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17 Philip Rivers QB

San Diego Chargers

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Fantasy Analysis | 1411963445
Philip Rivers picks up slack for running game
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

With running back Donald Brown struggling to fill the void of Ryan Mathews in what seemed like a favorable matchup Week 4 vs. Jacksonville, picking up 19 yards on 10 carries, Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers put the team on his shoulders, throwing for a season-high 377 yards. He had three touchdown passes for the second time in three games, giving him eight (to zero interceptions) during that stretch.

With both Ryan Mathews and Danny Woodhead sidelined for the foreseeable future, Rivers figures to carry the offense, and if this performance is any indication, he's up to the challenge.

Based on what Rivers has been in the past and what the Chargers offense will have to be without any sort of running game, I'd anticipate using Rivers about like I use Matt Ryan in Fantasy -- in other words, starting him every week.

That includes Week 5 against the Jets, who are much more geared to stop the run than the pass these days.

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Philip Rivers dominates Jacksonville Week 4
by Chris Cwik |

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers dominated the Jaguars Week 4.

Rivers completed 29 of 39 passes for 377 yards and three touchdowns. He did not throw an interception during the contest. Keenan Allen was the breakout performer, as Rivers was constantly able to find his stud receiver during the contest. Even Eddie Royal chipped in, giving the team two receivers with at least 100 yards. Rivers did have a fumble during the contest, but did not turn the ball over.

Rivers will take on the Jets Week 5. 

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Fantasy Analysis | 1411581968
Don't shy away from Philip Rivers now
by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer

I'll admit Philip Rivers' first game without running back Ryan Mathews didn't go completely as I'd hoped. The Chargers didn't at all shy away from the run Week 3 at the Bills, giving backup Donald Brown 31 carries.

But he gained only 62 yards on those 31 carries for a William Perry-like 2.0 yards per carry. It was even worse than could have been expected following his stint with the Colts, confirming what we all knew: He is no kind of answer.

Except now with Danny Woodhead down, he's all they have. Well, he and Rivers, which is why I think more than ever this is Rivers' time to shine.

My two biggest takeaways from Sunday's game:

  1. Even with Brown getting all those touches, Rivers still had a big game throwing the ball, going for 256 yards and two touchdowns.
  2. As poorly as Brown ran the ball, why would the Chargers go to him that often again?

Even if you share just of those takeaways, Rivers' stock is on the rise. Against the Jaguars' 32nd-ranked pass defense this week, both Jamey Eisenberg and Dave Richard rank him as a top-seven quarterback, and with the Jets, Raiders, Chiefs and Broncos coming up, I'm thinking he's a must-start, Matt Ryan-level passer at least until Mathews returns.

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Philip Rivers tosses two more scores in win
by Chris Towers |

Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers put together another solid performance in a 22-10 win over the Bills in Week 3 Sunday.

Rivers wasn't asked to do much, as he attempted a season-low 25 passes, but still put up solid numbers. He completed 18 of 25 passes for 256 yards and a pair of touchdowns, both to Eddie Royal. He added 11 rushing yards in the win.

Rivers is off to yet another solid start to the season, having completed 68.4 percent of his passes for 778 yards through three games. He also has six touchdowns to just one interception so far. The Chargers are set to take on the Jaguars in Week 4. 

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Fantasy Analysis | 1411070189
Philip Rivers a quality starter in Week 3
by Jamey Eisenberg | Senior Fantasy Writer

Chargers quarerback Philip Rivers is set up to play well in Week 3 at Buffalo.

Rivers made the Legion of Boom look vulnerable in Week 2 at home with 284 passing yards and three touchdowns and a surprising 11 carries for 17 yards against Seattle. We hope he can carry that momentum into Buffalo, and the Bills have already forced three interceptions in two games against Jay Cutler and Ryan Tannehill.

Rivers is clearly in sync with Antonio Gates, who scored all three touchdowns against the Seahawks. Once Keenan Allen gets going, which should happen this week, then Rivers could become a weekly Fantasy starter. It helps his cause that Ryan Mathews (knee) is out, meaning Rivers could be asked to throw more if the running game struggles.

For a complete list of Week 3 options, read my latest Start 'Em and Sit 'Em.

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2005San Diego Chargers20221254.51155.2322013/161050.4
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2007San Diego Chargers161646027760.231526.8549211522/16344482.4
2008San Diego Chargers161647831265.340098.3967341125/1514812105.5
2009San Diego Chargers161648631765.242548.758128925/1676412104.4
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2012San Diego Chargers161652733864.136066.8480261549/31141388.6
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2012San Diego Chargers16157020020
2013San Diego Chargers1632010010
2014San Diego Chargers440030030
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