Jan 1, 2012, Oakland, CA, USA; San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers (17) gestures during the game against the Oakland Raiders at the O.co Coliseum. The Chargers defeated the Raiders 38-26. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Is Rivers A Bad Fantasy Pick?

Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-US PRESSWIRE

Philip Rivers has consistently been among the top scoring quarterbacks in the fantasy league from 2008-2010.

Why then are some fantasy football players staying away from him this year? Some so called “sports writers seem to think Rivers is an unsafe fantasy pick and won’t bounce back this season. Some seem to think this year will be the “status quo” with the offensive line becoming decimated by injury once again. Some are also saying that Ryan Mathews and our running game won’t be a threat, giving the defense a chance to use “extra coverage” to confuse Rivers and force him to make bad decisions.

I had also read somewhere (I won’t mention where) that Antonio Gates isn’t healthy, and won’t be, going into the season. Also that he’s trying to shed some weight just to take some pressure off his feet. It’s no secret that Gates has battled foot injuries for a few years now.

We also lost one of our more prolific wide receivers in Vincent Jackson, one of Rivers’ favorite targets, having lost him to free agency and because of that, Rivers won’t be as effective.

Two more reasons why some, not very football savvy, people are saying to stay away from Rivers as a fantasy QB this year.

Well, being the responsible writer that I try to be, I would like to set the record straight.

Nowhere does Antonio Gates say that he’s trying to lose weight to take pressure off of his feet. All he says is that he wants to drop 5 lbs to get to, what he feels, is his ideal playing weight and that his foot feels better than it has in years, although it still nags him a little. It doesn’t mean that he’s not healthy.

Losing Vincent Jackson could very well be a blessing in disguise. I think our wide receiving core got immensely better after his departure, signing Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal. Two for the price of one.

Sure, V.J. was a big target for Rivers and could out bully defenders, but Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal are faster and quicker.

I’ll take faster and quicker over taller and bigger any day. Rivers won’t have to wait as long for his reciever to get open, and seconds matter in this league. The less time Rivers has to sit in the pocket, the better.

We still have tall in Malcom Floyd. So now we have tall on one side, speed on the other, and quick in the middle.

Oh and don’t forget about Vincent Brown. He showed flashes of brilliance last season. I expect the same and more from him this year.

These are so called sports writers trying to “read between the lines” and put their own spin on otherwise non-issues, just to crap out a story.

The story is this:

Fantasy football players gather ’round and hear ye’. I’m here to tell you that Philip Rivers will have one of, if not THE best season of his career. Our offensive line WILL be solid, our running game WILL be top 10 in the league because Ryan Mathews will have a breakout year, and Antonio Gates IS healthy.

Philip Rivers is gonna have a hey day this year. Why would you not pick him as a fantasy QB?!


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  • LeeBo619

    @r_mainwaring Awesome article! Can’t wait to e-mail it to all my buddies worldwide..thanks and #GoChargers

    • r_mainwaring

      @LeeBo619 Thanks for the read. Make sure you leave a comment if you haven’t already.

  • boltsfan1972

    Randy this is me leaving a comment lol

    • RMainwaring

       @boltsfan1972 Funny! LOL

  • boltsfan1972

    I think Rivers is a better fantasy QB now than he ever has been more solid targets to throw at and Ryan will take a lot more pressure off him!!!!

    • BoogaP

      @boltsfan1972 My thoughts exactly Sam.

      Rivers and Mathews will battle it out for MVP.

      Go ahead, call me a homer….. Ive been called worse by….. well ya’ll know how it ends! lol

  • biggsybolt

    “I had also read somewhere (I won’t mention where) that Antonio Gates isn’t healthy, and won’t be, going into the season.” LOL Must be Bleacher Report.
    Spot on Randy, although when I did give a try at FF I was always a homer and chose Chargers players. Must be why I alway lost!

    • RMainwaring

       @biggsybolt Like I said, I won’t mention where! LOL I had to refrain from ripping the writer a new one because he totally misrepresented an article by Michael Ghelkin of the UTSD. He blatantly lied about what it said about Gates.

  • Jordan Lamm

    definitely not a bad one, but not the best either. he’ll bounce back from last year, with. better

  • Jordan Lamm

    recievers and an improved line…hes not rodgers but no hes not a bad pick….BOLTUP

  • KennyRedman

    Rivers will be a great pickup. Most fantasy leagues are full of guys going off last years stats. Rivers will fall a couple of rounds allowing you to get the running backs, and WR’s. Didnt he lead the league in passing W/O Jackson, Floyd, and Gates for most of the prior year???

    • BoogaP

      @KennyRedman People forget that he tied an NFL record in 2010, sans those players for most of the year, by completing a pass to 17 different receivers.

      I didnt forget.

      • RMainwaring

         @BoogaP  @KennyRedman Rivers has always been great at finding the open receiver no matter who it is.

  • boltheadbrad

    You have gotta be kidding me!!! Rivers is a great pick in fantasy he is still going to go yard to meachem and gates is his saftey net this year with vj gone. What about all the dump off passes to 24 last year. Anyone saying our offense wot be good this year is eithier a brocos fan or a raiders fan any other person knows the bolts will come out with guns blazzin!!!

  • joeynicks

    As long as I don’t pick him this year, he will be a great pick! I swear every time I have him, He will do terrible! Ugh last year finished 4th in my league NO THANKS TO P-RIVS! lol OH alright I can’t stay mad at ya! lol I forgive him! lol he should put up a great year because I am not gonna draft him this year! lol Great Read Randy!

    • pels04

       @joeynicks  Thats hilarious. Same thing happens to me whenever i have Rivers. I hope he proves us wrong this year!

  • boltsfan1972

    Rivers Fantasy Value ? Brown, Mathews, McClain, and those are just the backfield.
    WR’s Brown, Meechem, Floyd, Gates, Royal and Goodman has been Grinding Hard this off season . You do the Math

  • davie726

    I’ll say yes so I can snatch him up! Lol! Really, he’s a great pick! Don’t be fooled by last season (20 pick) stats. He’ll bounce back toss 4,000+ yards and 30+ TD’s in doing so.
    Side note: Let’s not forget he throw for 4,700 and change the year V.Jax held out 10 games in 2010

    • RMainwaring

       @davie726 I’d be willing to bet Rivers will come close to, if not break Brees passing record.

  • pels04

    For me Rivers is the safest pick on the Chargers this year, IF you take him in the right spot. Is Rivers in round one a bad pick? ya, i think so. But so is every other qb in the NFL (minus a 2 maybe 3).  He will return to old form, not worried about that at all. It is possible for him to put up huge numbers like Brees or Rogers because i see him spreading that ball around like those guys do.

  • elliottBolts

    @CallyUlrich @boltbeat never!!!!

    • CallyUlrich

      @elliottBolts didn’t think so ;)