Philip Rivers has a consensus ranking as the 20th best fantasy quarterback. With an Average Draft Position (ADP) of 136, he will likely go in the 11th or 12th round of most 12-team drafts.
When it comes to Rivers, there is very little doubt that he has elite set of skills. Before last year, Rivers had 4 consecutive seasons with 4,000+ yards passing. The issue with Rivers stems from the lack of talent around him including a deficient offensive line.
Rivers had a very rough start to the season last year. During his first six games, he threw 9 interceptions including the worst game of his career against the Broncos during Week 6. The Chargers were pitching a 24 to nothing shut out at the half when Rivers completely imploded. He was intercepted four times — three in the fourth quarter — and lost two fumbles. The four pickoffs and six turnovers were both career-highs as the Chargers stumbled to a 3-3 record and went on to lose five of the team’s next six games.
The question is, which Rivers will show up for the 2013 season? Is he the guy who’s going to turn the ball over time and time again or will he be the player who threw for 4,600+ yards in 2010 and 2011?
There are also several questions to be answered within the Chargers organization. Can Ryan Mathews establish himself as a solid running back next to Rivers; can the o-line actually do its job and protect him? Rivers should be a serviceable backup if your starting quarterback goes down, but he is too risky to trust as a starter.