Now may be the last chance to add Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers to your fantasy squad. Rivers is currently 72.3% owned in ESPN fantasy leagues, but he should be moving closer to 100% ownership after turning in another stellar performance against Dallas in Week 4.
Rivers threw for 401 yards, 3 touchdowns and just 1 interception in the Chargers 30-21 win over the Cowboys this past Sunday. The veteran has now racked up 1,199 yards and an amazing 11 touchdowns in 4 games so far this season. What’s most impressive is that he’s done all of this while completing 73.9% of passes and throwing only 1 interception, giving him a career-high passer rating of 118.8.
Rivers’ awesome numbers are spearheaded by his two high-volume performances against the Eagles and Cowboys, teams that rank 31st and 27th in the league in passing yards allowed. Rivers put up 820 yards in these 2 games, while totaling just 378 yards in his other 2 games against the Titans and Texans, who are top-10 in limiting passing yards.
It seems that Rivers’ numbers have had some correlation with the strength of the defenses he has been facing. However, the rest of his numbers have been great against everyone he’s played. His success should be enough for Mike McCoy to keep letting him throw the ball, especially with running back Ryan Mathews averaging only 3.5 yards per carry.
Rivers having below average weapons may eventually catch up with him, so don’t expect him to throw the 44 touchdowns he’s on pace for. There will continue to be matchups when he gets 40+ passing attempts and puts up 20+ points, but he’s going to have some low-scoring weeks as well.
It’s probably wise to only play Rivers in good matchups going forward. This Sunday against Oakland is a solid matchup, and if you need him to be your starter, he should be decent. Rivers match-ups coming up are up-and-down, so there’s no reason to stray away from adding him.