Philip Rivers, QB, Los Angeles Chargers
Rivers is clearly a diminished version of himself these days. But he had a nice game against the Jacksonville Jaguars on Sunday (314 yards and three touchdowns), has cleaned up some interception issues (seven interceptions in Week 10 and Week 11, one over the last two games) and he has at last 294 passing yards and/or multiple passing touchdowns in seven of his last eight games. His Week 15 matchup doesn’t look great on the surface, but a closer look shows otherwise.
The Minnesota Vikings have been better lately, as may happen when facing Brandon Allen and David Blough in their second NFL starts in two of their last three games. Their standing in the top half of the league in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks looks flimsy, and they’ll be hitting the road next Sunday.
Then Rivers gets the Oakland Raiders (fifth-most fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks entering Week 14; Yahoo! scoring) in Week 16, and the Kansas City Chiefs (12th-most fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks entering Week 14) in Week 17. The Raiders and Chiefs are of course the two teams Rivers threw seven combined picks against in Week 10 and 11, but as possible last hurrahs (with the Chargers or as an NFL quarterback) he will surely be bringing his competitive streak with him against two AFC West rivals.
If there were a time to bet on Rivers as a fantasy commodity this year, back-to-back home games and matchup against the Chiefs to finish things out might be it. He’s a viable streaming option for the next two (or three) weeks, albeit one with some volatility that won’t be for the faint of heart fantasy owner.
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