Philip Rivers, QB, Indianapolis Colts
Rivers completed 29 of 39 passes for 308 yards and one touchdown, and perhaps most importantly without an interception, in Week 10 against the Tennessee Titans. He has topped 300 yards and/or thrown multiple touchdowns in three of his last four games, and it’s worth hammering home a lack of interceptions over that span (two in 159 pass attempts).
If Green Bay Packers‘ cornerback Jaire Alexander (concussion) misses another game in Week 11, what looks like a tough matchup for Rivers will get way better. As it is, game script indoors at home in Indianapolis stands to drive high volume.
In Week 12 Rivers will get another shot at a favorable matchup against Titans. Then the Houston Texans are on the slate in Week 13 and Week 15, with the Las Vegas Raiders in between. The Texans and Raiders will each likely each exit Week 10 still in the bottom-10 in fantasy points allowed to quarterbacks, and they won’t be far off if not.
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It’s worth noting two of Rivers’ three games with over 40 pass attempts this season have been losses for the Colts, with Week 10’s 39 attempts in a win also of note.
The range of outcomes is high with Rivers, as he could always negate production with multiple interceptions in a game. But his upcoming schedule refuses to be ignored, and there are no possible weather games until Week 16 at Pittsburgh. Add Rivers as a low-end QB1/high-end QB2 for the run to (and nearly through, depending on how you feel about Week 16) the fantasy playoffs.
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