One of the biggest fantasy football surprises of the 2013 season has been San Diego Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers. In past years, Rivers has not been a viable fantasy option, with the 2012 season being his low point. Something has changed in the 10th year man, and he has been torching defenses and throwing multiple touchdown passes. Through four weeks of the NFL, there have not been any signs of Rivers slowing down, and he will continue to produce great fantasy football numbers to your team, earning him a starting spot.
Last season, Rivers seemed to struggle all year long and was far from a fantasy football quarterback. He finished the season with 3,606 yards and 26 touchdowns, which was his lowest output since way back in the 2007 season. Rivers also combined for 28 turnovers last season and finished with a QBR of 41.5. The days of using Rivers as your starting quarterback were over, right? Not too fast.
This season, Rivers looks like a completely different player, tossing the ball for 1,199 yards and 11 touchdowns. The most improved part of his game is the turnover aspect, as Rivers has only thrown two interceptions all season. Just to give you an idea of where he stands in the interception category, Drew Brees has thrown four picks, and Aaron Rodgers threw two in one game against the Cincinnati Bengals. All signs point towards good things for Rivers moving forward.
Rivers is a starting quarterback week in and week out in fantasy football so far, and currently ranks third in total quarterback fantasy points in standard scoring leagues. He’s averaging 22 points per game, including a 401 yard, three touchdown performance last week against the Dallas Cowboys.
While he may not have any big time receivers, they seem to be getting the job done. Rivers has completed 142 of 105 passing attempts, which is good for a 73.9 completion percentage. He’s also posted an eye opening 9.5 yards per attempt and has completed at least one pass to seven different receivers. You can’t put down a quarterback with these kinds of numbers, which include two 400+ yard passing games.
Looking ahead at the schedule, the Chargers have three games before their bye week, which are against the Oakland Raiders, Indianapolis Colts and Jacksonville Jaguars. The Raiders and Jaguars rank 24th and 26th against fantasy quarterbacks respectively, while the Colts rank fourth. The play and matchups are a fantastic outlook for Rivers, and based off his play so far, you can feel safe starting him in your lineup.