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QB Philip Rivers - San Diego Chargers

6-5, 228Born: 12-8-1981College: North Carolina StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 4

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From the upgrade/downgrade report (Mon Sep 19): Rivers' fantasy value dropped off a cliff when he lost Keenan Allen last year, so expectations were lowered when Allen went down in Week 1. Danny Woodhead is also out for some time with a knee injury (we'll know more soon), but Rivers still destroyed the Jags pass defense and Travis Benjamin appears ready to do more. Don't drop Rivers heading into Week 3 with a good matchup against the Colts that he can at least turn into a solid streaming play.

Week 3: at Indianapolis Colts

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Mark and Joe say: Great matchup. Philip Rivers mowed down the Jaguars with 17/24 for 220 yards passing, four TDs and zero interceptions thrown last week - Travis Benjamin came into his own as the lead receiver for San Diego (six targets for 6/115/2) ably helped out by Tyrell Williams (six for 3/61/1) and Antonio Gates (five for 3/15/1). So far this season Rivers has thrown 42/60 for 463 yards, five TDs and zero interceptions to land at 12th-best fantasy quarterback in the land, despite losing his top receiver, Keenan Allen, in the first game of the season. The Colts are racing the Chargers' defense to the bottom of the league in passing yards allowed per game - right now Indianapolis is 25th in the NFL averaging 299.0 net passing yards allowed per game, with three passing scores given out vs. one interception (tied for next-to-last in the NFL) and a (tied for) next-to-last total of two sacks generated so far. They have averaged 21.3 fantasy points per game allowed to opposing quarterbacks (14th-most in the NFL), with 17.8 fantasy points per game allowed to wide receivers (tied for seventh-least in the NFL); and 7.9 fantasy points given up per game to tight ends (13th in the NFL). This is a nice matchup for the red-hot Rivers and his new cast of receivers. The rushing matchup is also really favorable, so it is likely we see a balanced approach from the Chargers - not really a set up for 350+ passing yards (although still possible against the weak Indianapolis pass D).

Recent Stats and Projections

WEEKOPPoSNAPCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumLPts
1 at KC 73 25 36 243 1 0 2 9 0 0 17.05
2 vs JAX 63 17 24 220 4 0 1 10 0 1 27
3 at IND PROJ-Dodds * 25 36 * * * 2 * * * *
3 at IND PROJ-Tremblay * 27 44 * * * 2 * * * *
3 at IND PROJ-Bloom * 21 32 * * * 1 * * * *

Recent Game Summaries

2016 Week 2 vs JAX (17 / 24 / 220 / 4 / 0 pass, 1 / 10 / 0 rush)

You can count on one hand the amount of times that it appeared that Rivers did not have an answer for whatever the Jaguars threw at him, either pre-snap or post-snap. Despite losing several key pieces to injury, he looked calm and in command at all times and did a good job of spreading the ball around. Perhaps his most impressive trait was how easily he diagnosed and exploited the mismatches the Chargers offense created against the Jags, including finding Travis Benjamin in single coverage against linebackers several times. If there is any QB who can shoulder the losses that the Chargers have experienced, it is Rivers.

2016 Week 1 vs KC (25 / 36 / 243 / 1 / 0 pass, 2 / 9 / 0 rush)

Rivers completed 25 of 36 passes for 243 yards 1 touchdown and tacked on 2 rushes for 9 yards. Rivers did a great job distributing the ball to 7 different receivers throughout the game, targeting Travis Benjamin a team-high 8 times. Rivers day took a big hit when he lost star receiver Keenan Allen to a knee injury. Rivers lone touchdown came on a 4-yard pass to Danny Woodhead in the second quarter. With the loss of Allen, Rivers will quickly have to build chemistry with the likes of Travis Benjamin and Tyrell Williams before next week.

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Latest News

Chargers | Hunter Henry to be busy in Week 3? (Sat Sep 24, 09:49 PM) - San Diego Chargers TE Hunter Henry is a 'tremendous receiver,' according to head coach Ken Whisenhunt, and QB Philip Rivers said Henry's 'catches are coming.'

Our View: Henry has a high bar to clear to be relevant for fantasy leagues as a rookie tight end, but the Chargers have a need for weapons with their top receiving back and wide receiver out for the season. Deep and TE premium league players should keep an eye on him.
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Chargers | Philip Rivers throws four TDs (Mon Sep 19, 03:10 AM) - San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers threw for four touchdown passes during his team's 38-14 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday, Sept. 18.

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Chargers | Tyrell Williams poised to break out? (Sat Sep 17, 12:23 PM) - San Diego Chargers WR Tyrell Williams is 'the prototypical big target that (QB) Philip Rivers likes to throw to', according to ESPN's Eric Williams.

Our View: Williams is the players most fantasy owners should target -- especially those who lost WR Keenan Allen. He could be in line for a much larger workload going forward. In Week 2, we see him as a WR5 for fantasy owners.
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Chargers | Philip Rivers has thrived versus Jaguars (Fri Sep 16, 02:18 PM) - San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers is a combined 80-of-108 for 962 yards and eight touchdowns with no interceptions against the Jacksonville Jaguars - their Week 2 opponent - over the last three seasons.

Our View: Rivers had 300 yards and four scores against the Jags last year, and that was after Keenan Allen went out for the season. He's at least a good streamer, if not a low QB1 this week.
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Chargers | San Diego offense headed for another dip? (Mon Sep 12, 12:19 PM) - San Diego Chargers WR Keenan Allen (knee) will likely need to be replaced by committee in the opinion of QB Philip Rivers after the wideout reportedly tore the ACL in his right knee in a Week 1 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs. Last season, the Chargers averaged 24 points with Allen in the lineup before a lacerated kidney that ended his year. After his exit, San Diego averaged 16 points the rest of the season.

Our View: Without Allen, the team could turn to a couple of different options. Tyrell Williams is a player fantasy owners should consider. Dontrelle Inman may be in line for more targets as well. We should see an increase in targets for Travis Benjamin, Danny Woodhead and Antonio Gates now that the Chargers have a huge hole in their passing game.
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Schedule

3@ Indianapolis Colts
4vs New Orleans Saints
5@ Oakland Raiders
6vs Denver Broncos
7@ Atlanta Falcons
8@ Denver Broncos
9vs Tennessee Titans
10vs Miami Dolphins
11--- BYE WEEK ---
12@ Houston Texans
13vs Tampa Bay Buccaneers
14@ Carolina Panthers
15vs Oakland Raiders
16@ Cleveland Browns
17vs Kansas City Chiefs