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What to do with Philip Rivers in Week 2 fantasy football

Rivers started off his Colts tenure with an L, but can he help your fantasy team pick up a W in Week 2?

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New year, new team, same Rivers. Last season with the Chargers, nine of their 11 losses were one possession differences. What better way to kick off his Colts debut than with a 27-20 loss against the Jaguars? Despite the loss, Philip provided us with some interesting stats that could warrant a starting spot on fantasy rosters. Let’s take a look.

Fantasy Football analysis: Colts QB Philip Rivers

Rivers wrapped up Week 1 with 363 passing yards (third-most), one touchdown, and two interceptions. While he didn’t rack up the fantasy points, he certainly wasn’t afraid to aim for them. He was second to only Matt Ryan in completions with 36, eight of which went to the highly sought after Nyheim Hines due to Marlon Mack’s season-ending injury. That news seems to point to Rivers being required to throw even more, though that may not be the case this week. Head coach Frank Reich said the Colts “need to be more patient with the run game.” And while their Week 2 opponents are coming off of a shootout with the Packers, the Vikings and Colts are two teams that get their best results in slower-paced games.

Fantasy Start/Sit Recommendation

Sit - it’s a gamble to trust in Philip Rivers. Even when he’s throwing the ball a lot, there’s no guarantee that will convert to fantasy points. Just look at Week 1 if that wasn’t clear.