San Diego Charger fans have noticed a spike in Philip Rivers’ relevance in correlation with the slow decline of LaDainian Tomlinson 2010 Fantasy Projection" target="_blank">LaDainian Tomlinson’s production. With LT’s injuries starting a couple years ago, Rivers and his Chargers slowly shifted from a run-first offense to a passing powerhouse. With the departure of LT, is this the year Rivers moves into elite fantasy quarterback territory with Peyton Manning 2010 Fantasy Projection" target="_blank">Peyton Manning, Drew Brees 2010 Fantasy Projection" target="_blank">Drew Brees, and Aaron Rodgers 2010 Fantasy Projection" target="_blank">Aaron Rodgers? Let’s pull up Rivers’ 2010 Fantasy Football Projection to find out.
- Rivers’ favorite wide receiver, Vincent Jackson, will play in every game in 2010 despite contract disputes and a potential suspension
- The loss of Brandon Manumaleuna will not affect Rivers’ fantasy value, as Manumaleuna’s value came from run blocking
Philip Rivers should continue to be a solid fantasy quarterback, but any spike he may have received from the departure of LT will likely be offset by the addition of rookie Ryan Matthews. A big question mark is Rivers’ favorite wide receiver, Vincent Jackson. If Jackson returns in 2010 suspension free and resolves his contract dispute with the team; signs point to another solid year of fantasy stats for Rivers. Rivers still has a valuable screen pass target in Darren Sproles, his trusty tight end, Antonio Gates, and a new weapon in Matthews.
The Verdict: Given the structure and talent level of the Chargers offense has remained largely unchanged from 2009, it is safe to assume similar fantasy numbers for Rivers in 2010. What this means is that Rivers is not amongst the most elite quarterbacks, but he is certainly in that large second tier of quarterbacks. He should provide about the same value as Tom Brady 2010 Fantasy Projection" target="_blank">Tom Brady, Matt Schaub, Tony Romo 2010 Fantasy Projection" target="_blank">Tony Romo, & Brett Favre 2010 Fantasy Projection" target="_blank">Brett Favre. The interactive graph below shows how Rivers stacks up against these quarterbacks. When you start seeing these quarterbacks get drafted, go ahead and pick up Rivers if you haven’t grabbed one of those elite quarterbacks already.
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