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.
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.