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  Philip RiversP. Rivers
QB - IND
Philip Rivers
Sam DarnoldS. Darnold
QB - NYJ
Sam Darnold
 
 
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Avg Game16.015.5-
Avg Projection230.0224.6-
    
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Player Game Logs Comparison
  Philip RiversP. Rivers
QB - IND
Philip Rivers
Sam DarnoldS. Darnold
QB - NYJ
Sam Darnold
2020 Schedule 
Week 1 at JAC at BUF
Week 2 vs. MIN vs. SF
Week 3 vs. NYJ at IND
Week 4 at CHI vs. DEN
Week 5 at CLE vs. ARI
Week 6 vs. CIN at LAC
Week 7BYE WEEK vs. BUF
Week 8 at DET at KC
Week 9 vs. BAL vs. NE
Week 10 at TEN at MIA
Week 11 vs. GBBYE WEEK
Week 12 vs. TEN vs. MIA
Week 13 at HOU vs. LV
Week 14 at LV at SEA
Week 15 vs. HOU at LAR
Week 16 at PIT vs. CLE
Week 17 vs. JAC at NE
Player Projections Comparison
  Philip RiversP. Rivers
QB - IND
Philip Rivers
Sam DarnoldS. Darnold
QB - NYJ
Sam Darnold
Passing
   
Pass Att527.1523.0
Pass Cmp336.7325.4
Pass Yards3,928.73,688.4
Pass TDs25.322.6
Ints13.715.4
   
Rushing
   
Rush Attempts13.943.4
Rush Yards22.8137.0
Rush TDs0.21.6
   
Misc
   
Fumbles2.23.0
   
Points
   
Fantasy Points230.0224.6
   
Player Fantasy Points Comparison
  Philip RiversP. Rivers
QB - IND
Philip Rivers
Sam DarnoldS. Darnold
QB - NYJ
Sam Darnold
2019 Points 
Week 124.913.0
Week 211.9
Week 319.6
Week 420.4
Week 56.1
Week 616.820.6
Week 721.2-2.7
Week 811.015.6
Week 911.813.5
Week 1013.321.7
Week 1116.126.4
Week 1228.2
Week 1317.610.5
Week 1424.618.1
Week 1511.316.8
Week 1611.29.6
Week 1717.710.8
Total255.5202.1
Average16.015.5
Notes for Player Combination
  Philip RiversP. Rivers
QB - IND
Philip Rivers
Sam DarnoldS. Darnold
QB - NYJ
Sam Darnold
Expert 
Kevin Roberts
Breaking Football
Rivers has the pocket presence and timing to still be a top-10 fantasy passer, but he slid to QB18 last year, is aging, turns the ball over, and now has a downgrade in system and weapons.Darnold is a capable NFL quarterback, but his offense is probably going to let him down yet again in 2020.
Draft Engine
Draft Engine
Signed by the Colts to a one-year contract in March, Rivers is back with coach Frank Reich. He enjoyed one of the best three-year stretches of his career from 2013 to '15. (Reich was San Diego's QBs coach in 2013, then offensive coordinator in 2014 and '15.)Darnold was a starter for only a little more than a season-and-a-half at USC, and his lack of experience was evident at times over his first two NFL seasons. Expect him to improve in 2020, but it will be another year before he becomes a reliable fantasy option.
Ben Wasley
The Fantasy First Down
Philip Rivers is a really tough one to rank in 2020. While I like the idea of him playing behind an elite O-line, I don't think this offense will have enough passing volume to make him a viable weekly fantasy option. He's a nice, safe streamer/bye week cover/superflex option but in Indy, I don't see him managing much else.I have high hopes for Sam Darnold the NFL quarterback. Younger than Joe Burrow, he has massive room for growth and a lot of talent. He's not even close to reaching a level to be a viable fantasy starter though. This offense is still rebuilding, Adam Gase is still coach and Darnold continues to make frustrating errors of judgement. So it's a pass from me in 2020.
Mike Tagliere
FantasyPros
There's no masking it, Rivers was bad in 2019. He's now 38 years old (will be 39 in December), which is the age quarterbacks used to hit their decline (before Brady and Brees came along). Have we reached the end with him? He played behind a bad offensive line last year, something he's done through much of his career. In 2020, he'll play behind a top-three offensive line in football. He has already played under Frank Reich back when he threw for 4,286 yards and 31 touchdowns, then a career-high 4,792 yards and 29 touchdowns in 2015. Does that make a difference knowing it was five years ago? Well, yeah, in a way. The good news is that he at least knows the basics of the offense, which is important this year when we've had practically no offseason. The bad news is that chemistry will have to be built on the fly, and it's even harder when your top receiver (T.Y. Hilton) shows up to camp on the injured list. We did see Jacoby Brissett and Brian Hoyer combine for 22 touchdown passes last year and Andrew Luck throw for 39 touchdowns in 2018, so it's a good offense. If you want to select Rivers in a 2QB format, it could pay dividends, though his fantasy floor might be a bit lower than someone like Gardner Minshew who uses his legs. There are way too many variables to consider him anything more than a streamer in 1QB formats.It hasn't been the start to his career that he'd hoped for, as Darnold has finished as a QB1-type performer in just 6-of-26 games (23.1 percent). Even lowering the bar to a top-18-type performance, he's hit those marks in just 10-of-26 games, and that's why it's tough to rely on him as your QB2 in Superflex/2QB leagues. On top of those struggles, he's now dealing with two brand-new receivers on the perimeter with practically no offseason while playing for Adam Gase. That's like the trifecta of bad. Part of the issue has been the offensive line, though the Jets have tried to address that this offseason, snagging three players in free agency, and then another two in the first four rounds of the draft, including the mammoth of a man, Mekhi Becton, in the first round. That's an issue in itself, as offensive lines take time to develop continuity/consistency, so expecting that to happen with four or five new starters is going to be an issue. Darnold is just not in a position to succeed right now.
Frank Bonincontri
Fantasy Wire HQ
I swear I am the only one who is higher on Rivers than most, throwing behind a much better offensive line, indoors under a coach who is familiar with all of his strength and weakness, Rivers can most certainly get the job done in Indy 
Elliot Berkovits
Packer Report
Seeing Rivers in a different uniform will be strange but I don't see his fantasy production to change all that much. He has a solid WR1 in T.Y. Hilton and a trusty TE in Jack Doyle. He'll have his big games but will also give you the occasional turnover-fest. I like more reliability at QB, he doesn't need to be drafted in 1 QB leagues.Expectations were high for Darnold in 2019 and in 13 games played, he only managed to throw 19 TDs. The Jets added a few weapons in the offseason but also watched deep-threat Robby Anderson sign with the Panthers. Darnold should not be drafted in 1 QB leagues.
Kyle Yates
FantasyPros
It's highly unlikely that we see Rivers enter into the streaming QB conversation at all this season. With Rivers' high interception totals from last season, plus his inability to pick up yards on the ground, he's unlikely to ever finish within the top-12 QBs in a given week.Unfortunately, Darnold doesn't exactly have the greatest supporting cast around him this season. This offense is most likely going to struggle again in 2020, so Darnold is nothing more than a streamer in good matchups.
Seth Miller
Crossroads Fantasy Football
IND just came off a season with the 3rd fewest passing yards in the league, with 3108. And not for lack of trying. Phil has thrown for 4000 3 times with fewer ATT than what Indy had last year 
Kevin Wheeler
Draftwize
Solid upgrade over Brissett, +4.6% Accurate & Frame throws, -3.4% Uncatchable rate.The surgery repaired a torn ligament in his non-throwing thumb. Darnold dealt with the injury for the final two months but didn't miss any time. This won't impact his offseason.