By Steven Miller, Chargers Correspondent, Sun, Dec 21st 11:32am EST
According to ESPN, Philip Rivers played last night's game with a bulging disk in his lower back and had to receive epidural shots to reduce the swelling. The story also reports doctors fear the disk is close to becoming herniated. (Source: ESPN.com)
Fantasy Impact: Rivers is one of the toughest competitors in the NFL and is hoping to avoid off-season surgery. However, it is uncertain if the disk becomes herniated if Rivers will be shut down for the rest of the season or not.
By Jeffrey DelGuidice, Chargers Correspondent, Sun, Dec 21st 11:26am EST
Espn's Chris Mortensen reported Sunday morning that San Diego QB Philip Rivers has been playing with a bulging disk in his back that may require offseason surgery. (Source: Chris Mortensen)
Fantasy Impact: This report would explain why Rivers has missed some practice time the last few weeks and why he has struggled at times in games. Rivers is one of the toughest guys in the NFL and he should play next week against Kansas City since the Chargers are still in the playoff race.
By Jeffrey DelGuidice, Chargers Correspondent, Sun, Dec 21st 11:20am EST
Chargers QB Philip Rivers in a gritty performance led San Diego to a comeback win over San Fran Saturday night. Rivers completed 33-of-54 passes for 356 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions.
Fantasy Impact: Rivers really struggled in the first half throwing two interceptions as he seemed to miss his top target Keenan Allen. But after halftime Rivers and the offense got it going and he had three touchdown passes. Rivers will remain a high end QB2 next week against Kansas City.
By Jeffrey DelGuidice, Chargers Correspondent, Sun, Dec 14th 7:50pm EST
Chargers QB Philip Rivers had a tough day Sunday against Denver throwing two picks in the fourth quarter. He completed 24-of-41 passes for 232 yards with one touchdown and the two interceptions.
Fantasy Impact: Rivers has struggled against tough defenses the last few weeks and things don't get much easier next week against San Francisco. If you own Rivers its tough to trust him especially after possibly losing his top WR in keenan Allen for an extended period of time.
By Jeffrey DelGuidice, Chargers Correspondent, Mon, Dec 8th 10:49am EST
Chargers QB Philip Rivers had a rough outing Sunday night in a loss to the Patriots completing 20 of 33 passes for only 189 yards, with one touchdown and one interception.
Fantasy Impact: Rivers could not get anything going down field against the Pats secondary and his low yardage total was due to check downs. For Rivers owners who are some how still alive consider him a low-end QB1 this week against the Broncos.
By Jeffrey DelGuidice, Chargers Correspondent, Thu, Dec 4th 9:17pm EST
According to coach Mike McCoy, San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers (chest) was sore Thursday and was added to the injury report but was listed as a full participant.
Fantasy Impact: Rivers will be good to go for Sundays crucial matchup with the Patriots. Coming off a big game last Sunday, fantasy owners hope for a repeat performance in what could be a high scoring game with the Pats.
By Dan Lucia, Chargers Correspondent, Thu, Dec 4th 7:19pm EST
Since 2006, Philip Rivers first season as a starter, he has a career 30-6 record. He, in that same time span, has tossed 66 touchdowns to just 20 interceptions. (Source: Toronto Sun
Fantasy Impact: Sunday will be Rivers first December challenge. He and the Chargers take on the Patriots who will be fired up after the Packers ended their seven game winning streak in Week 13. The Patriots defense has allowed the 16th most fantasy points to opposing quarterbacks, but has been better as of late. Rivers will face a tough challenge against DBs Darrelle Revis and Brandon Browner. Look for this match up to be high scoring though and expect Rivers to be a solid QB1 for Week 14.
By Jeffrey DelGuidice, Chargers Correspondent, Sun, Nov 30th 5:56pm EST
Philip Rivers led the Chargers to a come from behind win Sunday Week 13 on the road at Baltimore. Rivers lit up the Ravens secondary for 383 yards and 3 touchdowns.
Fantasy Impact: This was a huge win for Rivers and the Chargers as they stay in the AFC West race. Rivers torched the Ravens secondary all day completing 34 of 45 passes for 383 yards and 3 touchdowns. His last touchdown to Eddie Royal with 38 seconds left was the game winner. This monster performance should have fantasy owners feeling more confident about Rivers in the fantasy playoffs.
By Jeffrey DelGuidice, Chargers Correspondent, Sun, Nov 23rd 7:31pm EST
Philip Rivers completed 29-of-35 passes for 291 yards with one touchdown and one interception in Sundays Week 12 win at home vs the Rams.
Fantasy Impact: Rivers had a good day completing 82 percent of his passes but was also picked off in the end zone for a 99 yard touchdown. His only touchdown came in the 4th quarter on a 29 yard pass to Keenan Allen. Rivers rib injury that made news during the week did not seem to be an issue during the game.
By Richie Smith, Chargers Correspondent, Fri, Nov 21st 2:57pm EST
Phillip Rivers practiced in full on Friday; good to go for Sunday (Source: @UTgehlken)
Fantasy Impact: There was some speculation that Rivers was dealing with some chest/rib soreness earlier in the week, however he seems to be fine and is on track to play Sunday against the Rams. Rivers has cooled off after a hot start to the season, but he still remains a low-end QB1 in most leagues.
By Jeffrey DelGuidice, Chargers Correspondent, Wed, Nov 19th 5:23pm EST
San Diego Chargers QB Philip Rivers was listed with a chest injury on the Chargers injury report Wednesday but was a full participant in practice. Rivers stated: " There is nothing going on that's hindering me in any way. It's part of playing the position. I'll be fresh and ready to go Sunday." (Source: @Chargers on twitter)
Fantasy Impact: Rivers has always been one of the games toughest QB's but it's going to be hard for fantasy owners to trust him this week. It's possible Rivers is playing hurt and he does not have a favorable matchup vs St. Louis who just held the Broncos to 7 points and seems to have their pass rush going again.
By Jeffrey DelGuidice, Chargers Correspondent, Tue, Nov 18th 9:02pm EST
When talking about Philip Rivers after Sundays win over the Raiders, Chargers tight end Antonio Gates said that," For those who don't know, he's been playing with a rib injury, a very severe rib injury, so he's been toughing it out the last three or four weeks." (Source: Michael Gehlken
Fantasy Impact: While Gates later backtracked on his comments and Chargers coach Mike McCoy and Rivers himself have downplayed the injury, we have to wonder if this rib injury is a factor in Rivers performance the last few games. After performing as one of the top fantasy QB's over the first half of the season, Rivers has turned in a couple of poor outings. Rivers claims to be fine and we expect him to play but for fantasy owners this should be something to keep an eye on during the practice week.
By Steven Miller, Chargers Correspondent, Mon, Nov 3rd 12:12am EST
QB Philip Rivers had a rotten day in Miami facing a tough Dolphin defense. Before leaving with a mild hand injury late in the game, Rivers had completed only 12 of 23 passes for 138 yards and no touchdowns. Rivers had 3 interceptions and 1 fumble loss in the shutout loss. (Source: www.nfl.com
Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners relying on Rivers during Week 9 were majorly disappointed scoring negative points in many formats. The hand injury is no cause for concern. Coach McCoy pulled Rivers at the time of the injury since the game was out of hand. Rivers should be good to go in Week 12 after the upcoming bye week.
By Steven Miller, Chargers Correspondent, Sat, Oct 25th 10:57am EDT
QB Philip Rivers didn't play as well as he normally has this season in a 35-21 San Diego loss to Denver Thursday night. Rivers completed 30 of 41 passes for 252 yards and had 3 touchdowns. However, Rivers tossed 2 interceptions as well.
Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners still got some production from Rivers with the 3 TDs, but the interceptions and lack of yards detracted from the night. Next up for San Diego in Week 9 is an early game in Miami on Sunday. The extra time off will help the Chargers get ready for the battle three time zones away.
By Steven Miller, Chargers Correspondent, Sun, Oct 19th 9:37pm EDT
QB Philip Rivers had a mediocre day against the Kansas City Chiefs defense at home completing 17 of 31 passes for 205 yards. He tossed 2 TDs and had an interception. His passer rating was 83.4 ending a 5 game streak of having a rating 120 or higher.
Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners who relied heavily on Rivers' production were disappointed in Week 7. However, Rivers didn't have as bad as day as other QBs on the day.
By Steven Miller, Chargers Correspondent, Wed, Oct 15th 10:05pm EDT
San Diego QB Philip Rivers had another solid performance Sunday against Oakland completing 22 out of 34 passes for 313 yards and 3 TDs.
Fantasy Impact: Rivers has been one of the most consistent QBs this year in fantasyland. Next up for the Chargers is a tougher home match-up against a stingy Kansas City Chiefs defense. However, Rivers is a must start for fantasy owners.
By Eric Zakrevsky, Chargers Correspondent, Mon, Oct 6th 10:56am EDT
Philip Rivers had himself another nice week throwing for 288 yards with 3 TDs. Rivers did this while using eight different targets throughout the game.
Fantasy Impact: Through five weeks Rivers is sitting at 4th in passing yards and tied for 2nd in TD passes. Going forward you should consider Rivers as a viable QB1 unless something changes with the San Diego offense.
By Steven Miller, Chargers Correspondent, Mon, Sep 29th 11:47pm EDT
Philip Rivers had a monster game Sunday afternoon against a porous Jacksonville defense completing 29 out of 39 passes for 377 yards and 3 touchdowns and no interceptions.
Fantasy Impact: Fantasy owners who started Rivers were rewarded nicely with a great performance. Rivers is by far the best fantasy player on the Chargers at the moment and can be considered an elite fantasy QB. This upcoming week the lowly New York Jets come into town for a visit. Expect more of the same from Rivers.
By Steven Miller, Chargers Correspondent, Sun, Sep 14th 9:58pm EDT
QB Philip Rivers played extremely well Sunday afternoon against the Seahawks. Rivers completed 28 out of 37 passes for 284 yards along with 3 touchdowns and no interceptions.
Fantasy Impact: Rivers spread the ball around to keep the Seahawk defense off balance for most of the game. He zeroed in on TE Antonio Gates for all of his touchdowns and is looking like the fantasy stud like he did last year. Next up is a long road trip to Buffalo to face the upstart 2-0 Bills.
By Steven Miller, Chargers Correspondent, Mon, Aug 25th 1:32am EDT
Philip Rivers had a solid performance Sunday afternoon against the San Francisco 49ers completing 9 of 10 passes for 85 yards and 1 touchdown. The touchdown pass was to TE Antonio Gates. Typically the third preseason game is the contest in which starters play the most in order to get ready for the regular season opener.
Fantasy Impact: Rivers looked really good spreading the ball around while making his progressions. It appears he is ready to take the offense to a similar level as he did last year. Currently Rivers is ranked in the middle of the starting QBs and could be a nice pick up at the end of your draft to supplement the position.
By Steven Miller, Chargers Correspondent, Sat, Aug 16th 1:26am EDT
Philip Rivers played only one series against the Seattle Seahawks. Rivers was 2-4 for 20 yards against the stingy first team defense as the Chargers lost to Seattle 41-14
Fantasy Impact: One series doesn't really tell too much. Rivers' two completions were short passes to Donald Brown and to Malcom Floyd. Typically the third preseason game is where the starters play a little more. San Diego will have another tough match-up at San Francisco next Sunday afternoon.
By Steven Miller, Chargers Correspondent, Wed, Aug 6th 12:02am EDT
Chris Wesseling of NFL.com reported that new OC Frank Reich told Don Pompei, of Sports on Earth that Philip Rivers is one of the smartest players in the league. Rivers studies a lot of game film each week during the season to get ready for opposing defensive schemes. (Source: NFL.com
Fantasy Impact: With the faster paced offense Reich is planning on using, Rivers' head smarts and game prep will help him adapt to the faster pace. With the numerous weapons on the offense, Rivers could be a nice sleeper play again this year.
By Steven Miller, Chargers Correspondent, Thu, Jul 31st 5:56pm EDT
According to Hayley Elwood of Chargers.com, QB Philip Rivers noted how unselfish the skilled position players are this year, even more so than usual. In the article, Rivers also stated that new OC Frank Reich has transitioned nicely working the offensive group. (Source: Chargers.com
Fantasy Impact: Rivers could be the recipient of being able to utilize all of his weapons this year. Last year was Rivers' comeback year and would-be fantasy owners hope the trend continues. He can be picked up in the later rounds as part of a QB committee with an ADP around 100.
By Eric Zakrevsky, Chargers Correspondent, Fri, Jul 25th 12:04pm EDT
According to Eric Williams of ESPN, Rivers liked the tempo the offense played at practice on Thursday.
Rivers said "we really practiced fast," players this year understand what to expect under McCoy in his second year. (Source: ESPN)
Fantasy Impact: With the Chargers offense looking like they are more in sync this year, what should we expect from Philip Rivers? After finishing the Season with the 5th most passing yards and 4th most TD passes you'd expect him to be ranked as a top 10 QB.
But Rivers is the 15th QB going off draft boards in most leagues so far this year and could be a steal if you missed out on the first few tiers of QB's and one of the better options at QB2.
NFL.com | Dec 21st
Philip Rivers has played through a bulging disc in his back the past few weeks. The San Diego Chargers' quarterback might need offseason surgery.
ProFootballTalk | Dec 21st
Last week, the condition of Chargers quarterback Philip Rivers’s back was a cause for concern in San Diego after Rivers missed some practice time and a report from Adam Schefter of ESPN that Rivers had a more severe back injury than the team had let on. For the first half of Saturday’s game, it looked…
Rotoworld | Dec 21st
ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports Philip Rivers has a bulging disk in his back, and offseason back surgery "may be (an) option."
Breaking Football | Nov 24th
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ESPN | Nov 19th
Christopher Harris discusses whether Philip Rivers is a good start in Week 12.