QB Philip Rivers - Los Angeles Chargers

6-5, 228Born: 12-8-1981College: North Carolina StateDrafted: Round 1, pick 4 (2004)

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Summary

Rivers continues to age gracefully; there hasn't been any late-career drop-off in efficiency for the future Hall of Famer. At 36, he opened the year with 12 straight multi-touchdown games and threw 32 on the season, posting his best per-attempt yardage (8.48) since 2010. That said, he's no longer much of an upside play, nor a real candidate to differentiate from the QB2 pack. Rivers has thrown markedly less often of late, with his attempts decreasing three years in a row in the Chargers' balanced offense. Without the 600-attempt outlook of yesteryear, he's now at the mercy of his playmakers to spin fantasy magic out of ho-hum volume. They're a plenty capable group, with Mike Williams scoring on 15.1% of his targets last year, and Hunter Henry's return adds another red zone threat to the mix. Still, it's never shrewd to chase last year's touchdowns, nor to target quarterbacks that depend so heavily upon them for fantasy value. Rivers' 2018 was impressive, and it can't be discounted - he was a true MVP candidate for much of the season. But in such a clustered group of fantasy quarterback options, it makes more sense to chase those with more projectable QB1 upside. Drafters seeking a cheap stab at big numbers may be better served targeting Jameis Winston or Lamar Jackson from his tier. (May 9)

FBG Staff Rankings

QB Redraft - 19, 10, 13, 13, 15, 17, 17, 18, 18, 19, 19, 20, 20, 20, 20, 20, 21, 21, 21
QB Dynasty - 22, 19, 20, 21, 22, 22

Stats and Projections

YEARGCMPATTYDTDINTRSHYDTDFumL
2016 SD 16 349 578 4390 33 21 14 35 0 5
2017 LAC 16 360 575 4515 28 10 18 -2 0 1
2018 LAC 16 347 508 4308 32 12 18 7 0 1
2019 PROJ-Dodds 15.7 340.0 517.0 * * * 18.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Henry 16.0 365.0 540.0 * * * 14.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Wood 16.0 352.0 530.0 * * * 15.0 * * *
2019 PROJ-Tremblay 16.0 342.0 521.0 * * * 24.0 * * *

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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.

Average Draft Position

Overall: 120
QB: 18

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Latest News

Chargers | Philip Rivers sitting Sunday (Fri Aug 16, 09:33 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers will not play in the preseason game against the New Orleans Saints Sunday, Aug. 18, according to head coach Anthony Lynn.

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Chargers | Philip Rivers likely to play out deal (Fri Aug 16, 01:26 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers is likely to play out the final season of his current four-year, $83.25 million contract in 2019 before he and the team address a new deal next offseason, according to sources.

Our View: Rivers has a cap hit of $23 million in 2019, then he's set to be an unrestricted free agent. If he stays healthy and plays like everyone expects, we can't see the Chargers letting him get away.
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Chargers | Philip Rivers to sit out game (Thu Aug 8, 01:28 PM) - Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers will be held out of the team's preseason opener Thursday, Aug. 8.

Our View: It's the first preseason game for the Chargers, so this move is not surprising. QB Tyrod Taylor is expected to start and be backed up by Cardale Jones and Easton Stick.
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2019 Schedule

1vs Indianapolis Colts
2@ Detroit Lions
3vs Houston Texans
4@ Miami Dolphins
5vs Denver Broncos
6vs Pittsburgh Steelers
7@ Tennessee Titans
8@ Chicago Bears
9vs Green Bay Packers
10@ Oakland Raiders
11vs Kansas City Chiefs
12--- BYE WEEK ---
13@ Denver Broncos
14@ Jacksonville Jaguars
15vs Minnesota Vikings
16vs Oakland Raiders
17@ Kansas City Chiefs