After two years of constant turmoil, the San Diego Chargers appear to have righted the ship under new head coach Mike McCoy. Gone are the days of LaDainian Tomlinson and Vincent Jackson leading the offense, but still in place is quarterback Philip Rivers.
If you didn't believe it before, you should now: Rivers has re-emerged as one of the NFL's best quarterbacks both on the field and in fantasy football play.
Rivers was methodical during the Chargers' 19-9 win over the Indianapolis Colts, shining under the bright lights of Monday Night Football by going 22-of-33 for 237 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions. He completed passes to six separate receivers and continues to make a starless receiving corps look unstoppable.
That statement may lose truth soon, as Rivers seems to have found a go-to receiver with rookie Keenan Allen.
Philip Rivers. WHAT.A.THROW Keenan Allen WHAT.A.CATCH Touchdown @Chargers!!— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) October 15, 2013
It's about time San Diego sees a new star emerge at wide receiver.
Is Philip Rivers an elite NFL quarterback?
Rivers has lost multiple star teammates—Jackson, Darren Sproles, Michael Turner and Tomlinson come to mind—and San Diego hasn't done much to replace them. Antonio Gates is still on the roster, but Ryan Mathews hasn't worked out at running back and the Chargers have been reluctant to target potential stars at receiver.
A third-round draft choice, Allen, and a crop of journeymen including Eddie Royal and Danny Woodhead are now being used to perfection by Rivers and Coach McCoy.
Thus far, Rivers has thrown for 1,847 yards, 14 touchdowns and five interceptions through six games. He's topped 400 passing yards in three separate outings and has at least two passing touchdowns in four games.
If Rivers is on your fantasy football roster and you're not starting him, I don't know what you're waiting to see.
This is the same Rivers who led the Chargers to five AFC West division titles from 2004 to 2009 when San Diego had an elite running game and reliable receivers. Even as the Chargers have lost key players all over the roster, Rivers has led a weak roster to an average of eight wins from 2010 to 2012.
Like it or not, Rivers is a genuine star. Start him at all costs in your fantasy football leagues.