Philip Rivers has been a successful Fantasy quarterback for each of the past three seasons, but we'd like to see more consistency out of him in 2016. He's finished in the Top 12 in standard leagues each of the past three years (No. 3 in 2013, No. 12 in 2014 and No. 12 last year), but he typically starts hot and finishes cold. Last season, Rivers had at least 20 Fantasy points in a standard league in six of his first eight games, but he did that just twice over his final eight outings. He really fell apart last season when No. 1 receiver Keenan Allen (kidney) was lost for the year in Week 8, but he should be healthy this season, with the Chargers adding new weapons in Travis Benjamin and Hunter Henry and keeping free agent Antonio Gates. Ladarius Green (Steelers) and Malcom Floyd (retired) are gone, but Rivers should again be a low-end starting option in the majority of leagues. He is worth drafting with a late-round pick, and if he goes cold again in the second half of the season then just start streaming options to replace Rivers as your starter.
Rivers will sit out Friday's preseason matchup with the Cardinals, Michael Gehlken of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. The veteran quarterback attempted just three passes in Week 1 of the preseason. The move to rest Rivers is unsurprising, as the Chargers are clearly opting to favor his health over the need for preseason snaps. Also, he received plenty of work in two joint practices with the Cardinals early in the week.
Rivers completed 2-of-3 passes for 64 yards and a touchdown in his only drive of Saturday's preseason opening 27-10 loss at Tennessee. Rivers capped his only drive with a 44-yard touchdown pass to Melvin Gordon. Last year's second-leading passer looks ready to carry that form into 2016 at age 34.
Rivers completed 21 of 35 passes for 228 yards and two touchdowns in Sunday's 27-20 loss to the Broncos. He also threw an interception and gained five yards on two rushes. The 34-year-old finished off the season in relatively quiet fashion, no small surprise considering the decimated condition of his receiving corps. After Malcolm Floyd exited his final game early with a concussion, Rivers was once again down to rookies Tyrell Williams and Javontee Herndon, and second-year pro Dontrelle Inman, as his primary receivers. Factoring in that pass-catchers Keenan Allen, Stevie Johnson and Antonio Gates all missed significant time either to injuries or suspension in 2015, Rivers' 4,792 yards passing on the season impressively qualifies as his highest total in 12 seasons, while his 29:12 TD:INT ratio also qualifies as one of the best of his career.
Rivers completed 31 of 49 passes for 277 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 23-20 overtime loss to the Raiders. He did not turn the ball over, and was sacked just once, but led the Chargers to just three points in the second half plus overtime after they scored 17 points on Oakland in the first half. Things will not get any easier for Rivers and company in Week 17, as they travel to Denver for the final game of the season.
Rivers completed 26 of 36 passes for 311 yards with three touchdowns and two interceptions. He was sacked once and also recovered a fumble. After two relatively quiet weeks, Rivers came alive in an emotionally-charged contest that could have well been the last one played at Qualcomm Stadium. The 12-year veteran broke the 300-yard mark for the second time in the last four weeks, and his completion percentage was north of 70 percent for the first time since a Week 8 tilt against the Ravens. Notably, his elevated 8.64 yards per attempt on the afternoon was by far his best since that game as well, with the San Diego offense having been significantly comprised by multiple injuries at the receiver position throughout the last several weeks. Although those have certainly affected Rivers in recent games, he has had an outstanding season overall, posting a 26:12 TD/INT ratio and eclipsing the 4,000 yard mark for the third consecutive season. Rivers and the Chargers close out the 2015 campaign on the road versus the Broncos and Raiders.
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|WK||DATE||OPP||OPP RANK||OPP FPTS|
|1||09/11||@Kansas City Chiefs||6||18.00|
|4||10/02||New Orleans Saints||33||29.31|
|13||12/04||Tampa Bay Buccaneers||25||22.06|
|17||01/01||Kansas City Chiefs||6||18.00|
|3 Year Avg||67.2||4519||31||14||67||0||360|