• Philip Rivers
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  • , Los Angeles Chargers
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  • 228 lbs
  • 6' 5"
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Scouting report

by Bob Harris

LAC QB Philip Rivers - 2019 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside
What's not to like here? As ClutchPoints.com noted, Philip Rivers is coming off a terrific 2018 campaign in which he threw for 4,308 yards, 32 touchdowns and 12 interceptions while completing 68.3% of his passes and registering a passer rating of 105.5 en route to a Pro Bowl appearance. The 37-year-old is entering his 16th NFL season, but doesn't seem to be showing any signs of slowing down after earning Pro Bowl selections in each of the last three years. Since Rivers became a full-time starter for the Bolts back in 2006, he has made eight trips to the Pro Bowl. From a fantasy perspective, Rivers benefits from a strong offensive line, a deep group of sure-handed running backs led by Melvin Gordon, a receiving corps featuring the uber-consistent Keenan Allen and upside in the form of Mike Williams, a potential talent on the rise, and tight end Hunter Henry, who should again be healthy after sitting out last season with a torn ACL.

Fantasy Downside
The downside here is minimal. Are we concerned about a possible Gordon contract holdout? The Chargers won four games without him last year. Are we worried that Henry's return might be slower than hoped? Henry's absence was a non-issue last season. Tyrell Williams' free-agent defection to Oakland? Mike Williams appears to be the answer there.

2019 Bottom Line
Rivers consistently outperforms his fantasy draft position, which makes him a QB2 capable of cracking your starting lineup on any given week. If you're of a mind to jump a little early on one of the more athletic, less-proven QBs, Rivers is the ideal insurance policy.

by Steve Andress

LAC QB Philip Rivers - Week 19 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 19 at New England Patriots

The Chargers go west to east for the second consecutive week to take on the Patriots in New England with a trip to the AFC Championship game on the line. The Bolts have the second-lowest implied team total of the eight remaining teams, however, at just 21.5 points. New England ranks top 10 in aFPA to QBs. Los Angeles is a trendy contrarian pick this week, but our projections have Philip Rivers near the bottom of QB options in the divisional round.

by Steve Andress

LAC QB Philip Rivers - Week 17 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 17 at Denver Broncos

The Chargers offense will be at full strength in Week 17 with a chance to go from wild-card playoff team to home field advantage and playing against a potential lame duck coach in Denver's Vance Joseph. This is an offense to trust in the final week of the regular season, with an implied team total of 24 after being installed in Vegas as 6-point favorites.

by Steve Andress

LAC QB Philip Rivers - Week 16 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 16 vs. Baltimore Ravens (Saturday)

Los Angeles hosts Baltimore on a short week with a chance to get its offense back to full strength, with the return of Melvin Gordon and possibly Keenan Allen. This game has a low over/under of 43.5 points, with the Chargers having an implied total of 23.75, lower than recent weeks against a strong Baltimore defense. The Ravens rank 4th in aFPA to QBs this season. Seeing as Rivers has been mostly a floor QB1 play this season, we have concerns in this match-up that he will not post QB1 numbers, given the match-up and low volume passing numbers he's posted in some games with Melvin Gordon active this season.

by Steve Andress

LAC QB Philip Rivers - Week 15 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 at Kansas City Chiefs (Thursday)

In a huge divisional showdown on Thursday night, the Chargers and Chiefs have the second highest over/under on the Week 15 slate, with Los Angeles still with an above average 24.75 implied total despite being road underdogs. Philip Rivers streak of multiple touchdowns in every game this season came to an end last week, surprisingly against Cincinnati. Nevertheless, the Chiefs rank just 31st in aFPA to QBs. Rivers had his best fantasy day of the season in Week 1 against this defense and should return to QB1 numbers in Week 15.

by Steve Andress

LAC QB Philip Rivers - Week 14 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 14 vs. Cincinnati Bengals

The Chargers face one of, if not, the worst defenses in the league at this point in the season this week. Los Angeles has an implied team total of 31 points. Only the Saints implied total is higher. Plus, Philip Rivers has thrown multiple touchdown passes every game this season. The Bengals are 28th in aFPA to QBs. Rivers, without Melvin Gordon, appears primed for a high volume, high efficiency passing attack to put him near the top of QB rankings in Week 14.

by Steve Andress

LAC QB Philip Rivers - Week 13 Fantasy Football Outlook

Week 13 at Pittsburgh Steelers

The Chargers have an average implied team total of just over 24 points this week, but with negative game script expected as a road underdog, and Melvin Gordon out this week with a knee injury, Philip Rivers fantastic efficiency should now add some passing volume. Pittsburgh is fifth in aFPA to QBs, but Rivers had been match-up proof this season when it comes to providing a stable QB1 floor. He's averaging more than 19 fantasy points per game, and when he has more than 35 attempts, Rivers has reached that 19 points threshold each time. Rivers is a solid, safe option this week.

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