Rivers started off on an absolute terror in 2015 on his way to compiling more passing yards than everyone not named Drew Brees. Consider that he did it with the worst offensive line in football and no legitimate running threat to keep defenses honest, and you might realize he has nowhere to go but up this season.
Rivers is under rated big time in fantasy. He had 661 attempts last season and had his best yardage season to date. His TD% was down to a career low and I think that had a lot to do with the pressure he was under. A bounce back in the Red Zone should see Rivers push career highs.
It shows how deep the quarterback position has become in fantasy when a guy that threw for 4,792 yards and 29 touchdowns ranks 12th in the preseason rankings. Rivers was 11th last year and he should be a solid QB2 option with upside. The addition of WR Travis Benjamin and TE Hunter Henry give him some good weapons to work with this year.
Rivers played all of the 2015 season undermanned. His offensive line was in shambles all year, and he lost his best wide receiver in Week 8. For those first eight games, Rivers averaged 20.6 fantasy points. For the final eight games, he averaged just 14. Besides Allen and multiple offensive linemen, the Chargers also missed Stevie Johnson for the last five games of the season. We, of course, can't count on Rivers' team staying healthy, but that's the goal and what we have to base our projections on. And he added a nice receiver in Travis Benjamin, which I think puts him into the TOp-10 this year. I will have a lot of him on my teams.