Chargers fantasy preview: Philip Rivers and Hunter Henry
The passing game
In last week’s fantasy preview, it was written Rivers would eventually have a bounce-back game coming up, but it wouldn’t be the Bears. Today is that day. The Packers aren’t an easy pass defense, but they are easier to work against than Chicago. A potential shootout bodes well for Rivers’ fantasy expectations, and there’s reason to believe he delivers if the Chargers start helping him on the ground.
Will he go for 500 yards like the last time he faced the Packers? Probably not. But facing a defense that’s not quite as suffocating while playing in a warmer climate helps Rivers air it out. 300 yards with two touchdowns seems reasonable to expect for a game like this. Start him.
Hunter Henry is probably a top-level fantasy tight end to start for the rest of the season, but especially in Week 9. If there’s one thing the Packers struggle against, its tight ends as well as two tight end sets. They are 28th in defending tight ends and have given up the sixth-most fantasy points to them.
With a receiving group that hasn’t been consistent, and because Keenan Allen may still be somewhat hobbled on that hamstring he played through last week, Henry is practically a lock for 60-70 yards at least. Rivers will try to find him early and often, and it’s reasonable to expect Henry to get back into the end zone again.