Fantasy Football Value Analysis: Philip Rivers signs with Colts

first_imgOverall, though, it’s tough to be overly optimistic about Rivers’ chances. While T.Y. Hilton is a solid receiver, he’s not nearly as big or physical as Keenan Allen. Mike Williams was also the kind of receiver who thrived with a gunslinger like Rivers. He could go up and get the ball in traffic (and you know Rivers is going to throw into traffic). The Colts don’t really have that type of receiver. Accuracy has never been an issue for Rivers, but he could see fewer big plays with Indy’s smaller collection of receivers. Fortunately, he does have a solid TE in Jack Doyle, and Nyheim Hines is the type of receiving back that Rivers has thrived with. The Colts offense will surely alter the way in which Rivers plays (Indy threw 84 fewer passes than the Chargers last year), but it’s good to know Rivers’ favorite types of security blankets are there. Ultimately, we’re not too excited about Rivers next year, as there are simply too many quarterbacks who have moved past him in the fantasy rankings, but his presence is probably an upgrade for Hilton, Doyle, Hines, Parris Campbell, and whoever else he winds up throwing to. Give them slight upgrades in your rankings, but don’t expect them to return to their levels with Andrew Luck. Fantasy Football Value Analysis: Philip Rivers signs with ColtsRivers had a mostly solid start to last season, but his final seven games saw him turn the ball over 14 times and throw just 11 touchdown passes. He also took 18 sacks, which is two more than he took in the first nine games. Rivers still threw for 4,615 yards and 23 TDs for the season, but it wasn’t enough to convince the Chargers he could get the team over the hump in the AFC. Now, the 38-year-old signal-caller will try his luck with the Colts, who feature less talent at the skill positions but an upgrade at offensive line. To be fair, the Chargers allowed just two more sacks last year than Indianapolis, and Rivers’ statue-like presence might single-handedly account for that difference. But the gap was more widespread the year before (34-18) and it’s generally accepted the Colts’ O-line is better. At this point in his career, that’s probably the most important thing for Rivers, so, in a way, this move could be considered an upgrade.  We’ve known for a while that Philip Rivers was done with the Chargers after spending 16 years with the organization, but the question remained — where would he end up? That was answered on Tuesday when Rivers officially signed with the Colts — one of the few teams that can help his fantasy value in 2020. We’ll break down what this move means for Rivers, as well as players like T.Y. Hilton, Jack Doyle, and Parris Campbell. For coverage of all the latest NFL signings and rumors, check out SN’s live free agency tracker. last_img

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