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QB Philip Rivers - Los Angeles Chargers

6-5, 228Born: 12-8-1981College: North Carolina StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 2004

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 17): Rivers has come through in two very easy matchups. This week, he gets the Rams in a far from easy game that should show us his viability in games at the tougher end of the spectrum this year.

Week 3: at Los Angeles Rams

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FBG says: Bad matchup. Phillip Rivers and the Chargers passing game are off to another solid start in 2018. The Chargers should get Travis Benjamin back this week after he missed last week, and that provides a nice increase to the Chargers who utilize Benjamin more of a decoy than as a receiving target as if you don't respect his speed they will throw the ball to the deep threat. Keenan Allen continues to be the focus of this offense, but after that the Chargers have shown that they will target whoever is open as Rivers does a tremendous job spreading the ball around whether it is to the pair of running backs in Austin Ekeler (8 receptions) and Melvin Gordon (15 receptions) or to the secondary receivers in Mike Williams and Tyrell Williams. One thing to watch is that Virgil Green got 74% of the snaps last week where Antonio Gates had just 19% of the snaps. This is something intriguing as Green has always had talent and now has 5 receptions in his first two games this year. Simply put, this is a secondary that you want to avoid. While they have not faced the best offenses in football so far this season, the secondary led by Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib leaves very little options for quarterbacks on where to throw the ball. Marcus Peters and Aqib Talib have only allowed 37 total yards when they have been targeted which through two weeks is simply amazing. This is a unit that combined with one of the better slot corners in football in Nickell Robey-Coleman is one that you just want to avoid targeting against as it has a chance to be one of the best in a very long time.

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
1 vs KC 82 34 51 424 3 1 0 0 0 0 32.2
2 at BUF 56 23 27 256 3 0 3 5 0 0 24.3
3 at LAR PROJ-Dodds * 23 37 * * * 1 * * * *
3 at LAR PROJ-Tremblay * 24 38 * * * 2 * * * *
3 at LAR PROJ-Bloom * 25 39 * * * 0 * * * *

Weekly Performance vs QB 1, QB 12, QB 24

Percentile ranks

Philip Rivers's percentile rank in each category, among QB with more than 50 fantasy points.

Recent Game Summaries

2018 Week 2 vs BUF (23 / 27 / 256 / 3 / 0 pass, 3 / 5 / 0 rush)

Rivers' day started off and ended with him on the run. But in between, he once again put up some large fantasy numbers. The opening play was a scramble where he was chased from the pocket, but the slow-footed Rivers actually ended up gaining six yards on the play. Soon after, he was firing strikes all over the field to multiple receivers. He found Virgil Green on the run for 25, then perfectly placed a lob in the end zone for Mike Williams with defenders all over him. The announcers speculated that it may have actually been a bad decision to throw it, because the safety read it and Rivers may not have noticed. But the end result was beneficial regardless. Next, Rivers found Melvin Gordon out of the backfield for a really easy score. He just has so many weapons at his disposal, and almost always connects with the MOST open receiver, that it wasn't difficult to see how he opened up 7-7 for 96 yards and a pair of touchdowns. Later in the first half, he was under a bit of pressure but managed to dump it off to Gordon, who took it down to the doorstep of the goal line. The two followed that up with a really tough connection in the end zone for Rivers' third touchdown pass of the first half. Gordon was in motion at the snap, and with the defender's back turned, Rivers fired it just under his arm. Gordon deserves credit for perfect timing and excellent concentration in hanging on. The second half was much different for the Charger offense as a whole. Rivers fired a pass that was batted in the air and could have easily been intercepted had it not been for Virgil Green boxing out defenders and knocking it down to save the turnover. But all of a sudden, Buffalo was getting pressure on Rivers from the edge. He was sacked on consecutive possessions (one of which nearly resulted in a fumble if the officials hadn't ruled that Rivers' forward progress had been stopped), and before you knew it the third quarter had ended with the Chargers having gained four total yards of offense. Rivers finally found Tyrell Williams on a crossing route to beat a blitz for 18 yards early in the fourth quarter, and made another couple of nice passes to Keenan Allen who got close to a score but not quite in. But a bad snap late nearly caused another turnover, but once again Rivers was bailed out by a teammate when Austin Ekeler pounced on the loose football.

2018 Week 1 vs KC (34 / 51 / 424 / 3 / 1 pass, 0 / 0 / 0 rush)

It took him over fifty pass attempts but as usual, Rivers put up huge statistics. After just one touchdown pass against six interceptions in his two games against the Chiefs last season, Rivers turned those stats around in a big way. And those numbers could have been even bigger if his receiving corps had given him a bit more help. There were multiple dropped passes in the game, most of which were potentially big plays and several of them would have likely been touchdowns. There were a handful of pass attempts that were slight overthrows or slight underthrows, most of which were still the fault of the receivers more often than not. But there were also at least two pass attempts that hit receivers right in the hands in the end zone for easy scores, and they failed to hang on. The running game was effective and the backs hauled in most of their passing targets, so it's not as if Rivers had zero help. And both Keenan Allen and Mike Williams seemed to catch everything in site. But Tyrell Williams and Travis Benjamin did their quarterback no favors in this one. Rivers looked outstanding, consistently putting the ball right on his receivers fingertips in positions to continue the play, and on several occasions he made perfect passes despite some heavy defensive pressure coming right at him. His first touchdown was a floater to Austin Ekeler in the end zone in single coverage. He read the coverage perfectly as the defense was bearing down on him. In the second half, he flipped an easy score to a wide open Keenan Allen and then later bought some time on a rollout to find Tyrell Williams in the back of the end zone for another score. But on what should have been his fourth touchdown pass, Benjamin just allowed it to bounce off his fingertips in the end zone. Rivers didn't play mistake-free football, as he threw one interception that was clearly his fault, and nearly threw another one on an underthrown ball. But on a day that the Chargers trailed throughout, he was relied upon far more than he should have been. With his old teammate Antonio Gates back in the fold, the two didn't have a regular connection out of the gate. But they did connect on a successful two point conversion attempt in the second half.

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Chargers | Three touchdowns for Philip Rivers (Sun Sep 16, 05:04 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers went 23-for-27 for 256 yards and three touchdowns against the Buffalo Bills in Week 2.

Our View: Rivers had an easy time of it against the Bills defense, although his fantasy line looks a bit pedestrian next to some of the bigger lines from Week 2. He's not an advisable play against the Rams next week.
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Schedule

3@ Los Angeles Rams
4vs San Francisco 49ers
5vs Oakland Raiders
6@ Cleveland Browns
7vs Tennessee Titans
8--- BYE WEEK ---
9@ Seattle Seahawks
10@ Oakland Raiders
11vs Denver Broncos
12vs Arizona Cardinals
13@ Pittsburgh Steelers
14vs Cincinnati Bengals
15@ Kansas City Chiefs
16vs Baltimore Ravens
17@ Denver Broncos