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College: North Carolina State | 16 years
Height: 6'5" | Weight: 228 lbs
Birth Date: 12/8/1981
Depth Chart: QB.1
2019 Bye Week: 12

Total Pts: 0.00
Avg Pts: 0.00
Rank: 0 QB

2019 RTSports Outlook

Rivers had his usual consistent season, having multiple touchdowns all but four games. He was 12th overall in fantasy quarterback scoring. Rivers had five 300-yard games and four three-touchdown games. HIs numbers weren't off the charts but super consistent in the Chargers good offense. Rivers had his sixth straight 4,000-yard season. He is 37 years old but remains the franchise quarterback for the Chargers high-powered offense. Rivers' arm strength seems to be down some and he struggles with the deep ball a little more than earlier in his career, but he still gets the job done. Rivers is accurate and has a quick release. He knows the offense well and does well in the pass-first system. Rivers has 10 4,000-yard seasons and six with 30-plus total touchdowns.

FANTASY OUTLOOK: Rivers isn't an elite fantasy quarterback but just outside that group. He will be super consistent, though, which is a big plus for his fantasy owners. Consider him a low-end No. 1 or top No. 2 for fantasy teams. His numbers might slip a little with him a year older but don't expect much of a drop - if any. Expect a season with around 4,300-passing yards and 30 touchdowns with 13 interceptions.

RotoBaller's Outlook

Seriously. Stop drafting Philip Rivers. I don't meannever draft him. I just mean that your late round QB target in single QB leagues should neverbe Rivers. Let's review Rivers' finishes by average ppg over the past five seasons: QB13, QB13, QB19, QB14, QB13. If you want to draft Rivers as a second QB to pair with an upside unknown, I get it. I don't agree with it. But I get it. However, under no circumstances, should Rivers be your QB1 on purpose. Analysts like JJ Zachariason and Denny Carter have proven you can stream a mid to low end QB1. You can consistently and reliably stream a QB that is better than a full season of Philip Rivers. He's the same guy every season, yet every season, fantasy gamers draft him on purpose. When you see Rivers nearing the top of the available QBs, go take someone else with actual upside. Given how replaceable the QB position is in fantasy football, for your QB to matter, he has to break out like Patrick Mahomes in 2018. There is no chance Rivers is that guy. His range of outcomes is basically QB10-14. Instead of drafting Rivers, go ahead and take a QB that actually has the upside to post a top six finish at the position because in 2019, Rivers will once again be a low end QB1/high end QB2, which does nothing for your fantasy team.

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Player Notes
Nov 8 1:20am ET

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers only completed 54.8% of his passes in the team's loss on Thursday night, his worst completion percentage of the season. Rivers also threw three interceptions and had a fourth one overturned because of an offsides penalty on the defense. The night culminated in a failed last-minute drive where Rivers threw seven straight incomplete passes before being picked off to end the game. It was should have been one of his easiest matchups of the season, Rivers instead finished the night with his worst passer rating of the year. A terrible week, but hopefully, he'll be able to shake it off next game.

From RotoBaller

Nov 8 12:23am ET

Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers completed 17 of 31 passes for 207 yards, two touchdowns and three interceptions during the team's loss to the Oakland Raiders on Thursday, Nov. 7. He was also sacked five times.

Fantasy Spin: Rivers had his moments Thursday, including engineering the go-ahead TD drive in the fourth, but he followed that by authoring one of the worst two-minute "drives" in NFL history, throwing seven consecutive incompletions, none of which were particularly close to the intended receiver, and putting the capper on it with his third pick of the evening. The veteran will have a long time to think about this one, as the Chargers next game is against the Chiefs on Monday Night Football in Week 11.

From TheHuddle

Nov 7 11:30pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers left tackle Russell Okung (groin) suffered a groin injury on Thursday night against the Raiders and didn't return in the second half. Okung had just recently returned from blood clots, so this is just another setback for the team's starting left tackle. If he's forced to miss additional time, it'll be bad news for an offensive line that has struggled to protect quarterback Philip Rivers consistently. The good news is that the Bolts have their bye coming up in Week 12.

From RotoBaller

Nov 7 3:20pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers had a quiet game on Sunday where he connected on 75% of his passes but failed to throw a touchdown. That should change on Thursday night when he visits Oakland. The Raiders Defense has allowed the second-most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in the entire league, and they've actually been worse than that over the last four weeks, surrendering over 10% more fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks than the next worst team in the league. Rivers will be fully armed with his complement of receivers, and fantasy owners should expect a big night from him in primetime.

From RotoBaller

Nov 4 2:30am ET

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers completed 75% of his passes for 294 yards on Sunday as the team outclassed the Green Bay Packers in all facets of the game. That said, Rivers was held without a single passing touchdown or interception, instead watching all the glory get spread out to his running backs, his defense, and even his kicker. It wasn't a flashy performance. Instead, Rivers focused on playing it safe, taking no risks, and hitting short passes that allowed his playmakers to break free, such as when Mike Williams took a 3-yard pass for 53 more yards down the sideline. Gunslinging Rivers is better for fantasy, but game managing Rivers just beat a heavy favorite.

From RotoBaller

Nov 1 7:30pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers has a midrange matchup against the Green Bay Packers in Week 9. Rivers has been midrange himself as he ranks 15th at the position in fantasy points the last five weeks. His weapons are relatively healthy, and there's no reason that Rivers can't succeed in the matchup. He just hasn't played well enough to warrant the low-end QB1 label. Treat Rivers as a great QB2 this week.

From RotoBaller

Oct 28 12:10pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers struggled to have an impact on the team's narrow victory over the Chicago Bears. Rivers ended the game having completed 19 of his 29 attempts for 201 yards and a touchdown, along with one interception. Rivers should have had a better fantasy performance, but receivers Mike Williams and Keenan Allen both dropped touchdown passes. The Chargers quarterback also threw another interception in the game, his seventh this season. Rivers has struggled with turnovers this season, and a matchup against the Green Bay Packers should be another tough test. However, despite that Rivers is still a serviceable option for fantasy owners, with the Chargers being one of the leading teams in pass attempts this season.

From RotoBaller

Oct 27 4:23pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers completed 19-of-29 passes for 201 yards, one touchdown and one interception in Week 8 against the Chicago Bears.

Fantasy Spin: Rivers didn't do much against a sturdy Bears defense, but the Chargers were able to hang on for one of those close games they have been involved in this season rather than lose it. He'll look for better results in Week 9 against Aaron Rodgers and the Green Bay Packers. He should be treated more as a QB2 at this point in most fantasy leagues, however.

From TheHuddle

Oct 27 10:10am ET

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is a borderline streaming option for his matchup against the Chicago Bears. Rivers is likely to welcome his starting left tackle Russell Okung (heart) back for the first time this season, and crucially the Chicago Bears Defense isn't the same without defensive tackle Akiem Hicks. However, the Bears have still only given up an average of just 16.0 points per game to the position. That level of performance against quarterbacks this season means that Rivers isn't an automatic starter. With Rivers likely to be asked to get the offense moving through the air, he should be considered a borderline QB1 this week.

From RotoBaller

Oct 23 5:50pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers left tackle Russell Okung (heart) will play in Week 8 against the Bears, according to head coach Anthony Lynn. Okung has been out all year while recovering from a pulmonary embolism caused by blood clots. He returned to practice last week. Okung will be available this Sunday, but Lynn cautioned that he won't play the entire game. Quarterback Philip Rivers will take it, as injuries have once again decimated the team's offensive line in 2019. The Chargers will need their offensive line to be at their best against a strong Bears defensive front.

From RotoBaller

Oct 21 12:10pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers completed 24 of his 38 passes for 329 yards and two touchdowns during a 23-20 loss to the Tennessee Titans in Week 7. Rivers has now thrown for over 300 yards in a game five times this season and has also had five games with multiple passing touchdowns. Despite the notable production, Rivers is a tough fantasy asset to trust in Week 8 against the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field. He is only an option in two-quarterback leagues for that contest.

From RotoBaller

Oct 20 9:53pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers completed 24 of his 38 passes for 329 yards and two touchdowns in a 23-20 loss to the Tennessee Titans in Week 7.

Fantasy Spin: Rivers doesn't have many huge performances, but he is typically good for around 300 yards and a couple of scores. He's a high-end QB2 overall, but a Week 8 matchup with the Chicago Bears isn't ideal.

From TheHuddle

Oct 20 7:30pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers' QB Philip Rivers passed for 329 yards on 24-of-38 with two touchdowns in Sunday's loss in Tennessee. It was Rivers's 2nd consecutive 300+ yard passing game. He has averaged 325 yards passing in those games.

Oct 19 7:10pm ET

Philip Rivers and the Chargers are facing a stingy Titans Defense this week. In the last three weeks, the Titans have only allowed two passing touchdowns. Meanwhile, in Rivers last three games hes passed for four touchdowns and 4 interceptions, which included a juicy matchup against the Dolphins that helped pad his stats. Rivers is a usually a streaming option, but fantasy owners shouldnt count on him this week.

From RotoBaller

Oct 18 1:50pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers left tackle Russell Okung (heart) said that he could return as early as Week 7 against the Titans. Currently on the Physically Unable to Perform list, Okung has yet to play this year. It's great news for a Chargers offensive line that hasn't been giving quarterback Philip Rivers much time to stay in the pocket and deliver accurate passes. It still seems unlikely that Okung returns this quickly, but it's certainly something for Rivers and the Chargers offense to look forward to.

From RotoBaller

Oct 14 2:00am ET

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers played poorly on Sunday as the Chargers lost to the Steelers. Rivers was responsible for turnovers on back-to-back drives in the first quarter when he overthrew Melvin Gordon on a backwards pass that was recovered and returned for a touchdown and had a tipped pass intercepted four plays later. With the Chargers in a 14-0 hole before the end of the first quarter, Rivers settled down and racked up a ton of yards through the air, finishing with 320. Unfortunately, the team wouldn't actually get on the board until the end of the third quarter, and Rivers would float a desperation pass at the end of the fourth quarter that would be intercepted to end the comeback. Rivers did tally a pair of passing touchdowns on the day, but his poor play was a major reason why LA lost on Sunday.

From RotoBaller

Oct 14 1:03am ET

Los Angeles Chargers QB Philip Rivers completed 26 of his 44 passes for 320 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the team's Week 6 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. Rivers also had a backward pass returned for a touchdown.

Fantasy Spin: Rivers was brutal with a capital "B" for much of Sunday night, turning the ball over early and sticking his team in a 14-point hole. He picked it up late, leading the Bolts to a pair of fourth-quarter touchdowns, but his final pass of the game was a terrible interception. Poor offensive line play is part of the issue, but Rivers needs to step up his game. He's looking at a tough matchup with a desperate Titans squad in Week 7.

From TheHuddle

Oct 13 11:30pm ET

Chargers' QB Philip Rivers passed for 320 yards on 26-of-44 with two touchdowns in Sunday's game against the Steelers. He did throw two interceptions in the loss.

Oct 11 8:40pm ET

Los Angeles Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers is set to square off against a Steelers Defense that has been on point recently. While Pittsburgh is 1-4, they've allowed just 7.54 fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks in the last two weeks, including a match-up with Lamar Jackson. Rivers is obviously a well-versed veteran with an abundance of weapons scattered around him, but his offensive line is terrible, the run game is suspect, and injuries abound for the Chargers. In the long run, it will probably be the combination of Keenan Allen and Austin Ekeler who bail Rivers out and make him a worthy start this week.

From RotoBaller

Oct 9 2:40pm ET

The Los Angeles Chargers placed center Mike Pouncey (neck) on the Injured Reserve on Wednesday and signed center/guard Ryan Groy in a corresponding move. It's another injury in a long list for the Chargers this year, as usual. Quarterback Philip Rivers looked his age in Week 5 in a home loss to a Broncos Defense that is starting to pick things up. Rivers will be a high-end QB2 in another home game against the Steelers this Sunday night, but he has some difficult matchups upcoming in the Titans, Bears and Packers.

From RotoBaller

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Week 2@DET13.8521362930012001
Week 3HOU22.803146318209010
Week 4@MIA23.502430310200000
Week 5DEN6.55324821100-3002
Week 6PIT18.002644320200012
Week 7@TEN24.452438329200000
Week 8@CHI12.051929201100001
Week 9GNB14.702128294000000
Week 10@OAK12.351731207200003
Week 11KAN
Week 12bye
Week 13@DEN
Week 14@JAC
Week 15MIN
Week 16OAK
Week 17@KAN