Fantasy Football Week 1 Start Em, Sit Em: Why You Need to Start Philip Rivers

Cian FaheyFeatured ColumnistSeptember 7, 2011

GLENDALE, AZ - AUGUST 27:  Quarterback Philip Rivers #17 of the San Diego Chargers watches from the sidelines during the preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at the University of Phoenix Stadium on August 27, 2011 in Glendale, Arizona. The Chargers defeated the Cardinals 34-31.  (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
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Philip Rivers is a fantasy football star that nobody will be even considering putting on the bench unless they have another elite player at the position.

The thing about Rivers however is that he is looking like being the best overall performer of any player at any position this weekend.

Rivers like any other quarterback thrives on two things: Time in the pocket, and a weak secondary to pick apart. The San Diego Chargers quarterback will have both of those things this coming weekend as he lines up against the Minnesota Vikings.

With a strong defensive line the Vikings have always relied on their pressure up front to cover their average secondary play over the past few seasons.

However this year is the first year in a long time when they enter the season without either of the Williams' wall in place. Remi Ayodele was signed as a replacement for Pat Williams who is no longer with the team while Kevin Williams was recently suspended for the first two games of the season.

The loss of Kevin Williams is what really makes Philip Rivers life easier this weekend. Kevin Williams and Jared Allen were hoping to wreak havoc in opposing backfields this year despite the loss of Pat Williams and Ray Edwards.

Those two have been the premier pass rushers in Minnesota either way so there wasn't a huge drop off in performance anticipated. The loss of Kevin Williams will allow the Chargers to more easily shutdown Jared Allen by offering Marcus McNeil help on the outside.

With the Vikings not getting pressure on Rivers he will have plenty of time to allow his receivers to get down field and choose the matchup that best suits him.

The Vikings' secondary is not overly physical nor are they blessed with a lot of height so it will be impossible for them to prevent guys like Antonio Gates or Vincent Jackson from reeling in long range bombs from Rivers in the pocket.

Even without time in the pocket it will be difficult for the Vikings to put up much resistance to the Chargers' passing attack because of Gates and Jackson's favorable matchups.

Rivers did a lot last season without guys like Gates and Jackson because of injuries to Gates and Jackson's holdout. This season with them back in the lineup he could be in for an MVP type of season.

An MVP type of season in real life can only mean big things in the fantasy world also.