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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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Quick fantasy outlook: Philip Rivers was one of three quarterbacks taken in the first eleven picks of the 2004 draft. The other two, Eli Manning and Ben Roethlisberger, have two Super Bowl rings each, while Rivers has been unable to lead his team to the big game. Until he regressed in each of the last two seasons, Rivers was considered one of the best passers in the league: up there, for a few seasons, with Peyton Manning and Tom Brady. While he lacks mobility, he stands strong in the pocket, has an exceptionally quick release, and is deadly accurate when he can step into his throws. When the pocket collapses on him, however, he can be pressured into making poor decisions, and he is inaccurate when throwing on the run. His offensive line was atrocious in 2012. It will be completely rebuilt this season with four new starters (only center Nick Hardwick returns), but it remains to be seen whether the results will be any better. His receiving targets should be improved, however, with the return of Vincent Brown from injury and the addition of Keenan Allen through the draft. Rivers was a middling fantasy QB2 last season, but he had been a solid-to-decent fantasy QB1 in each of the four seasons before that, so he does have the potential to outperform his current average draft position.

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