Philip Rivers has long been the topic of heated debate. The San Diego Chargers live and die by his play, and in recent history, it has been the latter. Thursday night against the Kansas City Chiefs, Philip Rivers made fantasy owners proud. He was an almost perfect 18-20 for 220 yards, and 2 touchdowns. Unfortunately Rivers threw an interception in the end zone, but for fantasy owners, this was a mere side note when it was all said and done. Rivers made his mark on this game, and for the first time since Week 5, it was positive one.
Rivers’ production was tempered by the San Diego defense scoring not 1 but 2 touchdowns in the second half. This in turn, caused the Charger’s to turn to more conservative playbook down the stretch.
Even though this was an uptick in Rivers play, fantasy owners need to heed this warning; it was against the Chiefs. Rivers is still not one to be trusted on a weekly basis. His only weeks scoring 14 points or more (standard scoring leagues) were against the Tennessee Titans, Kansas City twice, and the New Orleans Saints. These are 3 horrible defenses.
In the next 4 out of 6 games he will face pass defenses that are in the top 12 in yards allowed. With this being said, Rivers is a pure matchup based play at this point. Next week against a soft Tampa Bay Buccaneers secondary, he will be a solid play, but consider another option in Week 11 against the Denver Broncos.