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People might think of Philip Rivers and the San Diego Chargers as a joke right now, but think back two years.
The fantasy predictors from Sports Illustrated named Rivers as a member of the "Super Six", along with Tom Brady, Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, Aaron Rodgers and Michael Vick.
Before 2011, Rivers had posted three straight seasons of spectacular football, leading the second highest scoring offense in 2008 and 2010, and leading the fourth highest scoring offense in 2009. In each of those seasons, he averaged 30.7 touchdown passes against only 14.7 turnovers.
Cutting back on his turnovers is a big way Rivers can improve. He turned the ball over 25 times in 2011 and another 23 times in 2012. However, the three seasons before that Rivers turned the ball over 15, 12 and 17 times. Part of this is the poor play of the offensive line, which allowed Rivers to be sacked a league-high 49 times in 2012.
New head coach Mike McCoy knows how to coach offense. As the Denver Broncos' offensive coordinator, McCoy helped Denver reach the playoffs in 2011 and 2012 with two greatly different quarterbacks.
He made the offense work well enough for Tim Tebow in 2011 to make the playoffs. He then helped Peyton Manning transition into a new offense after Manning missed all of 2011. In 2012, the Broncos had the second highest scoring offense in the NFL. McCoy might be able to revive Rivers' career, and make him fantasy-relevant again.
Even if Rivers is a bit of a gamble next season, his draft stock will be so low that his tremendous upside will make him worth the risk.