Chargers Fantasy Preview: Philip Rivers and Hunter Henry
The Passing Game
Just like the rushing attack the past two weeks, Rivers has also disappointed. While he threw for 320 yards and two touchdowns last week, he also committed an egregious “fumble” on a backwards pass and threw two interceptions. The Titans may not be the best overall team, but they have a great pass defense. Through six weeks, they’ve allowed just 217.3 passing yards per game, which is sixth in the league.
Along with Rivers’ recent struggles and the opposing pass defense, the Chargers just can’t get anything going on the ground. Unless the running game gets going, you’re looking at a mediocre passing game where Rivers is forced to make some bad throws to try to get something going. Your team probably can’t avoid starting Gordon or Ekeler, but they can avoid starting Rivers with the quarterback depth in most leagues. Stay away.
Henry had a monster performance in his first game back following a knee injury that kept him out for five weeks. With eight receptions, 100 yards, and two touchdowns, he was the best offensive player on the field. He may not have those numbers this week, but he’s either the first or second favorite target of Rivers. Whenever he’s downfield, Rivers will look for him.
Tennessee has also allowed the fifth-most points to tight ends in the league. While the pass defense is good, tight ends seem to get the better of the Titans from week to week. The receivers are also depleted for the Chargers, as Travis Benjamin went on IR this week. Henry, outside of Keenan Allen, is the most reliable option Rivers has.