Fantasy Football Profile: Philip Rivers

Jul 21, 2009

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Rivers has developed into one of the games best young QBs, but I think he takes a step back in 2009.  LaDainian Tomlinson played hurt last year, which limited his effectiveness and production.  Plus, not having Shawne Merriman reeked havoc on the Chargers’ Defense.  Having two healthy should change the way they attack defenses.  Rivers still has enough weapons in Antonio Gates, LT and Darren Sproles out of the backfield, Vincent Jackson, Chris Chambers, and Malcom Floyd to be a top end QB.   I just don’t see him approaching 34 TDs again.

Rivers has some tough matchups (Oakland twice, Baltimore, Miami, Pittsburgh, NY Giants, Philly, and Tennessee) as well as some favorable ones (Denver twice, Kansas City twice, Cleveland, and Cincinnati).   His fantasy playoff schedule (Weeks 14-16) is fairly difficult as he faces Dallas, Cincy, and Tennessee.  Despite some tough matchups, I would still take Rivers in the 4th round.  I expect him to throw for around 3800 yards and 24 TDs.

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