Fantasy Football 2012 Rankings: San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers

Here’s one thing everybody knows about Philip Rivers–he’s one of the most competitive quarterbacks in the NFL and hates losing. So when looking back to last year, it’s safe to say Rivers will be even more motivated for a big fantasy football 2012 season as he looks to help the San Diego Chargers return to the playoffs for the first time since the 2009 season.

Rivers may have thrown a career high with 20 interceptions during the 2011 season, but he made up for it by throwing for 4,624 yards to go along with 27 touchdowns in 16 games for the Chargers. Not only has Rivers thrown for a combined 9,334 yards and 57 touchdowns over the last two years, but he’s crossed the 4,000-yard mark in each of his last four seasons.

Even if Vincent Jackson–who signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers this offseason–is no longer with the team, Rivers still has plenty of options on offense to display monstrous numbers once again for San Diego in 2012. Rivers is a competitor and there was a reason why the Chargers selected him with the fourth overall pick back in the 2004 NFL Draft.

Just take a look at the type of weapons Rivers has in the passing game. Along with Antonio Gates, San Diego added Robert Meachem and Eddie Royal to provide Rivers with a few extra options on offense–so there’s a good chance the Chargers could have one of the top passing units once again in 2012.

And the best part about Rivers from a fantasy perspective is he’ll most likely be available in the middle rounds–so owners will be sure to jump on him if available considering the type of numbers he’s been posting since 2008.

Fantasy Football Top 10 Quarterback Rankings:

1. Aaron Rodgers
2. Drew Brees
3. Tom Brady
4. Matthew Stafford
5. Cam Newton
6. Eli Manning
7. Michael Vick
8. Philip Rivers
9. Tony Romo
10. Ben Roethlisberger