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QB Philip Rivers - Los Angeles Chargers

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

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Rivers downside of two matchup against the Chiefs and Broncos is easily offset in best ball leagues because other quarterbacks on your roster will automatically upgrade your ceiling in those weeks. Rivers' upside is unknown this year with his top three receivers returning healthy and the addition of #7 overall pick Mike Williams to the wide receiver corps. He's perfect for a best ball approach that targets two high weekly ceiling options in the QB10-QB15 range.

Summary

Despite another year with offensive line injuries, the loss of Danny Woodhead (ACL in Week 2) and a second straight season without Keenan Allen (ACL tear in Week 1), Rivers held it together and delivered a 33-touchdown season--one away from his career high. 2016's No. 8 fantasy passer got strong production from second-year option Tyrell Williams and additional support from free agent signee Travis Benjamin. The team's ability to incorporate rookie Hunter Henry into the offense helped the scheme become less predictable, especially in the red zone with two-tight end sets. Perhaps the greatest asset for Rivers was running back Melvin Gordon, who earned 41 receptions and was a steady enough force on the ground to keep the offense more balanced. Rivers has three years left on a five-year extension, so he is probably locked in as the Chargers' starter until he retires. He's one of the most consistent fantasy options at the position. (May 25)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 11, 7, 7, 7, 7, 8, 9, 9, 10, 10, 10, 10, 11, 11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 15, 15, 17
Overall Redraft - 80, 44, 51
QB Dynasty - 16, 14, 15, 16, 17, 20, 23

Stats and Projections

YEARGCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
2014 SD 16 379 570 4286 31 18 38 104 0 2
2015 SD 16 438 662 4793 29 13 17 28 0 2
2016 SD 16 349 578 4390 33 21 14 35 0 5
2017 PROJ-Dodds 16 363 566 * * * 19 * * *
2017 PROJ-Henry 16 366 570 * * * 20 * * *
2017 PROJ-Wood 16 371 580 * * * 30 * * *
2017 PROJ-Tremblay 16 369 595 * * * 15 * * *

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Average Draft Position

Overall: 100
QB: 15

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2017 Schedule

1@ Denver Broncos
2vs Miami Dolphins
3vs Kansas City Chiefs
4vs Philadelphia Eagles
5@ New York Giants
6@ Oakland Raiders
7vs Denver Broncos
8@ New England Patriots
9--- BYE WEEK ---
10@ Jacksonville Jaguars
11vs Buffalo Bills
12@ Dallas Cowboys
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14vs Washington Redskins
15@ Kansas City Chiefs
16@ New York Jets
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