yards per catch. His best game came Sunday against the Dolphins with an impressive four reception, 81-yard effort. Both were career highs for the Louisiana-Lafayette product.
Over the course of the season, Philip Rivers has learned that when he gives number 89 a chance to make a play, he’ll usually be rewarded.
“It was just some of the way those plays came up,” Rivers said. “We know what he’s capable of and he’s going to continue to have a role for us in the passing game and in the running game. He was big for us with a couple of big catches.”
Saturday, November 2, 2013, 10:16am
Allen has caught 23 passes for 369 yards and two touchdowns the past four games, a run that becomes more impressive when considering his growing pains months ago. Moving forward, confidence management is key.
Allen has really stepped up since the loss of Malcom Floyd and has emerged as Philip Rivers go-to WR - seemingly over Eddie Royal, who got off to a great start, and Vincent Brown, who has yet to really get things going this season. We're respecting Allen too, and rank him as a WR1 play this week.
Rivers: Vincent Brown is "everything you'd want in a wide receiver"
Thursday, August 15, 2013, 12:11pm
Brown started four games as a rookie. He was raw, understandably between the lockout and a hamstring injury in training camp, but the ability was there with 13 catches, 234 yards and a touchdown in those starts.
“He runs great great routes, he's strong to the ball, he has huge hands, he has range, and he's a guy you trust,” Rivers said.
"He's an easy guy to throw the ball to," Rivers said. "He's so smooth, so strong to the ball, so sharp. ... If he can be out there on a consistent basis, which obviously if he is healthy he will be, people are going to say, 'Shoot, he's one of the staples of (their) offense.'"
As the WR3 in 2011, Brown averaged 2.4-41-.25 in eight games, and posted a solid 1.12 fantasy points per target (FP/T). With Danario Alexander out for the year, he figures to be the top WR in the San Diego offense. Injuries are a concern, however. Consider him a fringe WR3 with upside.
Danario Alexander tears ACL
Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 7:39pm
Alexander, who tore his left ACL three times in college at Missouri, has had a history of knee problem.
Alexander emerged as a very good fantasy player last season, catching 37 passes for 658 yards and seven touchdowns in 10 games overall. Over that span he posted #6 WR numbers, and this year we had him ranked as a solid WR3. Vincent Brown and Malcom Floyd will both get a bump in value, but even Brown just recently returned to practice. Also, the Bolts are supposed to simplify things this year, running more with Ryan Mathews, Danny Woodhead and Ronnie Brown, and getting the ball quicker out of QB Philip Rivers' hand. We have Keenan Allen next up on the depth chart followed by Eddie Royal and Robert Meachem, who were both very disappointing last season. At TE, Antonio Gates figures to see a few more targets as well. This is a big blow to Philip Rivers.
Antonio Gates in better shape
Monday, August 5, 2013, 11:08am
Antonio Gates is gluten-free and ticked off.
The greats have to keep finding new things to stoke the greatness, and so Gates grips his incentive in arms forged of a new resolve.
Gates has lost weight, even gotten leaner before, but he has always tended toward Pillsbury Dough Boy more than Man of Steel.
Now, a veteran of multiple serious foot injuries, far closer to the end of his career than the beginning and a little bit freaked out by that rapidly approaching mortality, he has eliminated wheat (and some other things) from his diet. Never before in a career going on 11 years has there been this definition, this sinew throughout his 255 pounds.
The story acknowledges that we heard similar things from Gates in previous seasons. While he seems to be keeping his weight off, his stock is still down from where we all once remember it. We rank him at 14th, with an ADP of the 12th round. The Chargers O-line still looks pretty bad, but the plan is to keep things simple: run more and get the ball out of Philip Rivers' hand quicker. He's only a TE2 option right now and there are better directions to go in until we see more. But someone will likely scoop him up based on name alone.
Saturday, July 27, 2013, 10:17am
Multiple coaches and teammates said in the spring they were taken aback by the rate at which Chargers QB Philip Rivers learned the new offense. There have been practices where he’s thrown more underneath passes than he can remember, and that added balance will be beneficial, he said, because it should allow for more third-and-manageable situations.
After four consecutive top 10 seasons, Rivers fell to 20th in total fantasy points and 22nd in PPG. This can be partly attributed to the departure of Vincent Jackson and the fact that Antonio Gates simply isn't a dominant tight end anymore. Rivers is not an elite QB who can overcome a talent drop off, but he is capable enough to post good-to-great numbers if he's surrounded by good players. There are concerns that all of this underneath throwing will negatively impact Danario Alexander, but the team would be foolish to ignore the chemistry and success that the Rivers/Alexander duo had last season.
Bolts want Philip Rivers to get back to basics
Tuesday, July 16, 2013, 10:17am
Rivers' inconsistency has critics swarming, but new coach Mike McCoy believes his quarterback will have a "great year" as long as the team simplifies things.
"We got to get him going back to the basics," McCoy said. "Take what the defense gives you. Don't be afraid to check it down. You don't have to make that big play every play."
McCoy wants the ball out quicker and also said another key is running the football, which is likely why the team resigned Ronnie Brown and signed free agent Danny Woodhead. Rivers' 2012 season arguably was his most inconsistent since taking over as full-time starter in 2006, but McCoy is known for getting the most out of his quarterbacks.
Danny Woodhead is going to be "a big part" of Chargers' offense
Thursday, June 27, 2013, 10:10am
Former general manager A.J. Smith drafted RB Ryan Mathews to be a three-down workhorse, but "you can count the number of third-down receptions he's had in his career on two hands," UT-San Diego's Michael Gehlken said. Norv Turner's coaching staff never trusted Mathews' pass protection or route running in high-leverage third-down or two-minute drill situations.
"So Woodhead is going to be a big part of this thing," Gehlken said. "Woodhead is just better in a lot of areas than Ryan Mathews."
Woodhead is a sneaky pick, especially in PPR formats given his propensity to catch passes out of the backfield. There's a good chance that Woody plays on most third downs and in the Chrargers' two-minute drill, putting a considerable dent in Mathews' upside.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 10:06am
He’s not quite 6-foot, not quite 200 pounds, not a guy who’d win a foot race against almost any cornerback. But he plays tall, plays big, plays fast.
Brown seemingly picking up where he left off last preseason before breaking his ankle is great news.
QB Philip Rivers still retains great rapport with WR Malcom Floyd and seemed to develop something with WR Danario Alexander last year, but if Brown continues to look as good as beat writer Kevin Acee says, Floyd could be the guy on the outside looking in. We currently have Brown ranked 59th among our WRs, and if he wins a job he will likely climb our charts a little. You should still be able to get him in the second half of drafts as a big-time sleeper candidate.
Tuesday, June 18, 2013, 10:01am
The ball is expected to leave QB Philip Rivers' hand quicker in 2013. While some situations will still call for going deep, Floyd must do more if he is to see regular snaps.
"I’m running different routes," Floyd said. "These coaches are really working on my lateral ability, a lot of these drills this offseason, getting in and out of my breaks. It’s details like foot placement on curl routes, reprogramming my brain. ... I’m 10 years old in this league, but I feel a lot better than last year. I’m very excited about this upcoming year."
Saturday, June 8, 2013, 10:44am
Chargers QB Philip Rivers, 31, seems determined to show he can be a better version of the quarterback that once led the NFL in passing yards (2010) and touchdowns (2008), and not the one who threw 25 interceptions, lost 12 fumbles and was sacked 79 times in the past two seasons.
He told USA TODAY Sports he has been reinvigorated by the new offense of head coach Mike McCoy and offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt.
"I think my best football is ahead of me, I really do," Rivers said. "That's being optimistic, because we've had a lot of really good years. I am probably on the second half of my career, the back end, but I think I've got a lot of good football left.
After four consecutive top 10 seasons, Rivers fell to 20th in total fantasy points and 22nd in PPG. This can be partly attributed to the departure of Vincent Jackson and the fact that Antonio Gates simply isn't a dominant tight end anymore. Rivers is not an elite QB who can overcome a talent drop off, but he is capable enough to post good-to-great numbers if he's surrounded by good players. Hiring former Denver OC Mike McCoy and re-signing Danario Alexander should help. Of the QBs available in the later rounds, he has quite a bit of upside.
Friday, May 31, 2013, 9:59am
The Chargers are counting the minutes to get receiver Vincent Brown back on the field. They think he can be a star. Brown came on strong toward the end of his rookie season in 2011 and then was outstanding in training camp. However, he broke his ankle in the preseason and was lost for the entire 2012 season. The Chargers’ offense badly missed him. He is now healthy, and the Chargers are going to unleash Brown. He should be a major focal point of the offense. Brown and quarterback Philip Rivers were building a strong chemistry, and they will continue to work on it in training camp.
Brown has to beat out Malcom Floyd to have serious fantasy value in 2013, but this is certainly a player to watch this summer.