• Philip Rivers

  • QB
  • , Indianapolis Colts
  • 39
  • 228 lbs
  • 6' 5"
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Draft note
by John Paulsen
Rivers reunites with Frank Reich, who was his QB coach and then offensive coordinator in San Diego from 2013 to 2015, when he averaged 282 yards and 1.91 touchdowns and just 0.88 interceptions while completing 67.3% of his passes for a 7.64 YPA. Rivers is way past his prime, but Reich should be able to get the best he has to offer at this point of his career. He offers high-end QB2 upside as the 24th quarterback off the board in early drafts.

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Scouting report

by Brandon Niles

IND QB Philip Rivers - 2020 Fantasy Football Outlook

Fantasy Upside

Philip Rivers has been one of the steadiest fantasy quarterbacks over the past decade, and is always a value pick with a reasonable ADP. Over his last seven years, he’s averaged 4,483 yards and 29.7 touchdowns per season and has been a top-12 quarterback in fantasy points in five of the past seven seasons. Rivers will join a new team this year, but he will play under Head Coach Frank Reich, who coached him for three years with the Chargers. The transition shouldn’t be difficult with his familiarity with the system. He has good weapons in T.Y. Hilton and rookie Michael Pittman and the fourth-best offensive line according to Justin Edwards this year.

Fantasy Downside

Rivers has definitely slipped the past two years, ranking 18th in fantasy points last season and throwing 20 interceptions to 23 touchdowns. He’ll be 39 years old in December and it’s possible he’s just done. He looked like a shell of his old self last season, despite 4,615 yards. Frank Reich was pass-happy in 2018, second only to the Steelers in pass attempts, but plummeted to 25th last year – though the sudden retirement of Andrew Luck certainly contributed. However, the Colts just drafted a running back in the second round of the draft, despite already having a capable starter on the roster and they have an emerging defense. They could very well try to win on the ground and let Rivers play more of a game-manager role in the twilight of his career.

2020 Bottom Line

Even if Rivers is done being a quality starter, his 14th-round ADP in 12-team leagues makes him a pretty low-risk investment for fantasy drafts. He’s in a nice position to succeed in his new location and is worth considering in all league formats as a value QB2 you can plug and play.

2020 Strength of Schedule - IND

W1W2W3W4W5W6W7W8W9W10W11W12W13W14W15W16W17
22
@JAX
6
MIN
21
NYJ
5
@CHI
23
@CLE
28
CIN
BYE30
@DET
3
BAL
19
@TEN
12
GB
19
TEN
24
@HOU
29
@LV
24
HOU
2
@PIT
22
JAX

Schedule difficulty based on schedule-adjusted, positional defensive ranking. Top DEF = 1, bottom DEF = 32.

2019 Game Stats

WkOppCompAttPaYdsPaTDIntYPAYPRRuAttYdsTDFumYPCPtsSnaps%
1IND2534333319.7913.3216006.0023.964/64100.0%
2@DET2136293018.1413.951120012.0010.967/67100.0%
3HOU3146318206.9110.2629014.5019.675/75100.0%
4@MIA24303102010.3312.9210000.0020.461/6791.0%
5DEN3248211024.406.591-300-3.004.170/70100.0%
6PIT2644320227.2712.3110010.0014.862/62100.0%
7@TEN2438329208.6613.7100000.0021.264/64100.0%
8@CHI1929201116.9310.5800000.0010.045/45100.0%
9GB21282940010.5014.0030000.0011.871/71100.0%
10@LV1731207236.6812.1800000.0010.377/77100.0%
11KC2852353146.7912.6100000.0012.180/80100.0%
12BYE---------------
13@DEN2029265219.1413.2500000.0016.666/66100.0%
14@JAX16223143014.2719.6210000.0024.643/6368.3%
15MIN2839307137.8710.9600010.008.362/62100.0%
16LV2739279007.1510.3300000.0011.260/6198.4%
17@KC3146281226.119.0615005.0015.777/77100.0%
Per game24.3836.94288.441.441.257.8111.830.751.8100.192.4214.7265.25/66.9497.35%
Totals390591461523207.8111.831229032.42235.51044/107197.35%
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