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Philip Rivers | Quarterback | #17

Team: San Diego Chargers
Age / DOB:  (34) / 12/8/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 228
College: North Carolina State
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 1 (4) / NYG
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Philip Rivers completed 22-of-30 passes for 242 yards, three touchdowns, and an interception in the Chargers' Week 12 win over the Texans.
The Chargers did a great job setting up the Texans early, relying on short passes to start the game before pushing the ball downfield in the second quarter. The approached help Rivers to a hyper-efficient first half. At one point he had completed 12-of-13 passes with his only incompletion on an egregious drop by Hunter Henry which likely would have gone for 20 yards. He also hooked up with Dontrelle Inman and Tyrell Williams for long touchdowns before the break. After a quiet third quarter, Rivers made several great throws in the fourth to put the game away. He escaped a couple would-be sackers to his right before hooking up with Inman for a 25-yard gain, and he hit Henry for a 12-yard touchdown on the very next play. The score was enough to put the game away. After shredding a solid defense, Rivers gets the Bucs at home next week. He will be a solid QB1 in that matchup. Nov 27 - 4:19 PM

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Philip Rivers completed 23-of-44 passes for 326 yards, three touchdowns, and four interceptions in the Chargers' Week 10 loss to the Dolphins.

Things were going well for Rivers before he entered the fourth quarter. Despite constant pressure, he had managed to throw two touchdowns and briefly give the Chargers the lead in the third quarter. The wheels fell off in the fourth, however. He threw four interceptions in the final quarter including a terrible decision from the two-yard line with a chance to take the lead and a game-losing pick six in the final minutes. The meltdown was easily Rivers' worst game of the year. He will have the bye to think about it before facing the Texans in Week 12.
Nov 13 - 7:37 PM

Philip Rivers completed 24-of-33 passes for 275 yards and two touchdowns in the Chargers' Week 9 win over the Titans.

It was an efficient performance by Rivers, who got help from Melvin Gordon's 261 all-purpose yards and two pick sixes returned by the Chargers' defense. Rivers has been a steady fantasy quarterback who's mixed in some spiked weeks all season, with the forgivable exception of his two games against the Broncos. He'll be a mid-range to high-end QB1 in Week 10 against the Dolphins.
Nov 6 - 7:57 PM

Philip Rivers completed 20-of-47 passes for 267 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions in the Chargers' Week 8 loss to Denver.

Rivers threw the three picks and absorbed four sacks, but he kept battling back in an admirable effort. The Chargers had several chances to tie the game in the fourth quarter, but simply couldn't execute in scoring position. All in all, this was a better fantasy performance than we would have expected from Rivers in a brutal road-game matchup. In Week 9, Rivers gets a softer draw returning home to face Tennessee's sputtering defense.
Oct 30 - 8:11 PM

Philip Rivers completed 27-of-44 passes for 371 yards, one touchdown and one interception in San Diego's 33-30, Week 7 overtime win over the Falcons.

Rivers also lost a fumble the Falcons housed for a score. Rivers was finding big chunks most of the afternoon, but didn't have a bigger fantasy day thanks to Melvin Gordon converting a pair of goal-line carries. His touchdown was a five-yard lob to Gordon, the pick, an inaccurate checkdown to Dexter McCluster that the change-of-pace back batted into the air. Rivers has blown by 300 yards in four of his past five starts, but lost a lot of touchdowns to Gordon. Despite the white-hot play, Rivers will revert to QB2 status for next week's rematch with the Broncos, who held Rivers to 178 yards 10 days ago.
Oct 23 - 7:41 PM

Philip Rivers has fared well against the Falcons' defensive scheme throughout his career.

The former defensive coordinator in Seattle, Dan Quinn runs a similar scheme to that of both the Seahawks and the Jaguars, who are coached by fellow former Seattle DC Gus Bradley. Rivers torched Seattle for 455 yards and two scores when Bradley was running the defense there in 2010, and he has dominated the Jaguars in the last three years including a four-touchdown game in Week 2. That history does not guarantee success, but the Falcons have struggled against quarterbacks anyway this season. Rivers is a great option this week.
Oct 22 - 12:35 PM

Philip Rivers completed 18-of-29 passes for 178 yards, one touchdown and zero interceptions in San Diego's 21-13, Week 6 win over the Broncos.

The Chargers were just trying to survive against the Broncos' elite defense, focusing on the run and short passes to tight ends. Wisely, Rivers wasn't asked to air it out against Aqib Talib and company. The Bolts' best two drives were their first two. Shell ball followed thereafter, making for a largely tedious, unwatchable game. Still in his prime with a new weapon in Hunter Henry at his disposal, Rivers will be a QB1 for next week's likely shootout with the Falcons.
Oct 13 - 11:46 PM

Philip Rivers completed 20-of-29 passes for 359 yards, four touchdowns, and two interceptions in the Chargers' 34-31, Week 5 loss to the Raiders.

The Chargers held a lead for much of the day before losing it late in the third quarter. They had a chance to tie it at 34-34 deep in the fourth quarter with a short field goal, but holder P Drew Kaser muffed the ball and the Chargers went full-Chargers and found another way to lose, falling to 1-4. Rivers did everything he could, with both of his interceptions coming on deep balls. His touchdowns went to Tyrell Williams (29 yards), Melvin Gordon (18), Hunter Henry (1), and Antonio Gates (4). He's now topped 300 yards in three-straight games. Rivers will be a QB1/2 on Thursday night at home against the Broncos.
Oct 9 - 7:41 PM

Philip Rivers completed 28-of-43 passes for 321 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception in the Chargers' Week 4 loss to the Saints.

It was another choke job by San Diego, who turned the ball over three times in the final seven minutes to give away the game. Up 13 with the ball and just 6:50 left on the clock, the Chargers lost fumbles on back-to-back plays to gift the Saints two touchdowns. Rivers then took a sack, had to dive on a bad snap, had a great pass down the sideline dropped, and threw an interception on fourth down trying to hit the same play again to end the game. It was his first interception of the season. This was a catastrophic collapse by a team who has already lived through a couple this season. Rivers did not have much to do with the choke, and he played well for most of the game, completing 14-of-17 passes for 199 yards and two touchdowns in the first half and throwing a stunning pass under pressure to get the Chargers in position for what should have been the game-winning score. On pace for 4,440 yards and 28 touchdowns, Rivers will once again be a solid QB1 against the Raiders next week.
Oct 2 - 7:50 PM

Philip Rivers completed 25-of-38 passes for 310 yards, no touchdowns, and no interceptions in the Chargers' Week 3 loss to the Colts.

Rivers was flat-out bad in the first half, throwing balls at his receivers' feet and also overshooting them. He threw for almost 200 yards after the break, but took a sack on third-and-goal at one point. He spread the ball around, targeting each of Tyrell Williams (9), Melvin Gordon (7), Travis Benjamin (6), and Hunter Henry (5) at least five times. Rivers' receivers didn't help him with some untimely drops, however. He'll be an elite QB1 next week at home against the Saints.
Sep 25 - 8:02 PM

Philip Rivers completed 17-of-24 passes for 220 yards and four touchdowns in the Chargers' Week 2 win over the Jaguars.

Even without Keenan Allen and Danny Woodhead leaving in the first quarter, Rivers made it look easy against Jacksonville. He found wide-open receivers running across the middle of the field all game, and he hooked up with Travis Benjamin for 115 yards and two scores on just six targets. Rivers fell off the fantasy map after Allen went down last year, but it does not look like we will see a repeat this season. With the Colts and Saints next up on the schedule, Rivers will be a locked-in QB1 the next two weeks.
Sep 18 - 7:36 PM

After averaging 24 points the first eight games, the Chargers offense averaged just 16 points after Keenan Allen (knee, likely out for season) was injured last season.

The offense took a similar dive in the second half of their loss to the Chiefs on Sunday. Philip Rivers especially felt the effects of Allen's injury last season, averaging 90 fewer yards per game and throwing just 11 touchdowns over the final eight games. With Allen likely to miss the rest of this season, the Chargers will have to find a way to be more effective on offense. Rivers will be just a borderline QB1 at home against the Jaguars this week.
Source: ESPN
Sep 12 - 11:58 AM

Philip Rivers completed 25-of-36 passes for 243 yards and a touchdown while rushing twice for nine yards in Sunday’s Week 1 loss to the Chiefs.

The Chargers had this one in the bag before Kansas City stormed back with 23 unanswered points over the last eight minutes of regulation and overtime. Sunday was a tale of two halves for Rivers. He was surgical in the first half, dismantling the Chiefs for 151 yards on 16-of-20 passing. After losing Keenan Allen to a torn ACL, the offense withered even though Rivers had forever to throw with Tamba Hali on a snap count and Justin Houston out with an ACL injury. Rivers struggled without Allen last season and if the second half of Sunday’s game is an indication, it looks like history will repeat itself in 2016. He’ll be a back-end QB1 next week against the Jaguars.
Sep 11 - 5:00 PM

Philip Rivers agreed to reduce his 2016 base salary by $6 million.

He's not losing any money as the $6 million has already been converted into a roster bonus. The move frees up about $4.5 million in cap space. With Keenan Allen back at full strength, fantasy owners should feel comfortable employing Rivers as an every-week QB1 in fantasy.
Sep 9 - 9:39 AM

Philip Rivers completed 5-of-9 passes for 54 yards, zero touchdowns and an interception in Sunday's third preseason game.

The Bolts just wanted to get Rivers a few reps without getting him injured. Mission accomplished. Rivers attempted only 12 passes this summer, but it's not a concern for someone with 5,339 career throws. Rivers has his best supporting cast in a few years, and is a firm QB1.
Aug 28 - 2:55 PM

Depth Charts

Skill Players
PosRoleName
QB1Philip Rivers
2Kellen Clemens
RB1Melvin Gordon
2Dexter McCluster
3Kenneth Farrow
GLB1Melvin Gordon
2Kenneth Farrow
3RB1Melvin Gordon
2Dexter McCluster
FB1Derek Watt
WR11Travis Benjamin
2Jeremy Butler
WR21Dontrelle Inman
2Tyrell Williams
3Geremy Davis
WR31Tyrell Williams
TE1Antonio Gates
2Hunter Henry
3Sean McGrath
4Asante Cleveland
LT1King Dunlap
2Chris Hairston
LG1Orlando Franklin
2Kenny Wiggins
C1Matt Slauson
2Max Tuerk
RG1D.J. Fluker
2Spencer Pulley
RT1Joe Barksdale
K1Josh Lambo