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|The free agent market over the last two seasons has not been kind to Rivers. Last season, he lost running back Darren Sproles and watched as his diminutive checkdown option went on to enjoy a career season in New Orleans with 1,313 total yards and nine touchdowns. This off-season, Rivers watched as his top wide receiver Vincent Jackson left town for a lucrative long-term contract the Chargers were unwilling to give him. While Robert Meachem will take over for Jackson in the Chargers starting lineup, he is an inconsistent player and both Gates and Malcom Floyd have proven to be injury-prone. On the positive side, Rivers enjoyed arguably the best year of his career in 2010 despite numerous injuries amongst his receiving corps and losing Jackson for most of the season due to a holdout, suspension and injury. However, that comforting fact is offset by his performance in 2011 when he threw a career-high 20 interceptions in what was regarded as the worst year of his career. Rivers is still too good and the Chargers throw it too much for him not to be a starting fantasy quarterback but the odds of him cracking the top 5 in 2012 are unlikely. Consider him a mid-tier to lower-end fantasy starter this season.
|SD RBs will be 'committee crew' says Rivers -- Wed Sep 2 9:40 pm --|
Melvin Gordon will split carries
|Quarterback Philip Rivers stressed this week that the backfield distribution is "not going to be all Melvin."
"As Coach has always said -- I'm not saying anything out of the blue -- it's a running back by committee crew," Rivers explained, via The San Diego Union-Tribune. "It's going to be a team effort in that bunch. We're going to need all of them to carry the load in the run game and to catch the ball out of the backfield."
FF Today's Take: Melvin Gordon's fantasy stock has been dropping steadily throughout the preseason. He has looked indecisive and made several comments indicating he isn't ready to be the bell cow for the Chargers offense. Meanwhile, Danny Woodhead becomes a flex option with 12 to 15 touches in this offense and has some upside if Gordon continues to underwhelm.