After three consecutive seasons with over 4,000 yards and 27 passing touchdowns, San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers took a serious step backwards last fantasy football season. The veteran ended the 2012 season with just 3,600 yards and 26 touchdowns. He was picked off 15 times and fumbled the ball 13 times. It wasn’t a horrible season, but it wasn’t the top-10 season fantasy owners grew accustomed to.
This year, though, Rivers was back to his old tricks. The veteran finished with the fifth-most passing yards (4,478) in the league and also added 32 passing touchdowns. He even threw at least one touchdown in every single game. He quickly made fans forget about his dismal 2012 performance and once again established himself as a top-tier fantasy signal caller.
Rivers was the best value pick at the quarterback position and he quickly proved that he could be a weekly starter. The veteran ended up outperforming several popular draft picks tho season, including Matthew Stafford, Tony Romo, Colin Kaepernick, Tom Brady, Russell Wilson, and even Aaron Rodgers. Rivers average draft position this summer was 135.5 overall, which put him well after the 10th round, but he finished as the sixth-ranked (276 points) quarterback in fantasy in standard ESPN leagues. It doesn’t get any better than that.
Rivers had the most impressive comeback performance of any player this fantasy season, and he deserves a little recognition, so he is my pick for Fantasy Football Comeback Player of the Year.