College: North Carolina State | 17 years
Height: 6'5" | Weight: 228 lbs
Birth Date: 12/8/1981
Depth Chart: QB.1
2020 Bye Week: 7
Total Pts: 10
Avg Pts: 10.00
Rank: 23 QB
|Week 1||10||Philip Rivers 2 interceptions thrown (-2 pts)|
Philip Rivers 3 rushing yds (1 pts)
Philip Rivers 1 passing TD (4 pts)
. . . Philip Rivers 8 yd TD pass to Nyheim Hines
Philip Rivers 363 passing yds (1 pts)
Philip Rivers 363 passing yds (6 pts)
|Week 2||11||23-259yds / 1.7TDs projected|
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Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers will face off against the Minnesota Vikings Defense in Week 2. The Vikings defense surrendered over 300 yards and four touchdowns last week to Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers. The Vikings were also unable to force any turnovers and did not sack the Packers quarterback one time. Rivers threw for over 300 yards with one touchdown last week against the Jaguars. He also threw two interceptions, and that hurt what could have been a very solid fantasy day. He threw the ball 46 times, and we can expect Rivers to throw it a lot again against a depleted Vikings secondary. This will give him another good opportunity to rack up plenty of yards and touchdowns. He has a DFS price of $5,900, and this could be a good value pick if he limits the mistakes.
Indianapolis Colts QB Philip Rivers completed 36 of his 46 pass attempts for 363 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in a 27-20 loss to the Jacksonville Jaguars in Week 1.
Fantasy Spin: In his first start with his new team, Rivers looked a lot like the quarterback we saw with the Chargers in recent years. The veteran is still capable of piling up yards, but as long as turnovers remain the norm, he is a matchup-based streaming option.
Indianapolis Colts All-Pro left guard Quenton Nelson (back) did not practice on Thursday. Left tackle Anthony Castonzo (oblique) and center Ryan Kelly (knee) were both limited participants for the second straight day. Castonzo and Kelly should be fine for the season opener against the Jaguars in Week 1, but Nelson's status is more up in the air. Both running backs Marlon Mack and rookie Jonathan Taylor should see action in a plus matchup against a suspect Jacksonville defense, but not having Nelson up front would certainly be a downgrade for both the running game and new quarterback Philip Rivers. Mack and Taylor are both solid RB2s for this matchup, while Rivers could be a sneaky QB start in DFS.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers had a tough 2019 season in Los Angeles, going 5-11 and finishing with the second-worst quarterback rating of his career. He will get a fresh start in Indianapolis, where he inherits one of the best offensive lines in football. Rivers' lack of mobility at his age makes protection even more important. He will face a rebuilding Jacksonville team in Week 1 that ranked in the bottom 20 in yards and points against last season. Rivers has seen a lot of success against Jacksonville over his career, with 24 touchdowns, five interceptions and a passer rating of 119.1. Rivers should be considered an under-the-radar QB1 option this week.
Los Angeles Chargers head coach Anthony Lynn said that center Mike Pouncey (neck) will be a game-time decision for Week 1 against the Bengals for an injury related to his neck injury from last year. Pouncey played in just five games last year because of his neck injury, so this is a concern for the team's offensive line. Losing the four-time Pro Bowler would certainly be a downgrade for quarterback Tyrod Taylor, who is taking over as the starter in LA with Philip Rivers now with the Colts. Dan Feeney would be next in line to start at center if Pouncey can't get the green light on Sunday.
Indianapolis Colts center Ryan Kelly inked a four-year contract extension Thursday that will pay him $50 million, thereby making him the leagues highest paid center. Kelly will be integral to the acclimation of quarterback Philip Rivers to the Colts roster in his first season, while also being an anchor of the offensive line for the stylings of Marlon Mack and Jonathan Taylor. While Kelly won't have any fantasy consideration as a center, his presence upfront should help boost a Colts offense that passed for only 194.3 yards per game last season.
Indianapolis Colts QB Philip Rivers threw nine interceptions on throws that traveled at least 20 yards during the 2019 season when he was a member of the Los Angeles Chargers.
Fantasy Spin: Rivers has moved on to the Colts and will have a solid group of pass catchers to work with in 2020. He should probably be at least a high-end No. 2 quarterback in fantasy leagues and could even be a low-end No. 1 quarterback in deeper leagues.
Indianapolis Colts QB Philip Rivers in 2019 tied for second in the AFC with the Cleveland Browns' Baker Mayfield and the Kansas City Chiefs' Patrick Mahomes with 27 big-time throws (Pro Football Focus' highest-graded throws on precise downfield passes).
Fantasy Spin: Rivers did throw for 4,615 yards in 2019, high highest mark in four seasons, but what hurt him fantasy wise was his 23-20 TD-to-interception differential -- his worst since he became a starter in 2006. Rivers now moves to Indy, and his big-time throws prowess should be good news for the Colts' top downfield threat, WR T.Y. Hilton.
Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers said "at times what may have aggravated me a little bit last year was (critics saying) that I couldn't play anymore." Rivers turned the ball over 23 times in 2019, including 20 interceptions, which were the third-most in the NFL last year. But the Colts think the 38-year-old can still play, and Rivers has started 224 straight games, has thrown for 59,271 yards and 397 touchdowns and has earned eight Pro Bowl invites in his career. Head coach Frank Reich, who worked with Rivers in San Diego, still thinks the QB can be elite. And Rivers will be playing behind the best offensive line he's ever had with plenty of offensive weapons, including two high-profile rookies in Jonathan Taylor and Michael Pittman Jr. He is 38 years old, but Rivers landed in a great situation with an offense he knows, which will make him a streamable QB2 in the right matchups.
Indianapolis Colts QB Philip Rivers said he has been working out with WR Parris Campbell and TE Jack Doyle over the last few days.
Fantasy Spin: The Colts have not been able to practice this offseason, so Rivers is looking to build chemistry with his receivers during workouts. Rivers has been a solid fantasy option over the years and will have good options to work with in the passing game. He can be considered a low-end No. 1 or a No. 2 quarterback in fantasy leagues.
Indianapolis Colts QB Philip Rivers is planning voluntary workouts with some of his teammates in Indianapolis next week, according to sources.
Fantasy Spin: Rivers has not been able to work out with his teammates this offseason because of the shutdown, so he will try to start building chemistry with the pass catchers next week. Rivers has posted solid numbers during his career and can be considered a low-end No. 1 or a high-end No. 2 fantasy quarterback depending on the league.
Indianapolis Colts left guard Quenton Nelson didn't allow a single sack on 562 pass-blocking snaps last year, according to Pro Football Focus. His production in the run game was also the second-highest in the NFL among all guards, as measured by the number of rushing yards earned when he was in the path of the rusher (4.9). The Colts offensive line is widely considered one of the best in football, and Nelson is a big reason for that. The 24-year-old will be a huge asset for new quarterback Philip Rivers and Indy's ground game once again this season.
Indianapolis Colts QB Philip Rivers brings a strong play-action game to the team's attack, and head coach Frank Reich says the Colts plan to take full advantage. 'In 2013 when (current Colts offensive coordinator) Nick (Sirianni) and I were first there, (Rivers) had statistically one of his better years and we ran the ball well that year,' Reich said. 'Then you go back and look at the years with LT (LaDainian Tomlinson) and how effective he was in the passing game. He's always been great in the passing game, but I don't think there's any doubt he's been most efficient and played his best football when he has a good running game.'
Fantasy Spin: Indy ranked seventh last season with 133.1 rushing yards per contest, 12th in yards per attempt (4.5) and fifth in total rushing attempts (471), and have since added second-round RB Jonathan Taylor to the mix. Still, Rivers is now 38 and after showing signs of recent decline, he seems destined to finish as a mid-tier fantasy QB2, no matter how good the new fit is in Indy.
While new Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers is only on a one-year deal, head coach Frank Reich says that Rivers will be a Colt for multiple years. That the Colts are planning for Rivers to stick around after 2020 helps explain why they didn't make a move in the draft for a young quarterback until the Jacob Eason selection in the fourth round. Knowing that the team wants to keep Rivers around raises his value a little in dynasty leagues, but he's still a quickly-depreciating value due to his age. We've seen quarterbacks be successful in their late 30s, but Rivers will be 39 this year and learning to work with entirely new weapons after a shortened offseason. Don't be expecting too much.
Updating previous reports, Indianapolis Colts QB Philip Rivers is expected to stay with the team for more than one year, according to head coach Frank Reich.
Indianapolis Colts QB Philip Rivers on Friday, May 8, was hired as the 'head coach in waiting' for St. Michael Catholic High School in Fairhope, Ala., meaning he'll take over the program whenever his NFL career is done.
Fantasy Spin: Rivers, 38, signed a one-year deal with the Colts, and these type of announcements add to the near certainty that Rivers' run with the Colts won't extend beyond that. For 2020, Rivers is no more than a low-end QB2 for fantasy.
Indianapolis Colts QB Philip Rivers completed 64.9 percent of his first-down passing attempts as a member of the Los Angeles Chargers in 2019 - the fifth-best mark in the league.
Fantasy Spin: During an offseason during which many are suggesting Rivers may be done, this nugget provides some hope. A skeptic could easily say the Chargers' supporting cast is responsible for much of that number, and it is also true that first down is typically when defenses are in the most vanilla coverages. With that said, the Colts don't lack for talent at running back, receiver or tight end either and may boast the best offensive line Rivers has had in his career. As such, Rivers should be serviceable fantasy QB2 in 2020.
The Indianapolis Colts added some much-needed receiver depth behind T.Y. Hilton by drafting Dezmon Patmon out of Washington State. Patmon is a huge target for new quarterbackPhilip Rivers. At 6-foot-4, Patmon's ability to high point the ball will make him a threat in the red zone. He's a burner who was used primarily as a vertical receiver with the Cougars, so he'll need to expand his route tree to become a more complete NFL receiver. Still, there's intriguing upside with Patmon going to an Indianapolis offense that is in need of playmakers on the outside.
With the 149th pick in the 2020 NFL Draft, the Indianapolis Colts have drafted Ball State offensive guard Danny Pinter. Pinter wasnt one of the more highly regarded offensive line prospects in this draft class and is unlikely to contribute to protecting new quarterback Philip Rivers, though the hope would be that Pinter can eventually help out as a rotational piece.
Indianapolis Colts general manager Chris Ballard wouldn't rule out taking a quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft to learn behind QB Philip Rivers, but he said he won't 'force the quarterback position' when making selections. 'It's got to be the right guy, the right fit for us and for our staff and for our organization,' Ballard said. 'So I don't know when that's going to happen, maybe this year, maybe next year, maybe two years from now.'