Fantasy Advice

I Slept on Philip Rivers Again. I Shouldn't Have.

By October 10, 2014No Comments

My god it hurts. It hurts just as badly as when I say "Bolt Up" on our fantasy podcast, and when I admit I like players for fantasy that I hate in real life.

But I suppose that comes with the territory. When it comes to fantasy football we all play to win. And playing to win means putting that bias aside.

Enjoy this one liner while you can because I won't write it again: I was wrong on Philip Rivers. This guy is good.

The Fantasy Value of Philip Rivers in 2014

I expected Rivers to regress from 2013. It's as simple as that. I thought the loss of Whisenhunt would hurt him and cause his value to fall a bit.

In 2013 Rivers finished as the 6th ranked fantasy QB with 276 points in standard ESPN leagues. He wasn't drafted in the Top-10 and was a pleasant surprise to owners who had him. He was a great value.

Fast forward to the 2014 fantasy drafts and he was, on average, the 14th drafted (109.8 ADP) fantasy quarterback. Currently, he's the 7th ranked fantasy QB. Once again a great value.

Rivers has already lost Ryan Matthews, Danny Woodhead and Donald Brown. Yet he's still scoring points and making fantasy owners happy.

With only 1 interception so far in 2014, you have to love what Rivers is doing. I mean quite frankly, I'd love to own him as my fantasy QB.

Experts Opinions of Philip Rivers

According to Rober Klemko, of MMQB, Philip Rivers has always had the talent and stats, but under the new regime in San Diego, he has become a more complete leader and player.

Keep in mind that Rivers currently owns the highest completion percentage in football at 70.3% and his team handed the Seahawks their fourth loss in just 23 months.

Rivers keeps saying all the right things,

“It’s a week-to-week league,” says Rivers, 32. “You can be rolling one week and be one of the best, then have an awful week and go back to what everybody thought before.

“We’ve got to keep the focus and see where it can go.”

Although I'm a Chiefs fan, as far as fantasy purposes go I think Rivers continues to dominate.

I missed the ball on this guy. For those of you enjoying fantasy success due to him, I commend you.

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