Football Season is just around the corner and with real football comes fantasy football. The Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is not only one of the better quarterbacks in the NFL, but also in fantasy football.
Waiting on a quarterback in fantasy football is becoming a common trend in the fantasy community, and if you are doing just that in drafts, Rivers should be one of the quarterbacks you should target. Rivers’ current ADP (average draft position) is 94.6 in standard 10 team drafts, according to fantasyfootballcalculator.com. He is the 11th quarterback on average chosen, being drafted behind players like Blake Bortles, Carson Palmer and Eli Manning.
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Let’s look at the previous six seasons for Rivers and where he finished among quarterbacks:
Standard Scoring: 4 points per touchdown, 1 point per 25 passing yards, 1 point per 10 rushing yards, -2 points per interception, -2 points per fumble
2015 – 284 points, finished 12th among Quarterbacks
2014 – 266 points, finished 11th among Quarterbacks
2013 – 287 points, finished 5th among Quarterbacks
2012 – 208 points, finished 20th among Quarterbacks
2011 – 253 points, finished 9th among Quarterbacks
2010 – 280 points, finished 5th among Quarterbacks
Rivers has been a steady fantasy option throughout his career, and before wide receiver Keenan Allen suffered a lacerated kidney in week 8, Rivers was second among quarterbacks in fantasy points behind only Tom Brady. Rivers had 18 passing touchdowns with Allen in the lineup
San Diego Chargers wide receiver Keenan Allen (13) celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the first quarter against the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Evan Habeeb-USA TODAY Sports through the first eight weeks. Once Allen was placed on the IR, Rivers combined for only 11 touchdowns in the final eight games.
through the first eight weeks. Once Allen was placed on the IR, Rivers combined for only 11 touchdowns in the final eight games.
Allen will be a big part of Rivers success in 2016, as well as the return of offensive coordinator Ken Whisenhunt. In 2013, Rivers finished 5th among quarterbacks in fantasy football. With Whisenhunt calling the plays, the Chargers finished 2013 5th overall in total yards, and 12th in scoring. The Chargers should be a top offense once again, and this will make Rivers a steal on draft day.
Rivers Fantasy Football Projection: 4,598 yards, 33 touchdowns, 11 interceptions, 32 rushing yards, 2 fumbles lost. 293 Fantasy Points.